Lethbridge & District Branch
Alberta Genealogical Society
1977 to December 1997
by Phyllis Burnett
The Early Years 10 May 1977 to 21 February 1985
by Anne Baines)
the AGS had been approached as early as 9 February 1975 by Frank C.
Easton, President of the AGS about forming a branch in Lethbridge, it
was a memo from Pat Hewitt, Membership Secretary, on 21 March 1977 that
spurred Mary Bole to invite a group of genealogy enthusiasts to her
on 10 of May 1977. The chairman for the meeting was Gil Croome, the
secretary Mary Bole and the others present were Wendy Croome, Jim
Murray, Margaret Nelson, Anne Baines, Alice Humphreys, and Carolyn
After discussing the benefits a branch would bring to the members in
Lethbridge area, it was decided to proceed with the formation of the
third branch of AGS and officers were elected.
and Wendy Croome
became the first
President and Vice-President and Anne Baines was elected
Secretary-Treasurer. Fees were set at $2.00 (single or family) and the
next meeting was planned.
held in the
boardroom of the Lethbridge Public Library until November, 1978 when
branch began meeting in the Com-Serve Boardroom because there would be
no fee charged.
meeting had a
followed by a speaker on genealogy or history or a problem session.
of the speakers in the early years were: Jim Murray, Gil Croome, Duncan
Rand, Alice Humphreys, John McLean-Rennie, Alex Johnston, Anne Baines,
Glen Coulter, Dr. Jim Cousins and Bob Baines. Starting in September
the order of the meetings was changed so that a speaker, a lunch break
and then a workshop followed the business meeting. Workshops were
conducted on such topics as Ancestor Index and Writing Letters for
interest in cemetery
voiced early in the history of the Branch. The first project, which was
St. Patrick's Cemetery, was started on the 11th July, 1978 with a large
turnout of Branch members. Unfortunately, after getting about a half
hour of recording done, rain began to pour and the project had to be
completed at various other times stretching out for over a year. The
members found that they had started out with a project that was too big
for a first attempt.
The Eighth Annual Seminar and General Meeting of the Alberta Genealogical Society was hosted by the Lethbridge Branch on April 3rd and 4th, 1981 at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel. This was the first time the Seminar had not been held in Calgary or Edmonton. Speakers were Jock Carpenter of Lethbridge on writing family history, Carol Holderby on Irish research, and Phillip Lothyan on U.S. research. The Seminar Committee was co-chaired by Bob and Anne Baines with the help of Bob Thompson, Jackie Knight and Don Groft.