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.


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for July

Brenna, Dwayne. Our Kind of Work: the Glory Days and Difficult Times of the 25th Street Theatre. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, c2011.

Summary: Twenty-fifth Street Theatre Players was established in 1972 as an artists' collective under the direction of the enigmatic Andreas Tahn. The company would proceed to incorporate in 1974 and become the first professional theatre company in Saskatoon and the legacy it would leave would be nationally acclaimed. But as Brenna details in this succinct genesis of the Theatre, how it managed its personality conflicts, confronted its obstacles of inadequate funding, and grappled with the shifting of its artistic vision makes this account of 25th Street Theatre a unique and original history.

Binnema, Ted. "Enlightened Zeal": the Hudson's Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870. Toronto; Buffalo; London: University of Toronto Press, [2014].

Summary: Initially highly secretive about all of its activities, the HBC was by 1870 an exceptionally generous patron of science. Aware of the ways that a commitment to scientific research could burnish its corporate reputation, the company participated in intricate symbiotic networks that linked the HBC as a corporation with individuals and scientific organizations in England, Scotland, and the United States. The pursuit of scientific knowledge could bring wealth and influence, along with tribute, fame, and renown, but science also brought less tangible benefits: adventure, health, happiness, male companionship, self-improvement, or a sense of meaning. The first study of scientific research in any chartered company over the entire course of its monopoly, Enlightened Zeal expands our understanding of social networks in science, establishes the vast scope of the HBC's contribution to public knowledge, and will inspire new research into the history of science in other chartered monopolies.

Jeffrey, Bonnie et al, editors. Journeys in Community-Based Research. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Summary: The goal of community-based research is to develop a deeper understanding of communities and to discover new opportunities for improving quality of life. The nine case studies in this diverse collection provide real life examples of community-based research in Aboriginal, urban, and rural communities. Journeys in Community-Based Research shows how taking into account socio-economic, geographic, and cultural contexts can lead to public policy that better serves the most vulnerable in our society.

Massie, Merle. Forest Prairie Edge: Place History in Saskatchewan. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, [2014].

Summary: Saskatchewan is the anchor and epitome of the “prairie” provinces, even though half of the province is covered by boreal forest. The Canadian penchant for dividing this vast country into easily understood “regions” has reduced the Saskatchewan identity to its southern prairie denominator and has distorted cultural and historical interpretations to favor the prairie south. [The book] is a deep-time investigation of the edge land, or ecotone, between the open prairies and boreal forest region of Saskatchewan. Ecotones are transitions from one landscape to another, where social, economic, and cultural practices of different landscapes are blended. Using place history and edge theory, Massie considers the role and importance of the edge ecotone in building a diverse social and economic past that contradicts traditional “prairie” narratives around settlement, economic development, and culture. She offers a refreshing new perspective that overturns long-held assumptions of the prairies and the Canadian West.

McCallum, Mary Jane Logan. Indigenous Women, Work, and History, 1940-1980. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, c2013.

Summary: When dealing with Indigenous women’s history we are conditioned to think about women as private-sphere figures, circumscribed by the home, the reserve, and the community. Moreover, in many ways Indigenous men and women have been cast in static, pre-modern, and one-dimensional identities, and their twentieth century experiences reduced to a singular story of decline and loss. [The book] rejects both of these long-standing conventions by presenting case studies of Indigenous domestic servants, hairdressers, community health representatives, and nurses working in “modern Native ways.” By placing the history of these modern workers within a broader historical context McCallum challenges us to think about Indigenous women’s history in entirely new ways.


Categories: New Books

New Edition of Quillen's Troubleshooter's Genealogy Handbook

This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Quillen, W. Daniel. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself. 3rd Edition. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Press, c2014.

Summary: [Quillen] shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. [He] tells readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights and new websites are highlighted to assit with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include in-depth census research; mortality schedules; extensive section on military records; US region-by-region research assistance; global research tips; and when to engage the services of a professional genealogist and what you can expect.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines Issues for July 2014

Generations, June 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2

* "Ten Tips for Researching First Nations Ancestry" by Trish Cullen, pgs. 15-17.

* "Searching in the Graveyard: How I Began My Family Tree Research" by Douglas Fraser Martindale, pg. 18.

Revue Historique, Hiver 2014, Vol. 24, No. 3

* "L' oeuvre d' Ovide Charlebois, o.m.i., missionnaire: Un saint homme parmi nous", par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 6-11.

* "Yaltri Aze, le petit père: Louis Moraud, o.m.i. missionnaire à Patuanak," par Gaetan Benoit, pgs. 12-17.

* "Le fidèle Alexis Alexis Cardinal et la promulgation du patrimoine catholique et autochtone, 1860-1880," par Mario Giguère, pgs 18-23.

* "La communication, en cre et en montagnais: Interaction entre les missionnaires et les Premières Nations," par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 24-32.

Saskatchewan History, Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 66, No. 1

* "Chinese Settlement in the 'Paris of the Prairies'" by Raymond Douglas Chong, pgs. 20-25.

* "'Great Aid to the Intelligent Citizenship': The Fight for Library Service in Weyburn, 1905-1930" by Kam W. Teo, pgs. 26-34.

* "'Deejay' Fred Wall & the Western Canada Tour 1892-1895" by Brock Silversides, pgs. 36-45.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.

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