Categories: PHR Programs

Upcoming Talk on "The Great War's Impact on Saskatchewan, 1914-1918"

Just a friendly reminder about an upcoming talk this Tuesday night...

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: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for October 2014

Alberta History, Autumn 2014, Vol. 62, No. 4

* "The Second Raymond Sugar Factory: U&I Sugar's Canadian Venture, 1925-31" by Charles L. Schmalz, pgs. 2-9.

* "The Battle At Three Ponds--Three Versions" edited by Hugh A. Dempsey, pgs. 10-17.

* "Reminiscences of an English Boy in Canada, part three" by Arthur William Turner, pgs. 18-27.

Note: Issue also contains the October edition of "History Now", the newsletter for The Historical Society of Alberta.

Worth, Fall 2014, Vol. 26, No. 3

* "Tornado versus Library" by Keith Foster, pgs. 10-11. Note: the article focuses on the original Carnegie building of the Regina Public Library which first opened its doors on May 11, 1912. The Carnegie building was eventually torn down to make room for the now existing Central Library.

* "Museum Has 31 Buildings and More than 150 Pieces of Vintage Farm Machinery" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 12-14.

* "Almost a Goner! The Historic Landmark Known as Polish Church" by Lenore Swystun, pgs. 15-16. Note: the article is about the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church near Redberry Lake, which is located 80 km northwest of Saskatoon.


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


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Reference and Manuals

Brandt, Bruce and Edward Reimer Brandt. Where to Look for Hard-to-Find German-Speaking Ancestors in Eastern Europe: Index to 19,720 Surnames in 13 books, With Historical Background on Each Settlement. 2nd edition. [Minneapolis, MN ] : Clearfield 2007, c1993 (Baltimore, Md : Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Summary: In this work, Bruce Brandt and his father, Edward, furnish us with the surname of every German-speaking individual who appears in thirteen authoritative histories--eleven of them written in German--that document the massive emigration of Germanic individuals to Eastern Europe. In all, this work lists 19,720 surnames of German-speaking ancestors who emigrated to Russia, Poland, Romania, and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. In the introductory chapters to the book the authors provide an extremely informative history of German settlement in Eastern Europe and detailed summaries of each of their sources.

Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook: Births, Marriages, Deaths. 6th Edition. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, [2013].

Summary: [The book] offers a complete, up-to-date collection of vital records application forms from nations throughout the world, thus simplifying and speeding up the process by which vital records are obtained.

The following books can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Helm, Matthew L. and April Leigh Helm. Genealogy Online for Dummies. 7th edition. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2014.

Summary: Research your family history using the latest online tools and apps Genealogy Online For Dummies, 7th Edition is the perfect book to help you conduct genealogical research. Updated to cover the latest online tools, this new edition shows you how to leverage social networks and the rapidly increasing number of mobile apps to locate family members and trace their histories.

Quillen, W. Daniel. Mastering Family, Library & Church Records. 2nd edition. [Cold Spring Harbor, NY] : Cold Spring Press, 2014.

Summary: Family records often supply genealogists with far more information than most individuals are aware. Sources such as family bibles, legal papers, letters, and even old photos can provide great data. Church records in particular are routinely overlooked but can provide a wealth of genealogical information, often extending family trees back-and forward-several generations. Libraries are often great depositories of information that go unsearched as genealogists explore more exotic sources of information such as Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com and CyndisList.com. Quillen's style of using his own ancestors to illustrate research techniques, as well as his entertaining writing style, have made each of these books popular among genealogists.

Quillen, W. Daniel. Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors. 7th Edition. [Cold Spring Harbor, New York] : Cold Spring Press, 2014.

Summary: Quillen teaches the basics of getting started and guides readers through the tricks and techniques of professional genealogists, and best of all the book is filled with real-life examples from Dan's own searches over the years. Readers are pointed to the most current web sites and government records where information can be gleaned. Overlooked resources - such as military, family and church records - are identified and instructions for procuring and using them are included. Readers will also be treated to detailed suggestions on how to write an effective and interesting life history that will be treasured by the budding genealogist's descendants. This revised edition has a new section on the Soundex system; new topics in Internet research, including new web sites; and more on immigration, naturalization, census and military records.

Shrimpton, Jayne. Tracing Your Ancestors Through Family Photographs: a Complete Guide for Family and Local Historians. Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Family History, 2014.

Summary: Using over 150 old photographs as examples, she shows how such images can give a direct insight into the past and into the lives of the individuals who are portrayed in them. Almost every family and local historian works with photographs, but often the fascinating historical and personal information that can be gained from them is not fully understood. They are one of the most vivid and memorable ways into the past. This concise but comprehensive guide describes the various types of photograph and explains how they can be dated. It analyses what the clothes and style of dress can tell us about the people in the photographs, their circumstances and background. Sections look at photographs of special occasions – baptisms, weddings, funerals - and at photographs taken in wartime, on holiday and at work. There is advice on how to identify the individuals shown and how to find more family photographs through personal connections, archives and the internet - and how to preserve them for future generations.

Wills, Simon. Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors: a Guide for Family Historians. Barnsley : Pen & Sword Family History, 2012.

Summary: Simon Wills's concise and informative historical guide takes the reader and researcher through the fascinating story of Britain's merchant service, and he shows you how to trace individual men and women and gain an insight into their lives. In a series of short, information-packed chapters he explains the expansion of Britain's global maritime trade and the fleets of merchant ships that sustained it in peace and war. He describes the lives, duties and tribulations of the generations of crews who sailed in these ships, whether as ordinary seamen or as officers, stewards, engineers and a myriad of other roles. And he identifies the websites you can explore, the archives, records and books you can read, and the places you can visit in order to gain an understanding of what your seagoing ancestor did and the world he knew.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for October 2014

Family Chronicle, Sept/Oct 2014, Vol. 19, No. 1

* "Searching for Joseph Ernest goddard" by Barry Forbes, pgs. 6-10.

* "Making Connections in 5 Steps" by Carol Richey, pgs. 20-23.

* "The English in Canada" by Ed Storey, pgs. 31-35.

Internet Genealogy, Oct/Nov 2014, Vol. 9, No. 4

* "Finding Your Dutch Ancestors Online" by Yvette Hoitink, pgs. 6-11.

* "Genealogy on the Go: The Fall 2014 Roundup of Apps for Your Mobile Research!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 13-17.

* "One Man Bands--Playing Another Genealogical Tune" by Karen Evans, pgs. 31-33. Note: Article looks at websites such as The Coalmining History Resource Centre And Peter Higginbotham's Workhouses site that helps to provide context for genealogical research.

* "Deciphering Old Script" by Carol Richey, pgs. 34-37.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2014 Thanksgiving Hours

photo attribution: Julie, courtesy of Flickr

The Prairie History Room's operating hours for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will be:

Friday, October 10, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 12, 2013: CLOSED

Monday, October 13, 2013: CLOSED

The Prairie History Room will re-open at normal operating hours, 9:30 am to 9:00 pm, on Tuesday, October 14, 2013.

The Prairie History staff wishes "Happy Thanksgiving" to our patrons and regular blog readers.


2015 Municipal Heritage Awards Program

The City of Regina is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Municipal Heritage Awards Program. The Municipal Heritage Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations that have enhanced Regina's quality of life through the safeguarding and promotion of our city's built heritage.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

* Restoration
* Preservation
* Rehabilitation
* New Design-Infill
* New Design-Addition
* Heritage Open Space
* Education
* George Bothwell Heritage Award for Public Service
* Keith Knox Heritage Award for Youth

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, October, 15, 2014. For more information about the awards, awards categories, and/or nomination forms, visit the City's website. For additional information about the program, contact Sue Luchuck either by phone (306) 777-6251 or by email: sluchuck@regina.ca.

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for October 2014: Aboriginal Studies

Boyer, Yvonne. Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers. Saskatoon, SK., Canada: Purich Publishing Limited, 2014.

Summary: Continuing the theme of social determinants of health, this book is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and the negative impact they have had on the health of Aboriginal peoples. Everything from the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers is examined (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution). The author argues there is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, and that our legal regime is one of the determinants of health. She contrasts the state of Aboriginal health in pre-contact days with their health today. The book provides comprehensive reviews of both health statistical data, historical practices aimed at Aboriginal peoples, and an analysis of legal principles that have developed in Canadian law as it applies to Aboriginal peoples.

Brown, Alison K. First Nations, Museums, Narrations: Stories of the 1929 Franklin Motor Expedition to the Canadian Prairies. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2014.

Summary: When the Franklin Motor Expedition set out across the Canadian Prairies to gather First Nations artifacts, it was with the assumption that they were collecting mementos of dying cultures. As brutal assimilation policies threatened to decimate First Nations cultures across Canada, an extensive program of ethnographic salvage was in place. Despite having only three members, the expedition amassed hundreds of items, which now comprise the largest single collection of materials from Prairie First Nations held in a British museum.

McLeod, Neal. Cree Narrative Memory: From Treaties to Contemporary Times. Saskatoon, Sask.: Purich Pub., c2007.

Summary: [The author] examines the history of the nêhiyawak (Cree People) of western Canada from the massive upheavals of the 1870s and the reserve period to the vibrant cultural and political rebirth of contemporary times. Central to the text are the narratives of McLeod's family, which give first hand examples of the tenacity and resiliency of the human spirit while providing a rubric for reinterpreting the history of Indigenous people, drawing on Cree worldviews and Cree narrative structures.

Peters, Evelyn and Chris Andersen, editors. Indigenous in the City: Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation. Vancouver; Toronto : UBC Press, [2013].

Summary: Research on Indigenous issues rarely focuses on life in major metropolitan centres. Instead, there is a tendency to frame rural and remote locations as emblematic of authentic or "real" Indigeneity and, as such, central to the survival of Indigenous cultures and societies. While such a perspective may support Indigenous struggles for territory and recognition as distinct peoples, it fails to account for large swaths of contemporary Indigenous realities, not the least of which is the increased presence of Indigenous people and communities in cities.
The chapters in this volume explore the implications of urbanization on the production of distinctive Indigenous identities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

Trovato, Frank and Anatole Romaniuk, editors. Aboriginal Populations: Social, Demographic, and Epidemiological Perspectives. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2014.

Summary: Experts from around the world review and extend the research on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the circumpolar North, mapping recent changes in their demography, health, and sociology and comparing their conditions with that of Aboriginal Peoples in other countries. Contributors point to policies and research needed to meet the challenges Aboriginal Peoples are likely to face in the 21st century. This substantial volume will prove indispensable and timely to researchers, policy analysts, students, and teachers of social demography and Native Studies.

Categories: PHR Programs

Welcome to October and Remember to Mark Your Calendars For...

The title says it all as today marks the beginning of a new month and hopefully, a renewed interest in jump starting your family and local history research.

Here are three terrific and free programs that PHR will be offering this month so remember to mark your calendars:

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.

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: New Books

New Genealogy Reference Books

Dolan, Allison. The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: a State-By-State Atlas of U.S. History, 1790-1900. F+W Media, 2014.

Summary: Envision your ancestors' world--as your ancestors knew it--through hundreds of beautiful full-color reproductions of useful eighteenth and nineteenth century maps. The maps illustrate the historical boundaries of each of the U.S. states as they progressed from territories to statehood and show the shifting of county boundaries and names within states over the years.

Picard, Marc. Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy. Baltimore, Maryland : Clearfield, 2013.

Summary: Name expert Marc Picard’s latest book is must reading for anyone with French-Canadian ancestry (or for institutions serving such a population). Monsieur Picard, who has previously written about the etymologies of the French migrants who settled Quebec and Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries, now follows the spread of those surnames to various English-speaking parts of North America in his [book]. Besides its derivations and Anglicizations, this terrific resource references the first French-Canadian settlers bearing the names found in the dictionary.

FamilySearch Updated Data Sets for 2014

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 9 months:


* Canadian Headstones

* [Prairie] Census, 1916

* New Brunswick, County Registers of Births, ca. 1812-1919

* Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877

* Ontario Births, 1869-1912

* Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957


* Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801-1980

* Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941

* Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574-1940

* Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985

* Switzerland, Church Records, 1277-1992


* India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2014

* India, Jharkhand, B. Deoghar, Singh Darwaja, Pandit Dharam Rakshni Sabha, Marriage Records, 1958-2013

* Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392-1910

* Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945

Australia and New Zealand

* Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005

* Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933

* New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998

United Kingdom

* England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010

* Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009

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

* United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

United States

* Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1957

* Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991

* Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999

* Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986

* United States Freedmen's Branch Records, 1872-1878

* United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

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