Local History & Genealogy

Local History and Genealogy

If you are interested in the history of Grande Prairie, surrounding areas and our province, you will be pleased with our local history collections. One is named the Hauge Collection after one of the early benefactors of the library – Martin Hauge. These books are housed in the Isabel Campbell Room on the main floor. Most of our local history books can be taken out, but the ones that are marked R are for in-library use only.

The room includes a microfilm readers, a computer with dedicated access Ancestry Library Edition, and microfilm of the Daily Herald Tribune dating back to 1913. The Isabel Campbell Room is open to the public during our operating hours. If you need help with genealogy research the Grande Prairie Genealogical Society is open for appointments.

The Campbell Collection

The Grande Prairie Public Library, and the City of Grande Prairie, benefit greatly from the donation of the archival collection of local historian Isabel Campbell. She indexed and cross-indexed all articles in Grande Prairie newspapers from 1913 to 1961 for research purposes. The Campbell Collection is an extremely valuable resource for the Peace Country.

You may also want to have a look at what the Grande Prairie Genealogical Society and the South Peace Regional Archives have available online for local history information.

Grande Prairie Genealogical Society

The local branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society offers a free service for individuals who require help with a family research project. You may book an appointment by email at: abromling@gmail.com. Appointments are usually scheduled for Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:45pm.

South Peace Regional Archives

South Peace Regional Archives gathers, preserves, and shares historical records of municipalities, organizations, businesses, families and individuals within the region. The Archives offers access to its holdings through their website and through a public Reading Room. SPRA is located in the Grande Prairie Museum, in Muskoseepi Park.

Digital Resources

Grande Prairie Public Library has access to a number of digital resources for genealogical and historical research purposes found here.