Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

NGS Magazine, July-September 2014, Vol. 40, No. 3

* "No Federal Pension File for a Pennsylvania Revolutionary War Soldier?" by Sharon Cook MacInnes, pgs. 21-28.

* "Just How Vital Were Those Vital Records?" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 44-47.

* "Rich, Poor, and All the Rest: Why Class Matters to Genealogists" by Stefani Evans, pgs. 48-53.

SGS Bulletin, August 2014, Vol. 45, No. 2

* "Researching Men & Women Who Served in World War I" by Rae W. Chamberlain, pgs. 8-20.

* "Somewhere in Saskatchewan" by Beverley Gutenberg, pgs. 21-24.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News

Upcoming Labour Day 2014 Hours for PHR

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this Labour Day weekend:

Friday, August 29, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014: CLOSED
Monday, September 1, 2014: CLOSED

Tuesday, September 2, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Books

New Aboriginal and Metis Studies Books for August 2014

Andersen, Chris. Metis: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood. [Vancouver, BC]: University of British Columbia Press, 2014.

Summary: Ask any Canadian what "Metis" means, and they will likely say "mixed race" or "part Indian, part white." Canadians consider Metis people mixed in ways that other indigenous people -- First Nations and Inuit -- are not, and the census and the courts have premised their recognition of the Metis on this race-based understanding. Chris Andersen argues that Canada got it wrong. He weaves together personal anecdotes, critical race theory, and discussions of history and law to demonstrates that our understanding of "Metis" -- that our very preoccupation with mixedness - is not natural but stems from more than 150 years of sustained labour on the part of the state, scholars, and indigenous organizations.

Hansen, Hans V., editor. Riel's Defence: Perspectives on His Speeches. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

Summary: In 1885, Louis Riel was charged with high treason, found guilty, and consequently executed for his role in Saskatchewan's North-West Rebellion. During his trial, the Métis leader gave two speeches, passionately defending the interests of the Métis in western Canada as well as his own life. Riel's Defence studies these speeches, demonstrating the range of Riel's political and personal concerns. The first and better known of the two speeches addresses the jury, while Riel's second speech - rarely reprinted - addresses the court following his guilty verdict. Both orations have been edited, annotated, and reprinted, and are followed by essays from diverse perspectives including philosophy, law, history, political science, religion, and communication studies.

Louttit, Ernie. Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada : Purich Publishing Ltd., 2013.

Summary: When he began his career with the Saskatoon Police in 1987, Ernie Louttit was only the city's third native police officer. Indian Ernie, as he came to be known on the streets, here details an era of challenge, prejudice, and also tremendous change in urban policing. Drawing from his childhood, army career, and service as a veteran patrol officer, Louttit shares stories of criminals and victims, the night shift, avoiding politics, but most of all, the realities of the marginalized and disenfranchised. Louttit spent his entire career (including as a Sergeant) patrolling the streets of Saskatoon's west side, an area until recently beset by poverty, and terrible social conditions. Here, he struggled to bring justice to communities where the lines between criminal and victim often blurred. Though Louttit's story is characterized by conflict, danger, and violence, he argues that love and empathy for the community you serve are the greatest tools in any officer's hands, especially when policing society's less fortunate.


Categories: Recommended Websites

101 Best Genealogy Websites in 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, Family Tree magazine released its annual list of 101 best online free and paid genealogy resources.

Similar to previous years, the list is divided into different categories, including:

* Best Big Genealogy Websites
* Best Canadian Genealogy Websites
* Best US Genealogy Websites
* Best British and Irish Genealogy Websites
* Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
* Best Tech Tools

Don't forget to mark your calendars for PHR's upcoming presentation on "Best Genealogy Websites of 2014" later this fall. In the meantime, enjoy exploring some of the great sites honored by Family Tree.

- May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for August 2014

Families, August 2014, Vol. 53, No. 3

* "For Mom: With Love and Memories" by Marianne Perry, pgs. 6-11, and 32.

* "The Petawawa Plains Land Clearances" by Robb. Gorr, pgs. 17-20.

* "How a Toronto Bookbindery Girl Named Lizzie Wyllie Became a National News Headline in 1892" by Richard Deuel, pgs. 22-28.

Note: Issue contains the August issue of "Newsleaf", a supplement to the magazine.

Internet Genealogy, Aug/Sept 2014, Vol. 9, No. 3

* "Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition" by Tony Brandy, pgs. 12-17.

* "How to Get Your Teen Involved in Genealogy" by Kellie Jensen, pgs. 25-26.

Manitoba History, Summer 2014, No. 75

* "A Tale of Two Houses: the Rise and Demise of the Legislative Council of Manitoba, 1871-1876" by Major David Grebstad, pgs. 2-12.

* "Midwives in the Mennonite West Reserve of Manitoba, 1881-1900" by Conrad Stoesz, pgs. 13-24.

* "Victoria Beach and the Cottage Experience: Early Years and Beyond" by Sheila Grover and Greg Thomas, pgs. 29-37.

* "Not All Down Hill From There: The Shoal Lake Aqueduct and the Greater Winnipeg Water District" by David A. Ennis, pgs. 28-44.

* "Probing an Online Index at Familysearch" by Smiljka Kitanovic, pgs. 36-40.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 2, June 2014

* "Why and How did Philippina Kicherer Immigrate to Jefferson County, Pennsylvania?" by Judy Kellar Fox, pgs 85-92.

* "Using Networks to Backtrack the Migration and Identify the Parents of Jacob Wynkoop of Morgan County, Ohio, pgs. 111-127.

* "Testing the FAN Principle Against DNA: Ziphy (Watts) Price Cooksey Cooksey of Georgia and Mississippi" by Elizabeth Shown Mills, pgs. 129-152.


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


Categories: PHR News

Upcoming PHR Hours for the August Long Weekend in 2014

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this August long weekend:

Friday, August 1, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 2, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 3, 2014: CLOSED
Monday, August 4, 2014: CLOSED

Tuesday, August 5, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Handbooks

Note: This book is also available to borrow from Central's genealogy collection for 3 weeks!

Beidler, James M. The Family Tree: German Genealogy Guide. Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, [2014]

Summary: Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.

Morin, Gail. First Métis Families of Quebec: Volume 2 Jean Nicolet and a Nipissing Woman. Baltimore, MD : Clearfield, 2014.

Summary: This series traces the descendants of those Métis families who ultimately settled in the western part of the North American continent. Volume 1, an overview volume, traces all fifty-six recorded Métis families for three generations. In this new volume, all of Madeleine or Euphrosine Nicolet’s descendants are followed for ten generations. Her most notable descendant is Andre Carriere, born 30 March 1779 and baptized the next day at Boucherville. Andre arrived in the early Red River Settlement area of Manitoba about 1802-1805. His marriage to Angelique Dion or Lyon resulted in eleven children. Many of his descendants remained in Western Canada, but they are also found on the rolls of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa of North Dakota and the Little Shell Band of Indians of Montana.


Categories: PHR Programs

Mark Your Calendar Again! Upcoming Talk on the Saskatchewan and the Great War

To commemorate the centenary of the Great World, the Prairie History Room is pleased to offer the following free presentation this fall.

The Great War’s Impact on Saskatchewan, 1914-1918

Presenter: Bill Brennan

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7 pm to 9 pm
Second Floor Mezzanine, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

In Saskatchewan and across Canada, young men initially rushed off to war, but voluntary enlistment failed to maintain the fighting strength of the Canadian Expeditionary Force sparking a national debate over conscription. While the war gave tremendous stimulus to political and social reforms, it also raised suspicions about the loyalty of some Saskatchewan residents, enflaming ethnic and religious tensions in our province. Join historian Bill Brennan as he discusses the impact of the Great War on Saskatchewan and the wartime experiences of residents on the home front.

For more information about this presentation, phone the Prairie History Room at 777-6011. Note: No pre-registration is required!


Categories: PHR Programs

Mark Your Calendars! New Digging For Your Roots Programs Set for October and November 2014

Granted it is still the middle of July and most of you are not even thinking about what you will be doing this fall. But for those of you who like to pre-plan your activities, here is some news about upcoming genealogy programs...

After a long hiatus, the Prairie History Room will be offering several genealogical workshops to help researchers discover their family roots. Whether it is learning how to use historical maps or discovering which website is recommended by the “experts”, this series of free lectures is guaranteed to help kick start your family and local history research this fall!

For more information about these workshops, phone the Prairie History Room at 777-6011. Note: No pre-registration is required!

Discovering the 1921 Canadian Census
Instructor: Pat Ryan
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Between the years 1911 to 1921, Canada’s population increased by 1.5 million, with Alberta’s and Saskatchewan’s population growing by more than 50 percent. To keep track of this huge population growth, a federal census was conducted, enumerating and detailing the lives of more than 8.8 million Canadian residents.
Join Pat Ryan, certified genealogy instructor, as we explore the 1921 Canadian Census records. Pat will explain how the records are organized, what questions were asked, and finally, how researchers can utilize this invaluable genealogical resource more effectively. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.

Maps, Maps and More Maps!
Instructor: Pat Ryan
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Maps are more than just pieces of paper or digital printouts to help get you from point A to point B. In many cases, maps can provide invaluable research clues for genealogists. Join Pat Ryan, certified genealogy instructor, as she demonstrates where to look for the maps, how to decode the information on them, and shares tips on how to use these research tools more effectively. You cannot do genealogy without using the appropriate contemporary maps, atlases, and gazetteer. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.

Tracing your WWI Ancestors
Instructor: May P. Chan
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

2014 marks the centenary of the “Great War” or World War I. From 1914 to 1918, 630, 000 Canadian men and women served in this conflict, which claimed over 60, 000 lives. Join May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian, as she discusses key facts about the war, points out where to look for military records, and offers research tips to those studying their ancestors who served in this conflict. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.

Best Genealogy Websites of 2014
Instructor: May P. Chan
Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre, 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.ca? Not sure where to go to obtain a passenger list homestead record or even a death certificate? Join May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian at Regina Public Library, as she rounds up and examines the best genealogy websites of 2014 that are currently available to researchers. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for July 2014 - Part 2

Alberta History, Summer 2014, Vol. 62, No. 3

* "The Summer of 1914" by Bill Yeo, pgs. 2-4.

* "A Map and Partial Manuscript of Blackfoot Country" by Margaret Kennedy, pgs. 5-14.

* "George Roy Tells of Early Days of Edmonton" by George Roy, pgs. 24-26.

Note: Issue also contains the July edition of "History Now", the newsletter for The Historical Society of Alberta.

Family Chronicle, July/August 2014, Vol. 18, No. 6

* "The 10 Lessons You Can Learn From an Oral Historian" by Barbara D. Krasner, pgs. 7-9.

* "So, How Did they Get 'Polly' from 'Mary'?" by David A. Norris, pgs. 23-26.

* "Sound Genealogy: Beware the Sand Built House" by Susan Davis Faulkner, pgs. 31-35. Note: Article focuses on the importance of documenting and using solid research to build your family tree.

Folklore, Summer 2014, Vol. 35, No. 3

* "The Crescent Lake Rascals" by Wilmar Shingoose, pgs. 6-7.

* "Notes from the Field: Folklore and Barns in Southern Saskatchewan" by Kristin Catherwood, pgs. 8-12.

* "Tripping the Light Fantastic at the School Dances" by Judy Revoy, pgs. 30-31.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.

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