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What is Chinook?

Chinook magazine coverChinook (ISSN 1192-8190) is the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society. It includes articles on using family research sources, library holdings, surname interests and book reviews. Stories of individuals, groups and societies in Calgary or Alberta, as well as those of families from other parts of the world, are included. AFHS memberships paid prior to September each year will include four issues of Chinook.


Chinook, published in October, January, April and July, is distributed to all members of the AFHS and sent to more than 130 different institutions around the world, including Canada, United States, British Isles and Australia.


Submitting an Article to Chinook and Deadlines

Articles from members, friends of the Society or anyone interested in genealogy, family history or regional history are welcome. For additional information, send an email to the .


Chinook submission guidelines


Send printed material (e.g. photos for scanning) to:

ATTN: Periodicals Committee - Chinook Editor

Alberta Family Histories Society

712 - 16 Avenue NW,

Calgary, AB

T2M 0J8 Canada


(N.B. If you wish materials submitted by mail to be returned, include a self-addressed stamped envelope of the appropriate size.)



Articles and notices of upcoming events MUST be received two months before publication by the editor; that is, for the:


We regret that exceptions to deadlines are not possible.


Placing a Surname Connection in Chinook

Over 300 individuals, organizations and libraries around the world receive Chinook. Would you like an interest of yours to reach someone who may be able to help you with your genealogical mystery? If you are a member, you may have two surname connections printed for free each year. Requests by non-members and additional requests by members will be published for $5.00 per entry. Entries will appear in the next issue after payment is received. E-mail your interest to following these guidelines: How to Write an Effective Surname Connection (PDF).


Non-members should mail payment to:

ATTN: Periodicals Committee - Surname Connections

Alberta Family Histories Society

712 - 16 Avenue NW

Calgary, AB

T2M 0J8 Canada


(Payment should be a personal cheque drawn on a Canadian bank or a money order in Canadian funds. Please do not send cash.)


If you are requesting assistance with a surname search that is NOT to be printed in Chinook, email or mail to AFHS - Queries at the address given above.


Ordering Copies of Chinook

Some back issues from 2005 to present are still available. For a listing of articles, see Table of Contents linked below. (Issues before 2005 are not available for purchase but may be viewed in the AFHS Library.) Questions may be directed to .


Price per issue including shipping & handling is as follows:


Please clearly indicate the issue(s) you are requesting and remit payment as a personal cheque from a Canadian bank or as a money order in Canadian funds.


Send request and payment to:

ATTN: Periodicals Committee – Chinook Copies

Alberta Family Histories Society

712 - 16 Avenue NW

Calgary, AB

T2M 0J8 Canada


Chinook Tables of Contents