Stayed Tuned for Updates to HeritageQuest Online

Over the next coming months, HeritageQuest Onine (HQO) will look much different to users as the site will be launched on the Ancestry platform enabling users to take advantage of newer enhancements and content.

Some key components to look forward to:

* Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years

* Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more

* Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting

* Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)

* Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view

* Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009

* U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions

* All-new research aids

* Interactive census maps

So stay tuned....

Note: This database is accessible in-house at all 9 branches of Regina Public Library, including the Prairie History Room at Central Library, and remotely. Users simply need to have an updated library card to log onto the site from the library's homepage to access this database.

Updates to ALE - January 2015

Now that 2015 has been underway for a couple of weeks now and winter is here to stay for a couple more months, it might be time to focus on 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, City and Area Directories, 1819-1906 (updated)

* Canada, Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1961 (updated)


* Caltagirone, Catania, Italy, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1943 (in Italian)

* Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948

* Linz, Upper Austria, Austria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1485-1894 (in German)

* Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893 (in Swedish)


* Ghana, Census, 1984

* South Africa, Birth and Baptism Records, 1700s-1900s

* South Africa, City and Area Directories, 1813-1962

* South Africa, Voter Indexes, 1719-1996

* New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859

* New Zealand, Bankruptcy Notices, 1893-1904

* El Salvador, Civil Registration Records, 1836-1910 (in Spanish) (updated)

* Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration, 1878-1930

United Kingdom

* UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929

* UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946 (updated)

* UK, Coal Mining Accidents and Deaths Index, 1700-1950

* UK, Lunacy Patients Admission Registers, 1846-1912

United States

* Arizona, Naturalization Records, 1912-1972

* California, Naturalization Records, 1940-1991

* Nebraska, Homestead Records, 1861-1936

* U.S., Published Quaker Family Histories, 1845-1920

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 Books, New Magazines

New Issue of Family Chronicle and Handbook for Ancestry.com

Family Chronicle, Jan/Feb 2015, Vol. 19, No. 3

* "Strategies for Finding African American Ancestors Pre-1866" by Stuart Doyle, pgs. 13-17.

* "A Primer on the Russian Language and Names" by Matthew Bielawa, pgs. 31-35.

* "My Ancestor Was a Blacksmith" by Claire Gebben, pgs. 40-44.

* "Black Sheep, Loose Nuts, and Family Secrets" by Bill Leslie, pgs. 48-49.

Note: This magazine issue can be borrowed for 1 week.

Hendrickson, Nancy. Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com: How to Find Your Family History on the #1 Genealogy Website. Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, [2014].

Summary: This book will help you get the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription by showing you how to take advantage of all the world's biggest genealogy website has to offer--and how to find answers to your family tree questions within its 14 billion records, 60 million family tree and 32,000 databases.

Note: This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks.


Categories: New Magazines

Latest Issue of SGS' Bulletin

SGS Bulletin, December 2014, Vol. 45, No. 3

* "Editor's Notes" by Linda Dunsmore-Porter, pgs. 6-7 and 16-17. Note: Linda is stepping down as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society at the end of 2014. Her column provides insight on what the future of the SGS will be in the upcoming year as it undergoes a period of review.

* "Zichydorf Village Association" by Glenn Schwartz, pgs. 34-36.

* "Ever-Changing Geography of Central and Eastern Europe" by Gary Mokotoff, pgs. 40-48.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2014 Holiday Hours

Credit: Xmas Tree by Ricardo Mottl

2014 Holiday Hours

Here's a quick reminder regarding our holiday hours of operation:

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 - CLOSED
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 - CLOSED
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 - CLOSED
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The staff at Prairie History wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Categories: New Magazines

PHR Magazines for December 2014

Folklore, Autumn 2014, Vol. 35, No. 4

* "Cream Cans" by Yvonne Peterson, pgs. 6-10.

* "The Upper Room" by Victor Carl Friesen, pgs. 14-16.

* "Letter Edged in Black" by Judy Revoy, pgs. 20-22.

Internet Genealogy, December/January 2015, Vol. 9, No. 5

* "Passing Ancestral Judgment, via the Irish Petty Session Court Registers" by Joe Grandinetti, pgs. 6-10.

* "7 Low-Cost or Free Mobile Scanning Applications" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 13-18.

* "Fishin' Holes, Fairways, and Footballs: Your Ancestors' Sports" by David A. Norris, pgs. 31-34.

* "Staying Focused in Six Steps" by Carol Richey, pgs. 49-52.

Manitoba History, Fall 2014, No. 76

* "Moving South: The Other Jewish Winnipeg Before the Second World War" by Daniel Stone, pgs. 2-10.

* "Bayanihan and Belonging: Filipinos in Manitoba" by Alison Marshall, pgs. 11-18.

* "The Making of a Memorial", pgs. 23-30.

* "Zepherin Laporte: The 'Forest Gump' of Red River" by Tom LaPorte, pgs. 34-37.

NGS Magazine, October-December 2014, Vol. 40, No. 4

* "Research Roads Leading to St. Charles, Missouri" by Janet Powell, pgs. 10-14.

* "The Sociology of Cemeteries" by Helen. A. Shaw, pgs. 15-19.

* "Inside Emigrant Guides" by Julie Miller, pgs. 20-25.

* "Finding Unexpected Genealogy Gems" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 41-44.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

Murder in the City: The Grisly Death of Mike John Tudor

The cold winter nights on the prairie make for the perfect setting to curl up around the roaring fire and tell a scary story or two. It is with that in mind that I decided to do some research on what I think is one of the most spine-chilling tales of murder in Regina’s history. It’s time to sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and read the grisly tale of the murder of Mike John Tudor.

“Reginan found slain in bedroom, dead year”, blared the headline on the front page of the Leader Post on the morning of April 16th, 1955. As the story goes, on the 15th of April, police broke down the door of what they believed to be an uninhabited house at 1849 Mckay St. Once inside, officers were undoubtedly shocked to find themselves in the company of the mostly decayed body of 74 year old Mike John Tudor. His body lay on the larvae infested bed in the front room of the house, his hands frozen in a position of self-defense, shielding his head. The gesture was futile, as Mr. Tudor’s head had clearly sustained some considerable blunt force trauma. The walls were covered in spots of blood and bits of flesh, while the doorways and windows had been carefully sealed with cloth and newspaper in a clumsy attempt to hide the body.

Though the police were surprised by their horrifying find, they were aware that Mike Tudor had been missing for several months. Neighbors reported last seeing him in December of 1953, and his daughter in Michigan had last heard from him that same month. When concerned acquaintances popped by the house, Tudor’s housekeeper/girlfriend, a 30 year old woman named Elizabeth “Tootsie” LaFleche, told folks that Mr. Tudor was out of town, attending to business. Police began hearing rumors that though Ms. LaFleche and Mr. Tudor were romantically involved, it also seemed she had a relationship with a man named Jacob Dyck, who often socialized with the couple .

Mike Tudor was, by all accounts, a man who was careful with his money. He lived simply, took in borders to save on costs, and worked as a farm hand to earn the bulk of his income. It was common knowledge amongst his acquaintances that Mr. Tudor had several thousand dollars sewn up in his mattress at home, enough to possibly tempt someone to kill. Whatever the motive, the shocking crime riveted the citizens of Regina. Since Miss LaFleche and Mr. Dyck were two of his last known acquaintances, the Regina Police were soon searching for them.

Miss LaFleche and Mr. Dyck surrendered themselves to police on April 19th, 1955. The ensuing court trial was a local sensation, with accusations of adultery, jealousy and greed levied at the accused by prosecutors for the Crown. The most impactful witness testimony came from the only other person in the home at the time, a boarder named Joseph Jakubco. According to Jakubco, on the night of December 31, 1953, Tudor and Dyck got into an argument. He heard yelling and what sounded like a struggle. The next day, Miss LaFleche told Mr. Jakubco that Mr. Tudor was out of town on business, and he was never seen alive again.

“Tootsie” and Jacob were tried separately, with Mr. Dyck being sentenced to hang for murder and Miss LeFleche being sent to Kingston Penitentiary to serve her sentence as an accessory to the crime. Truth be told, however, neither perpetrator was truly held to justice- Mr. Dyck’s sentence was overturned 10 days before his date with the noose, and Ms. LeFleche was only incarcerated for a few years before being released. Thus ends the story of one of Regina’s most tragic New Year’s Eve parties, as horrifying now as it was sixty years ago.

Written by: S. Hay
Sources Cited:
Pacholik, Barb and Pruden, Jana. Paper Cows. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2009.
The original newspaper articles on the murder and trial were found in "The Regina Leader-Post" issues dating from April 16, 1955 to May 7, 1955. The microfilm for these issues is located in The Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library, and is available for in-house research during library hours.


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Book on "Tracing Your Air Force Ancestors"

This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Tomaselli, Phil. Tracing Your Air Force Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians. 2nd edition. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2014.

Summary: [Phil Tomaselli] explains which records survive, where they can be found and how they can help you in your research. Whether you are interested in the career of an individual air-man or woman, researching medals awarded to a pilot or crew member or just want to know more about a particular squadron or operation, this handbook will point you in the right direction. Each era in air force history is described, from the pioneering days of early aviation and the formation of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War to the creation of the Royal Air Force, its operations during the Second World War and its post-war development. [The author] outlines the evolving organization of the air force in each period.


Categories: New Books

New Books for December 2014

Badry, Dorothy, Don Fuchs, H. Monty Montgomery and Sharon McKay, editors. Reinvesting in Families: Strengthening Child Welfare Practice for a Brighter Future; Voices from the Prairies. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada : University of Regina Press, 2014.

Summary: [The book] addresses tough issues such as FASD, high-risk substance misuse, and family reunification from a family-focused and First Nations perspective. With a focus on the Prairies, it offers insight to anyone anywhere with an interest in child welfare service, research, and practice.

Battiste, Marie. Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit. Saskatoon : Purich Publishing Limited, 2013.

Summary: Drawing on treaties, international law, the work of other Indigenous scholars, and especially personal experiences, Marie Battiste documents the nature of Eurocentric models of education, and their devastating impacts on Indigenous knowledge. Chronicling the negative consequences of forced assimilation and the failure of current educational policies to bolster the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal populations, Battiste proposes a new model of education. She argues that the preservation of Aboriginal knowledge is an Aboriginal right and a right preserved by the many treaties with First Nations.

Brown, Ron. The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore: An Illustrated History of Railway Stations in Canada. 4th edition. Toronto, Ontario: Dundurn, [2014]

Summary: Once the economic and social lifeblood of Canada, the country's railways and heritage stations are a fading part of the patrimony of communities across the nation.

Campey, Lucille H. Ignored But Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants. Toronto, Ontario : Dundurn, [2014].

Summary: In her third and final book in the English in Canada series, Lucille Campey provides an overview of the great exodus from England to Canada that peaked in the early twentieth century. Drawing on wide-ranging documentary and statistical sources, Campey traces this major population movement on a region-by-region basis. Widely ignored in the past as an immigrant group, the English are now being given the attention they deserve. Campey reveals their outstanding contribution to Canada's settlement and subsequent development and challenges the assumption that English Canadians were a privileged elite. In fact, most came from humble backgrounds.

McGrane, David. Remaining Loyal: Social Democracy in Quebec and Saskatchewan. Montréal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

Summary: When social democratic politicians in the 1990s moderated their ideas and policies as part of a turn towards the "third way," they were assailed as traitors to the cause. [The book] demonstrates that while third way social democrats in Quebec and Saskatchewan supplemented certain social democratic ideas with more right-wing economic programs, their public policies remained true to the original spirit of social democracy.

Shaw, Susan Evans. Canadians at War: Vol. 2, A Guide to the Battlefields and Memorials of World War II. Fredericton, NB : Goose Lane Editions, 2014.

Summary: [The book], a follow-up to Susan Evans Shaw's guidebook to the battlefields and memorials of World War I, takes its readers on a tour of the places where the Canadians fought, and died -- the battlefields, memorials, and cemeteries scattered throughout Europe and the Far East.


Website with early postcards of Prairie towns

The website Images of Prairie Towns is worth a look.
Images are being added monthly.

The postcard above is a Regina street scene, featuring the Regina Trading Company, from the Images of Prairie Towns collection.

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