New Genealogy Handbooks For You to Borrow
The following new genealogy books can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks!
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.
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.
Categories: Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) News
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)
* 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
* 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)
Categories: 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.
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
New Aboriginal and Metis Studies Books for August 2014
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
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.
Categories: PHR News
Upcoming PHR Hours for the August Long Weekend in 2014
Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this August long weekend:
Friday, August 1, 2014: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
New Genealogy Handbooks
Note: This book is also available to borrow from Central's genealogy collection for 3 weeks!
Beidler, James M. The Family Tree: German Genealogy Guide. Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, 
Summary: Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.
Morin, Gail. First Métis Families of Quebec: Volume 2 Jean Nicolet and a Nipissing Woman. Baltimore, MD : Clearfield, 2014.
Summary: This series traces the descendants of those Métis families who ultimately settled in the western part of the North American continent. Volume 1, an overview volume, traces all fifty-six recorded Métis families for three generations. In this new volume, all of Madeleine or Euphrosine Nicolet’s descendants are followed for ten generations. Her most notable descendant is Andre Carriere, born 30 March 1779 and baptized the next day at Boucherville. Andre arrived in the early Red River Settlement area of Manitoba about 1802-1805. His marriage to Angelique Dion or Lyon resulted in eleven children. Many of his descendants remained in Western Canada, but they are also found on the rolls of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa of North Dakota and the Little Shell Band of Indians of Montana.
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