Upcoming April Meeting of the SGS, Regina Branch

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

The meeting starts at 7:00 pm with the typical member sharing and updates followed by a monthly program. This month's program is titled "Creating Research Plans" where members will watch an instructional video by Michael John Neill, columnist for Ancestry World Journal and a board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is also the coordinator and instructor for an annual week of genealogical computing workshops held at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois.

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

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

Categories: New Books

More New Books for April 2015

Belyk, Robert C. Spirits of the West: Eerie Encounters from the Prairies to the Pacific. Victoria, BC: TouchWood Editions, [2014].

Summary: In his latest book in a series of western ghost story collections, Robert C. Belyk relates the stories of ghosts, both friendly and fearful, who haunt museums, hotels, pubs, houses, and many other locations throughout western Canada.

Colpitts, George. Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade, and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780-1882. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Summary: In the British territories of the North American Great Plains, food figured as a key trading commodity after 1780, when British and Canadian fur companies purchased ever-larger quantities of bison meats and fats (pemmican) from plains hunters to support their commercial expansion across the continent. [The book] traces the history of the unsustainable food-market hunt on the plains, which, once established, created distinctive trade relations between the newcomers and the native peoples. It also resulted in the near annihilation of the Canadian bison herds north of the Missouri River.

Ehman, Amy Jo. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens. Lunenburg, NS: MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc., [2014].

Summary: [The book] is the story of people and the food they prepared. With more than 50 photos, it is a window into life as it was then. If you want to know what life was really like in early Saskatchewan, come to the table with us.

Kubik, Wendee and Gregory P. Marchildon. Women's History: History of the Prairie West Series, Vol. 5. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2015.

Summary: This fifth volume of the History of the Prairie West Series contains a broad range of articles spanning the 1870s to the present and examines the mostly unexplored place of women in the history of the Canada's Prairie Provinces. From "Spinsters Need Not Apply" to "Negotiating Sex: Gender in the Ukrainian Bloc Settlement," women's roles in politics, law, agriculture, labour, and journalism are explored to reveal a complex portrait of women struggling to find safety, have careers, raise children, and be themselves in an often harsh environment.

Lazar, Harvey et al., editors. Paradigm Freeze: Why It Is So Hard to Reform Health-Care Policy in Canada. Kingston. ON: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, 2013.

Summary: Why has health care reform proved a stumbling block for provincial governments across Canada? What efforts have been made to improve a struggling system, and how have they succeeded or failed? In [the book], experts in the field answer these fundamental questions by examining and comparing six essential policy issues - regionalization, needs-based funding, alternative payment plans, privatization, waiting lists, and prescription drug coverage - in five provinces. Noting hundreds of recommendations from dozens of reports commissioned by provincial governments over the last quarter century - the great majority to little or no avail - the book focuses on careful diagnosis, rather than unplanned treatment, of the problem. [The book] is based on thirty case studies of policy reform in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


2015 East European Genealogical Society Seminar

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2015 East European Genealogical Society Seminar taking placing in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) on 45 Dalhousie Drive.

The theme of this year's seminar is Ancestral Evidence – Names, Places and Documents! ((Languages include Polish, Ukrainian, German, Latin, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, and Lithuanian).

Presenters include:

* WILLIAM “FRED” HOFFMAN - “Understanding Language Variations of East European First Names” and “The How and Why of East European Place Name Changes”

* MATTHEW BIELAWA - “Analyzing Vital Records of the Austrian, Prussian and Russian Empires”

* JOHN PIHACH - “Beyond Vital Records: Galician Documents of Genealogical Value from Poland and Ukraine”.

Don't forget to check out the "Ask the Experts Panel Session" featuring William “Fred” Hoffman, Matthew Bielawa,John D. Pihach, Brian J. Lenius, and Maralyn A. Wellauer-Lenius!

For more information about or to register, click on the link to their website.


Categories: New Books

New Aboriginal and Métis Books for April 2015

Caron, Ken and Angela Caron. Manny's Memories. Saskatoon, SK: Gabriel Dumont Institute, c2014.

Summary: [The book] introduces us to the Métis community of Round Prairie, Saskatchewan through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the 1940s. Manny shares his boyhood memories of the once vibrant community not too far from Saskatoon's city limits. Though rural life at the time called for hard work, self-sufficiency, and generosity, there was always time to have fun and to enjoy being a young Métis boy.

Coates, Ken. #Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, [2015].

Summary: Idle No More bewildered many Canadians. Launched by four women in Saskatchewan in reaction to a federal omnibus budget bill, the protest became the most powerful demonstration of Aboriginal identity in Canadian history. Thousands of aboriginal people and their supporters took to the streets, shopping malls, and other venues, drumming, dancing, and singing in a collective voice. It was a protest against generations of injustice, a rallying cry for cultural survival, and a reassertion of Aboriginal identity.

Colpitts, George. Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade, and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780-1882. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Summary: In the British territories of the North American Great Plains, food figured as a key trading commodity after 1780, when British and Canadian fur companies purchased ever-larger quantities of bison meats and fats (pemmican) from plains hunters to support their commercial expansion across the continent. [The book] traces the history of the unsustainable food-market hunt on the plains, which, once established, created distinctive trade relations between the newcomers and the native peoples. It also resulted in the near annihilation of the Canadian bison herds north of the Missouri River. Drawing on fur company records and a broad range of Native American history accounts, George Colpitts offers new perspectives on the market economy of the western prairie that was established during this time, one that created asymmetric power among traders and informed the bioregional history of the West where the North American bison became a food commodity hunted to nearly the last animal.

Loyie, Larry. Residential Schools With the Words and Images of Survivors. Brantford, ON: Indigenous Education Press, [2014].

Summary: [The book] honours the survivors, the former students, who attended residential schools. Designed for the Young Adult reader this accessible, 112-page history offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as 125 archival and contemporary images (65 black & white photographs, 51 colour, some never before published).


New and/or Updated FamilySearch Data Sets for 2015

Since we provide patrons with regular updates to new databases or additions within Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) subscription database, it seems only fair to list some of the new or updated content to FamilySearch.org to help you jump start your family history research.

Here is a brief list of data sets that have been added or updated to FamilySearch these past 4 months:


* New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950

* Newfoundland Census, 1921

* Newfoundland Census, 1935

* Newfoundland Census, 1945

* Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907-1932

* Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989

* Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888


* Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919

* Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912

* Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945

* Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953

* France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886

* Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, City Directories, Citizen Rolls, Residence Lists, and School Directories, 1700-1933

* Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801-1980

* Italy, Napoli, Barano d'Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929

* Luxembourg, Church Records, 1601-1948

* Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885

* Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758-1895

* Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910

* Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records, 1607-1955

* Ukraine, Sumy Civil Registers, 1918-1922

* Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811-1858

United Kingdom

* England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918

* England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634-1900

* Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009

* United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United States

* California Immigration Registers of Japanese, Filipinos, and Hawaiians at San Francisco, 1928-1942

* California, Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco, 1912-1943

* California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952

* California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953

* Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990

* Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959

* Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950

* Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990

* Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907

* Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910

* North Dakota, Census, 1915

* North Dakota, Census 1925

* South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909-1958

* Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977

* United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934


Updates to ALE - April 2015

Here is a brief summary of the new and updated databases that have been added to the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition database these past several months:


* 1911 Census of Canada (updated)

* Canada, Quaker Meeting Records, 1786-1988


* Berlin, Germany, Selected Deaths, 1874-1920 (in German)

* Dresden, Germany, Births, 1876-1902 (in German)

* Dresden, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1922 (in German)

* Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (in Hungarian)

* Madeira, Portugal, Baptism Index, 1860-1911 (in Portuguese)

* Mannheim, Germany, Births, 1870-1900 (in German)

* Mannheim, Germany, Deaths, 1870-1950 (in German)

* Mannheim, Germany, Marriages, 1870-1920 (in German)

* Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893 (in Swedish) (updated)


* Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 (updated)

* Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom

* Bexley, Kent, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1925

* Bexley, Kent, England, Cemetery Registers, 1879-1985

* UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1900-1928

* West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914

United States

* Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952

* North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925 (updated)

* South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970

* U.S., Residents Serving in the British Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1919

* U.S., Residents Serving in Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918

Note: This database is accessible in-house at all 9 branches of Regina Public Library, including the Prairie History Room at Central Library. Users simply need to have an updated library card to log onto the computer terminals to access this database.

Transitioning to a New Library Catalogue

For those of you who might have already noticed this change when you searched for an item in our library catalogue, Regina Public Library is transitioning to a new interface that offers all the same features with one noticeable improvement--the ability to search our catalogue on mobile devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets).

Click on the banner or this link to read and learn more about the transition to the new interface.


Categories: New Magazines

New magazines for April 2015

Generations, March 2015, Vol. 40, No. 1

While the issue offers a variety of updates and local interest stories, check out the latest Manitoba Genealogical Society's project: "Manitoba Names Index (MANI)," pgs. 4-5.

Internet Genealogy, April/May 2015, Vol. 10, No. 1

* "There is a Lovely Land" by Carol Richey, pgs. 6-10. Note: The article looks at how to research your Danish genealogical roots.

* "Cloud Storage and Your Genealogy!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 20-24.

* "Was Your Ancestor a True 'Child of the Sea'?" by David A. Norris, pgs. 31-34. Note: The article recommends where you can look if your ancestors were born at sea.

* "Parsons and Priests and Reverends and Rectors" by David A. Norris, pgs. 38-42.

Manitoba History, Winter 2015, No. 77

* "'An Excuse for Being So Bold': D. W. McDermid and the Early Development of the Manitoba Institute for the Death and Dumb 1888-1900" by Sandy R. Barron, pgs. 2-12.

* "Stories of Bayanihan and Belonging: Filipinos in Manitoba, Part 2" by Alison Marshall, pgs. 13-22.

* "A Stitch in Time: Winnipeg Jews and the Garment Industry" by Stan Carbone, pgs. 23-27.

* "Dick Tracy Gets Smacked Down: Comic Crimes in Manitoba" by Sgt. John Burchill, pgs. 28-35.

Note: Issue also contains the Spring 2015 edition of the "MHS Gazette".

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine), March/April 2015, Vol. 1, No. 1

* "The Old Dead Folks Club" by Robbie Gorr, pgs. 7-10.

* "Genealogy Tourism" by Lisa A. Alzo, pg. 13.

* "Searching for Ancestors in the British Department of State" by Ed Storey, pgs. 14-17.

* "Go Paperless" by Carol Richey, pgs. 36-38.

* "Unravelling a Pomeranian Mystery" by Lori Alexander, pgs. 48-51.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


SGS' 2015 AGM

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 550 Sangster Blvd, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Here is the tentative schedule for the day:

08:30 - Registration
09:30 - Greetings
09:45 - Databases: Help or Hindrance - Laura Hanowski
11:00 - Digging Deeper: ... Saskatchewan Archives - Tim Novak
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - AGM (including presentation on Organizational Review)

For more information about the AGM or to register, click to download the PDF forms.

Categories: PHR News

2015 Easter Hours for PHR

Photo Attribute: Easter Background

The Prairie History Room's (PHR) operating hours for the upcoming Easter weekend are:

Thursday, April 2, 2015: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday, April 3, 2015: CLOSED

Saturday, April 4, 2015: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 5, 2015: CLOSED

Monday, April 6, 2015: CLOSED

Tuesday, April 7, 2015: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

On behalf of the staff, we would like to wish all of our researchers and colleagues a Happy Easter!

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