Archives for: January 2012

01/30/12


Categories: Recommended Websites

Bicentennial of War of 1812 Website

2012 marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, an event of significant national and historical importance. To help commemorate this event, the Government of Canada created the War of 1812 website and invite all Canadians to participate in commemoration events marking this significant milestone.

At present, the site features historical information about the conflict featuring lesson plans for teachers, a link to apply for federal funding to help commemorate the bicentennial and press releases from the federal government. Presumably this website will grow as more events are organized and resources become available.

For those interested in learning more about the War of 1812 (perhaps a relative or two may have been involved!), here is a brief list of some additional web resources:

* 1812 History - a Canadian Niagara region project involving Brock University’s Archives and 7 local museums.

* Archives of Ontario's War of 1812 Virtual Exhibit

* Ohio's War of 1812

* Susan Frey's Guide to War of 1812 Online Resources

* War of 1812 Bicentennial


01/26/12


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy How-To Book for Census and Military Records

Quillen, W. Daniel. Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy: Mastering Census and Military Records. Cold Spring Press, c2012.

Summary: This book covers the use of two of the most effective sets of genealogical information available to genealogists: Census and military records. Topics include:
• Federal censuses: what they are, how to use them, pitfalls and issues concerning the information found in them;
• Mortality schedules: a frequently overlooked gold mine of little-known genealogical data;
• State censuses: genealogically rich resources;
• Military records: where and how to find them, what information is available;
• War-by-war records availability

This book is available to borrow for 3 weeks!


01/23/12


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of January 22-28, 2012

Carter, David J. Inspector F.J. Dickens of the North-West Mounted Police: 1844-1886: "The Christmas Carol" Baby. Medicine Hat, AB: Holmes Pub., c2003.

Summary: Here is a unique tale from Canada’s historic North West. It is a tale within a tale for Francis Jeffrey Dickens was the son of a very famous father, the renowned English author Charles Dickens. Dickens Senior wrote many stories but the short life of third son, Francis Jeffrey is an interesting, little known story of adventures.

McCreery, Christopher. The Maple Leaf and the White Cross: a History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in Canada. Toronto, ON: Dundurn, c2008.

Summary: As a foundation of the Order of St. John, St. John Ambulance has been providing first aid training programs in Canada for the past 125 years. From the sweatshops of the Victorian era and military hospitals of the First World War to a modern-day volunteer organization devoted to the service of humanity, this history recounts the remarkable story of the Order's contribution to our country and those who made it possible.

Meewasin Valley Authority. Meewasin : 25 Years in the Life of a River Valley. Saskatoon, SK: Meewasin Valley Authority, 2006.

Summary: By anyone's measure, the Meewasin Valley Project--first envisioned by master planner Raymond Moriyama in 1978--has been an outstanding success. Overcoming early opposition, Meewasin has grown over its 25 years to become of the most popular and appreciated organizations in the Saskatoon region. Today, over 1 million visits are made to the award winning Meewasin Trails annually...This is the story of extraordinary accomplishment.

Office of the Treaty Commissioner (Canada). Treaty Implementation: Fulfilling the Convenant. Saskatoon, SK: Office of the Treaty Commissioner, c2007.

Summary: This report, released in 2007, headed by the Treaty Commissioner Judge David Arnot sets out the process to renew and revitalize the numbered treaties signed by the Crown with the First Nations of Saskatchewan. Chapter 2 covers the intent of the original numbered treaties, including the Elders' understanding of the treaty principles, Canada's understanding of the intent of treaties, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, and Legislative Policies and the Indian Act. Chapter 3 details the various approaches to treaties held by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, the government, and the Treaty Commissioner. Chapter 4 covers the historical background to treaties including the impact of the Indian Act, residential school policy, and the Great Depression. The remaining chapters explain the impact of socio-economic factors, and the commitment required to implement and fulfill the treaties.


01/21/12


January Meeting of the Regina Branch of SGS

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, January 24, 2012 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, they will have an informal member sharing session where members are encouraged to bring an item of significance to his/her family research to share with others.

For more information and a list of upcoming branch meetings, please check out their website http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canrbsgs/.

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Regina branch at sgsregina@gmail.com.

Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.



Quebec Family History Society's Newly Improved Website

From time to time, we get a few researchers who come in to the Prairie History Room to find genealogical resources for Quebec. Sometimes we will refer them to the Bibliothéque et Archives nationales du Quebec's website, but unless your French is up to par, BANQ can be slightly overwhelming.

One website to check out is the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS)'s newly improved website www.qfhs.ca. QFHS is the largest English-language genealogical society in Quebec. Their website offers the usual (e.g. branch information, resources available in their research library,upcoming events, etc.) as well as new sections, including a news bulletin board, surname interests, and research tips. An added bonus for QFHS members is access to the Jacques Gagné Church Compilations. Jacques Gagné compiled historical information and the location of records for more than 1,000 English and French Protestant churches across the province, from 1759 to 1899.


01/15/12


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Family Tree

Family Tree Magazine, February 2012, Vol. 13, No. 1

* "Self Improvement: Become a Better Researcher With These 101 Ways to a New Genealogy You" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 12-19.

* "It's Academic" by Tami Osmer Glatz, pgs. 24-27. Note: article looks at how to user resources in college and university libraries

* "Address Your Mess" by Maureen A. Taylor, pgs. 44-47. Note: article provides 5 steps in how to organize your photographs collection.

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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.



Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for Week of Jan. 15-21, 2012

Harris, James M. A Stanley Thompson Masterpiece: Waskesiu Golf Course 1935-2010. Prince Albert, SK: J.M. Harris, 2010.

Summary: A historical and pictorial look at the Waskesiu golf course in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The course was designed by the legendary Canadian architect, Stanley Thompson.

McGrane, David P., editor. New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2011

Summary: This book examines emerging and established trends in Saskatchewan public policy and gives ideas on where the province should be heading in the 21st century.

Nicholson, B. A., editor. Human Ecology of the Canadian Prairie Ecozone: 11,000 to 300 BP. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2011.

Summary: This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the human experience in the Canadian Prairie Ecozone over the past 11,000 years.

Reed, George and John Chaput. George Reed: His Life and Times. Regina, SK: Centax Books, 2011.

Summary: Autobiographical account of the iconic Saskatchewan Roughrider’s life on and off the field.


01/10/12


Categories: New Magazines

New Folklore Issue

Folklore, Winter 2011-12, Vol. 33, No. 1

* "Campbell Innes" by Peggy Durant, pgs. 4-7.

* "A Prairie Exodus" by Madeline Cutler, pgs. 10-12.

* "The Winter of '51" by Victor Carl Freisen, pgs. 26-28.

* "The RGH Nurses' Residence" by Ruth Lee Knight, pgs. 34-37.

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Note: These issues 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.


01/09/12


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for 2012

Beckie, Kenneth, N. Croatian Pioneers of Kenaston, Saskatchewan: "I Tell You Story". [Calgary, Alta. : K. N. Beckie], 2004.

Summary: The book discusses about 50 pioneer Croatian families who settled on homesteads in central Saskatchewan, mostly before WW 1. They all came from the vicinity of Lovinac, Lika, Croatia. The book has 250 pages about 118 photographs and 20 maps/diagrams. It has one page biographies and a photograph for each of the 50 families. It also includes a genealogical chart for each family and their descendants and a condensed 30 page history of Croatia which focuses on the Lovinac area.

Caswell, Jeanne. Prairie West School Division: A Rural Legacy. Regina, SK: Your Nickel's Worth Pub., 2006.

Summary: In commemoration of the Prairie West School Division in southwest Saskatchewan, a history of the school district and its schools is told in stories and photographs.

Kishchuk, Boris W. Long-Term Care in Saskatchewan: Its History & Evolution. Regina, SK: Your Nickel's Worth Pub., c2010.

Summary: Long-term care is an unknown service to most of us. It is something we don't think about--until we need it. However, most of us will probably, at some time in our lives, encounter the need for long-term care for family members, friends or even ourselves. This review provides information on long-term care in the province--past and present--and recognize the dedicated services provided by nurses, attendants, physicians, administrators, volunteers and communities.


01/05/12


Categories: PHR Programs

2012 Spring - Digging for Your Roots Workshops

Back for another season, the Prairie History Room is offering several new genealogical workshops to help researchers discover their family roots. Whether it is learning how to start your genealogy research or how to track down your elusive Loyalist or female ancestors, this free series of lectures is guaranteed to kick start your family and local history research this spring.

For more information about these workshops, phone the Prairie History Room at 777-6011.

Genealogy For Beginners
Saturday, February 18, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Prairie History Room, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Are you interested in tracing the origins of your family but are terrified on where to begin or look? Join May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian at Regina Public Library, as she helps you start your family history research by going over the basics such as how to fill out time-saving pedigree charts and family group sheets, where to look for genealogical information, and how to develop a research strategy.

Please note that this session is primarily geared for those who have not started their genealogical research and is not suited for those who are have taken previous genealogy classes from the Prairie History Room.

NOTE: This is the only program that requires pre-registration. Please click on this link to register.

Discovering Your Loyalist Roots
Saturday, February 25, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

After the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), colonists who remained loyal to the British Crown, fled the American colonies and settled in Canada, Jamaica, Bahamas and England. Today more than two million Canadians can trace their ancestry to these “Loyalists”. Join Pat and Gerry Adair from the Saskatchewan branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (UELAC) who will explain what resources are available for anyone researching their Loyalists roots, the application process for membership, and upcoming activities planned by the group.

Pre-registration is not required.

Best Genealogy Websites of 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Confused, overwhelmed and frustrated by the millions of genealogy websites on the internet today? Unsure about whether or not you should buy an annual subscription to Ancestry.com not? Join May P. Chan, the Prairie History Librarian at Regina Public Library, as she rounds up and examines the best genealogy websites of 2012 available to researchers.

Pre-registration is not required.

Tracing Your Female Ancestors
Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Every woman led a life worth researching, but since not every woman created records, genealogists often have a challenging and difficult time tracing their female ancestors. Join Pat Ryan, professional genealogy researcher and instructor, as she offers successful tips and strategies for uncovering hard-to-find information about your female relatives. The session will focus on the types of resources created by women and about women and the methods used for determining maiden and married surnames.

Pre-registration is not required.

Using Newspapers for Research
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Newspapers do more than provide genealogical researchers with birth, marriage and death announcements. They are often a “window into the past” by helping to explain what life was like at a specific point in time. Today, more historical newspapers are being digitized and made available for users to search for articles more easily. Join Pat Ryan, professional genealogy researcher and instructor, as she offers tips how to use these resources and where to find these digital collections.

Pre-registration is not required.


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