In Case You Missed November Genealogy Presentations...
For those who missed the last in our genealogy series, here are the link to the presentation and some tips shared with participants that you may find useful...
Tracing Your Canadian WWI Ancestors
* link to my powerpoint presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/maychan/tracing-your-canadian-wwi-ancestors
* link to my WWI bibliography
* LAC is undertaking a multi-year project to scan in every member of CEF's service files so access to the full service records might be restricted during the next two years. By the end of 2016, the public should be able to access and download the full service file for free.
* Aside from the service file, make sure you also check out additional military files like regimental histories ("War Diaries") that will provide you with the context. Unlike a service file which tells you the particulars of an individual soldier, nurse or chaplain, the regimental histories will help to explain why they are assigned to a particular area or how they will injured/killed.
* Do not forget that every soldier left behind family members so finding out what happened to the family is just as important as tracking down the soldier's military file.
Best Genealogy Websites and Tools of 2014
* link to my powerpoint presentation: Revised and Updated Genealogy Websites and Tools of 2014; Note: I gave an earlier version of this presentation in September 2014, so both presentations share the same template, I have put in a some new websites in the November version and added a new section on online genealogy courses.
All of my presentations are downloadable. So enjoy and happy researching this winter!
May Chan, Prairie History Librarian
All RPL Branches Will Be Closed This Upcoming Friday, November 21, 2014
Please note that all of Regina Public Library branches, including the Prairie History Room, will be closed this Friday, November 21, 2014 for a staff conference. We apologize for the inconvenience and will resume normal business hours starting on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
Dear John; Louis David Riel Program This Sunday
The Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library is offering the following public program that may interest some of you...
David Garneau: Dear John; Louis David Riel
Curated by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator
Regina artist David Garneau will present a new performance artwork, Dear John; Louis David Riel., on the 130th anniversary of the death of the Métis leader. Dressed as Riel, Garneau will enact a performative conversation with the statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, who charged Riel with high treason, effectively sentencing him to his death.
David Garneau and Dylan Miner in Conversation
Following the performance, join Garneau and renowned Métis artist, writer, and educator Dylan Miner at Central Library for a conversation that unpacks some of the themes of the performance: the import and legacy of Indigenous leader Louis Riel, Métis aesthetics, art and activism, and the difficulty of reconciliation.
For more information on Dunlop exhibitions, performances and programs, visit dunlopartgallery.org.
Categories: PHR Programs
November 2014 - Genealogy Programs
Don't forget to join us for our last pair of free genealogy workshops this month:
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.
For more information about these workshops, phone the Prairie History Room at 777-6011. Note: No pre-registration is required!
Categories: PHR News
Remembrance Day 2014 Hours
Photo Attribution: "Remembrance Cross" taken by Nick Parkin
Please note our opening hours this upcoming week for Remembrance Day:
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9:30 am to 6 pm
Categories: New Magazines
New Magazines for November 2014
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 3, September 2014
* "Goggins and Goggans of South Carolina: DNA Helps Document the basis of an Emancipated Family's Surname" by Morna Lahnice Hollister, pgs. 165-176.
* "Finding a Father for Isaac Young, A Virginia Native in California" by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, pgs. 177-188.
* "Captain George Markham's Militia Company: Virginia Not Connecticut" by Craig Roberts Scott, pgs. 201-230.
Saskatchewan History, Fall/Winter 2014, Vol. 66, No. 2
* "Oh, Oh, Oh, It's a Lovely War! One Nurse's Story" by Myrna Williams, pgs. 6-10.
* "The Star-Shaped Scar: Wartime Memories of Billy Hayes" by Peggy Hayes Looby, pgs. 12-13
* "Changing Perceptions: Great war Posters 1914-1918" by Jaimie Fedorak, pgs. 28-33.
* "'Terrible in the Telling': Excerpts From J. S. Wood's World War I Log" by Ruth Millar, pgs. 40-47.
Categories: New Books
New PHR Books for Late October 2014
Categories: Research Guides & Tips
In Case You Missed Them...
Sorry for the delay but for those who missed Pat Ryan's workshops on the 1921 Canadian Census and on Maps this month, here are some tips shared with participants that you may find useful...
1921 Canadian Census
* The 1921 nominal index and digital images are only available through Ancestry.ca and Ancestry Library Edition database. Users to the Prairie History Room will be able to access the Ancestry Library Edition database will a valid library card
* Indexing for the 1921 census is highly problematic. For example, Pat showcased how certain family surnames were totally misspelled and/or transcribed:
VANWORMER (original) -> VAUCOMEL (1921 census)
* Pat recommend using the legal land description (if you have it) and/or browsing the images of the sub-district to make up for the poor indexing.
Maps, Maps and more Maps
* There are tons of recommended online resources to track down maps, but one tip that Pat has to offer is this one: Just Google whatever maps, atlases, or gazetteers you are interested in. Try varying your search terms for different matches. Make your search terms very specific like “map kilwinning”, or “kilwinning map” [you’ll get different results], or be general “maps Scotland” or “map Ayrshire” … whatever you’re interested in.
* Some recommended places to start for maps include:
Google Earth for Genealogy - FREE - Using digital historical maps, it is possible to overlay maps of cemeteries where family members are buried, Public Land Survey maps (township-range-and-section maps) and other historical maps that provide a visual image of where our ancestors lived compared to how that same area looks today. Pat recommends you check out Lisa Louise Cooke's free guide on how to use this tool.
David RUMSEY Historical Map Collection - FREE; One of the world’s largest private map collections. Over 150,000 high resolution maps available.
Sanborn Insurance Maps - FREE; Digitized by the Library of Congress are some 50,000 editions comprising an estimated seven hundred thousand individual sheets of large scaled maps dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Designed for fire insurance purposes they are useful to genealogists due to their historical detail.
Free Virtual Genealogy Fair, October 28-30, 2014
Whether you are beginning your research or are an experienced genealogist researching American relatives, tune in to the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Virtual Genealogy Fair. This three-day online event will be held this coming October 28–30.
It’s free, and registration is not needed. Real-time captioning will be available for all sessions through Streamtext.
The Fair will have 17 lectures on a variety of topics including: an introduction to Federal records of a genealogical interest; how to preserve family records; NARA’s “Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives” web pages; NARA’s Access to Archival Databases; citizenship records; land records; patent records; military records; documenting aliens during times of war; Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI case files; and genealogical websites.
Participants will be able to submit questions via Twitter using #genfair2014.
Click on this link to see the 3 day schedule of the presentations.
Categories: Genealogy/Historical Society News
Upcoming Regina Branch Meeting of SGS for October 2014
The Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be touring the Regina Family History Centre at 550 Sangster Blvd this TUESDAY, October 28, 2014. Please note that the building is usually locked so attendees are asked to go to the east doors and ring the buzzer.
Attendees are welcome to bring a USB drive with a PAF, RootsMagic or Gedcom file with your genealogy records. There are just four computers in the FHC, so you are welcome to bring your laptop. Then we can have a hands-on workshop where everyone works on their own genealogy.
The Regina FHC is one of a huge network of genealogical resource centers operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Attend this tour to learn of the many resources housed at the center, as well as many more resources available from the center.
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