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.


Heritage Regina Walking Tour Schedule - 2014

This summer Heritage Regina will be offering four of its popular guided walking tours. All four will take place on Sundays at 6 pm.

Each of the tours will last approximately two hours, and they are free of charge.

Here is the schedule:

July 13: Historic College Avenue Walk
Meet guide Robin Adeney on the steps of Darke Hall at 6 pm.

July 20th: Walk Around Wascana Lake
Meet guide Will Chabun at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street) at 6 pm.

July 27th: Old Lakeview Walk
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt on the steps of the Legislative Building at 6 pm.

August 10th: Downtown Regina: Past and Present
Meet guide Bill Brennan outside the Scarth Street entrance at the Cornwall Centre at 6 pm.

For more information contact:

Bill Brennan: 306-585-0945 or jwilliambrennan1966@gmail.com
Robin Adeney: 306-584-2987 or robin.j.adeney@gmail.com


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2014 Canada Day Hours

The Prairie History Room will be open the following hours leading up to Canada Day

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9 pm
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - CLOSED
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9 pm

The Prairie History Room wishes everyone a Happy Canada Day!


Reminder About Tomorrow's SGS Meeting of the Regina Branch

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, June 24, 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. 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 PHR Books: Economic Development and Environment

Berdalh, Loleen and Roger Gibbins. Looking West: Regional Transformation and the Future of Canada. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Summary: Although a history of protest politics has done so much to define western Canada and to place it outside the Canadian mainstream, the aspirations and frustrations that animated western discontent over the years have been replaced by a new reality: the West is in, and many of the levers of national economic and political power rest in western Canadian hands...The westward shift of the Canadian economy and demography is likely to be an enduring structural change that reflects and is reinforced by the transformation of the continental and global economies. At the same time, western Canada faces major challenges, including finding a place for a sustainable resource economy in a rapidly changing global environment, establishing a full and modern partnership with Aboriginal peoples, and creating urban environments that will attract and retain human capital. None of these challenges are unique to the West but they all play out with great force, and great immediacy, in western Canada.

Burton, John. Potash: An Inside Account of Saskatchewan's Pink Gold. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2014.

Summary: In Saskatchewan, politics and potash are continuously, inextricably intertwined. The province is the largest single producer of potash on earth, accounting for about a quarter of the world's total production. The industry has played a significant role in the provincial economy for over 40 years and continues to contribute to Saskatchewan's growth. Recoverable reserves of potash are well over 100 billion tons.

Olive, Andrea. Land, Stewardship, and Legitimacy: Endangered Species policy in Canada and the United States. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Summary: Canada and the United States are similar in terms of the species of wildlife that mingle freely across their shared border. Despite this similarity, however, there are significant differences between approaches to wildlife management in these two nations. In [the book], Andrea Olive examines the divergent evolution of endangered species policy on either side of the 49th parallel. Examining local circumstances in areas as distant and diverse as southern Utah and the Canadian Arctic, Olive shows how public attitudes have shaped environmental policy in response to endangered species law, specifically the Species at Risk Act in Canada and the Endangered Species Act in the U.S. Richly researched and accessibly written, this is the first book to compare endangered species policy on both sides of the Canada–U.S. border.

Turner, E. K. Beyond the Farm Gate: The Story of a Farm Boy Who Helped Make the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool a World-Class Business. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, May 2013.

Summary: One of Canada's greatest sons, E.K. (Ted) Turner helped set the stage for Saskatchewan's economic miracle. Raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Turner threw open the farm gate to lead the farmer-controlled Wheat Pool to its greatest heights--the Globe and Mail called it "one of Canada's best run companies." He diversified its holdings and took on governments and vested interests in order to do it. Never afraid to make tough decisions, he even closed grain elevators in the face of farmer-led protests. Turner witnessed the rise and fall of the family farm, the rise and fall of the cooperative movement, and the transformation of agricultural policy in the age of globalization.


Back to the Front: A Poetic Walking Tour about WW1

For those of you wanting to learn more about Regina's history, check out this upcoming library program...

Back to the Front: A Poetic Walking Tour about WW1
Monday, June 23 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Tour begins Northeast corner, City Square Plaza followed by the 8 pm screening of the A Soldier's Voice at the RPL Film Theatre.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (WWI). Join story performer Vincent Murphy for an historic walking tour of the downtown area, with a focus on the Great War, presented by the Civic Museum of Regina, Dunlop Art Gallery, RPL, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and Coteau Books. Program includes a screening of A Soldier’s Voice, courtesy of Gyro Productions. Participants are also invited to tour the Civic Museum of Regina, 1375 Broad Street on Wednesday, June 25, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Registration is required. To register, either click on this link to register online or contact Central Reference at 306-777-6120.

NOTE: In case of rain, the tour will be rescheduled to Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for June 2014

Family Chronicle, May/June 2014, Vol. 18, No. 5

* "Planning a Family History Research Trip to Ireland?" by Joe Grandinetti, pgs. 8-10.

* "The Cause of Death Was..." by George C. Morgan, pgs. 13-16.

* "Correcting Long-Accepted Research in the Internet Age" by John Laird, pgs. 31-35.

Internet Genealogy, June/July 2014, Vol. 9, No. 2

* "Genealogy Software 2014 Update" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 13-20.

* "Online State Land Grant Databases" by David A. Norris, pgs. 31-35.

* "Steamboating: A Quick Look at the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company Records" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 48-50. Note: if interested in the these passenger lists, the records are available through Ancestry.ca and Ancestry Library Edition.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 1, March 2014

* "Reconsidering the Immigration Story of President Woodrow Wilson's Paternal Grandparents" by Erick Montgomery, pgs. 21-40.

* "Calculating and Using Dates and Date Ranges" by Barbara Levergood, pgs. 51-75.

NGS Magazine, April-June 2014, Vol. 40, No. 2

* "Where Will the Field of Genealogy be in 2024?" by David E. Rencher, pgs. 15-19.

* "Finding American Women's Voices Through the Centuries" by Jane E. Wilcox, pgs. 28-32.

* "Women Homesteaders" by Gail Blankenau, pgs. 33-38.

* "Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy" by Debbie Parker Wayne, pgs. 50-54.

Relatively Speaking, May 2014, Vol. 42, No. 2

* "One Day, One Man, ONe Mill, One Million Memories!" by Gloria Cathcart, pgs. 55-61.

* "A Little Walk in a Cemetery," pgs 62-65.

* "Keepers of History--Seasonal Museums Around Alberta" by Denise Daubert, pgs. 71-76. Note: If you plan to be traveling to Alberta this summer, you may want to check out this incredible list of museums!

Worth, Summer 2014, Volume 26, No. 2

* "Heritage Architecture Excellence Award," pgs 5-12 Note: Article lists the 2014 award recipients.

* "Future of Former Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 14-17.


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


Recommended Research Guide for Online Newspapers

As any researcher can tell you, tracking down an online version of the newspaper can be problematic. While some newspapers can be easily found in the library's databases, other newspapers are found on the internet for free. To help save you some valuable research time, check out this fabulous research guide for newspapers that was compiled by Carol A. Singer at Bowling Green State University. While the guide is geared primarily on how to use the newspaper resources at that university, I highly recommend you click on these two tabs: Historical US Newspapers Online and Historical Worldwide Newspapers Online (Canada is listed here along with Australia and the UK). Please note: the guide lists both paid and free sites!

May's Comment: I have been trying to work on a similar list to Carol's for awhile now, but never seem to have had much time to complete it. I am so happy Carol's list exist! So enjoy and happy searching!


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books: Aboriginal Studies

Between 2010 and 2009, 6 First Nations communities in Saskatchewan participated in a comprehensive community-based planning pilot project, overseen by the Cities and Environment Unit of Dalhousie University. Here are the publications of these studies:

Cowessess First Nation Community Plan. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Dalhousie University, 2009.
Kinistin Saulteaux Nation Community Plan. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Dalhousie University, 2009.
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Community Plan. Action. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Dalhousie University, 2011.
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Community Plan. Context. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Dalhousie University, 2011.
Muskoday First Nation Community Plan. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Dalhousie University, 2009.
Pasqua First Nation Community Plan. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Dalhousie University ; Pasqua, Sask. : Pasqua First Nation, 2009.
Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation Community Plan, July 2010. Halifax, N.S. : Cities & Environment Unit, Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Dalhousie University, 2010.

Also new to PHR, are the following 3 new reference books on Aboriginal Studies:

Asch, Michael. On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, [2014].

Summary: What, other than numbers and power, justifies Canada’s assertion of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the country’s vast territory? Why should Canada’s original inhabitants have to ask for rights to what was their land when non-Aboriginal people first arrived? The question lurks behind every court judgment on Indigenous rights, every demand that treaty obligations be fulfilled, and every land-claims negotiation.
Addressing these questions has occupied anthropologist Michael Asch for nearly thirty years. In On Being Here to Stay, Asch retells the story of Canada with a focus on the relationship between First Nations and settlers.

Innes, Robert Alexander. Elder Brother and the Law of the People: Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation. Winnipeg, MB : University of Manitoba, c2013.

Summary: In the pre-reserve era, Aboriginal bands in the northern plains maintained fluid and inclusive membership through traditional kinship practices governed by the Law of the People as described in traditional Elder Brother stories. Elder Brother stories outlined social interaction, marriage, adoption, and kinship roles and responsibilities. In Elder Brother and the Law of the People, Innes offers a detailed analysis of the role of Elder Brother stories in historical and contemporary kinship practices in Cowessess First Nation, located in southeastern Saskatchewan. He reveals how these practices undermine legal and scholarly definitions of “Indian” and counter the perception that First Nations people have internalized such classifications. [The book] presents an entirely new way of viewing Aboriginal cultural identity on the northern plains.

Pilon, Jean-Luc. First Peoples of Canada Masterworks from the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Toronto, ON: Canadian Museum of History and University of Toronto Press, [2013].

Summary: This beautifully designed, full-colour book presents a collection of 150 archaeological and ethnographic objects produced by Canada's First Peoples - including some that are roughly 12,000 years old - that represent spectacular expressions of creativity and ingenuity. Curators Jean-Luc Pilon and Nicholette Prince sought out pieces held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization that could be considered "masterworks" based on their aesthetic qualities, symbolic value, or the skills and raw materials used in manufacturing them. These unique and priceless artifacts embody the rich diversity of skills and materials used by Canadian Inuit, First Nations, and Metis in both ancient and modern times.

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