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
Instructor: Pat Ryan
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

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.
Join Pat Ryan, certified genealogy instructor, as we explore the 1921 Canadian Census records. Pat will explain how the records are organized, what questions were asked, and finally, how researchers can utilize this invaluable genealogical resource more effectively. Beginners and advanced researchers welcome.

Maps, Maps and More Maps!
Instructor: Pat Ryan
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

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
Presenter: Bill Brennan
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7 pm to 9 pm
Second Floor Mezzanine, Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

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: New Books

New Genealogy Reference Books

Dolan, Allison. The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: a State-By-State Atlas of U.S. History, 1790-1900. F+W Media, 2014.

Summary: Envision your ancestors' world--as your ancestors knew it--through hundreds of beautiful full-color reproductions of useful eighteenth and nineteenth century maps. The maps illustrate the historical boundaries of each of the U.S. states as they progressed from territories to statehood and show the shifting of county boundaries and names within states over the years.

Picard, Marc. Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy. Baltimore, Maryland : Clearfield, 2013.

Summary: Name expert Marc Picard’s latest book is must reading for anyone with French-Canadian ancestry (or for institutions serving such a population). Monsieur Picard, who has previously written about the etymologies of the French migrants who settled Quebec and Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries, now follows the spread of those surnames to various English-speaking parts of North America in his [book]. Besides its derivations and Anglicizations, this terrific resource references the first French-Canadian settlers bearing the names found in the dictionary.

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:


* Canadian Headstones

* [Prairie] Census, 1916

* New Brunswick, County Registers of Births, ca. 1812-1919

* Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877

* Ontario Births, 1869-1912

* Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957


* Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801-1980

* Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941

* Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574-1940

* Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985

* Switzerland, Church Records, 1277-1992


* India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2014

* India, Jharkhand, B. Deoghar, Singh Darwaja, Pandit Dharam Rakshni Sabha, Marriage Records, 1958-2013

* Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392-1910

* Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945

Australia and New Zealand

* Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005

* Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933

* New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998

United Kingdom

* England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010

* Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009

* United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

* United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

United States

* Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1957

* Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991

* Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999

* Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986

* United States Freedmen's Branch Records, 1872-1878

* United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918


Categories: New Books

New Books on Saskatchewan (General)

Demmans, Carson and Jason Sylvestre. You Might Be From Saskatchewan If...Volume 2. Lunenburg, N.S.: MacIntyre Purcell Pub. Inc., 2014.

Summary: A delightful romp through one of Canada’s most beloved provinces, this second, even funnier volume of geographical quips, barbs, and jokes takes an intimate look at what it’s like to be from Saskatchewan. Perfect for visitors or longtime residents, this joke book is sure to bring laughs to any reader familiar with the Land of the Living Sky.

Hicken, Sophi. Still Standing III: The Grain Elevators of Saskatchewan. [Lethbridge, AB] : the author, 2012.

Summary: There were once over 6000 grain elevators dotted across the Canadian prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Today there are maybe 250 left.

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.

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: New Books

New Genealogy Handbooks For You to Borrow

The following new genealogy books can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks!

Symes, Ruth A. It Runs in The Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors. Stroud : The History Press, 2013.

Summary: Drawing on evidence from social history, women's history, and the histories of photography and fashion, to name but a few, this book looks at a number of issues that have long perplexed and amused family historians. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and using examples from the famous as well the unknown, the book investigates the whys and wherefores of several aspects of personal appearance and dress, and the ins and outs of a whole series of family relationships. It culminates by providing an innovative new methodology for getting more out of birth, marriage, and death certificates—the standard documents of family history research.

Paton, Chris. Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. Barnsley : Pen & Sword Family History, 2013.

Summary: Ireland has probably experienced more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than any other region of the British Isles. Many of the nation's primary records were lost during the civil war in 1922 and through other equally tragic means. But in this new book Chris Paton [shows] that not only has a great deal of information survived, it is also increasingly being made available online...As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies. He fully explores the online records available from both the north and the south from the earliest times to the present day. Many overseas collections are also included, and he looks at social networking in an Irish context where many exciting projects are currently underway.


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.

Sources Cited:
Drake, Earl. Regina the Queen City. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1955.

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.


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)

United Kingdom

* 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

United States

* 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)

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 Magazines

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.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


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
Saturday, August 30, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014: CLOSED
Monday, September 1, 2014: CLOSED

Tuesday, September 2, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

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