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
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.
Maps, Maps and More Maps!
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
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!
New Genealogy Reference Books
Categories: FamilySearch.Org News/Updates
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:
Australia and New Zealand
New Books on Saskatchewan (General)
Categories: Genealogy/Historical Society News
Upcoming September Meeting of the Regina Branch 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, September 23, 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 "Sharing Summer Genealogy Discoveries" where members will be sharing stories of their family history adventures this summer.
Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.
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
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