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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

These groups usually hold their own meetings at places and times determined by the participants. The latest times/places can also be found in our online Calendar. Where the AFHS Library is referenced, it can be found at 712 - 16 Avenue NW unless otherwise stated.


Beginners SIG

The Beginners Special Interest Group is an informal monthly meeting of those beginning to do family history. The intent is to provide a forum where beginners can ask questions they might feel uncomfortable asking in front of the Society's bigger monthly general meeting, and where beginners can talk together about problems they want to discuss ad hoc, as distinct from a formal course or a set piece talk.


The group is led by experienced, but not necessarily expert family historians. All beginners are welcome. The group usually meets on the second Thursday of each month in, except for July and August, the AFHS Library.


The contact for the Beginners SIG can be reached at .


Celtic SIG

The Celtic SIG is for anyone with Scottish and/or Irish Ancestry. We meet on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December, July, and August), at 10:00 a.m. at the AFHS Library.


For further information, contact . See also the collection of Irish and Scottish website links that we've compiled.


English/Welsh SIG

Anyone with English or Welsh ancestry in their family tree are welcome to come and meet other genealogists with similar interests. Meetings take place in the AFHS library.


What can it offer?


Contact . See also the collection of English and United Kingdom website links that we've compiled.


Genealogy Computing Group

The GCG is the technology Special Interest Group for the Society, otherwise known as the Computer SIG. It is also the parent group for the various genealogy software SIGlets. The meetings are on the second Saturday morning of each month, except for the summer months of June, July and August. They are held at the AFHS Library, located at 712 - 16 Avenue NW.


The meetings consist of two sessions; beginner and speaker. The first half is an open question or beginners period, where a panel of senior members answer questions from attendees. The second half features a presentation on contemporary genealogy computer topics. For ongoing meeting details, see the AFHS web calendar or contact the Chair: .


Metis SIG

The Metis SIG is currently inactive. if you are interested in reviving this group.


Ontario SIG

If you are interested in Ontario genealogy research, come and join us! Meet other genealogists with similar interests, connect with those with expertise in Ontario research, join in small group discussions, find out about new resources, get help with your Ontario brick walls and learn about the extensive collection of Ontario resources found at the AFHS Library.


Meetings are held at the AFHS Library, 7:00 pm on the 4th Monday of the month (except for December, July and August).


For more information, contact .


Quebec SIG

This group is currently inactive. if you are interested in reviving this group.


Ukrainian SIG

The Ukrainian SIG is currently inactive. if you are interested in reviving this group.




Legacy Users Group

The Legacy Users Group is for those members who use Legacy genealogical software for recording and organizing their family history research. They meet to study sections of the program and review new developments mainly through the more than one hundred webinars presented by some of the world's best genealogists, on the third Wednesday evening of every month from September to May at the AFHS Library.


For ongoing meeting details, please consult AFHS's online Calendar or contact the coordinator, .


The Master Genealogist User Group

Please contact for information.


The Family Tree Maker Users Group

Please contact for information.