Category: Genealogy in the News/Genealogy Updates


Interesting Blog Post on Becoming a Professional Genealogist

Ever wondered what it would be like to turn your genealogical passion and research skills into a career? If so, check out this Lifehacker blog post where the interviewer talked to Crista Cowan, a genealogist who works for

If this article spurs you to pursue a genealogical career, you might also want to borrow the following book for 3 weeks to help get you started:

Campbell, Jennifer. Start & Run a Personal History Business. Bellingham, WA: Self-Counsel Press, 2011.

Summary: Anyone can start a personal history business to meet the demands of communities, families, and even corporations to record and preserve the stories they want remembered. The preservation of memories was recently noted by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times as a profitable business opportunity, and appeals to a broad range of people. This practical guide covers every stage of business development including how to actually do the work, starting up, education and training, marketing and expansion, and a step-by-step guide for new personal historians to produce a first project.

--May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian


Stayed Tuned for Updates to HeritageQuest Online

Over the next coming months, HeritageQuest Onine (HQO) will look much different to users as the site will be launched on the Ancestry platform enabling users to take advantage of newer enhancements and content.

Some key components to look forward to:

* Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years

* Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more

* Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting

* Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)

* Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view

* Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009

* U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions

* All-new research aids

* Interactive census maps

So stay tuned....

Note: This database is accessible in-house at all 9 branches of Regina Public Library, including the Prairie History Room at Central Library, and remotely. Users simply need to have an updated library card to log onto the site from the library's homepage to access this database.


Update Re: the 1921 Canadian Federal Census

For those wondering when LAC will be releasing the 1921 Canadian federal Census records, apparently these records have all been digitized and ready to launch. Unfortunately, it appears that there has been a delay in making these records available. To read the latest announcement, check out Elizabeth Lapointe's post on her Genealogy Canada blog to see how you can help make these digital files available.


Did your relative work in the Royal Household?

FindMyPast has added the Royal Household records to their searchable databases.

Here's the link:

FindMyPast is a popular UK subscription-based research site. It appears you can do the search and see the search results for free, but to view transcriptions and the original images, you must subscribe or use their PayAsYouGo system.


Dr. Brian Brodie (1943-2010)

The Prairie History Room and the Interlibrary Loan department staff were very sad to hear the news about the recent passing of Dr. Brian Brodie. A well-known genealogist and lecturer, Dr. Brodie was often seen in the Prairie History Room doing research on various projects or ordering microfilm reels. Always gracious and pleasant, he will be sorely missed by staff as well as the larger genealogical community.

For more information about his life, his death notice is available on the website. Information about his funeral service or about leaving a note of condolence, can be found on the Speers' Funeral Home webspace.


Latest Links Re: the Census Long-Form

Here are a couple more links to keep you updated on the debate that is currently raging on with regards to Canada's long-form census:

- Recap of former chief statistician of StatsCan, Munir Sheikh's testimony during this week's parliamentary hearing

- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' recommended links on the issue

- "Economists Decry Census Move" - Globe and Mail

For those who are new and confused about the issue, here is a link to our previous blog post.


Brief History About The Federal Census

There is a nice brief article on CBC's website that examines the history of the federal census. A good introductory background for those beginning their genealogy and are starting to use census records for the first time.


What's All the Fuss About Canada's 2011 Long Form Census?

Ever since the Conservative government announced late last month that they were scrapping the mandatory long census form for next year's census and replacing it with a voluntary national household survey, more and more ordinary Canadians representing various heritage, cultural and business groups have been expressing their concerns regarding the government's decision.

Here are some of the basic facts about the proposed changes to the 2011 Canadian Census:

- all Canadians will still receive a mandatory short census
- instead of the previous 1 in 5 households that were sent the mandatory long-form census, now only 1 in 3 households will be sent the form which will then be voluntary

While the proposed change theoretically means the long-form will reach more households, the fact remains that there is no guarantee that the response rate will be any better if the form is voluntary. There is fear among many organizations that the proposed change would mean less respondents answering the survey and providing less than accurate information.

To help readers sort through the issues and to follow the latest developments, here are some recommended links on the topic:

- Official Federal Government's Statement on the 2011 Census dated July 13, 2010

- Fraser's Institute Support for the Conservatives Plan

- Wikipedia entry "Canada 2011 Census"

- Gordon Watts' article "Federal Government Destroys Value of Future Census"

- Facebook group "Restore Canada's 2011 Long-Form Census"

This list is not comprehensive and does not indicate the Regina Public Library's official stance on the 2011 Canada Census. Merely this brief list is to help inform and educate our readers about the issue.


Latest Word on Sask Vital Health Indexes

As many researchers are well aware, Saskatchewan's online death index, which is suppose to cover deaths more than 70 years old, has been stalled on deaths prior to 1917 for more than a year now. Unfortunately, researchers will have to wait until the new year for any further updates to the index.

Here is the message sent to us from the department:

My apologies for the delay in responding to your inquiry.

Due to other priorities, we have had to temporarily suspend work on the death index. We hope to return to working on the index in early 2009.

Ronn Wallace
Director, Health Registration & Vital Statistics Branch


Important Update Regarding Sask. Dept. of Vital Statistics

Genealogy instructor Pat Ryan has asked us to pass this information on to all of those who are holding off getting a birth, marriage or death certificate from the Saskatchewan Department of Vital Statistics.

I’ve just heard that the SK Dept. of Vital Statistics will be moving to ISC in October. General consensus is that the prices are expected to rise considerably! Just a heads-up for anyone who has been thinking about ordering a certificate. Happy Searching!! --Pat

At present, the fee for obtaining a death, marriage or birth record ranges from $25-$50. In addition, the death index database is still only listing all the deaths that occurred prior to 1917. No word yet on when the rest of the information will be uploaded to the database.

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