Categories: New Magazines

New magazines for March 2015

NGS Magazine, January-March 2015, Vol. 41, No. 1

* "Educational Opportunities in Genealogy Part 2" by Julie Cahill Tarr, pgs. 16-20.

* "Using FamilySearch to Solve Genealogical Problems: 15 Tips" by James Ison, pgs. 22-27.

* "Who Changed Our Ancestors' Names?" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 45-48.

Relatively Speaking, February 2015, Vol. 43, No. 1

* "Whatever Happened to Jeannie McNeilly?" by Grant Nicol, pgs. 9-13.

* "Using WWI Records to Identify Family Groups in a One-Name Study" by Marilyn M. Astle and Peter Astle, pgs. 16-19.

* "Preacher Kelly" by Gloria (Kennett) Cathcart, pgs. 20-24.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: New Books

Finally In...Legacy of Worship Book

The Prairie History Room has finally received its copy of:

Hryniuk, Margaret and Frank Korvemaker. Legacy of Worship: Sacred Places in Rural Saskatchewan. Regina, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books, [2014].

Summary: The writer/photographer team that brought you the award-winning Legacy of Stone has scoured the province for sacred places that illustrate the finest of Saskatchewan’s art and design. Rural religious gathering places often display the work of folk artists and craftspeople, as well as that of professional artists and architects; they are the last repository of primitive art and such crafts as weaving, metal-smithing, needlework and furniture making. This book presents sacred places that illustrate how beauty in any form inspires and nurtures the soul. They demonstrate the universal, eternal need for art and beauty, and the importance of valuing and protecting the religious heritage so important to our identity and our proud place in Canada. [The book profiles over 60 rural churches, representing 15 spiritual denominations].

Saskatchewan Connection to "X-Company" TV Show

Here is a surprising Saskatchewan connection to tonight's premiere of CBC's new spy drama, X-Company, courtesy of our colleagues at the University of Regina Archives and Special Collections:

X Company dramatizing five highly skilled young recruits trained as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario - Camp X. These agents parachute behind enemy lines during World War II to fight Nazism. Camp X was established by Sir William Stephenson, a Canadian who worked for the British spy service during the War and was the research subject of one of our journalist/writers William Stevenson. Some of Stevenson's papers are in the University of Regina Archives & Special Collections and contain interviews and numerous materials provided by Sir William for Stevenson's books, 'A Man Called Intrepid' and 'Intrepid's Last Case'.

Further information about the CBC show can be found at:

and William Stevenson's archival Finding Aid can be found at:

Mark Vajcner
University Archivist
University of Regina


Categories: New Magazines

New magazines for February

Folklore, Winter 2014/15

* "Incidentally, the good old days never existed" by Amy Jo Ehman, pgs. 8-12.

* "African Residents of Saskatchewan: A Long and Proud History of Enterprise and Freedom" by Ebele Mogo, pgs. 14-16.

* "Did They Become Scientists?" by Lois (Borland) Lee, p. 17.

* "Once Upon Saskatoon's First Suburb: A Brief History of Mayfair & Kelsey-Woodlawn" by Shannon McAvoy, p. 18-24.

* "1948 Saskatchewan Air Ambulance" by Lois Gibson, p. 26-27.

* "Why I Love Saskatchewan - Part 5: One-Room Schools" by Beryl Forgay, p. 28-30.

Note: issue contains the January 2015 copy of "SHFS Bulletin", the newsletter for The Sask. History & Folklore Society, Inc..

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National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 102, No. 4, December 2014

* "Identifying Stephen Lockwood of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Easton, New York, Husband of Abigail Marshall" by Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG pgs. 245-251.

* "John Walton, English Immigrant, New Hampshire Native, or Phantom?" by James Walton, pgs. 253-261.

* "Genealogical Research in Iowa" by Marieta A. Grissom, pgs. 263-306.


Note: These magazine issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


RootsTech 2015 Streaming Live Lessons

For those of us who are unable to attend this year's RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend, you can still catch some of the sessions for free by streaming it online on your computer.

Here is a list of the free online sessions with dates and times (note: Salt Lake City is one hour behind us in Saskatchewan so remember to adjust your schedule accordingly or else you will miss your session!):

Thursday, February 12, 2015
8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. - "Thursday General Session"
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - "30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without" by D. Joshua Taylor
1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. - "You've Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?" by Karen Auman
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - "What's New at FamilySearch" by Devin Ashby
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - "Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy" by Diahan Southard

Friday, February 13, 2015
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. - "Innovator Summit Challenge Event"
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - "Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox" by Thomas MacEntee
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - "Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future" by Anne Leishman
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - "The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters" by Valerie Elkins

Saturday, February 14, 2015
8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. - "Saturday General Session"
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - "Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins" by Amy Archibald
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - "Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps" by Crystal Beutler
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - "Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life" by Alison Taylor
4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. - "Finding Your Family on Newspapers.com" by Peter Drinkwater

To catch any of the sessions, click on this link to the RootsTech's livestreaming page.


Categories: PHR News

2015 Family Day Weekend Hours for PHR

Please note the following holiday hours for the upcoming Family Day weekend:

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - CLOSED
Monday, February 16, 2015 (Family Day) - CLOSED
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Upcoming February 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, February 24, 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 " Funeral Home Records" where Nathan Gerow, a Family Representative for Arbor Memorial and employee at Regina Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, will be on hand to answer questions about the genealogical information one can glean from records maintained by funeral homes.

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.

Heritage Week (February 16-21, 2015) Events Open to the Public

Next week celebrates Heritage Week (February 16-21, 2015) here in Saskatchewan, culminating in the Heritage Saskatchewan Forum & AGM taking place at the Delta Regina Hotel on February 20 & 21, 2015.

Not to worry if you are unable to attend the conference weekend as Heritage Week provides a number of free events open to the public:

Monday, February 16, 2015 - "Restoration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building" by Spencer Higgins
7 pm to 9 pm, Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, 2125 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK

Mr. Higgins' firm is the lead consultant for the current restoration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building Tower. This project was preceded by several other projects on the Legislative Building, including a demonstration of typical repair and access procedures in 2008 and the earlier preparation of a conservation master plan for BBK Engineers. Prior to this the firm restored the tower and entrances of the Manitoba Legislative Building with Dillon Consulting, and has carried out several major conservation projects in Ottawa including the Library of Parliament and the Peace Tower. Mr. Higgins will provide a brief overview of these projects and discuss the problems encountered on large institutional projects of this nature.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Archaeology and the New Technologies
7 pm to 8:30 pm, RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, 2311-11th Avenue, Regina, SK

Organized by the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport, Heritage Conservation Branch, this presentation will explore how advances in technology have contributed to archaeological research, particularly 3D modelling, image enhancement and aerial mapping. For more information, call 306-787-5774.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - Yorkton Film Festival's "To Make a Farm" film screening
7 pm to 9 pm, Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK

The screening will be followed by a discussion and reception.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation - Program Reception
7 pm to 9 pm, Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK

A showcase of grant recipients and an opportunity to network with the Board and staff of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, as well Heritage Stakeholders.

For those who to learn more about the upcoming conference & AGM and what other heritage-related events will be happening in or around Regina next week, check out Heritage Saskatchewan's website.


Categories: New Magazines

New January Magazines

Alberta History, Winter 2015, Vol. 63, No. 1

* "Mary Warren's Letters from the Home Front, 1916-1917" edited by Hugh A. Dempsey, pgs. 2-15.

* "Calgary in 1888" by Henry Norman, pgs. 16-19.

* "Recollections of an Experminentalist" by W. D. Albright, pgs. 20-24.

Note: issue contains the January 2015 copy of "History Now", the newsletter for The Historical Society of Alberta.

Families, February 2015, Vol. 54, No. 1

* "The Surrogate Family of Dr. John Matthew Munro" by Joyce Huth Munro, pgs. 6-10.

* "From Union Jack to Union Blue: Part Two" by Daniel Parkinson, pgs. 11-16.

* "The Trail of a Burnham Black Sheep: Silas (alias Zacheus) Burnham, c. 1840-1918" by Frederick I. Hill, pgs. 23-27.

Note: Issue also contains the supplement, "Newsleaf".


Note: These magazine issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


2015 Archives Week Event in Regina

To help celebrate the 10th annual Archives Week in Saskatchewan (February 1-7, 2015), the Saskatchewan Council of Archives and Archivists invites you to attend the following event:

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 from 7pm - 9pm
Bushwakker Brew Pub (2206 Dewdney Ave. Regina)

Admission is FREE of charge however, food and beverages are available for purchase.

For more details about the event or the events happening in other communities, click on the hyperlink for the Saskatchewan Council of Archives and Archivists' Archives Week 2015 webpage.

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