Website with early postcards of Prairie towns

The website Images of Prairie Towns is worth a look.
Images are being added monthly.

The postcard above is a Regina street scene, featuring the Regina Trading Company, from the Images of Prairie Towns collection.


Categories: New Magazines

PHR Magazines for November 2014

Families, November 2014, Vol. 53, No. 4

* "Researching the Fallen First World War Soldiers Enshrined on the Camlachie Cenotaph, Ontario" by Alan Campbell, pgs. 7-10.

* "Samuel Fish--Finding His Story in Obscure and Unindexed Records" by Steve Marshall, pgs. 18-23.

* "The Search for Sloan and Gibson Ancestors" by Alan E. Richards, pgs. 30-32.

Family Chronicle, Nov/Dec 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2

* "Immersion Genealogy" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 13-15.

* "Belarus--It's Complicated" by Sandy Hack, pgs. 16-22,

* "Ten Hidden Sources You Might Be Missing" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 34-38.

* "Finding Lost Boys" by Claire Jordan, pgs. 46-49.

Relatively Speaking, November 2014, Vol. 42, No. 4

* "Uncle Art's War" by Marilyn Lappi, pgs. 137-142.

* "Banff-Castle Mountain Internment Camp, WWI" by Lesley O'Neil, pg. 153.

* "Two Who Never Returned" by Marilyn M. Astle and Roger Blinko, pgs. 156-162.

Revue Historique, Automne 2014, Vol. 25, No. 1

* "La crise de la conscription: Le Canada française et la Grande Guerre" par Mélanie Lemire, pgs. 6-10.

* "Les pilotes de l'air canadiens et la Grande Guerre" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 12-13.

* "Cantal et la Grande Guerre: L'histoire d'une photo" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 14-22.

* ˂˂Tu ne tueras point˃˃: Les accomodements raisonnables à l'ère de la Première Guerre mondiale" par Sylvie Brassard, pgs. 24-32.


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


In Case You Missed November Genealogy Presentations...

For those who missed the last in our genealogy series, here are the link to the presentation and some tips shared with participants that you may find useful...

Tracing Your Canadian WWI Ancestors

* link to my powerpoint presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/maychan/tracing-your-canadian-wwi-ancestors

* link to my WWI bibliography

* LAC is undertaking a multi-year project to scan in every member of CEF's service files so access to the full service records might be restricted during the next two years. By the end of 2016, the public should be able to access and download the full service file for free.

* Aside from the service file, make sure you also check out additional military files like regimental histories ("War Diaries") that will provide you with the context. Unlike a service file which tells you the particulars of an individual soldier, nurse or chaplain, the regimental histories will help to explain why they are assigned to a particular area or how they will injured/killed.

* Do not forget that every soldier left behind family members so finding out what happened to the family is just as important as tracking down the soldier's military file.

Best Genealogy Websites and Tools of 2014

* link to my powerpoint presentation: Revised and Updated Genealogy Websites and Tools of 2014; Note: I gave an earlier version of this presentation in September 2014, so both presentations share the same template, I have put in a some new websites in the November version and added a new section on online genealogy courses.

All of my presentations are downloadable. So enjoy and happy researching this winter!

May Chan, Prairie History Librarian


All RPL Branches Will Be Closed This Upcoming Friday, November 21, 2014

Please note that all of Regina Public Library branches, including the Prairie History Room, will be closed this Friday, November 21, 2014 for a staff conference. We apologize for the inconvenience and will resume normal business hours starting on Saturday, November 22, 2014.


Dear John; Louis David Riel Program This Sunday

The Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library is offering the following public program that may interest some of you...

David Garneau: Dear John; Louis David Riel
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: Victoria Park
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator

Regina artist David Garneau will present a new performance artwork, Dear John; Louis David Riel., on the 130th anniversary of the death of the Métis leader. Dressed as Riel, Garneau will enact a performative conversation with the statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, who charged Riel with high treason, effectively sentencing him to his death.

David Garneau and Dylan Miner in Conversation
Location: Central Library, Public Meeting Room 1, Second Floor 2311-12th Avenue
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Following the performance, join Garneau and renowned Métis artist, writer, and educator Dylan Miner at Central Library for a conversation that unpacks some of the themes of the performance: the import and legacy of Indigenous leader Louis Riel, Métis aesthetics, art and activism, and the difficulty of reconciliation.

For more information on Dunlop exhibitions, performances and programs, visit dunlopartgallery.org.


Categories: PHR Programs

November 2014 - Genealogy Programs

Don't forget to join us for our last pair of free genealogy workshops this month:

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.

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

Categories: PHR News

Remembrance Day 2014 Hours

Photo Attribution: "Remembrance Cross" taken by Nick Parkin

Please note our opening hours this upcoming week for Remembrance Day:

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9 pm
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - CLOSED
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9 pm

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

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