An organization in Calgary is cataloguing the people buried in rural cemeteries across the province.

The Alberta Family Histories Society consists of around 12-15 volunteers who take pictures of the burial plots and record the names and information of people who have passed away.

The society has around 210 members.

According to Jim Benedict, the webmaster for the organization, he's very happy with the work the group has done.

"We're very proud of it and a lot of kudos to our volunteer group who gather the information and feed the information into there."

Members photographing burial plotsLeft-to-right: Volunteers Suzanne Davidson, Katherine Carver, and Karen Palmer.

The society has a website called Alberta Ancestors where the information is recorded for each cemetery the society visits.

According to Benedict, the group has completed a ton of work for the project, "We currently have 250 cemeteries in Alberta, and we have about 255,000 individuals registered on them."

The society has also finished work at cemeteries in Wheatland County along with the Strathmore Cemetery.

"We've got 1,800 individuals recorded on the website, including headstone, footstone photographs," added Benedict.

13 cemeteries have been completed in Wheatland County:

  • Chancellor
  • Dalum Lutheran
  • Eventide
  • Gleichen
  • Hussar
  • Namaka Mennonite
  • Oulletteville
  • Rockyford Union
  • Rosebud
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery (Strathmore)
  • St. Rita’s (Rockyford)
  • Standard
  • Strathmore Cemetery
Volunteer John Casson in Gleichen.Retired geologist and member John Casson, who loves taking photographs in rural areas.

Benedict says as far as the society knows, there's not another cemetery project in Canada like the one they've been working on.

"The feedback has been very good. It's been an excellent research area for people."