Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for the week of November 23

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine) Nov/Dec 2015, Vol. 1, No. 5

* "Genealogical Tourism in Calabria: Going Back in Time"Joe Grandinetti recounts his first trip back to his Italian ancestral homeland and the discoveries he made

* "Genealogy and the Law" Judy G. Russell looks at the differences between civil law and common law

* "Who Was Alfred Betts" Richard H. Goms Jr. searches for clues to help solve a mystery involving a mid-19th century ancestor and a strange agreement between neighbors

* "DNA & Genealogy" DNA Matches: Diahan Southard offers 3 tips to improve your relationships

* "Cholera in Wisconsin, 1849-1851" Based on an original manuscript by Virginia M. Johnson Wilcx, and edited and re-written by Jean M. Wilcox Hibben

* "Don't Give Up on Ghosts" Sue Lisk offers five ways to bring your family history writing to life

* "Reconstruction World War II Service for the US Navy and the US coast Guard" All the records burned? Are you sure? Jennifer Holik explains how to navigate and piece together World War II Navy and coast Guard Service

* "Advice from the Pros" Jana Sloan Broglin looks at two major formats for publishing your family history

* "Real Photo Postcards: 'Selfies' of Another Era" George Matheson examines an early form of the 'Selfie', popular long before the advent of the Intrenet and social networking

* "Genealogy Tourism" Genealogy in the sunshine: British genealogy in Portugal

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Families: Ontario Genealogical Society, November 2015, Volume 54, Number 4

* "The Disguised Origin of George R. Young" by Stephen Young

* "Finding André in Ontario & Quebec" by Steve Marshall

* "Simcoe County's House of Industry and Refuge" by Nancy Leveque

* "The 400 Year Odyssey of a Suffolk Bible" by Ralph W. Manning

* "Fabric Dyeing and Pioneer Dyestuffs of Necessity" by George A. Neville

* "How Do You Prove an Official Document Wrong"" by Fraser Dunford

* "The Forgotten History of the Chinese in Canada" by Gin
Wei Wong

Note: issue contains the newsletter NewsLeaf The Ontario Genealogical Society, Vol. 45, No. 4 Supplement to Families 2015 Nov.

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Alberta History, Autumn 2015, Volume 63, Number 4

* "The World of Joshua Pilcher: An American Fur Trader in Jasper" by Daniel Kyba

* "The Hutterites Come to Alberta" by Simon M Evans & Peter Peller

* "Among the Foothills and Rockies in 1885" by Arthur P. Coleman

Note: issue contains the newsletter of the Historical Society of Alberta History Now, No. 4, October 2015


Categories: New Books

New Books for the week of November 16

Bob Wahl: The Story of Saskatchewan School No. 99: The Lives and Times of Pioneers on the South Saskatchewan River. Ingram International Inc (2014)
PHR 372.971244 WAHL
". . . a unique portrayal of early education and the lives of settlers along the South Saskatchewan River. By weaving his own personal recollections with facts, anecdotes, and stories from interviews and other historical sources, author Bob Wahl has created a history book that will appeal to both historians and the general public. Outstanding photos and copies of historic documents help complete the story of a school established in 1887 and the settlers of Clark's Crossing - many of whom were Old Colony Mennonites. . . " Publisher

Richard Duret: Victoire, Saskatchewan 1912-2012: Vignettes. [Montreal : Notre-Dames-des Victoires parish committee]; 2012.
941.241 VICTO
from the book's Forward: "This album is designed to mark the 100th birthday of the Notre-Dame des Victoires parish. It is an homage to the pioneers who tamed a difficult landscape and climate to start a new life, to those who have since made Victoire their home and to the families who have come and gone, leaving a permanent imprint on the community's short one hundred year history. The abundantly illustrated book is set up as a poetic patchwork of historical narration, anecdotes and souvenirs. It starts off with pioneer history, followed by the parish chronicle, schooling records, the hamlet and districts, community life along with family histories and personal stories. . . ."

Brian Brennan: Rogues and Rebels: Unforgettable Characters From Canada's West. Regina, Saskatchewan: University of Regina Press, [2015]
"Brian Brennan chronicles the mavericks, iconoclasts, and adventurers who threw away the rule book, thumbed their noses at convention, and let their detractors howl. They never retracted, never explained, never apologized, and they got things done. Discover the unforgettable characters who made the West what it is today. You know some by name: Jack Webster, Nellie McClung, and Tommy Douglas. Others are less well-known: the inventor of the Bloody Caesar; those who assumed fake identities to further their ambitions; Brother XII, the mysterious cult leader; and more." Publisher

Liz Bryan: Stone by Stone: Exploring Ancient Sites on the Canadian Plains, expanded edition. Victoria, British Columbia : Heritage House Publishing, 2015.
PHR 971.201 BRYAN
"Stone by Stone takes readers on a fascinating journey across the short-grass prairie of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in search of tangible evidence of the region's ancient past--a civilization dating back at least twelve thousand years. In this revised and updated edition of her one-of-a-kind guidebook, author Liz Bryan explores archaeological sites that are accessible to today's inquisitive travellers and provides enough detailed information, striking photographs, maps, and illustrations to satisfy any armchair archaeologist. With riveting insight and clarity, Bryan presents the stone effigies, cairns, medicine wheels, buffalo jumps, rock art, and remains of settlements scattered across this vast prairie, creating an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to navigate these ancient sites and understand their significance." Publisher

David Young, Robert Rogers & Russell WIllier: A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom: Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories. Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2015.
PHR 971.200497323 WILL.3Y
". . . the first book in which a native healer has opened his medicine bundle to share in writing his repetoire of herbal medicines. Providing information on and photos of medicinal plants along with where to harves them, anthropologist David Young and ethnobotanist Robert Rogers chronicle the life, beliefs, and healing practices of Medicine Man Russell Willier in his native Alberta . . ." Publisher

Riess, Kelly-Anne: Saskatchewan book of everything : everything you wanted to know about Saskatchewan and were going to ask anyway. Lunenburg, NS : MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc., Second edition [2015]
From the fur-trade stronghold to the Land of the Living Skies and from the North-West Rebellion and the Roughriders to profiles of Joni Mitchell, Gordie Howe, Guy Vanderhaegh, Tommy Douglas, and the entrepreneurial Hill family, no book on Saskatchewan is more comprehensive and fun.


Remembrance Day 2015 Hours

Photo Attribution: "Remembrance Cross" taken by Nick Parkin

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 9:30 am to 9 pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015- CLOSED
Thursday, November 12, 2015- 9:30 am to 9 pm


Remembrance Day 2015

One of the main Remembrance Day ceremonies in Regina will be held at Evraz Place, starting at 10:00 a.m. on November 11 at the Brandt Centre. Here's the link.
Entrance to the Evraz Place Remembrance Day Ceremony is free.


Some related war memorial websites:

The Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial
site features a searchable database of 11,000 Saskatchewan war dead. Entries include casualties not only from the World Wars, but also from the Boer War, peacekeeping missions, and armed conflicts in Korea and Afghanistan.

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial site maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada contains a registry of information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country. Included on this site are the memorials of more than 1500 soldiers who died in service to Canada since the Korean War, including peacekeeping and other operations. The site also contains digital images of photographs and personal memorabilia about individual Canadians.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site has an online database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

Saskatchewan's War Memorials site has information and photos of many cenotaphs, plaques, memorial halls, walls of valour, etc. in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Geo-Memorial Project. This web page was created on November 10, 2006 and honours those Saskatchewan residents killed in service of Canada during WWII and Korea. In addition 11 who received the Victoria Cross are also honoured. Click on any name on this list to get a on-line map of the Saskatchewan site named for this person.

Related posts:
Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge: World War I Historical and Genealogy Resources

Albert Street Memorial Bridge

The image of the Regina cenotaph is from the program Unveiling of the War Memorial erected in Victoria Park by the City of Regina at 10:45 Armistice Day, Thursday, November 11th, 1926. PHR 940.45 UNVEI


This post was originally written in 2013. The links have been updated for 2015.


Categories: PHR News

Technical Issues When Accessing Catalogue

Prairie History Room staff just wanted to make readers aware of a technical glitch that was brought to our attention by an astute patron: when clicking on book links at the bottom of blog posts, you may see a message saying "server not found". This is a result of the change in catalogues that took place through October. We still have the item in our collection, but the link got broken during the upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we are working on updating the links in our posts so they re-direct you to our current catalogue. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 306-777-6011 or askphr@reginalibrary.ca.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of November 2, 2015

Family Tree Magazine
October/November 2015,
Volume 16, Issue 6

"Making Matches" by Diahan Douthard.
Can't puzzle out how you're related to your autosomal DNA matches? Learn two approaches to analyze your match list and find where those genetic pieces fit.

"More Than Meets the Eye" by Kerry Scott.
Evernote is best known for its note-taking tools, but there's much more in its arsenal. Become a power user with six ways to leverage Evernote for your genealogy research.

"Analyze This!" by Michael Hait.
Conflicting records? Common names? A dozen versions of a surname? See how analyzing your genealogical sources can help you conquer these family history conundrums.

"Welcome to Welsh Roots" by Rick Crume.
Discover the best resources for researching your Cymreig ancestors.

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National Genealogical Society Quarterly
September 2015,
Volume 103, No. 3

"No Name, No Number: George Holms's Orphans of Washington and Jefferson Counties, Georgia" by Sara Anne Scribner, CG

"James Wesley Mooney of Will county, Illinois: Business Records Reveal His New York Family" by Sue Hahney Kratsch

"One George Deane or More? Determining an Identity Spanning Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, but not Wisconsin" by Darcie Hind Posz, CG

"Associations Re-establish Family Links: The Youngs' Serial Migration from Virginia through Kentucky and Missouri to California" by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

Skeletons in Our Closet: The Ku Klux Klan in Regina

With Halloween in a couple of days, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back to the 1920's when Regina was home to a group of grown men who dressed up in ghostly fashion, though they were arguably looking for more tricks than treats. These men were proud members of the Regina chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, a group that migrated to Canada in the mid-1920's from the United States with a mission to share their message of racial intolerance and xenophobic bigotry with their neighbors to the north. The Ku Klux Klan gained enough of a foothold in Saskatchewan to make it the largest non American outpost of the group, with at least 125 active provincial chapters and an estimated 30,000-40,000 dues paying members.

On June 7, 1928, the Klan held their first major Saskatchewan rally in Moose Jaw, and attracted over 7 thousand attendees (the Canadian National Railroad even ran a special train to take over 400 interested Reginians to the "festivities"). If that isn't alarming enough, Regina was the site of at least 2 cross- burnings: one at City Hall with a capacity crowd of 2,000 and one outside in May of 1928 where an eighty foot cross was burned for a crowd of around 1,500. So why was this hateful group so popular in our province? The short answer is that the KKK appealed to a frustrated and vocal minority, one that saw itself dwarfed and overtaken by the wave of immigrants coming from Central and Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century. The Klan offered a voice of opposition to the Liberal Government and what some saw as their policy of relatively open immigration and separate (French Catholic and English Protestant) schooling. The influence of the Klan is thought by many to be largely responsible for the Conservative Party's renewed popularity within the province, and Liberal Premier J.G. Gardiner openly led an attack on the group, accusing them and Conservative leader J.T.M. Anderson of colluding with the aim of running a Klan friendly agenda through Parliament. The widespread popularity of Klan rhetoric in Saskatchewan throughout the late 1920's changed the province's political landscape, and made the lives of racial and religious minorities in our province more challenging through hateful and intolerant propaganda.

Thankfully the popularity of the Klan in Saskatchewan was relatively short-lived, as the economic crisis of the Depression stole focus away from issues of race and nationality. By the early 1930s, membership had dwindled to almost nil, as even those who may have wanted to join balked at the 13 dollar annual membership fee. In the end, the Klan did not rise to the heights of power, and though intolerance still existed in the province, the Klan was no longer the vehicle through which those damaging ideas could spread. It's hard not to imagine the anger and widespread protest that would greet City Hall if they decided to host a cross-burning in 2015, and we should be grateful to live in a more informed time. Though society today is far from totally enlightened, it is reassuring to know that hate groups like the KKK are relegated to the fringes of society, and are no longer allowed to freely spread their evil agenda.

Written By: S. Hay

Pitsula, James M. Keeping Canada British:The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan.Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2013.
Sher, Julian. White Hoods: Canada's Ku Klux Klan. Vancouver: New Star Books, 1983.
Note: Both of these sources are part of the Prairie History Room's permanent collection, and are available for reference upon request.


Bill Barry 1942 - 2015

We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Bill Barry (William Ross Barry), a long-time friend of the Prairie History Room.

From Will Chabun's article in the October 16 Leader-Post (read the full article here)
Historian Bill Barry shed light on place names, fallen veterans
"Bill Barry devoted much of his life to chronicling the history of Saskatchewan, first on radio and in books and then on the Internet.
'I don't know if it would be for everyone, but it works for me.'
Thus did Bill Barry describe the rewards of being an amateur historian chronicling this province's past. In the process, he became one of the province's best known citizens, with a slew of books to his credit and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal too. . .

Also read Bill's obituary in the Leader-Post, October 17, 2015.

One of Bill's many legacies is the website Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, a searchable database of Saskatchewan's war dead.

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Bill was always cheerful and extremely knowledgeable as he researched the topics for his many books.
Here is a list of his books concerning Saskatchewan history in the Prairie History Room in the Regina Public Library:

People Places: Saskatchewan and its names
Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1997.
PHR 917.124 003 BARRY
This is the first of the popular set of "People Places" books. It is broken into chapters with themes: First Nations, Railways, People and Places of the World, Canadians All, The Games People Play, Lest We Forget, The Bizarre, And the Beautiful. There is an index at the back to find the page for the place names (e.g. Badgerville, page 16), or people (e.g. Cowie, Isaac, page 150).

People Places: The Dictionary of Saskatchewan Place Names
Regina: People Places Publishing Ltd., 1998.
PHR 917.124003 BARRY
"Over 4,000 Saskatchewan place names, in a ready-reference, alphabetical format, this comprehensive book is a must for everyone interested in Saskatchewan people, places and history...." Publisher

Atlas of Saskatchewan Ka-iu Fung, Director and Editor; Bill Barry and Michael Wilson, Assistant Editors; Lawrence Martz, Technical (GIS) Consultant; Gerald Romme, Keith Bigelow, Elise Pietroniro, Computer Cartographers.
Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 1999.
PHR 912.7124 ATLAS
". . . This research-oriented Atlas aims at providing an authoritative reference on Saskatchewan and a valuable tool for education, research and decision making. . ." Publisher

People places : contemporary Saskatchewan place names
by Barry, Bill (William R.)

Regina, Sask. : People Places Publishing, 2003.
PHR 917.124003 BARRY
"The indispensable source for information on Saskatchewan's fascinating place names . . . designed to cover the names that will be encountered by the tourist - both the travelling and the armchair variety . . . . includes thousands of new derivations PLUS an ALL NEW pronunciation guide . . ." Publisher

People places cookbook
by Bill Barry and family

Regina : People Places Publishing, 2000.
PHR 641.5971 24 BARRY
". . . an idiosyncratic, maybe even mildly eccentric collection of recipes and yarns from Bill Barry and his family. You’ll read about Jean Louis Legare and Andy Sebulski, about LaColle Falls and Foxleigh, interspersed with the story of Bill’s transformation from a kitchen klutz into a pretty fair practitioner of the culinary arts. Partly a personal memoir, a bit of a roadmap for the novice, some tantalizing tidbits for the expert, and a whole host of anecdotes for the hayseed in all of us. . . ." Publisher

Ukrainian people places : the Ukrainians, Germans, Mennonites, Hutterites and Doukhobors and the names they brought to Saskatchewan
by Barry, Bill (William R.)

Regina, Sask. : People Places Publishing Ltd., 2001.
PHR 917.1240014 BARRY
"Ukrainians . . Germans . . Mennonites . . Hutterites . . Doukhobors . . The steppes of eastern Europe were the ancestral homeland for several groups whose desire to find a secure place to develop their agricultural ambitions, to practice their religion, and to live in peace with their neighbours led them to Saskatchewan. . . . they each brought an array of place names to the prairies which reflect both their shared past and their diversity. Ukrainian People Places explores those names and the stories behind them . . ." Publisher

Age shall not weary them : Saskatchewan remembers its war dead
by Bill Barry with Doug Chisholm and Beth Parsons

Regina : People Places Pub., 2005.
PHR 355.009227124 BARRY
"Age Shall Not Weary Them tells the story of the almost 5,000 Saskatchewan men and women who gave their lives for Canada in World War II, in Korea and on peacetime operations since the war. Details are provided on each casualty's military service, on their families, and on the geographic features in Saskatchewan's north that have been named in their honour. . ." Publisher

Geographic names of Saskatchewan
by Bill Barry
Regina, Sask. : People Places Publishing, 2005.
PHR 917.124003 BARRY
"... the culmination of more than two decades of research into the magic of our province's place names by author Bill Barry. More than 15,000 names are documented including - for the first time anywhere - thousands of geographic features in the north, special emphasis is given to names with the assistance of First Nations linguists. From Kakinagimak to Kalamazoo, from Penile to Punnichy, from Tiger Lily to Tickville - Geographic Names of Saskatchewan is a thoroughly fascinating look at our names and the people behind them. . . " Publisher


Categories: Tours

Ghost Tours of Regina

October is the perfect month to explore Regina's haunted history. This year, Eco Party Adventures is once again offering a ghost tour of Regina. This tour is a great chance to look at some of the city's most historic locations while hearing spooky tales. This year's theme for the tour is "Haunted Hotels" (hence the photo above), and promises to be a spook-tacular night out!


The Black Museum Exhibit at the RCMP Heritage Centre

"Modeled after Scotland Yard’s notorious Black Museum of British crime, the RCMP’s Black Museum gives visitors a chance to explore some of the macabre and chilling pieces from its historical collections. . . ." from the Leader-Post article Exhibit showcasing historical RCMP crime artifacts. Read the full article here.

This exhibit is open from October 9-31.

There are also a couple of special Hallowe'en events at the RCMP Heritage Centre:
- the Zombie Parade (adult event) on October 15
- the Monsters, Masks and Mounties family Hallowe’en party on October 31
See this link for more details, including ticket information. Advance tickets are recommended.

Website for the RCMP Heritage Centre.
Located at 5907 Dewdney Avenue, on the grounds of the RCMP Academy Depot Division. This page includes a Google Map.

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