Categories: New Books

New Books on Saskatchewan (General)

Demmans, Carson and Jason Sylvestre. You Might Be From Saskatchewan If...Volume 2. Lunenburg, N.S.: MacIntyre Purcell Pub. Inc., 2014.

Summary: A delightful romp through one of Canada’s most beloved provinces, this second, even funnier volume of geographical quips, barbs, and jokes takes an intimate look at what it’s like to be from Saskatchewan. Perfect for visitors or longtime residents, this joke book is sure to bring laughs to any reader familiar with the Land of the Living Sky.

Hicken, Sophi. Still Standing III: The Grain Elevators of Saskatchewan. [Lethbridge, AB] : the author, 2012.

Summary: There were once over 6000 grain elevators dotted across the Canadian prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Today there are maybe 250 left.

Upcoming September 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, September 23, 2014 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 "Sharing Summer Genealogy Discoveries" where members will be sharing stories of their family history adventures this summer.

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.


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Handbooks For You to Borrow

The following new genealogy books can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks!

Symes, Ruth A. It Runs in The Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors. Stroud : The History Press, 2013.

Summary: Drawing on evidence from social history, women's history, and the histories of photography and fashion, to name but a few, this book looks at a number of issues that have long perplexed and amused family historians. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and using examples from the famous as well the unknown, the book investigates the whys and wherefores of several aspects of personal appearance and dress, and the ins and outs of a whole series of family relationships. It culminates by providing an innovative new methodology for getting more out of birth, marriage, and death certificates—the standard documents of family history research.

Paton, Chris. Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. Barnsley : Pen & Sword Family History, 2013.

Summary: Ireland has probably experienced more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than any other region of the British Isles. Many of the nation's primary records were lost during the civil war in 1922 and through other equally tragic means. But in this new book Chris Paton [shows] that not only has a great deal of information survived, it is also increasingly being made available online...As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies. He fully explores the online records available from both the north and the south from the earliest times to the present day. Many overseas collections are also included, and he looks at social networking in an Irish context where many exciting projects are currently underway.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

Stories From Our Past: Regina During the First World War

On the night of August 4th, 1914, crowds were gathered around the offices of The Regina Leader eagerly waiting for news regarding the declaration of war in Europe. When news of the war was officially announced, those assembled punctuated the announcement with heartfelt choruses of "God Save the King" and "Rule Britannia". Impromptu speeches were made,and men rushed to volunteer to risk their lives for "King and Country". By the next day, a recruiting center was installed at Alexandra school (then located on Hamilton Street beside the Leader Building), with staff hoping to take advantage of the patriotic fervor by signing up volunteers for battle.

A number of volunteers signed on to fight in the 95th Regiment. The 95th dated back to 1907, and at the start of WWI, Lt. Col. J.F.L. Embury (a Regina lawyer) was authorized to recruit an overseas battalion. This group of men, comprising some of the fittest Saskatchewan had to offer, was thereafter known as the 28th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces. On September 25, 1915, after virtually no field training, the 28th went in to the trenches for the first time. These brave soldiers stood up to the hell of trench warfare admirably, becoming the first unit to enter German territory, and eventually occupying the most forward position of any Canadian Battalion overseas.

In addition to the 28th, the 5th Battalion was formed to act as the senior Saskatchewan unit. This group, known as the "Fighting Fifth" or "Red Saskatchewans" (for the color on their shoulder patches), was formed from a former Calvary unit, and had a reputation for dashing style and bravery. One of the most famous members of the battalion was arguably "Old Bill", a goat that the men brought overseas with them from Broadview, Saskatchewan to serve as their mascot. "Old Bill" served in the trenches alongside his companions, and was wounded in Ypres before being promoted to sergeant and retiring back to Broadview after the war.

In total, approximately 600 Regina men were killed and 2,000 wounded during the conflict. As the war was coming to an end in October 1918, the influenza epidemic hit Regina. Homes of the infected were placed under strict quarantine, and many church services, public meetings, and group activities were banned for fear of spreading the disease. By the time the height of the epidemic was over, three hundred and thirty residents of the city had been killed. The serious nature of the influenza epidemic prompted the authorities to forbid any indoor armistice celebrations, so local citizens expressed their joy in a more spontaneous fashion, rushing into the streets and parading through Wascana Park. The war was finally over, and the men were coming home.

As Regina's veteran soldiers returned home, various organizations championed the idea of building a War Memorial Museum; however the idea was abandoned due to cost. Regina's noble veterans were eventually commemorated in 1929, when the cenotaph was officially unveiled in Victoria Park. A year the Albert Memorial Bridge was built in order to further honor the sacrifices of some of Regina's best and brightest youth. The photo above is of the Officers of the "Fighting Fifth" along with their mascot "Old Bill", taken in May, 1917.

Sources Cited:
Drake, Earl. Regina the Queen City. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1955.

Pitsula, James M. For All We Have and Are: Regina and the Experience of the War. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2008.

Bagshaw, Capt. F.B. Another Garland from the Front. London: George Pullman and Sons, 1917.


ALE Updates for September 2014

As kids head back to school and the weather starts to cool down, today might be a good reminder to get back to your family history research. 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:


* Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919

* Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910

* Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Newspaper Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes, 1911-1990 (updated)


* Czech Republic, Censuses, 1857-1921 (in Czech)

* Moldova, Church Books, 1811-1936 (in Romanian)

* Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books (USHMM), 1939-1944 (in German)

* Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910

* Sweden, Church Records, 1500-1941 (in Swedish) (updated)

* Switzerland, Church Book Extracts, 1550-1875 (in French)


* Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1879

* New South Wales, Australia, Hospital & Asylum Records, 1840-1913

* New South Wales, Australia, Medical Registers, 1925-1954

* Venezuela, Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (in Spanish)

United Kingdom

* England, Norfolk Non-conformist Records, 1613-1901

* UK, Campaign Medals Awarded to WWI Merchant Seamen, 1914-1925

* UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1912

* UK, Naval Officer and Rating Service Records, 1802-1919

* UK, Naval Officers' Service Record Cards and Files Index, 1880-1950s

* UK, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records Index, 1903-1922

United States

* California, State Hospital Records, 1856-1923

* Maine, Passenger Lists, 1894-1960

* U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (updated)

* U.S., Identification Card Files of Prohibition Agents, 1920-1925

* U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 (updated)

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.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

NGS Magazine, July-September 2014, Vol. 40, No. 3

* "No Federal Pension File for a Pennsylvania Revolutionary War Soldier?" by Sharon Cook MacInnes, pgs. 21-28.

* "Just How Vital Were Those Vital Records?" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 44-47.

* "Rich, Poor, and All the Rest: Why Class Matters to Genealogists" by Stefani Evans, pgs. 48-53.

SGS Bulletin, August 2014, Vol. 45, No. 2

* "Researching Men & Women Who Served in World War I" by Rae W. Chamberlain, pgs. 8-20.

* "Somewhere in Saskatchewan" by Beverley Gutenberg, pgs. 21-24.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News

Upcoming Labour Day 2014 Hours for PHR

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this Labour Day weekend:

Friday, August 29, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014: CLOSED
Monday, September 1, 2014: CLOSED

Tuesday, September 2, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Books

New Aboriginal and Metis Studies Books for August 2014

Andersen, Chris. Metis: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood. [Vancouver, BC]: University of British Columbia Press, 2014.

Summary: Ask any Canadian what "Metis" means, and they will likely say "mixed race" or "part Indian, part white." Canadians consider Metis people mixed in ways that other indigenous people -- First Nations and Inuit -- are not, and the census and the courts have premised their recognition of the Metis on this race-based understanding. Chris Andersen argues that Canada got it wrong. He weaves together personal anecdotes, critical race theory, and discussions of history and law to demonstrates that our understanding of "Metis" -- that our very preoccupation with mixedness - is not natural but stems from more than 150 years of sustained labour on the part of the state, scholars, and indigenous organizations.

Hansen, Hans V., editor. Riel's Defence: Perspectives on His Speeches. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

Summary: In 1885, Louis Riel was charged with high treason, found guilty, and consequently executed for his role in Saskatchewan's North-West Rebellion. During his trial, the Métis leader gave two speeches, passionately defending the interests of the Métis in western Canada as well as his own life. Riel's Defence studies these speeches, demonstrating the range of Riel's political and personal concerns. The first and better known of the two speeches addresses the jury, while Riel's second speech - rarely reprinted - addresses the court following his guilty verdict. Both orations have been edited, annotated, and reprinted, and are followed by essays from diverse perspectives including philosophy, law, history, political science, religion, and communication studies.

Louttit, Ernie. Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada : Purich Publishing Ltd., 2013.

Summary: When he began his career with the Saskatoon Police in 1987, Ernie Louttit was only the city's third native police officer. Indian Ernie, as he came to be known on the streets, here details an era of challenge, prejudice, and also tremendous change in urban policing. Drawing from his childhood, army career, and service as a veteran patrol officer, Louttit shares stories of criminals and victims, the night shift, avoiding politics, but most of all, the realities of the marginalized and disenfranchised. Louttit spent his entire career (including as a Sergeant) patrolling the streets of Saskatoon's west side, an area until recently beset by poverty, and terrible social conditions. Here, he struggled to bring justice to communities where the lines between criminal and victim often blurred. Though Louttit's story is characterized by conflict, danger, and violence, he argues that love and empathy for the community you serve are the greatest tools in any officer's hands, especially when policing society's less fortunate.


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.

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