Alberta Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Alberta is one of the Canadian provinces that has several central online repositories for searching historical newspapers. Also, there are a few free publications available on other sites and there are collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

So go for it – find your Alberta ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives. 

Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also, I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location. 

(Updated October 2023; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Provincewide Collections:

Peel’s Prairie Provinces: Newspapers 1871-2013

Southern Alberta Newspaper Collection 1898 – 1991

Early Alberta Newspapers

Canadiana Online

Google News Archive​

South Peace Regional Archives

Student Collections:

Athabasca University – Athabasca

Mount Royal University – Calgary

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – Edmonton

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – Calgary

University of Alberta, Augustana – Camrose

University of Alberta – Edmonton

University of Calgary – Calgary

University of Lethbridge – Lethbridge

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historical newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.

Other Free Sites:







Subscription or Pay Sites:

There are currently 4 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Alberta Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 25 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Alberta

There are currently 137 publications on this site. See all the titles at Newspapers dot com – Alberta

Paper of Record:

There are currently 3 publications available on this site. See the titles at Paper of Record – Alberta

And Finally:

Please note – even more may be available via a local or provincial library where a library card is required. And of course, there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For all Free Alberta Links, click on the category of interest:

BMD Records

5 replies on “Alberta Online Historical Newspapers Summary”

Lethbridge Herald and the Lethbridge Daily Herald are not free. They are at the paid site
If you are a resident of City of Lethbridge or in the Chinook Library Service area you can access these papers free with your paid public library card.

The genealogy society in Camrose, Alberta has compiled the Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Camrose Canadian from inception. The list is available for purchase or they will do look ups. They can be contacted at

Guten Tag, mein Englisch ist miserabel darum in Deutsch.
Ich suche den Sterbeeintrag meines Vorfahren Reinhold Taschendorf. Er soll 1921 von einem Wasserturm, während der Arbeit,abgestürzt sein. Ca. 1911 ist Mein Vorfahr von North Dakota (USA) nach Medicine Hat (Kanada) eingereist Vielleicht habe ich auf diesem Wege Glück und es kann mir jemand helfen.
Freundliche Grüße aus Deutschland Almut Taschendorf

Hi.. I am searching for a past school friend from 1975. She moved to Cochrane, Alberta sometime after 1976. My last correspondence with her was dated January 1978. She became a mascot for the local hockey team and which may be mentioned in the local paper. I also have other info – a rodeo star rider got killed – from the letter that probably was a big newspaper article. Thank you .

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