Categories: New Books

New Aboriginal and Métis Books for April 2015

Caron, Ken and Angela Caron. Manny's Memories. Saskatoon, SK: Gabriel Dumont Institute, c2014.

Summary: [The book] introduces us to the Métis community of Round Prairie, Saskatchewan through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the 1940s. Manny shares his boyhood memories of the once vibrant community not too far from Saskatoon's city limits. Though rural life at the time called for hard work, self-sufficiency, and generosity, there was always time to have fun and to enjoy being a young Métis boy.

Coates, Ken. #Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, [2015].

Summary: Idle No More bewildered many Canadians. Launched by four women in Saskatchewan in reaction to a federal omnibus budget bill, the protest became the most powerful demonstration of Aboriginal identity in Canadian history. Thousands of aboriginal people and their supporters took to the streets, shopping malls, and other venues, drumming, dancing, and singing in a collective voice. It was a protest against generations of injustice, a rallying cry for cultural survival, and a reassertion of Aboriginal identity.

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. Drawing on fur company records and a broad range of Native American history accounts, George Colpitts offers new perspectives on the market economy of the western prairie that was established during this time, one that created asymmetric power among traders and informed the bioregional history of the West where the North American bison became a food commodity hunted to nearly the last animal.

Loyie, Larry. Residential Schools With the Words and Images of Survivors. Brantford, ON: Indigenous Education Press, [2014].

Summary: [The book] honours the survivors, the former students, who attended residential schools. Designed for the Young Adult reader this accessible, 112-page history offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as 125 archival and contemporary images (65 black & white photographs, 51 colour, some never before published).


New and/or Updated FamilySearch Data Sets for 2015

Since we provide patrons with regular updates to new databases or additions within Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) subscription database, it seems only fair to list some of the new or updated content to FamilySearch.org to help you jump start your family history research.

Here is a brief list of data sets that have been added or updated to FamilySearch these past 4 months:


* New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950

* Newfoundland Census, 1921

* Newfoundland Census, 1935

* Newfoundland Census, 1945

* Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907-1932

* Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989

* Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888


* Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919

* Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912

* Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945

* Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953

* France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886

* Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, City Directories, Citizen Rolls, Residence Lists, and School Directories, 1700-1933

* Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801-1980

* Italy, Napoli, Barano d'Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929

* Luxembourg, Church Records, 1601-1948

* Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885

* Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758-1895

* Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910

* Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records, 1607-1955

* Ukraine, Sumy Civil Registers, 1918-1922

* Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811-1858

United Kingdom

* England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918

* England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634-1900

* Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009

* United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United States

* California Immigration Registers of Japanese, Filipinos, and Hawaiians at San Francisco, 1928-1942

* California, Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco, 1912-1943

* California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952

* California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953

* Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990

* Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959

* Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950

* Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990

* Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907

* Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910

* North Dakota, Census, 1915

* North Dakota, Census 1925

* South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909-1958

* Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977

* United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934


Updates to ALE - April 2015

Here is a brief summary of the new and updated databases that have been added to the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition database these past several months:


* 1911 Census of Canada (updated)

* Canada, Quaker Meeting Records, 1786-1988


* Berlin, Germany, Selected Deaths, 1874-1920 (in German)

* Dresden, Germany, Births, 1876-1902 (in German)

* Dresden, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1922 (in German)

* Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (in Hungarian)

* Madeira, Portugal, Baptism Index, 1860-1911 (in Portuguese)

* Mannheim, Germany, Births, 1870-1900 (in German)

* Mannheim, Germany, Deaths, 1870-1950 (in German)

* Mannheim, Germany, Marriages, 1870-1920 (in German)

* Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893 (in Swedish) (updated)


* Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 (updated)

* Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom

* Bexley, Kent, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1925

* Bexley, Kent, England, Cemetery Registers, 1879-1985

* UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1900-1928

* West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914

United States

* Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952

* North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925 (updated)

* South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970

* U.S., Residents Serving in the British Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1919

* U.S., Residents Serving in Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918

Note: This database is accessible in-house at all 9 branches of Regina Public Library, including the Prairie History Room at Central Library. Users simply need to have an updated library card to log onto the computer terminals to access this database.

Transitioning to a New Library Catalogue

For those of you who might have already noticed this change when you searched for an item in our library catalogue, Regina Public Library is transitioning to a new interface that offers all the same features with one noticeable improvement--the ability to search our catalogue on mobile devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets).

Click on the banner or this link to read and learn more about the transition to the new interface.


Categories: New Magazines

New magazines for April 2015

Generations, March 2015, Vol. 40, No. 1

While the issue offers a variety of updates and local interest stories, check out the latest Manitoba Genealogical Society's project: "Manitoba Names Index (MANI)," pgs. 4-5.

Internet Genealogy, April/May 2015, Vol. 10, No. 1

* "There is a Lovely Land" by Carol Richey, pgs. 6-10. Note: The article looks at how to research your Danish genealogical roots.

* "Cloud Storage and Your Genealogy!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 20-24.

* "Was Your Ancestor a True 'Child of the Sea'?" by David A. Norris, pgs. 31-34. Note: The article recommends where you can look if your ancestors were born at sea.

* "Parsons and Priests and Reverends and Rectors" by David A. Norris, pgs. 38-42.

Manitoba History, Winter 2015, No. 77

* "'An Excuse for Being So Bold': D. W. McDermid and the Early Development of the Manitoba Institute for the Death and Dumb 1888-1900" by Sandy R. Barron, pgs. 2-12.

* "Stories of Bayanihan and Belonging: Filipinos in Manitoba, Part 2" by Alison Marshall, pgs. 13-22.

* "A Stitch in Time: Winnipeg Jews and the Garment Industry" by Stan Carbone, pgs. 23-27.

* "Dick Tracy Gets Smacked Down: Comic Crimes in Manitoba" by Sgt. John Burchill, pgs. 28-35.

Note: Issue also contains the Spring 2015 edition of the "MHS Gazette".

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine), March/April 2015, Vol. 1, No. 1

* "The Old Dead Folks Club" by Robbie Gorr, pgs. 7-10.

* "Genealogy Tourism" by Lisa A. Alzo, pg. 13.

* "Searching for Ancestors in the British Department of State" by Ed Storey, pgs. 14-17.

* "Go Paperless" by Carol Richey, pgs. 36-38.

* "Unravelling a Pomeranian Mystery" by Lori Alexander, pgs. 48-51.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


SGS' 2015 AGM

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 550 Sangster Blvd, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Here is the tentative schedule for the day:

08:30 - Registration
09:30 - Greetings
09:45 - Databases: Help or Hindrance - Laura Hanowski
11:00 - Digging Deeper: ... Saskatchewan Archives - Tim Novak
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - AGM (including presentation on Organizational Review)

For more information about the AGM or to register, click to download the PDF forms.

Categories: PHR News

2015 Easter Hours for PHR

Photo Attribute: Easter Background

The Prairie History Room's (PHR) operating hours for the upcoming Easter weekend are:

Thursday, April 2, 2015: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday, April 3, 2015: CLOSED

Saturday, April 4, 2015: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 5, 2015: CLOSED

Monday, April 6, 2015: CLOSED

Tuesday, April 7, 2015: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

On behalf of the staff, we would like to wish all of our researchers and colleagues a Happy Easter!


New Website: Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID)

Seven Canadian Mennonite archives, including the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, are excited to announce the birth of the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID). This national database includes photographs of Mennonite life from across Canada and around the world. Local historians will also see many of their communities represented.

Click on the link to read a recent CBC article about the project.


Upcoming March Meeting of the Regina Branch of SGS

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, March 24, 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 "German Settlement in Saskatchewan" where Dave Wessel will help you explore German origins and explain why German migrations mainly occurred from eastern Europe instead of Germany.

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.


Héritage Survey - Canadiana.org


Over the past several months, Canadiana has been partnering with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) on a massive project to digitize 40,000 reels of microfilm (approx. 60 million pages) from LAC's unique and important archival collection. This project is called Héritage.

In order to make these digital collections more discoverable, we need to transcribe them. We would welcome your assistance in prioritizing which collections should be transcribed first. We would also like to connect with those of you who are willing to assist with transcription.

We would be very appreciative if you could take a few minutes to fill out our survey.
Thank you.


Note: I just finished the survey which took only 5-10 minutes to complete. There are approximately 84 projects awaiting indexing with some records holding enormous interests for genealogists. Here are a couple of record sets that I really hope will be indexed and included in Canadiana's database in the near future:

- Parish Records: parish registers, dating prior to the late 1800s, offer birth, marriage and death information. These records come from a variety of churches in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

- Manitoba and Red River Census Returns: collection consists of records from the 1870 Manitoba census and census returns from Red River between 1831 and 1870

- Department of Indian Affairs - Land Sales Series: files relating to the sales of surrendered Aboriginal lands in Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia

- War of 1812 Pension Records: consists of pension, gratuity and compensation records relating to service during the War of 1812

- Department of Indian Affairs - General Accounts, 1846-1979

So do not forget to fill out the survey and make your vote count!

--May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian

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