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.


Upcoming Regina Branch Meeting 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, May 27, 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 Mother's Day - Member Sharing. Members are encouraged to bring photos or keepsake items or stories about their mother, grandmother, great grandmother, or other female ancestor.

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: PHR News

PHR's Victoria Day 2014 Hours

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this upcoming May long weekend:

Friday, May 16, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 17, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014: CLOSED
Monday, May 19, 2014: CLOSED

Tuesday, May 20, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Mark Your Calendars...for the CAHS Conference - June 4-8, 2014

As a reminder about an exciting conference taking place next month in Regina...

Canadian Aviation Historical Society
51st National Convention and Annual General Meeting
Regina, Saskatchewan
June 4-7, 2014
Travelodge Hotel and Conference Centre, Regina
4177 Albert St.

Click on this link to read the upcoming schedule of events, including tour of the Western Development Museum and presentations on RAF air base at Caron and the Avro Arrow, to name a few.

Volunteer Opportunities at SGS

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) is looking for volunteers to work on these projects:

Obituary Digitization Project:

opportunity located at SGS Library and Research Room, Regina, SK
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
one – two hour sessions (or longer if volunteer wishes)
scan obituary, save images

Library Cataloguing (to new Library system):

opportunity located at SGS Library and Research Room, Regina, SK
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
one – two hour sessions (or longer if volunteer wishes)
transfer information from old catalogue to new

Computer Corner:

contributor to the SGS Bulletin “Computer Corner”
provide information on new websites of interest to genealogists; answer simple technical queries; test and recommend site and software; and
other information as deemed useful to genealogists

SRI Indexing and Proofing:

index SGS resources as determined by the SRI Co-ordinator; work from home; data entry, proofing and correcting

Obituary Database Entry:

work from home and minimal training required; extract information from obituary images provided by SGS

Indexing United Church Records pre-1926:

Location: Saskatchewan Archives, Saskatoon, SK
One – two hour sessions (or longer if volunteer wishes)
Contact: Bev Gutenberg, Saskatoon; beverleygutenberg@sasktel.net

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact Lisa Warren at saskgenealogy@sasktel.net or call 306-780-9207.


Categories: New Magazines

Local History: New Magazine Issues

Alberta History, Spring 2014, Vol. 62, No. 2

* "A History of Turner Valley" by Daniel I. Istavanffy, pgs. 2-7.

* "Turner Valley: The Beginning of a Long Apprenticeship" by Gordon Jaremko, pgs. 8-15.

* "Turner Vally: All The News That Was Fit to Print" by David Finch, pgs. 24-34.

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

Manitoba History, Winter 2014, No. 74

* "The Justice Mill: George William Baker at the Winnipeg Police Court, 1901-1903" by Stephen Grandpre, pgs. 2-14.

* "The Early History of Brewing in Winnipeg, 1668-1902: From Hudson's Bay to Patrick Shea" by Graham Stinnett, pgs. 26-35.

* "Manitoba's Historic One-Room Schoolhouses" by Gordon Goldsborough, pgs. 37-39.

Folklore, Spring 2014, Vol. 35, No. 1

* "Letters From the Lovelorn: Bachelors and Spinsters in the Old North-West" by Keith Foster, pgs. 6-7.

* "Homesteading at Loon River" by John Hickie, pgs. 12-15.

* "The Wolseley Business Men's Club" by Slater Tubman, pgs. 18-20.

* "'Caring For Those Who Have Cared for Us' The Restoration of the Logberg Cemetery and the Story of Icelandic Saskatchewan" by Joe Martin, pgs. 34-38.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: New Books

New PHR Book

Denig, Edwin Thompson. The Assiniboine. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2000.

Summary: Edwin Thompson Denig entered the fur trade on the Upper Missouri River in 1833. As husband to the daughter of an Assiniboine headman and as a bookkeeper stationed at Fort Union, Denig became knowledgeable about the tribal groups of the Upper Missouri and was consulted by several noted investigators of Indian culture. When Denig was asked to respond to a circular by Schoolcraft, he didn’t simply rely on his own knowledge, but instead interviewed "in company with the Indians for an entire year" until he had obtained satisfactory answers. Denig’s manuscript was unpublished until 1930, when J.N.B. Hewitt edited it for publication in the Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology’s Forty-sixth Annual Report. Long unavailable, this new edition provides a complete ethnology of the Assiniboine Indians, including information on their history, tribal organization and government, religion, manners and customs, warfare, dances, and language.

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