This Bibliography documents the cultural history of the settlers of German origin in Alberta from its beginnings in the 1880s to the present by assembling in one place references to the thousands of primary and secondary materials available in libraries and archives across Alberta and elsewhere. The objective of this project is to facilitate research in German-Albertan history by scholars, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in the subject.

The site consists of four parts:

1. The searchable annotated bibliography (i.e., in addition to bibliographic data, an annotated bibliography provides a concise summary of each source) containing almost 10,500 entries.

If you would like to browse the updates separately from the cumulative bibliography, click on one of the following PDF files:

2. ... lists of keywords used to index the bibliography, which are indispensable for efficient, focussed searches, including a hierarchically organized list of the literally thousands of keywords.

3. A Profile of the German-speaking Communities in Alberta. This is a detailed narrative account of the socio-cultural history of the many German-speaking groups in Alberta from the 1880s to the present, accompanied by photos and excerpts from original documents. The site consists of sections on
  • the immigration history of Alberta's German-speaking communities;
  • their geographical origin in Central and Eastern Europe, and Canadian immigration regulations; and on
  • 13 German-speaking communities in the province.

There is also a detailed discussion of the possible reasons for the decline of German as a mother tongue and home language in the province.

4. Several maps of Alberta where immigrants of German origin settled. There are also maps of Central and East European regions from where many of the settlers came.

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