© 2019, Colleen Murray

I am a Professional Genealogist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I specialize in Canadian and Irish  research. Aiming to blog quality over quantity.


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July 16, 2017

As most genealogists have already heard by now, FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm lending program. Although the news has been met with a mix of panic and resignation by genealogists, the good news is that it's not too late to order film. The order deadline is...

March 9, 2017

Links for researching Historic homes:

Canada’s Historic Places:


Alberta Register of Historic Places:


City of Edmonton Inventory & Register of Historic Resources:


March 7, 2017

Tomorrow night, I am excited to be speaking to the Postscripts Special Interest Group at the Alberta Genealogical Society’s Edmonton branch. My topic is “House Histories: Researching & writing up the history of your family home.” For those who think there is nothing in...

January 10, 2017

In January, store shelves that were filled with decorations become filled with plastic storage containers, encouraging us to get organized in the new year. Genealogy is no different. Some genealogists have begun a Genealogy Do-Over   with the start of a new year. Perso...

January 4, 2017

 I received my certificate in the mail today, showing that I completed the ProGen Study Program. It is a professional development course with monthly assignments critiqued by classmates and professional genealogists, with the aim of improving our work products. It was...

November 18, 2016

In preparation for their big renovation, the Stanley A. Milner branch of the Edmonton Public Library has been weeding their books. As a result, they are hosting one of their big book sales this weekend, starting today. You can check the business hours here: www.epl.ca/...

July 25, 2016

If you live in a winter city like I do, you'll find that cemeteries are barely accessible for much of the year. So July is a great time to get out and visit them - especially in the morning or evening when it's not too hot. Here's the belated report of my tour of Edmon...

May 20, 2016

                                             Image Courtesy FamilyTreeDNA www.familytreedna.com


Several years ago, my husband gave me a DNA test as a birthday gift....

March 9, 2016

Building permits are an overlooked record set that you should put on your to-do list. In Edmonton, these are available on microfilm at the City of Edmonton Archives. You won’t find out the names of your ancestor’s children, but you may learn when they built a house or...

February 2, 2016

Most of us come to genealogy late in life, maybe even after all the relatives who could have shared stories with us have already passed.  Wouldn’t it be great to spark the genealogy bug early in a child’s life, so that they begin collecting those stories now?  The Edmo...

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