Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for November 2014

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 3, September 2014

* "Goggins and Goggans of South Carolina: DNA Helps Document the basis of an Emancipated Family's Surname" by Morna Lahnice Hollister, pgs. 165-176.

* "Finding a Father for Isaac Young, A Virginia Native in California" by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, pgs. 177-188.

* "Captain George Markham's Militia Company: Virginia Not Connecticut" by Craig Roberts Scott, pgs. 201-230.

Saskatchewan History, Fall/Winter 2014, Vol. 66, No. 2

* "Oh, Oh, Oh, It's a Lovely War! One Nurse's Story" by Myrna Williams, pgs. 6-10.

* "The Star-Shaped Scar: Wartime Memories of Billy Hayes" by Peggy Hayes Looby, pgs. 12-13

* "Changing Perceptions: Great war Posters 1914-1918" by Jaimie Fedorak, pgs. 28-33.

* "'Terrible in the Telling': Excerpts From J. S. Wood's World War I Log" by Ruth Millar, pgs. 40-47.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for Late October 2014

Downs, Art. The Law and the Lawless: Frontier Justice on the Canadian Prairies, 1873-1895. Victoria, BC: Heritage House, 2014.

Summary: They looked impressive in their red tunics, but the members of the fledgling North West Mounted Police had little experience as they departed from Fort Garry in 1874 on a mission to bring order to the lawless territories west of the Red River. There they found a vast and rugged land ruled by whiskey traders, outlaws, and First Nations determined to defend their way of life from encroaching settlers. From remote barracks in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, the new recruits quickly rose to the job of dispatching justice to criminals[.]

Marshall, Alison R. Cultivating Connections: The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2014.

Summary: In the late 1870s, thousands of Chinese men left coastal British Columbia and the western United States and headed east. For these men, the Prairies were a land of opportunity: there, they could open shops, and potentially earn enough money to marry. The result of almost a decade's research and more than three hundred interviews, "Cultivating Connections" tells the stories of some of prairie Canada's Chinese settlers - across the generations, between the genders, and through cultural difference. These stories reveal the critical importance of networks of belonging within these communities in coping with experiences of racism and establishing a successful life on the Prairies.

Mercredi, Morningstar. Morningstar: A Warrior's Spirit. Regina, Sask.: Coteau Books, 2006.

Summary: A powerful and moving story of one woman's victory over abuse, poverty, and discrimination to recover her life, her self-esteem and the love of her son. Morningstar Mercredi was born and lived in the north - Fort Chipewayan and Fort McMurray in Alberta, Uranium City in Saskatchewan, and a number of small communities.

Trimble, Linda et al. Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, c2013.

Summary: Following significant increases in women's electoral representation in the 1980s and '90s, progress has stalled. Today, there are only a few more women in Canada's parliament and legislatures than a decade ago. What has happened to the representational gains for women and why does gender parity remain so elusive? To answer these questions, Stalled provides a detailed roadmap of women's political representation as candidates, office-holders, cabinet ministers, party leaders, and as representatives of the Crown at all levels of government across Canada. Comprehensive and accessible, this volume makes clear that women are far from achieving equality in sites of formal political power.

In Case You Missed Them...

Sorry for the delay but for those who missed Pat Ryan's workshops on the 1921 Canadian Census and on Maps this month, here are some tips shared with participants that you may find useful...

1921 Canadian Census

* The 1921 nominal index and digital images are only available through Ancestry.ca and Ancestry Library Edition database. Users to the Prairie History Room will be able to access the Ancestry Library Edition database will a valid library card

* Indexing for the 1921 census is highly problematic. For example, Pat showcased how certain family surnames were totally misspelled and/or transcribed:

VANWORMER (original) -> VAUCOMEL (1921 census)
GILMOUR (original) -> GIBERTSON (1921 census)

* Pat recommend using the legal land description (if you have it) and/or browsing the images of the sub-district to make up for the poor indexing.

Maps, Maps and more Maps

* There are tons of recommended online resources to track down maps, but one tip that Pat has to offer is this one: Just Google whatever maps, atlases, or gazetteers you are interested in. Try varying your search terms for different matches. Make your search terms very specific like “map kilwinning”, or “kilwinning map” [you’ll get different results], or be general “maps Scotland” or “map Ayrshire” … whatever you’re interested in.

* Some recommended places to start for maps include:

Google Earth for Genealogy - FREE - Using digital historical maps, it is possible to overlay maps of cemeteries where family members are buried, Public Land Survey maps (township-range-and-section maps) and other historical maps that provide a visual image of where our ancestors lived compared to how that same area looks today. Pat recommends you check out Lisa Louise Cooke's free guide on how to use this tool.

David RUMSEY Historical Map Collection - FREE; One of the world’s largest private map collections. Over 150,000 high resolution maps available.

Sanborn Insurance Maps - FREE; Digitized by the Library of Congress are some 50,000 editions comprising an estimated seven hundred thousand individual sheets of large scaled maps dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Designed for fire insurance purposes they are useful to genealogists due to their historical detail.

Federation of East European Family History Societies [FEEFHS] Map Library - FREE

Atlas of Saskatchewan [Ethnic Bloc Settlements] - FREE


Free Virtual Genealogy Fair, October 28-30, 2014

Whether you are beginning your research or are an experienced genealogist researching American relatives, tune in to the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Virtual Genealogy Fair. This three-day online event will be held this coming October 28–30.

It’s free, and registration is not needed. Real-time captioning will be available for all sessions through Streamtext.

The Fair will have 17 lectures on a variety of topics including: an introduction to Federal records of a genealogical interest; how to preserve family records; NARA’s “Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives” web pages; NARA’s Access to Archival Databases; citizenship records; land records; patent records; military records; documenting aliens during times of war; Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI case files; and genealogical websites.

Participants will be able to submit questions via Twitter using #genfair2014.

Click on this link to see the 3 day schedule of the presentations.

Upcoming Regina Branch Meeting of SGS for October 2014

The Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be touring the Regina Family History Centre at 550 Sangster Blvd this TUESDAY, October 28, 2014. Please note that the building is usually locked so attendees are asked to go to the east doors and ring the buzzer.

Attendees are welcome to bring a USB drive with a PAF, RootsMagic or Gedcom file with your genealogy records. There are just four computers in the FHC, so you are welcome to bring your laptop. Then we can have a hands-on workshop where everyone works on their own genealogy.

The Regina FHC is one of a huge network of genealogical resource centers operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Attend this tour to learn of the many resources housed at the center, as well as many more resources available from the center.

For more information about the meeting and to RSVP, contact them via email at sgsregina@gmail.com. For information about the Regina branch, check out their website.


Categories: PHR Programs

Upcoming Talk on "The Great War's Impact on Saskatchewan, 1914-1918"

Just a friendly reminder about an upcoming talk this Tuesday night...

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: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for October 2014

Alberta History, Autumn 2014, Vol. 62, No. 4

* "The Second Raymond Sugar Factory: U&I Sugar's Canadian Venture, 1925-31" by Charles L. Schmalz, pgs. 2-9.

* "The Battle At Three Ponds--Three Versions" edited by Hugh A. Dempsey, pgs. 10-17.

* "Reminiscences of an English Boy in Canada, part three" by Arthur William Turner, pgs. 18-27.

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

Worth, Fall 2014, Vol. 26, No. 3

* "Tornado versus Library" by Keith Foster, pgs. 10-11. Note: the article focuses on the original Carnegie building of the Regina Public Library which first opened its doors on May 11, 1912. The Carnegie building was eventually torn down to make room for the now existing Central Library.

* "Museum Has 31 Buildings and More than 150 Pieces of Vintage Farm Machinery" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 12-14.

* "Almost a Goner! The Historic Landmark Known as Polish Church" by Lenore Swystun, pgs. 15-16. Note: the article is about the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church near Redberry Lake, which is located 80 km northwest of Saskatoon.


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


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Reference and Manuals

Brandt, Bruce and Edward Reimer Brandt. Where to Look for Hard-to-Find German-Speaking Ancestors in Eastern Europe: Index to 19,720 Surnames in 13 books, With Historical Background on Each Settlement. 2nd edition. [Minneapolis, MN ] : Clearfield 2007, c1993 (Baltimore, Md : Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Summary: In this work, Bruce Brandt and his father, Edward, furnish us with the surname of every German-speaking individual who appears in thirteen authoritative histories--eleven of them written in German--that document the massive emigration of Germanic individuals to Eastern Europe. In all, this work lists 19,720 surnames of German-speaking ancestors who emigrated to Russia, Poland, Romania, and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. In the introductory chapters to the book the authors provide an extremely informative history of German settlement in Eastern Europe and detailed summaries of each of their sources.

Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook: Births, Marriages, Deaths. 6th Edition. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, [2013].

Summary: [The book] offers a complete, up-to-date collection of vital records application forms from nations throughout the world, thus simplifying and speeding up the process by which vital records are obtained.

The following books can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Helm, Matthew L. and April Leigh Helm. Genealogy Online for Dummies. 7th edition. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2014.

Summary: Research your family history using the latest online tools and apps Genealogy Online For Dummies, 7th Edition is the perfect book to help you conduct genealogical research. Updated to cover the latest online tools, this new edition shows you how to leverage social networks and the rapidly increasing number of mobile apps to locate family members and trace their histories.

Quillen, W. Daniel. Mastering Family, Library & Church Records. 2nd edition. [Cold Spring Harbor, NY] : Cold Spring Press, 2014.

Summary: Family records often supply genealogists with far more information than most individuals are aware. Sources such as family bibles, legal papers, letters, and even old photos can provide great data. Church records in particular are routinely overlooked but can provide a wealth of genealogical information, often extending family trees back-and forward-several generations. Libraries are often great depositories of information that go unsearched as genealogists explore more exotic sources of information such as Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com and CyndisList.com. Quillen's style of using his own ancestors to illustrate research techniques, as well as his entertaining writing style, have made each of these books popular among genealogists.

Quillen, W. Daniel. Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors. 7th Edition. [Cold Spring Harbor, New York] : Cold Spring Press, 2014.

Summary: Quillen teaches the basics of getting started and guides readers through the tricks and techniques of professional genealogists, and best of all the book is filled with real-life examples from Dan's own searches over the years. Readers are pointed to the most current web sites and government records where information can be gleaned. Overlooked resources - such as military, family and church records - are identified and instructions for procuring and using them are included. Readers will also be treated to detailed suggestions on how to write an effective and interesting life history that will be treasured by the budding genealogist's descendants. This revised edition has a new section on the Soundex system; new topics in Internet research, including new web sites; and more on immigration, naturalization, census and military records.

Shrimpton, Jayne. Tracing Your Ancestors Through Family Photographs: a Complete Guide for Family and Local Historians. Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Family History, 2014.

Summary: Using over 150 old photographs as examples, she shows how such images can give a direct insight into the past and into the lives of the individuals who are portrayed in them. Almost every family and local historian works with photographs, but often the fascinating historical and personal information that can be gained from them is not fully understood. They are one of the most vivid and memorable ways into the past. This concise but comprehensive guide describes the various types of photograph and explains how they can be dated. It analyses what the clothes and style of dress can tell us about the people in the photographs, their circumstances and background. Sections look at photographs of special occasions – baptisms, weddings, funerals - and at photographs taken in wartime, on holiday and at work. There is advice on how to identify the individuals shown and how to find more family photographs through personal connections, archives and the internet - and how to preserve them for future generations.

Wills, Simon. Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors: a Guide for Family Historians. Barnsley : Pen & Sword Family History, 2012.

Summary: Simon Wills's concise and informative historical guide takes the reader and researcher through the fascinating story of Britain's merchant service, and he shows you how to trace individual men and women and gain an insight into their lives. In a series of short, information-packed chapters he explains the expansion of Britain's global maritime trade and the fleets of merchant ships that sustained it in peace and war. He describes the lives, duties and tribulations of the generations of crews who sailed in these ships, whether as ordinary seamen or as officers, stewards, engineers and a myriad of other roles. And he identifies the websites you can explore, the archives, records and books you can read, and the places you can visit in order to gain an understanding of what your seagoing ancestor did and the world he knew.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for October 2014

Family Chronicle, Sept/Oct 2014, Vol. 19, No. 1

* "Searching for Joseph Ernest goddard" by Barry Forbes, pgs. 6-10.

* "Making Connections in 5 Steps" by Carol Richey, pgs. 20-23.

* "The English in Canada" by Ed Storey, pgs. 31-35.

Internet Genealogy, Oct/Nov 2014, Vol. 9, No. 4

* "Finding Your Dutch Ancestors Online" by Yvette Hoitink, pgs. 6-11.

* "Genealogy on the Go: The Fall 2014 Roundup of Apps for Your Mobile Research!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 13-17.

* "One Man Bands--Playing Another Genealogical Tune" by Karen Evans, pgs. 31-33. Note: Article looks at websites such as The Coalmining History Resource Centre And Peter Higginbotham's Workhouses site that helps to provide context for genealogical research.

* "Deciphering Old Script" by Carol Richey, pgs. 34-37.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2014 Thanksgiving Hours

photo attribution: Julie, courtesy of Flickr

The Prairie History Room's operating hours for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will be:

Friday, October 10, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 12, 2013: CLOSED

Monday, October 13, 2013: CLOSED

The Prairie History Room will re-open at normal operating hours, 9:30 am to 9:00 pm, on Tuesday, October 14, 2013.

The Prairie History staff wishes "Happy Thanksgiving" to our patrons and regular blog readers.

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