01/29/16


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for the week of January 25, 2015

Saskatchewan History, Volume 67, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2015

* "Nutana: The first neighborhood in Saskatoon" by Nathan Bartsch.

* "An Oversupply of Hope: One woman's reflections on the Great Depression" by Sandra Bassendowski.

* "The life and legacy of C.J. Houston, Medicare Pioneer" by C. Stuart Houston and Richard A. Rempel.

* "Mapping history: Lessons in history from Township Map of the Qu'Appelle Valley, Township 21, Range 13, West of the 2nd Meridian" by Christine Charmbury.

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Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


01/19/16


Categories: PHR News, In the News

Barbara Meneley's Prairie History Redux

Barbara Meneley's Prairie History Redux is an artistic reflection of Saskatchewan's complex history, article by Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post.

"In the Prairie History Room, residential school stories and high school yearbooks are on the same shelf.

It’s that kind of dichotomy that Barbara Meneley sought to reflect in Prairie History Redux, an art exhibition now on display at the Central Library.

“(It’s) such an interesting layering, but it is our history,” said Meneley, a fine arts instructor at the University of Regina.

The Prairie History Room is a diverse archive of Saskatchewan (with a smattering of Manitoba and Alberta). There are phone directories, town anthologies, newspapers and books. There’s colonial and aboriginal history.

Some of the thousands of artifacts are represented in Meneley’s project. . . ." link to the full Leader-Post article 17 January 2016


01/07/16


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for the week of January 11, 2016

Law, Life, and Government: Settlement and Governance, 1812-1872
by Dale Gibson
PHR 349.712743 GIBSO

Inhabited by a diverse population of First Nations peoples, Métis, Scots, Upper and Lower Canadians, and Americans, and dominated by the commercial and governmental activities of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Red River - now Winnipeg - was a challenging settlement to oversee. This illuminating account presents the story of the unique legal and governmental system that attempted to do so and the mixed success it encountered, culminating in the 1869-70 Red River Rebellion and confederation with Canada in 1870.

In Law, Life, and Government at Red River, Dale Gibson provides rich, revealing glimpses into the community, and its complex relations with the Hudson’s Bay: the colony’s owner, and primary employer. Volume 1 details the history of the settlement’s establishment, development, and ambivalent relationship with the legal and undemocratic, but gradually, grudgingly, slightly, more representative, governmental institutions forming in the area, and the legal system’s evolving engagement with the Aboriginal population.

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A Beginner's Guide to Online Genealogy: Learn How to Trace Your Family History and discover Your Roots
by Michael Dunn
929.10285 DUNN
Note: this book is part of the circulating genealogical collection shelved by the Prairie History desk. It can be checked out for three weeks.

Contents: Where should you begin? -- Learn how to search -- Online starting points -- Search for death records -- Check the census -- Find family connections -- Look local -- Seek out military records -- Trace your immigrant ancestors -- Locate records abroad -- Connect with other genealogists -- Putting it all together.


01/06/16


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of January 4, 2016

Family Tree Magazine Volume 16, Number 7, December 2015

* "Making the Cut (75 top state-focused websites for tracing your ancestors)" by Rick Crume.

* "Photo Rx (how to digitally fix common old-photo flaws)" by Janet Hovorka.

* "The Long Way Around (help to determine the difference between a brick wall and a detour in your research road and, if possible, navigate a new route to ancestor answers)" by David A. Fryxell.

* "Finding the Missing (many Jewish families had loved ones vanish in the Holocaust. Surviving records can help you discover the fates of the missing)" by Melody Amsel-Arieli.

* "Workbook: Special Censuses (e.g. Mortality schedules, Indian censuses, Agricultural schedules, Manufacturing and industry schedules, Slave schedules, Veterans schedules, Defective, dependent and delinquent schedule, Social statistics schedules)" by Sunny Jane Morton.

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Folklore: Saskatchewan's Yestredays Personified), Volume 36, Number 4, Autumn 2015

* "The Asinskow Ithiniwok: The "Rocky Terrain People"" by John Merasty.

* "Swift Current: Frontier City" by Keith Foster.

* "The Legend of Marguerite (Trottier ca. 1789-1881)" by Jean-Louis Trudel.

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Blue Jay Volume 73, Number 3, September 2015

* "Plants: Using Multiple Data Cources on Species Distribution for Biodiversity Assessment: The Prairie crocus (anemone Patens) as a Case Study" by Vladimir V. Kricsfalusy, Meng Li and Charu Gupta.

* "Birds: Avian Biodiversity in an Urban Park: Breeding Birds of the Habitat Conservation Area (2010-2014)" by Jared Clarke and Mattew Tokaruk.

* "Birds: Frequency of Next Visits by Non-Resident Hatch-Year Tree Swallows" by Russell D. Dawson.

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Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


12/29/15


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of December 28, 2015

Relatively Speaking: The Alberta Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal Volume 43, Number 4, November 2015

* "Sowing Winter Wheat: Introducing genealogy and family history to children and youth" by John Althouse.

* "Family Adhesive: The value of family history for children" by Janet Hovorka.

* "The Search for Captain Roy Brown" by John J.N.Chalmers.

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Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin Volume 46, Number 3, December 2015

* "Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales in the Digital Age: Civil Registration" by Rae W. Chamberlain. (the second in a series)

* "Provincial Archives Celebrates 70 Years"

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NGS Magazine for Generations Past, Present, and Future), Volume 41, Number 4, October-December 2015

Special Issue: Genealogy & Writing

* "Utilizing Outlining for Strong Genealogical Writing" by Paul Graham AG CG.

* "Genealogical Numbering Systems: History and Reasoning" by Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG.

* "Building Citations While Writing" by Michael Hait, CG.

* "Scrivener: An Organizational Tool for Genealogical Writers" by Mellisa A. Johnson, CG.

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Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


12/10/15


Holiday Hours for PHR 2015

2015 Holiday Hours

The staff at Prairie History wish you and your family Happy Holidays. Here's a quick reminder regarding our holiday hours of operation:

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


12/09/15


Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society Update Website

The Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society has updated their website and uploaded some oral history recordings celebrating multicultural and ethnic diversity: http://shfs.ca/audio/


12/01/15


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for the week of November 30

Greg Poelzer and Ken S. Coates: From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation : a Road Map for All Canadians
Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2015]
PHR 971.00497 POEL

Canada is a country founded on relationships and agreements between Indigenous peoples and newcomers. Although recent court cases have upheld Aboriginal title rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations "issues." Each new court decision adds fuel to the debate raging between those who want to see an end to special Aboriginal rights and those who demand a return to Aboriginal sovereignty.
Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates breathe new life into these debates by looking at approaches that have failed and succeeded in the past and offering all Canadians -- from policy makers to concerned citizens -- realistic steps forward. Rather than getting bogged down in debates on Aboriginal rights, they highlight Aboriginal success stories and redirect the conversation to a place of common ground. Upholding equality of economic opportunity as a guiding principle, they argue that the road ahead is clear: if all Canadians take up their responsibilities as treaty peoples, Canada will become a leader among treaty nations.

Elinor Barr: Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2015]
PHR 971.004397 BARR

Since 1776, more than 100,000 Swedish-speaking immigrants have arrived in Canada from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, and the United States. Elinor Barr’s Swedes in Canada is the definitive history of that immigrant experience. Active in almost every aspect of Canadian life, Swedish individuals and companies are responsible for the CN Tower, ships on the Great Lakes, and log buildings in Riding Mountain National Park. They have built railways and grain elevators all across the country, as well as churches and old folks’ homes in their communities. At the national level, the introduction of cross-country skiing and the success of ParticipACTION can be attributed to Swedes.
Despite this long list of accomplishments, Swedish ethnic consciousness in Canada has often been very low. Using extensive archival and demographic research, Barr explores both the impressive Swedish legacy in Canada and the reasons for their invisibility as an immigrant community.

William Wallace: On the Frontier : letters from the Canadian West in the 1880s, edited by Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison.
Regina, Sask. : University of Regina Press, [2015]
Originally published: as "My dear Maggie," by Regina, Sask., Canada : Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 1991.
PHR 971.27 WALLA

First published more than twenty years ago as My Dear Maggie, this new edition of William Wallace’s letters home to England provides rare documentation of the earliest days of settlement in the West. The correspondence conveys a sense of unspoken courage – the courage that was needed to make a fresh start in a strange new land. “William’s letters contain many elements common to settlers’ writings: a recounting of the exhausting trip behind slow-moving oxen from the jumping-off point to the homestead, the violence of thunderstorms, the pain of frozen extremities, and the destruction caused by prairie fires. . . . .” from Prairie Forum


11/17/15


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for the week of November 23

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine) Nov/Dec 2015, Vol. 1, No. 5

* "Genealogical Tourism in Calabria: Going Back in Time"Joe Grandinetti recounts his first trip back to his Italian ancestral homeland and the discoveries he made

* "Genealogy and the Law" Judy G. Russell looks at the differences between civil law and common law

* "Who Was Alfred Betts" Richard H. Goms Jr. searches for clues to help solve a mystery involving a mid-19th century ancestor and a strange agreement between neighbors

* "DNA & Genealogy" DNA Matches: Diahan Southard offers 3 tips to improve your relationships

* "Cholera in Wisconsin, 1849-1851" Based on an original manuscript by Virginia M. Johnson Wilcx, and edited and re-written by Jean M. Wilcox Hibben

* "Don't Give Up on Ghosts" Sue Lisk offers five ways to bring your family history writing to life

* "Reconstruction World War II Service for the US Navy and the US coast Guard" All the records burned? Are you sure? Jennifer Holik explains how to navigate and piece together World War II Navy and coast Guard Service

* "Advice from the Pros" Jana Sloan Broglin looks at two major formats for publishing your family history

* "Real Photo Postcards: 'Selfies' of Another Era" George Matheson examines an early form of the 'Selfie', popular long before the advent of the Intrenet and social networking

* "Genealogy Tourism" Genealogy in the sunshine: British genealogy in Portugal

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Families: Ontario Genealogical Society, November 2015, Volume 54, Number 4

* "The Disguised Origin of George R. Young" by Stephen Young

* "Finding André in Ontario & Quebec" by Steve Marshall

* "Simcoe County's House of Industry and Refuge" by Nancy Leveque

* "The 400 Year Odyssey of a Suffolk Bible" by Ralph W. Manning

* "Fabric Dyeing and Pioneer Dyestuffs of Necessity" by George A. Neville

* "How Do You Prove an Official Document Wrong"" by Fraser Dunford

* "The Forgotten History of the Chinese in Canada" by Gin
Wei Wong

Note: issue contains the newsletter NewsLeaf The Ontario Genealogical Society, Vol. 45, No. 4 Supplement to Families 2015 Nov.

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Alberta History, Autumn 2015, Volume 63, Number 4

* "The World of Joshua Pilcher: An American Fur Trader in Jasper" by Daniel Kyba

* "The Hutterites Come to Alberta" by Simon M Evans & Peter Peller

* "Among the Foothills and Rockies in 1885" by Arthur P. Coleman

Note: issue contains the newsletter of the Historical Society of Alberta History Now, No. 4, October 2015


11/16/15


Categories: New Books

New Books for the week of November 16

Bob Wahl: The Story of Saskatchewan School No. 99: The Lives and Times of Pioneers on the South Saskatchewan River. Ingram International Inc (2014)
PHR 372.971244 WAHL
". . . a unique portrayal of early education and the lives of settlers along the South Saskatchewan River. By weaving his own personal recollections with facts, anecdotes, and stories from interviews and other historical sources, author Bob Wahl has created a history book that will appeal to both historians and the general public. Outstanding photos and copies of historic documents help complete the story of a school established in 1887 and the settlers of Clark's Crossing - many of whom were Old Colony Mennonites. . . " Publisher

Richard Duret: Victoire, Saskatchewan 1912-2012: Vignettes. [Montreal : Notre-Dames-des Victoires parish committee]; 2012.
941.241 VICTO
from the book's Forward: "This album is designed to mark the 100th birthday of the Notre-Dame des Victoires parish. It is an homage to the pioneers who tamed a difficult landscape and climate to start a new life, to those who have since made Victoire their home and to the families who have come and gone, leaving a permanent imprint on the community's short one hundred year history. The abundantly illustrated book is set up as a poetic patchwork of historical narration, anecdotes and souvenirs. It starts off with pioneer history, followed by the parish chronicle, schooling records, the hamlet and districts, community life along with family histories and personal stories. . . ."

Brian Brennan: Rogues and Rebels: Unforgettable Characters From Canada's West. Regina, Saskatchewan: University of Regina Press, [2015]
PHR 971.2 BRENN
"Brian Brennan chronicles the mavericks, iconoclasts, and adventurers who threw away the rule book, thumbed their noses at convention, and let their detractors howl. They never retracted, never explained, never apologized, and they got things done. Discover the unforgettable characters who made the West what it is today. You know some by name: Jack Webster, Nellie McClung, and Tommy Douglas. Others are less well-known: the inventor of the Bloody Caesar; those who assumed fake identities to further their ambitions; Brother XII, the mysterious cult leader; and more." Publisher

Liz Bryan: Stone by Stone: Exploring Ancient Sites on the Canadian Plains, expanded edition. Victoria, British Columbia : Heritage House Publishing, 2015.
PHR 971.201 BRYAN
"Stone by Stone takes readers on a fascinating journey across the short-grass prairie of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in search of tangible evidence of the region's ancient past--a civilization dating back at least twelve thousand years. In this revised and updated edition of her one-of-a-kind guidebook, author Liz Bryan explores archaeological sites that are accessible to today's inquisitive travellers and provides enough detailed information, striking photographs, maps, and illustrations to satisfy any armchair archaeologist. With riveting insight and clarity, Bryan presents the stone effigies, cairns, medicine wheels, buffalo jumps, rock art, and remains of settlements scattered across this vast prairie, creating an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to navigate these ancient sites and understand their significance." Publisher

David Young, Robert Rogers & Russell WIllier: A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom: Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories. Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2015.
PHR 971.200497323 WILL.3Y
". . . the first book in which a native healer has opened his medicine bundle to share in writing his repetoire of herbal medicines. Providing information on and photos of medicinal plants along with where to harves them, anthropologist David Young and ethnobotanist Robert Rogers chronicle the life, beliefs, and healing practices of Medicine Man Russell Willier in his native Alberta . . ." Publisher

Riess, Kelly-Anne: Saskatchewan book of everything : everything you wanted to know about Saskatchewan and were going to ask anyway. Lunenburg, NS : MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc., Second edition [2015]
From the fur-trade stronghold to the Land of the Living Skies and from the North-West Rebellion and the Roughriders to profiles of Joni Mitchell, Gordie Howe, Guy Vanderhaegh, Tommy Douglas, and the entrepreneurial Hill family, no book on Saskatchewan is more comprehensive and fun.


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