Categories: New Books

New Métis History Book for May 2015

Hogue, Michel. Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, [2015].

Summary: [The book] is a sprawling, ambitious look at how national borders and notions of race were created and manipulated to unlock access to indigenous lands. It is also an intimate story of individuals and families, brought vividly to life by history writing at its best. It begins with the emergence of the Plains Metis and ends with the fracturing of their communities as the Canada-U.S. border was enforced. It also explores the borderland world of the Northern Plains, where an astonishing diversity of people met and mingled: Blackfoot, Cree, Gros Ventre, Lakota, Dakota, Nez Perce, Assiniboine, Anishinaabes, Metis, Europeans, Canadians, Americans, soldiers, police, settlers, farmers, hunters, traders, bureaucrats. In examining the battles that emerged over who belonged on what side of the border, Hogue disputes Canada's peaceful settlement story of the Prairie West and challenges familiar bromides about the "world's longest undefended border."

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for May 22, 2015

Folklore, Spring 2015

* "Kamsack Cyclone" by Garry Radison, pgs. 6-11.

* "Death From Above" by Catherine R. Fenwick , pgs. 12-14.

* "The Northern Fringe: History in a Hurry" by Terry Chamberlain, pgs. 24-26.

* "Raising Chickens in the 1930s and 1940s" by Peggy Durant, pgs. 30-31.

NGS Magazine, April-June 2015, Vol. 41, No. 2

* "Resources for Locating District of Columbia Ancestors" by Sharon Hodges, pgs. 18-23.

* "Testing Family Lore: She Married a Distant Cousin in Virginia" by J. H. Fonkert, pgs. 24-29.

* "Contrasting German Migrations: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Waves" by James M. Beidler, pgs. 30-35.

* "What Happened to Eliza? A Case Study in Female Name Changes" by Nicole Gilkison La Rue, pgs. 52-57.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's Victoria Day 2015 Hours

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

Friday, May 15, 2015: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015: CLOSED
Monday, May 18, 2015: CLOSED

Tuesday, May 19, 2015: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Categories: New Books

New Genealogy and Historical Reference Books for May 2015

Dolan, Allison. The Family Tree Historical Maps Book Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s. Blue Ash, OH: F+W Media, 2015.

Summary: From Ireland to Italy, Portugal to Poland, Germany to Greece, and everywhere in between, explore your ancestors' European homelands through more than 200 gorgeous reproductions of 18th-century maps, 19th-century and early 20th-century maps. These full-color period maps--covering the peak years of European immigration to America--will help you understand changing boundaries in ancestral countries, and inform your search for genealogical records.

Hupchick, Dennis P. and Harold E. Cox. The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe: Revised and Updated. New York, New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Summary: Eastern European history is a difficult subject for Westerners to understand, partly because of the region's political, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, revised and updated for this edition, addresses this need. In 52 two-color, full-page maps and facing page explanatory text, the atlas illustrates key moments in East European history, from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will regard it as a useful reference, and general readers will value it for its clarity and wealth of information.

Probert, Rebecca. Marriage Laws for Genealogists: The Definitive Guide: What Everyone Tracing Their Family Needs to Know About Where, When, Who and How Their English and Welsh Ancestors Married. Kenilworth, [UK] : Takeaway (Publishing), 2012.

Summary: The indispensable guide for all family historians tracing the marriages of their English and Welsh ancestors between 1600 and the twentieth century. Based upon years of painstaking primary research, including new studies of thousands of couples, this book explains clearly and concisely why, how, when and where people in past centuries married. Family historians just starting out will find advice on where 'missing' marriages are most likely to be found, while those who are already well advanced in tracing their family tree will be able to interpret their discoveries to better understand their ancestors' motivations.


New Saskatchewan Records Added to FamilySearch

Two new record sites pertaining to Saskatchewan have been added to the FamilySearch.org website that PHR users maybe interested in using:

* Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994: Transcripts of tombstones from various cemeteries. Series 1, 2, and 3 compiled by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.

* Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957: Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This collection covers church records created 1846-1957, but the content and time period of the records will vary by parish.

Happy researching!


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for May 8, 2015

Alberta History, Spring 2015, Vol. 63, No. 2

* "A Young Englishman's Encounter with Canadian Farm Life," edited by Elkaine Taylor Thomas, pgs. 2-10.

* "Chinese Bachelors Seek Fairness 1936-37" by Daniel Johns, pgs. 13-25.

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

Families, May 2015, Vol. 54, No. 2

* "Diverse Destinies: The Buston Sisters, 1853-1954," by W. Wesley Johnston, pgs. 13-22.

* "A Legacy for My Children," by Marianne Perry, pgs. 23-29.

* "1891 Census Microfilm T-6427 Institutions--Where Were These People?" by Arlyn Montgomery, pgs. 30-34.

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

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 103, No. 1, March 2015

* "Crossing the Continent with Common Names: Indiana Natives John and Elizabeth (Smith) Smith," pgs. 29-35.

* "Indirect Evidence for the Identity of Richard Andrews (1748-1824) of Stark County, Ohio," pgs. 37-48.

* "Context and Comrades Illuminate a Silent Southerner: John Temple (1758-1838), Revolutionary War Pensioner," pgs. 49-67.

Revue Historique, Hiver 2015, Vol. 25, No. 2

* "Le Rougarou ou la légende de loup-garou," par Sylvie Brassard, pgs. 7-9.

* "Pépé Crochet: légende de la Belgique et les enfants de Bellegarde," par Sylvie Brassard, pgs. 10-11.

* "Loup-garous et Rougarous sous la loupe: projet du CRFM de Pamela Sing, Ph.D.," par Mélanie Lemire, pgs. 19-20.

* "Contes et légendes de la Rébellion," par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 23-27.

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine), May/June 2015, Vol. 1, No. 2

* "Strangers in the Attic: The Era of CDVs and CCs," by George Matheson, pgs. 7-10.

* "Organizing and Caring for Old Family Photographs," by Jacky Gamble, pgs. 14-20.

* "Writing Your Family History in Five Steps," by Barbara Krasner, pgs. 37-39.

* "Sacrifice for Victory: Rationing During World War II," by Carol Richey, pgs. 48-51.


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


Categories: New Books

New Prairie History Books for May 2015

Leach, Norman S. Sam Steele: An Officer and a Gentleman. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, [2015].

Summary: Steele's long and storied career threaded through many pivotal moments in Canada's settlement and development history: the Fenian raids, the expansion of law and order (on horseback and sporting red serge) across the North-West Territories, the exile of Sitting Bull into Canada, the construction of the national railroad that welded together the nation, Riel's Rebellion, the Klondike Gold Rush and opening of the North, the Boer War, and the Canada's coming of age during World War I.

Niezen, Ronald. Truth & Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools.

Summary: [The book] offers the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as it is unfolding. Niezen uses interviews with survivors and oblate priests and nuns, as well as testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by the Commission to raise important questions: What makes Canada's TRC different from others around the world? What kinds of narratives are emerging and what does that mean for reconciliation, transitional justice, and conceptions of traumatic memory? What happens to the ultimate goal of reconciliation when a large part of the testimony--that of nuns, priests, and government officials--is scarcely evident in the Commission's proceedings? Thoughtful, provocative, and uncompromising in the need to tell the "truth" as he sees it, Niezen offers an important contribution to our understanding of TRC processes in general, and the Canadian experience in particular.


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.

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