Charles Douglas Denney Collection / Metis Family History
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The Charles D. Denney Collection held in the AGS Edmonton Branch Library is a treasure trove for anyone researching their Metis ancestry. The Collection consists of genealogical information on 1,200 families who descend from the original Red River Settlers and the Metis families that developed during the Prairie fur trade era. Mr. Denney’s personal interest in Metis genealogy began with his wife, who descended from several of Red River & Metis families.
A founding member of the Alberta Genealogical Society, Charles Denney researched and transcribed thousands of birth, marriage, death and Scrip records of Metis people of the Prairies and from these records he compiled more than 1,200 family trees. Mr. Denney also collected newspaper articles and announcements on the Metis families he had researched. The Collection of transcribed vital records, family trees, Scrip information and newspaper clippings is housed in more than 400 binders in the Library but is indexed by surname so is easily searched.
The Denney Collection is an invaluable resource for anyone researching their Metis family history in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, whether your interest is personal or in registering with the Metis Nation of Alberta. There is also some limited coverage of Metis families in the NWT, BC and Northern Ontario.
Anyone interested in researching their Metis family history using the Denney Collection is welcome at the Library during regular opening days. Our Library Volunteers will be happy to help you get started and you may make copies of any of the documents in the collection. Non-members are welcome and pay a day use fee of $4.00 and 25 cents per page for photocopying.