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
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.
Categories: PHR Programs
Mark Your Calendar Again! Upcoming Talk on the Saskatchewan and the Great War
To commemorate the centenary of the Great World, the Prairie History Room is pleased to offer the following free presentation this fall.
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: PHR Programs
Mark Your Calendars! New Digging For Your Roots Programs Set for October and November 2014
Granted it is still the middle of July and most of you are not even thinking about what you will be doing this fall. But for those of you who like to pre-plan your activities, here is some news about upcoming genealogy programs...
After a long hiatus, the Prairie History Room will be offering several genealogical workshops to help researchers discover their family roots. Whether it is learning how to use historical maps or discovering which website is recommended by the “experts”, this series of free lectures is guaranteed to help kick start your family and local history research this fall!
For more information about these workshops, phone the Prairie History Room at 777-6011. Note: No pre-registration is required!
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.
Tracing your WWI Ancestors
2014 marks the centenary of the “Great War” or World War I. From 1914 to 1918, 630, 000 Canadian men and women served in this conflict, which claimed over 60, 000 lives. Join May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian, as she discusses key facts about the war, points out where to look for military records, and offers research tips to those studying their ancestors who served in this conflict. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.
Best Genealogy Websites of 2014
Confused, overwhelmed and frustrated by the millions of genealogy websites on the internet today? Unsure about whether or not you should buy an annual subscription to Ancestry.ca? Not sure where to go to obtain a passenger list homestead record or even a death certificate? Join May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian at Regina Public Library, as she rounds up and examines the best genealogy websites of 2014 that are currently available to researchers. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.
New Magazines for July 2014 - Part 2
Alberta History, Summer 2014, Vol. 62, No. 3
* "The Summer of 1914" by Bill Yeo, pgs. 2-4.
* "A Map and Partial Manuscript of Blackfoot Country" by Margaret Kennedy, pgs. 5-14.
* "George Roy Tells of Early Days of Edmonton" by George Roy, pgs. 24-26.
Note: Issue also contains the July edition of "History Now", the newsletter for The Historical Society of Alberta.
Family Chronicle, July/August 2014, Vol. 18, No. 6
* "The 10 Lessons You Can Learn From an Oral Historian" by Barbara D. Krasner, pgs. 7-9.
* "So, How Did they Get 'Polly' from 'Mary'?" by David A. Norris, pgs. 23-26.
* "Sound Genealogy: Beware the Sand Built House" by Susan Davis Faulkner, pgs. 31-35. Note: Article focuses on the importance of documenting and using solid research to build your family tree.
Folklore, Summer 2014, Vol. 35, No. 3
* "The Crescent Lake Rascals" by Wilmar Shingoose, pgs. 6-7.
* "Notes from the Field: Folklore and Barns in Southern Saskatchewan" by Kristin Catherwood, pgs. 8-12.
* "Tripping the Light Fantastic at the School Dances" by Judy Revoy, pgs. 30-31.
New PHR Books for July
New Edition of Quillen's Troubleshooter's Genealogy Handbook
This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!
Quillen, W. Daniel. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself. 3rd Edition. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Press, c2014.
Summary: [Quillen] shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. [He] tells readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights and new websites are highlighted to assit with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include in-depth census research; mortality schedules; extensive section on military records; US region-by-region research assistance; global research tips; and when to engage the services of a professional genealogist and what you can expect.
New Magazines Issues for July 2014
Generations, June 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2
* "Ten Tips for Researching First Nations Ancestry" by Trish Cullen, pgs. 15-17.
* "Searching in the Graveyard: How I Began My Family Tree Research" by Douglas Fraser Martindale, pg. 18.
Revue Historique, Hiver 2014, Vol. 24, No. 3
* "L' oeuvre d' Ovide Charlebois, o.m.i., missionnaire: Un saint homme parmi nous", par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 6-11.
* "Yaltri Aze, le petit père: Louis Moraud, o.m.i. missionnaire à Patuanak," par Gaetan Benoit, pgs. 12-17.
* "Le fidèle Alexis Alexis Cardinal et la promulgation du patrimoine catholique et autochtone, 1860-1880," par Mario Giguère, pgs 18-23.
* "La communication, en cre et en montagnais: Interaction entre les missionnaires et les Premières Nations," par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 24-32.
Saskatchewan History, Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 66, No. 1
* "Chinese Settlement in the 'Paris of the Prairies'" by Raymond Douglas Chong, pgs. 20-25.
* "'Great Aid to the Intelligent Citizenship': The Fight for Library Service in Weyburn, 1905-1930" by Kam W. Teo, pgs. 26-34.
* "'Deejay' Fred Wall & the Western Canada Tour 1892-1895" by Brock Silversides, pgs. 36-45.
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