Archives for: November 2011
Categories: New Books
New Book on Chinese Canadian History in the Prairies
Evans, Brian L. The Other Side of Gold Mountain: Glimpses of Chinese Pioneer Life on the Prairies from the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Libraries, 
Summary: In June of 2010, the University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections Library mounted an exhibit of documents, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera which provided significant insight into Chinese pioneer life on the Canadian Prairies. Written by exhibit curator Brian Evans, the accompanying exhibit catalogue chronicles the stories of these immigrants as they welcomed new opportunities, struggled with racism, and became integral parts of the communities in which they lived.
New Issue of Revue Historique
* "Les Français en Saskatchewan et la Première Guerre mondiale" by Laurier Gareau, pgs. 6-11.
* "La gueree des Boers et la colonisation de la Saskatchewan, Les scrips sud-africains" by Laurier Gareau, pgs. 12-13.
* "Emerald Ross et les Forces aériennes canadiennes" by Laurier Gareau, pgs. 24-27.
Categories: Fun Stuff (Contests, Games & Trivia)
Last Chance to Fill Out a Genealogy Survey
Over the summer, researchers at Carleton University launched a national survey to understand why people are so keen on doing genealogy research, what they find and how, and what they do with all that information once they have it. More information and a link to the survey can be found at http://www.cusurveycentre.ca/gensurvey/.
Please note that the survey ends on November 30, 2011 so make sure you get your observations in before that time!
New LAC's database
Library and Archives Canada recently launched a new database for those who may have had relatives that served in the Canadian Royal Navy or Naval Reserve from 1910-1918 or enlisted between 1919-1941.
The database will give researchers the following information: Name of Individual; Service Number; Port; Date of Birth; Occupation; Volume; and Reference. With this information, users should be able to request copies of the individual's service file.
New Family Chronicle Magazine
Family Chronicle, November/December 2011, Vol. 16, No. 2
* "Irish Naming Conventions: An Introduction" by Rick Norberg, pgs. 8-10.
* "Researching Ontario Land Records: An Introduction" by Guylaine Petrin, pgs. 24-26.
* "Confronting Difficult Times in the Lives of Our Ancestors" by Diane Dittgen, pgs. 31-34. Note: article deals with 'uncomfortable' topics such as slavery, the Holocaust and Japanese internment camps.
Categories: New Books
New How-To Book on Immigration and Naturalization Records!
This book can be borrowed from the library for 3 weeks!
Quillen, W. Daniel. Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Press, c2011.
Summary: This second in Cold Spring Press's new "Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy" gets to the heart of what genealogical research is for most Americans: hitting the shores of the Atlantic Ocean looking east to the UK and Europe as they begin their search for their ancestors. Largely a nation populated by European immigrants from the 17th through early 20th centuries, immigration and naturalization records is often just the source needed to locate important genealogical information.
Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records will cover the following topics:
-- What are Immigration Records?
New Magazine Issues
Alberta History, Autumn 2011, Vol. 59, No. 4
* "The Hanging of Peter Abramowicz and Father John Duplanil's Efforts to Save Him" by Tom Langford, pgs. 2-9.
* "Constantine Scollen: the Forgotten Missionary" by Raymond Huel, pgs. 10-18.
* "The CPR Demonstration and Supple Farm, 1908-1944" by L. James Dempsey, pgs. 19-25.
Note: Issue contains "History Now", October 2011, no. 4 membership newsletter for The Historical Society of Alberta
Generations, September 2011, Vol. 36, No. 3
* "Photo Key to Unlocking a Fascinating History: The Power of an Oral Interview" by Harry Troche, pgs. 17-19.
* "The Story of St. John's High School - Part 5" by Chris Dewar, pgs. 23-25.
Saskatchewan History, Fall 2011, Vol. 63, No. 2
* "The Little Engine That Could: Nettie Kryski and the Yorkton Film Festival" by Kathy Morrell, pgs. 6-12.
* "The Amazing Adventures of Christina and Nan" by Christina Henry, pgs. 14-33.
* "For Patriotic Reasons: The I.O.D.E. and Post-War Art in Saskatchewan Schools" by Lloyd Bennett, pgs. 38-48.
Categories: Recommended Websites
Saskatchewan War Memorial Project and related links
This is a re-post. The original post was written in 2007
Saskatchewan World War One Memorial (the Saskatchewan War Memorial Project: Phase One) was dedicated in 1995 in memory of 5,348 young men and women from Saskatchewan who were killed in the First World War. This memorial is located just west of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina, near Wascana Lake and the Albert Memorial Bridge.
Bill Barry's site People Places.
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial site maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada contains a registry of information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country. Included on this site are the memorials of more than 1500 soldiers who died in service to Canada since the Korean War, including peacekeeping and other operations. The site also contains digital images of photographs and personal memorabilia about individual Canadians.
Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial site commemorates Saskatchewan's war dead. It has been created to supplement the physical War Memorial located on the grounds of the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina, SK. You can search the database of more than 11,000 war casualties
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site has an online database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.
Saskatchewan's War Memorials site has information and photos of many cenotaphs, plaques, memorial halls, walls of valour, etc. in Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Geo-Memorial Project. This web page was created on November 10, 2006 and honours those Saskatchewan residents killed in service of Canada during WWII and Korea. In addition 11 who received the Victoria Cross are also honoured. Click on any name on this list to get a on-line map of the Saskatchewan site named for this person.
Categories: PHR News
Remembrance Day Hours
Please note that all of Regina Public Library branches, including the Prairie History Room, will be CLOSED this Friday, November, 11 for Remembrance Day.
We will re-open on Saturday, November 12 with normal operating hours (9:30 am to 5 pm).
New Magazine: Internet Genealogy
Here are just a few article titles:
* "Web-based software: what you need to know!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 7-10.
* "British and Irish parish history (online resources)" by Alan Stewart, pgs. 22-25.
* "Finding your family's places: gazetteers" by David A. Norris, pgs. 38-41.
* "What Grandpa (and Grandma) did in the war (how to utilize the Veterans History Project in your genealogy research)" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 46-48.
Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.
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