Alberta Online Historical Newspapers Summary

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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 April, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Provincewide Collections:

Peel’s Prairie Provinces: Newspapers 1871-2007

Southern Alberta Newspaper Collection 1898 – 1991

Early Alberta Newspapers

Canadiana Online

Google News Archive​

South Peace Regional Archives
– Grande Prairie Newspapers

– Sexsmith Sentinel 1949-1954 
– Clairmont Independent, 1918

– Lake Saskatoon Journal, 1917
– Lake Saskatoon Journal, 1918

– Spirit River Echo, 1920-1921

Glenbow Museum Newspaper Clippings 

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 historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.

Other Free Sites:

Brooks

Calgary

Edmonton

Vulcan

Wainwright

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

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

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 14 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Alberta

Paper of Record:

There are currently 3 publications available at 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.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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

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

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4 Comments

  1. This site has a name index of the Grande Prairie newspapers as well they have indeed some issues of the Clairmont Independant and the Spirit River newspaper and put them on Flickr.
    There is also a obituary index to the Grande Prairie newspaper done by the genealogy society – http://www.abgenealogy.ca/search-obituary-index

  2. Lethbridge Herald and the Lethbridge Daily Herald are not free. They are at the paid site newspaperarchive.com
    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.

  3. 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 camrosegeneo@gmail.com

  4. 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

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