Categories: PHR News

Library Closed for February 14th and 15th

Please note: The library will be closed on Sunday February 14th and Monday February 15th for the Family Day holiday. The Library will re-open on Tuesday February 16th at 9:30a.m. Enjoy the holiday!


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for February 5, 2016

Families: Ontario Genealogical Society, Vol. 55, No. 1, February 2016
*"A Memorable Memorial: The Only Mausoleum in the Upper Ottawa Valley" by Robb Gorr.
*"Home Burials" by Royce MacGillivray.
*"In Search of History's Ghosts" by Bill Gladstone
*"The Ameteur Genealogist: Getting Started" by Fraser Dunford

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 103, No. 4, December 2015
* "Reassembling a Clark Family of Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina" by Laurel T. Baty.
* "Middle Names from 1792 and 1793 Help Reconstruct Ancestry of John Rodda Jr., Butcher at Helston, Cornwall" by Ronald A. Hill.
* "From Slavery to Society: The Jerry Moore Family of Virginia and Pennsylvania" by William A. Cox.
* "How to Solve Genealogy Problems and How to Know They Have Been Solved: A Guide to Elements of Genealogical Analysis and Mastering Genealogical Proof" by Harold Henderson.

Please Note: All Magazines Can be Checked Out for 1 Week


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for the week of January 25, 2015

Saskatchewan History, Volume 67, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2015

* "Nutana: The first neighborhood in Saskatoon" by Nathan Bartsch.

* "An Oversupply of Hope: One woman's reflections on the Great Depression" by Sandra Bassendowski.

* "The life and legacy of C.J. Houston, Medicare Pioneer" by C. Stuart Houston and Richard A. Rempel.

* "Mapping history: Lessons in history from Township Map of the Qu'Appelle Valley, Township 21, Range 13, West of the 2nd Meridian" by Christine Charmbury.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News, In the News

Barbara Meneley's Prairie History Redux

Barbara Meneley's Prairie History Redux is an artistic reflection of Saskatchewan's complex history, article by Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post.

"In the Prairie History Room, residential school stories and high school yearbooks are on the same shelf.

It’s that kind of dichotomy that Barbara Meneley sought to reflect in Prairie History Redux, an art exhibition now on display at the Central Library.

“(It’s) such an interesting layering, but it is our history,” said Meneley, a fine arts instructor at the University of Regina.

The Prairie History Room is a diverse archive of Saskatchewan (with a smattering of Manitoba and Alberta). There are phone directories, town anthologies, newspapers and books. There’s colonial and aboriginal history.

Some of the thousands of artifacts are represented in Meneley’s project. . . ." link to the full Leader-Post article 17 January 2016


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for the week of January 11, 2016

Law, Life, and Government: Settlement and Governance, 1812-1872
by Dale Gibson
PHR 349.712743 GIBSO

Inhabited by a diverse population of First Nations peoples, Métis, Scots, Upper and Lower Canadians, and Americans, and dominated by the commercial and governmental activities of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Red River - now Winnipeg - was a challenging settlement to oversee. This illuminating account presents the story of the unique legal and governmental system that attempted to do so and the mixed success it encountered, culminating in the 1869-70 Red River Rebellion and confederation with Canada in 1870.

In Law, Life, and Government at Red River, Dale Gibson provides rich, revealing glimpses into the community, and its complex relations with the Hudson’s Bay: the colony’s owner, and primary employer. Volume 1 details the history of the settlement’s establishment, development, and ambivalent relationship with the legal and undemocratic, but gradually, grudgingly, slightly, more representative, governmental institutions forming in the area, and the legal system’s evolving engagement with the Aboriginal population.

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A Beginner's Guide to Online Genealogy: Learn How to Trace Your Family History and discover Your Roots
by Michael Dunn
929.10285 DUNN
Note: this book is part of the circulating genealogical collection shelved by the Prairie History desk. It can be checked out for three weeks.

Contents: Where should you begin? -- Learn how to search -- Online starting points -- Search for death records -- Check the census -- Find family connections -- Look local -- Seek out military records -- Trace your immigrant ancestors -- Locate records abroad -- Connect with other genealogists -- Putting it all together.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of January 4, 2016

Family Tree Magazine Volume 16, Number 7, December 2015

* "Making the Cut (75 top state-focused websites for tracing your ancestors)" by Rick Crume.

* "Photo Rx (how to digitally fix common old-photo flaws)" by Janet Hovorka.

* "The Long Way Around (help to determine the difference between a brick wall and a detour in your research road and, if possible, navigate a new route to ancestor answers)" by David A. Fryxell.

* "Finding the Missing (many Jewish families had loved ones vanish in the Holocaust. Surviving records can help you discover the fates of the missing)" by Melody Amsel-Arieli.

* "Workbook: Special Censuses (e.g. Mortality schedules, Indian censuses, Agricultural schedules, Manufacturing and industry schedules, Slave schedules, Veterans schedules, Defective, dependent and delinquent schedule, Social statistics schedules)" by Sunny Jane Morton.

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Folklore: Saskatchewan's Yestredays Personified), Volume 36, Number 4, Autumn 2015

* "The Asinskow Ithiniwok: The "Rocky Terrain People"" by John Merasty.

* "Swift Current: Frontier City" by Keith Foster.

* "The Legend of Marguerite (Trottier ca. 1789-1881)" by Jean-Louis Trudel.

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Blue Jay Volume 73, Number 3, September 2015

* "Plants: Using Multiple Data Cources on Species Distribution for Biodiversity Assessment: The Prairie crocus (anemone Patens) as a Case Study" by Vladimir V. Kricsfalusy, Meng Li and Charu Gupta.

* "Birds: Avian Biodiversity in an Urban Park: Breeding Birds of the Habitat Conservation Area (2010-2014)" by Jared Clarke and Mattew Tokaruk.

* "Birds: Frequency of Next Visits by Non-Resident Hatch-Year Tree Swallows" by Russell D. Dawson.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of December 28, 2015

Relatively Speaking: The Alberta Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal Volume 43, Number 4, November 2015

* "Sowing Winter Wheat: Introducing genealogy and family history to children and youth" by John Althouse.

* "Family Adhesive: The value of family history for children" by Janet Hovorka.

* "The Search for Captain Roy Brown" by John J.N.Chalmers.

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Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin Volume 46, Number 3, December 2015

* "Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales in the Digital Age: Civil Registration" by Rae W. Chamberlain. (the second in a series)

* "Provincial Archives Celebrates 70 Years"

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NGS Magazine for Generations Past, Present, and Future), Volume 41, Number 4, October-December 2015

Special Issue: Genealogy & Writing

* "Utilizing Outlining for Strong Genealogical Writing" by Paul Graham AG CG.

* "Genealogical Numbering Systems: History and Reasoning" by Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG.

* "Building Citations While Writing" by Michael Hait, CG.

* "Scrivener: An Organizational Tool for Genealogical Writers" by Mellisa A. Johnson, CG.

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Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


Holiday Hours for PHR 2015

2015 Holiday Hours

The staff at Prairie History wish you and your family Happy Holidays. Here's a quick reminder regarding our holiday hours of operation:

Wednesday, Dec. 23 - 9:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday, Dec. 24 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 25 - CLOSED
Saturday, Dec. 26 - CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 27 - CLOSED
Monday, Dec. 28 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 29 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 30 - 9:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday, Dec. 31 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 1 - CLOSED
Saturday, Jan. 2 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Jan. 3 - CLOSED
Monday, Jan. 4 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society Update Website

The Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society has updated their website and uploaded some oral history recordings celebrating multicultural and ethnic diversity: http://shfs.ca/audio/


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for the week of November 30

Greg Poelzer and Ken S. Coates: From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation : a Road Map for All Canadians
Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2015]
PHR 971.00497 POEL

Canada is a country founded on relationships and agreements between Indigenous peoples and newcomers. Although recent court cases have upheld Aboriginal title rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations "issues." Each new court decision adds fuel to the debate raging between those who want to see an end to special Aboriginal rights and those who demand a return to Aboriginal sovereignty.
Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates breathe new life into these debates by looking at approaches that have failed and succeeded in the past and offering all Canadians -- from policy makers to concerned citizens -- realistic steps forward. Rather than getting bogged down in debates on Aboriginal rights, they highlight Aboriginal success stories and redirect the conversation to a place of common ground. Upholding equality of economic opportunity as a guiding principle, they argue that the road ahead is clear: if all Canadians take up their responsibilities as treaty peoples, Canada will become a leader among treaty nations.

Elinor Barr: Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2015]
PHR 971.004397 BARR

Since 1776, more than 100,000 Swedish-speaking immigrants have arrived in Canada from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, and the United States. Elinor Barr’s Swedes in Canada is the definitive history of that immigrant experience. Active in almost every aspect of Canadian life, Swedish individuals and companies are responsible for the CN Tower, ships on the Great Lakes, and log buildings in Riding Mountain National Park. They have built railways and grain elevators all across the country, as well as churches and old folks’ homes in their communities. At the national level, the introduction of cross-country skiing and the success of ParticipACTION can be attributed to Swedes.
Despite this long list of accomplishments, Swedish ethnic consciousness in Canada has often been very low. Using extensive archival and demographic research, Barr explores both the impressive Swedish legacy in Canada and the reasons for their invisibility as an immigrant community.

William Wallace: On the Frontier : letters from the Canadian West in the 1880s, edited by Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison.
Regina, Sask. : University of Regina Press, [2015]
Originally published: as "My dear Maggie," by Regina, Sask., Canada : Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 1991.
PHR 971.27 WALLA

First published more than twenty years ago as My Dear Maggie, this new edition of William Wallace’s letters home to England provides rare documentation of the earliest days of settlement in the West. The correspondence conveys a sense of unspoken courage – the courage that was needed to make a fresh start in a strange new land. “William’s letters contain many elements common to settlers’ writings: a recounting of the exhausting trip behind slow-moving oxen from the jumping-off point to the homestead, the violence of thunderstorms, the pain of frozen extremities, and the destruction caused by prairie fires. . . . .” from Prairie Forum

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