This website offers information about Alberta's German-speaking communities from the 1880s to the present, their origin in Central and Eastern Europe, and their settlement history in the province.

The reader will find maps of German settlements and Mennonite and Hutterite colonies in Alberta as well as a clickable map of Alberta allowing him/her to determine where "the Germans" settled. A recently added section presents an overview of the immigration history of Alberta's German-speaking communities and biographical sketches, with special emphasis on Calgary and Edmonton (types and location of German-run businesses, churches, clubs, political involvement, newspapers, etc. between the 1880s and 1918). There is also a list of "German"-"inspired" place and topographical names in Alberta and an explanation of their origin.

There is also an extended section on the maintenance of German in Alberta as a mother tongue and a home language, the "slow death" of the German language in the urban areas and its rapid growth among Hutterites and conservative Mennonites. The findings are based on 2006 Census data.

Copyright restrictions do not permit the display of many relevant photos, but there are directions on how to access the wealth of visual information about the German-Albertans and the tape recordings made with almost 100 "old-timers."

More detailed information about Alberta's German-speaking communities is available in the Bibliography of the Cultural History of the German-speaking Community in Alberta: 1882-2009. It contains more than 8,000 annotated entries on individuals and groups mentioned in newspaper articles, books, journals, art works, etc. since the 1880s.

This site has been optimized for I8. Firefox will display differently. Questions or comments should be directed to the compiler, Manfred Prokop. Links last checked on January 1, 2009.