Categories: New Books, New Magazines

New Magazines and Genealogy Handbooks

Just in time for the Easter weekend, we have a several new magazine issues and genealogy handbooks for you to borrow...

The magazine issues can be borrowed for 1 week.

Revue Historique, Hiver 2014, Vol. 24, No. 2

* "L' oeuvre des soeurs de la Présentation de Marie: Province de Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)" par Florent Bildoeau, pgs 6-13.

* "Soeur Éva Lapierre et l' oeuvre de l' hôpital Sait-Joseph de Gravelbourg" par Laurier Gareau, pgs 14-19.

* "Onésime Dorval" par Laurier Gareau, pgs 20-25.

SGS Bulletin, April 2014, Vol. 45, No. 1

* "Somewhere in Saskatchewan..." by Beverley Gutenberg, pgs. 18-22. Note: Article examines St. Patrick's Catholic Orphanage in Prince Albert and The Orange Home in Indian Head.

* "Kingston University Media Alert: Bringing Red Cross World War 1 Archives to Live," pgs 46-47.

The books can be borrowed for 3 weeks.

Powell, Kimberly. Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace Your Roots, Share Your History, and Create Your Family Tree. 3rd edition. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2014.

Summary: Thanks to the overwhelming number of genealogical records available online today, it's never been easier to trace your family history and find your roots. But where do you begin? With all that information, it can be impossible to know where to start!...[G]enealogy expert Kimberly Powell guides you through the process of finding your ancestors, helping you: Effectively search various websites; Decipher census data and other online records; Choose the best way to share data with family members; and Connect with other genealogists through social media. Packed with tips on using free databases, new websites, and a growing number of genealogy apps, [the book] has everything you need to scour the Internet and find your ancestors, going back generations!

Quillen, W. Daniel. Mastering Online Genealogy. 3rd Edition. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Press, 2011.

Summary: This revised third edition covers the use of computers and the Internet to successfully do your own genealogical research. It teaches readers about the Internet as an effective genealogical research tool, explains what genealogy databases are, where they are, and how to use them, details pitfalls to watch out for, tells the value of message boards and blogs, and much more.


2014 Jane's Walks in Regina

Rest assured, warmer weather is in our forecast. To remind us of that fact, one of my favorite local events, the Jane's Walks, is only several weeks away...

-- May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian

From May 3-4, 2014, come out and explore your Regina's neighbourhoods or discover some new places on a free, citizen-led walking tour. Regina’s volunteer guides share personal stories and local perspectives to help bridge social and geographic gaps and create a space for Regina to discover itself. They cover everything from the everyday to the extraordinary.

This year’s walks include:

* Marci Brisbourne leading a walking discussion about the past, present, and future of Coronation Park;

* Sharon Pratchler sharing opportunities to green Regina’s urban landscape – from vegetable gardens to green alleys;

* Conservationist Jim Elliott exploring the natural and built history around Wascana Lake;

* Ross Herrington and Brian Wagner sharing stories of 14th Avenue from 1910-1930;

* Bike Regina returning to host their 3rd annual Jane’s Bike;

* Nicole Huck leading a community parade to visit playgrounds in the Heritage neighbourhood;

* Jon Pradinuk, Jennifer Barrett, and Sheri Birkeland discussing past city plans – what was realized and what was left of the drawing table;

* Rob Hubick from Heritage Regina leading a walk in the historic Warehouse District; and,

* Spoken word artist Shayna Stock exploring poetry and place in downtown Regina.

For additional details and walk times, visit the Jane’s Walk website.


Upcoming April Meeting of 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, April 22, 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 Timelines. Shelley Kloczko will use real research examples provided by branch members to illustrate how a timeline can help identify records available to help fill in the gaps in the knowledge.

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: PHR News

2014 Easter Hours for PHR

The Prairie History Room's (PHR) operating hours for the upcoming Easter weekend are:

Thursday, April 17, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday, April 18, 2014: CLOSED

Saturday, April 19, 2014: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 20, 2014: CLOSED

Monday, April 21, 2014: CLOSED

Tuesday, April 22, 2014: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

On behalf of the staff, we would like to wish all of our researchers and colleagues a Happy Easter!

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books - Arts & Literature

Carpenter, David, editor. The Literary History of Saskatchewan. Progressions, Volume 2. Regina, [SK]: Coteau Books, c2014.

Summary: Progressions presents another batch of erudite and entertaining essays on a variety of topics covering Saskatchewan's literary development, as well as tributes to some of the major con- tributors to that history, and a pictorial glimpse into the past. Writers stopped using typewriters, and even moved beyond the Kaypro computer box for their compositions.The Saskatchewan School of the Arts was shut down, ending the Fort San writing experience. But the Sage Hill Writing Experience quickly rose to replace it. Saskatchewan literary presses really found their feet and published important and lasting books.A wave of new writers joined the founders of the province's literary tradition. Responding to this growth in the community, the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw, came into being. The Saskatchewan writing community stormed out of the 20th Century in a frenzy of creativity and accomplishment.

Fenton, Terry. Robert David Symons: Countryman: Artist, Writer, Naturalist, Rancher. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery; Regina, Saskatchewan: Hagios Press, [2013].

Summary: R.D. Symons was a cultural giant and this book presents his life and art for a new generation of readers. Featuring an illuminating essay on Symons' life and art practice by esteemed curator and painter Terry Fenton, Countryman also features over thirty exceptional Symons watercolours. As an artist, Symons worked primarily on paper, and frequently in watercolours, drawing upon direct observation and a prodigious visual memory. Home schooled in an artistic family in England, Symons emigrated to Canada at the age of sixteen to work as a cowboy in Southwest Saskatchewan. Increasingly appreciated as an artist, Countryman presents a comprehensive view of one of Western Canada's most gifted painters of watercolours. Countryman portrays an artist and writer who was deeply devoted to the Canadian West throughout his adventurous and well documented life. R.D. Symons greatly influenced many contemporary nature writers, including award-winning Saskatchewan authors, Trevor Herriot and Candace Savage.

Symons, R. D. A Country Boy: From Sussex to the Canadian West. Regina, [SK]: Hagios Press, 2013.

Summary: R.D. (Robert David) Symons was a Saskatchewan naturalist, and painter, revered for his memoirs, nature writing, paintings, and illustrations. He was also a rancher and game warden. For the first time in print, Symons' memoir of his formative years, and his early years in Canada, are captured in the same compelling style and flair that brought him to the forefront as an author.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

Stories From Our Past: The History of Victoria Park

Victoria Park has been a public gathering area since the 1880’s, when the city was little more than a bunch of tents situated beside the railroad tracks. In 1884 the park played host to the first livestock fair in Regina, and its reputation as a community meeting spot continued from there. In the following decades Victoria Park was the site of open-air markets, sporting events, and picnics. In 1905 the park was the site of a gala event (attended by no less than Prime Minister Laurier), celebrating the birth of the province of Saskatchewan. A spectacular fireworks display illuminated the Regina sky, spelling out “God Bless Our Province”, and drawing cheers from the crowd.

In 1907, the city hired Montreal landscaper F.G. Todd to develop Victoria Park into a manicured oasis in the middle of downtown. For over 105 years the park has conformed to this original design, and those walking through the park today are following the same path as some of our earliest residents. One of the few alterations to the park took place in 1926, when the ornamental fountain that had stood there originally was replaced with a memorial commemorating those who died in the First World War.

Designed by R.G. Heughan of Montreal, the “soldier figure” depicted on the cenotaph was based on the famous “brooding soldier” figure from the St. Julien Memorial located in Ypres, Belgium. An interesting fact about the sculpture in Belgium is that it was designed by Regina sculptor Frederick Clemshea. On the morning of Thursday November 11th, 1926, the monument was unveiled to a crowd of over 10,000 citizens, eager to pay their respects to the fallen. Over eighty-five years later, the soldier continues to watch over the park and serve as a stoic reminder of the cost of war.

Today, Victoria Park is still the site of outdoor activities, hosting markets and special events throughout the temperate months. In the summer, the lawn is often dotted with people relaxing, eating and enjoying the atmosphere of the park. Next time you happen to be downtown, take a stroll through the park and walk in the footsteps of our early counterparts.

Written by: S. Hay

Sources Cited:

Argan, William. Regina : the first 100 years : Regina's cornerstones : the history of Regina told through its buildings and monuments. Regina: Centax Books, 2002.

Drake, Earl. Regina: The Queen City. Toronto: McLelland and Stewart Ltd., 1955.

Categories: New Books

New Adoption Reference Book

Carangelo, Lori. The Ultimate Search Book: Worldwide Adoption, Genealogy, & Other Search Secrets. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co. for Clearfield Co. , c2011.

Summary: The book reveals how to find anyone, nationwide, dead or alive, for little or no expense, including adoptees and “birth” parents, even without a known name and despite sealed records...[The worldwide edition edition provides] extensive resources in both the U.S. and 200 countries!

Note: This book is located on the Prairie History Ready Reference shelves opposite of the microfilm cabinets!

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines Issues for April 2014

Families, May 2014, Vol. 53, No. 2

* "Recent Developments in Canadian Law Affecting Genealogists" by Margaret Ann Wilkinson, pgs. 3-15.

* "Brenda Dougall Merriman: A Special Tribute," pgs 16-20.

* "Searching for the Garden of Eden" by Robb Gorr, pgs 26-30.

Note: Issue contains the May issue of "Newsleaf", supplement to the magazine.

Internet Genealogy, April/May 2014, Vol. 9, No. 1

* "German Genealogy Websites You Won't Want to Miss" by Leslie Albrecht Huber, pgs 7-10.

* "Locating Records of British Seamen" by Ed Storey, pgs 22-26.

* "Finding Online Biographical Resources" by Carol Richey, pgs 36-39.

Generations, March 2014, Vol. 39, No. 1

* "Tummon Tales" by Kelly Southworth, pgs 14-17.

* "Lord Elphinstone is, ..., a Voice of Authority" by Muriel Rzepa Koscielny, pgs 17-18.

NGS Magazine, January-March 2014, Vol. 39, No. 4

* "Using Y-DNA for Genealogy" by Debbie Parker Wayne, pgs 20-24.

* "Finding a 'Missing' Passenger List" by Sharon B. Hodges, pgs 38-39.

* "Evernote for Genealogists" by Jordan Jones, pgs 58-59. Note: Evernote is a free organization and software tool that often makes the list for most useful online tools for genealogists.

Worth, Spring 2014, Volume 26, No. 1

* "Sukanen: Fictional Village, Real Community" by Hilary Grant, pgs 4-6.

* "Words of Wisdom from a Heritage Conservation Veteran, Part II" by Joe Ralko, pgs 8-10. Note: the veteran is Frank Korvemaker, affectionately known among some heritage professionals as "Brick Man"

* "Western Development Museum turns 65" by Joan Champ and Leslee Newman, pgs 11-13.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: New Books

New Surnames Books

These books can be borrowed for a 3 week loan period!

Fucilla, Joseph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 1987.

Summary: [The book] covers every facet of Italian names & naming practices. It is here we discover, for example, that Bussolari is Italian for compass, Orsini means bear, & Passalacqua stands for butterfly...Besides given names & the evolution of Italian surnames, the book contains chapters devoted to pet names, botanical names, geographical names, bird names, insect names, occupational names & more. There is even a separate chapter on surnames deriving from names of spiders, worms, reptiles, amphibians, & mollusks. Written for a popular audience, each chapter of the book is a separate & informative unit in itself. Complete with a list of sources & an index of more than 7500 names[.]

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. [Baltimore, MD]: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated 2003.

Summary: Elsdon Smith begins this work with a discussion of the development of hereditary surnames and then he divides his subject into six broad categories: Classification of Surnames, Surnames from Father's Name (patronymics), Surnames from Occupation or Office, Surnames from Description or Action (nicknames), Surnames from Places, and Surnames Not Properly Included Elsewhere.


How Do You Want to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation?

Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, is inviting Canadians, especially young Canadians, to have their say by completing an online questionnaire.

Quick Facts about Your Online Participation:

* The Government of Canada is holding roundtables this winter with individuals who are active in their communities and represent a wide range of organizations or groups from across the country.

* The online questionnaire consists of five key questions.

* The data collected will provide insight into the types of activities and projects that resonate most with Canadians and will help the government plan the celebrations.

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