Archives for: 2010


Categories: New Books

New Prairie History Books

Ferguson, Barry and Robert Wardhaugh, eds. Manitoba Premiers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2010.

Summary: Throughout its history, Manitoba has been a province struggling with religious, linguistic, ethnic and class conflict. Manitoba’s premiers have led--and often barely controlled--political movements and parties that have been consistently unstable. Their governments have been characterized by policies that have divided the province. Manitoba’s long history of conflict, and the impact that has had on the rest of Canada, is revealed in these political biographies of the province’s first sixteen premiers.

Ryder, Celeste D. Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan. Regina, SK: Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, c2009.

Summary: In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (1969-2009), they published a book recording the lives and histories of women who played a large part in the settlement and development of Saskatchewan within the time frame of the 1800s to 1950.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2010 Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

The staff at Prairie History wish you and your family Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Just a quick reminder regarding our holiday hours of operation:

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


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Book

Quillen, W. Daniel. Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors. 4th Edition. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Press, c2010.

Summary: Quillen teaches the basics of getting started and guides readers through the tricks and techniques of professional genealogists,and best of all the book is filled with real-life examples. Readers are pointed to the most current web sites and government records where information can be gleaned. Overlook resources-such as military records-are identified and instructions for procuring and using them are included. Readers will also be treated to detailed suggestions on how to write an effective and interesting life history that will be treasured by the budding genealogist's descendants. This fourth revised edition has expanded and revised sections in Internet research, including new web sites; ethnic research; the latest information available on census access and availability; and more ideas on how to do your own life history.

Categories: Recommended Websites

Recommended Website: Deceased Online

Deceased Online ( is the first central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Launched in July 2008, the site offers a huge database of burial and cremation records, including 1/2 million records from north and central London. To find what cemeteries are currently covered in the database, click on this link for the update page. Over the next few months, more data will be uploaded including maps of cemetery areas indicating grave locations along with photographs of many notable memorials and headstones.

Searching is free with access to basic information (e.g. name of the individual, date of burial, location of cemetery). To access more detailed information, users will need to purchase online credits.

An interesting web resource to keep an eye on for those researching relatives in the UK and Ireland.


Categories: Events Around Regina

Government House: Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas

You are cordially invited to attend an Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas at Government House:

Where: 4607 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK
When: Saturday, December 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
List of activities: sleigh rides; cookies and cider; Christmas carols; and a visit from a "special guest"

For more information visit or call (306) 787-5773.

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

Internet Genealogy, Dec 2010/Jan 2011, Vol. 5, No. 5

* "Need to 'Finnish' Your Genealogy Research" by Diane L. Richard, pgs. 17-21.

* "25 Obscure Databases You Need to Know About" by Diane L. Richard, pgs. 28-32.

* "10 Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Databases" by Janice Nickerson, pgs. 38-39.

Manitoba History, Fall 2010, Vol. 64

* "Divided Minority: Franco-Manitobans and the Forest Case" by Emmet Collins, pgs. 3-9.

* "Suppressing the Winnipeg General Strike: Paranoia or Preserving the Peace?" by Murphy Berzish, pgs. 18-25.

**Note: Issue also contains the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of 'Time Lines', the newsletter of the Manitoba Historical Society

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, September 2010, Vol. 98, No. 3

* "Dora Lühr's Hannover Origin: A Case of Conflicting Direct Evidence" by F. Warren Bittner, pgs. 165-176.

* "Proving the Parentage of John Bettis: Immigrant Ancestor of Bettis Families in Vermont" by David S. Ouimette, pgs. 189-210.

Saskatchewan History, Fall 2010, Vol. 62, No. 2

* "No Ordinary Life: Remembering the Miss Roughrider and Miss Grey Cup Pageants, 1951-1991" by Jennifer Jozic and Jillian Staniec, pgs. 8-12.

* "Poem Pivotal to 1951 Rider Grey Cup Bid? A Speculative Inquiry" by Gregory Beatty, pgs, 13-16.

* "Sports, Wit and Politics: Football Editorials by Cartoonist Ed Sebestyen" by Nadine Charabin, pgs. 32-35.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books

Raymond, Stuart A. Births and Baptism Records for Family Historians. Bury, United Kingdom: The Family History Partnership, c2010.

Summary: Records of births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burals are vital sources for family historians. It is impossible to trace pedigrees without consulting them. Civil and parish registers are particularly important, but are not the only places where you can find relevant information. In this series, the author describes the wide range of resources available, indicating where they can be found, and how they should be used.

Raymond, Stuart A. Marriage Records for Family Historians. Bury, United Kingdom: The Family History Partnership, c2010.

Summary: Records of births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burals are vital sources for family historians. It is impossible to trace pedigrees without consulting them. Civil and parish registers are particularly important, but are not the only places where you can find relevant information. In this series, the author describes the wide range of resources available, indicating where they can be found, and how they should be used.


Categories: New Books

New Edition of Genealogy Online

A new version of Crowe's Genealogy Online has recently arrived and will be coming to library shelf near you so don't forget to put on your hold on the item...

Crowe, Elizabeth Powell. Genealogy Online. 9th edition. New York; Toronto: McGraw Hill, c2011.

Summary: Begin or expand a successful genealogical research project using the proven, up-to-date methods and tools in this thoroughly revised bestselling guide. Featuring new coverage of Web 2.0 applications such as push technology, streaming video, blogs, podcasts, and social networking, Genealogy Online, Ninth Edition covers the wide array of ancestry-related networks, websites, and other online services, and explains how they all work.


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Families

Families (Ontario Genealogical Society), November 2010, Vol. 49, No. 4

* "Young Immigrants to Canada: The Children's Friend Society" by Marjorie Kohli, pgs. 3-6.

* "The British Child Emigration Scheme to Canada (1870-1957)" by Perry Snow, pgs. 7-9.

* "Documenting Ontrio War Dead, 1914-1950" by Glenn Wright, pgs. 26-31.

** Issue also contains the Nov. 2010 supplement, Newsleaf.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Helpful LAC's Tools and Guides

A couple of weeks ago, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced the launch of two new online tools to help researchers use its immigration records:

* Immigration Records Headings - transcriptions of headings of different forms used to record the names of immigrants arriving in Canada between 1865 and 1935

* Immigration Records Indexes - links to different databases and websites offering nominal indexes or digitized images of immigration records

LAC also offers a new version of the Canadian Naturalization 1915-1951 Database. During the period of 1915 and 1951, the Government of Canada published the lists of names of those naturalized subjects in the annual reports of the Secretary of State (Sessional Papers) and in the Canada Gazette. This database, produced by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, is now searchable by name and by date.

Finally, while helping a patron decipher some abbreviations on a Canadian military record, we discover that LAC has already published a very helpful guide on this topic, List of Abbreviations Used in Military Service Files.


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Relatively Speaking

Relatively Speaking (Alberta Genealogical Society), November 2010, Vol. 38, No. 4

* "Origins--Home Children Canada" by Dave Lorente, pgs. 133-137.

* "Researching the Family Histories of British Nonconformists" by Peter Williams, pgs. 141-145.

* "Salvation Army Ancestors?" by Denise Daubert, pgs. 152-157.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Special Issue Devoted to the Roughriders

In honour of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' centennial, the Fall 2010 issue of Saskatchewan History magazine is completely dedicated to the history of the team and its fans. Loaded with colour and black & white photographs, with interesting and compelling human stories about the Rider experience, is a must for any Rider fan!

To purchase a copy of the Rider issue of Saskatchewan History, call 306-933-8325 (Saskatoon) or 306-787-5792 (Regina), or pick one up in person at the Saskatchewan Archives's Reference Services reading room in Regina, at 3303 Hillsdale Street.

Price: $10.00 plus GST (shipping extra; shipping free for purchases of 10 or more.)

Where else can you buy the Rider issue? Visit these Regina vendors:

* Cumberland Gallery, Sask. Legislature Building
* Lakeview Fine Foods (Regina)

Note: Everyone who purchases a copy of Saskatchewan History can enter to win an exclusive Rider history prize donated by Partners in Motion. "Each issue has an entry form, and the winning entry will receive a boxed DVD set of the Partners in Motion documentary film, On Roughriders: A Century of Saskatchewan Roughrider Football -- plus a replica Riders jersey, specifically created for the dramatic recreations in the film." The prize will be drawn on January 16, 2011.


November 2010 Meeting of the Regina Branch of SGS

The Annual General Meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be held on TUESDAY, November 23, 2010.

Here are the details:

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (3825 Hillsdale Street)
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm & pot luck supper begins at 6:30 pm

The agenda for the meeting includes elections and the program: "Genealogy Game".

For more information about the event, contact Renae Grubb (co-ordinator).


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.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

Alberta History, Autumn 2010, Vol. 58, No. 4

* "Murder on the Prairie: Who Killed the Six Immigrant Settlers" by David Leonard, pgs. 2-10.

* "Willima Scollen: Alberta Pioneer School Band Teacher" by Thomas Dust and George H. Buck, pgs. 11-17.

* "Frank Whiteside: Journalist, Politician, Murder Victim" by Jim Bradley, pgs. 18-24.

Family Chronicle, November/December 2010, Vol. 15, No. 2

* "Kirk Sessions of the Church of Scotland" by Marian Press, pgs. 6-9.

* "Genealogy Services at Library and Archives Canada" by Nicole Watier, pgs. 13-14.

* "Crafting an Effective Research Plan" by Michael Hait, pgs. 21-23.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Recommended Website: Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

The Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial website officially launched yesterday, featuring a searchable database of 11,000 Saskatchewan war dead. Entries include casualties not only from the World Wars, but also from the Boer War, peacekeeping missions, and armed conflicts in Korea and Afghanistan.

The website also offers two very interesting features--a wiki enabling users to the site to develop a knowledge base that celebrates and honors Saskatchewan veterans and a self-directed online educational course to help students and adults alike in learning about war casualties and the lives of soldiers. While some of the site's components still need content (e.g. wiki), this looks to be an exciting virtual project and well worth keeping an eye on.

Congratulations to Bill Barry and his team for all of their efforts in getting this project off the ground!

- May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian
Regina Public Library


Categories: PHR News

Remembrance Day Hours

Please note that all of Regina Public Library branches, including the Prairie History Room, will be CLOSED this Thursday, November, 11 for Remembrance Day.

We will re-open on Friday, November 12 with normal operating hours (9:30 am to 6 pm).


Categories: Archives

Temporary Closure of Saskatoon Office, SAB

Due to renovations related to the Place Riel student centre expansion at the University of Saskatchewan, it is expected that the Saskatoon office of the Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) will have to close to the public for several weeks to accommodate construction work in our public service areas.

The forecasted dates for this closure are November 29, 2010, to January 3, 2011, although these dates are subject to change depending on the construction schedule.

Any change to the date of closure will be posted on the Saskatchewan Archives’ website as soon as it is available; visit

Following closure, any changes to the re-opening date will be available by phoning 306-933-5832, or by checking the Saskatchewan Archives’ website.

During the closure period Saskatoon archivists will continue to accept telephone enquiries at 306-933-5832 and to receive written and email enquiries. Full reference services will continue to be available in our Regina office.

We regret any inconvenience caused to our clients as a result of this closure.


Handout from British Home Child Program

From those of who you were unable to join us for last week's co-sponsored presentation with the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society on British Home Children, here is the presentation handout by Holly Schick.


SAB's Remembrance Day Commemoration

His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and The Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) invite you to commemorate Remembrance Day at Government House on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

Sir Richard Lake Hall, Government House
4607 Dewdney Avenue,
Regina, SK

The evening will feature readings, photographs, and a short film from the Saskatchewan Archives Board's permanent collection.

Please RSVP to 787-7913 by October 28, 2010.


Categories: New Books, New Magazines

New Items This Week

Gutman, Plynn. The Work of Her Hands: a Prairie Woman's Life in Remembrances and Recipes. Hamilton, ON: Poplar Press, c2010.

Summary:Marie Anne Lacaille would have said she was an ordinary woman, but to her granddaughter and her family, she was an inspiration, the source of her family's strength, and an incredible cook. The Work of Her Hands is Plynn Gutman's effort to capture her grandmother's stories and to recreate a way of life that has all but vanished from our memories. From her move to Saskatchewan from Quebec in the early 1900s, to raising a family through the '30s, Marie Anne Lacaille lived her life with style, humour and an ability to create spectacular meals.

Generations (Manitoba Genealogical Society), September 2010, Vol. 35, No. 3

* "The Story of St. John's High School (Part 1)" by Christine Dewar, pgs. 8-12 Note: St. John High School is located in Winnipeg, MB.

* "New Updates on British Databases for Genealogists" by Elizabeth Briggs, pgs. 21-23.

* "Are You Searching for Ukrainian Predecessors" by Nick and Frances Andrusiak, pgs. 25-26.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: PHR News

Important Announcement Regarding Friday, October 22, 2010

Please note that all of Regina Public Library branches, including the Prairie History Room, will be closed this Friday, October, 22 for a staff conference. We apologize for the inconvenience and will resume normal business hours starting on Saturday, October 24.


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Internet Genealogy

Internet Genealogy, October/November 2010, Vol. 5, No. 4

* "Tracing Your Norwegian Ancestry" by Liv Marit Haakenstad, pgs. 10-12.

* "Top 30 Websites for Family Research" by Diane L. Richard, pgs. 17-21.

* "15 Fantastic Sites for Tracing Female Ancestors" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 34-35.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Prairie History Room's operating hours for the Thanksgiving weekend will be:

Friday, October 8: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 9: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 10: CLOSED
Monday, October 11: CLOSED
Tuesday, October 12: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Magazines

New magazine: Folklore

Folklore, Autumn 2010, Vol. 31, No. 4

Articles include:

* "Learning about Polish and Ukrainian cultures" by Peggy Durant, pgs. 14-18.

* "The (old) Regina Exhibition" by Ruth Jeeves, pgs. 20-21.

* "Ed Finch's farm toys" by Margaret Lees, pgs. 26-28.

For the full list of articles see this page at


Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week.
Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Author Reading: Charles Wilkins

You are cordially invited to attend the following author reading, hosted by Regina Public Library:

Charles Wilkins Author Reading
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library
2311-12th Avenue

Charles Wilkins' new book, The Wild Ride: A Chronicle of the North West Mounted Police 1873-1904, is a brilliantly illustrated history of the Canadian West and the North West Mounted Police--from the throes of Confederation and the Red River Rebellion, to the arrival of the railway in Western Canada, and the Klondike Gold Rush. The author will talk about the book using letters, diaries and memoirs, and a collection of photos, drawings and maps. Pre-registration not required.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

NGS Magazine, July-September 2010, Vol. 36, No. 3

* "Chancery Court Files: A Rich Resource" by Barbara Vines Little, pgs. 28-33.

* "Black Homesteaders" by Roberta "Bobbie" King, pgs. 34-38.

* "Have You Been to the Library Yet?" by Michael J. Dietz, pgs. 39-41. Note: the article focuses on using the resources available in an university library

* "Changes Coming to the Archives" by David S. Ferriero, pgs. 52-54. Note: Mr. Ferriero is the current Archivist of the United States (head of National Archives and Records Administration) sothe article provides a good indication at his institution's future and strategic direction.

Revue historique, September 2010, Vol. 21, No. 1

* "Zenon Park 1910-2010: Hommage aux pionniers" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 5-13.

* "Cent ans plus tard, Henribourg et Albertville" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 15-20.


Categories: Events Around Regina

Celebrating Culture Days

One weekend. Thousands of free cultural things for you to do, make, paint, sculpt, act, sing, dance, write, and learn. Discover the world of artists, historians, architects, curators and designers in your community. Inspire the creator in you!

To help celebrate Culture Days, the Prairie History Room will be involved in two free events for the public:

Discover the Prairie History Room

Saturday, September 25, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 2311-12th Avenue, Central Library

Did you know that the Prairie History Room’s collection contains Canadian census records dating back to 1666, Canadian passenger lists dating to 1865 and city directories for major cities in the Prairies back to 1908? Did you also know the collection has over 2000 community and church histories from all three Prairie Provinces as well as 100s more from around the world courtesy of our online database subscriptions? Join us we help celebrate Culture Days in Saskatchewan by exploring some of Prairie History Room’s vast resources and even some of "best kept" secrets. Participants will be treated to a tour and then invited to join in our mini scavenger hunt that explores the history, culture and diversity of our community and the province we live in.

Monkey Around with Archives

Saturday, September 25, 2010
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 4607 Dewdney Avenue, Sir Richard Lake Hall, Government House

Want to explore the past? Come check out the youth oriented activities and displays at Government House on September 25th. Archivists from the Saskatchewan Archives Board, as well as Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Archives and Museum, the Prairie History Room, Regina Public Library, and members of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, will be on hand from 1:30 to 3:30 pm to chat about our collections and provide some hands on experience with micrographic, photographic, textual and digital resources.


September 2010 Meeting of Regina Branch of SGS

The monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be held on TUESDAY, September 28, 2010.

Doors open at 6:00 for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, they will have an informal member sharing discussion. This will be followed by their program, "Getting o the Genealogy Track" presented by Shelley Kloczko.

For more information and a list of upcoming branch meetings, please check out their website


Categories: New Magazines

New Family Chronicle Magazine

Family Chronicle, September/October 2010, Vol. 15, No. 1

* "Understanding Passenger Lists" by Michael Hait, pgs. 13-14.

* "The New Frontier of Genetic Genealogy" by John D. Reid, pgs. 21-23.

** "Researching Your Irish Ancestors: A Special Supplement" by various authors, pgs. 25-42.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Books

Davis, Graeme. Your Family Tree Online. Oxford : How To Books, 2009.

Summary: This is a step-by-step guide to using the wealth of online records to trace your family tree from your own computer, without the need to travel to national and regional record offices. Whether you are a novice or an experienced genealogist, and whether you plan to devote just a few hours of your time or embark on a life-time hobby, this book will guide you through the mass of records available - birth, marriage and death, the census, and much, much more - so that you can trace your line back hundreds of years. You will also learn how to upload your results to the internet, both to preserve your family's heritage and to connect with relatives, so that you can exchange photos and reminiscences.

Kim, Kennis. Conserving, Preserving and Restoring Your Heritage. Toronto, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society : Dundurn Press, c2010.

Summary: History surrounds us, in museums, in our community and in our homes. Whether objects were bought, found or inherited, these artefacts offer glimpses into the past- a time, place, event or person we wish to remember and share with the future.

As custodians of pieces of our history, we are faced with how to maintain these items. Our family history may be held in documents, photographs, books, clothing or textiles, sometimes complete collections of items such as coins, trading cards or stamps. Once you've determined what you have, it's time to decide how you'll care for these things.

Yates, Susan and Greg Ioannou. Publish Your Family History. Toronto, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society : Dundurn Press, c2010.

Summary: Many people want to write a family history, but few ever take on the job of publishing one. If you've done the research, and you want to make a book from it, then Publish Your Family History is for you. It will tell you all the fundamentals of book production, together with the important details that distinguish a home-published book from a homemade one. You'll learn:

* how to get your manuscript ready for production;
* design ideas for the pages and the cover;
* methods of making pages with or without a computer and printing those pages quickly and inexpensively; and
* ideas on bindings that last and look great.


Categories: Events Around Regina

City of Regina Cultural Mapping Event – Sept. 23

The City of Regina is hosting an event on Sept. 23rd to begin the process of “mapping” Regina’s cultural resources. The evening workshop will feature an overview of other successful Canadian municipalities attempts to map their culture with special guest Sue Stewart of Saskatoon, who has hosted workshops on cultural mapping across Canada.

There also will be a presentation by civic administration officials on current and future trends impacting cultural development in Regina. The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 23rd in Henry Baker Hall, City Hall Main Floor.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

Internet Genealogy, August/September 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3

* "Freeware and Shareware for Genealogy!" by Tony Brady, pgs. 8-12.

* "Treasures in Small Archives" by Melody Reitsma, pgs. 17-19.

* "Take the Ancestor Plunge!" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 29-31. Note: Article offers 7 basic strategies to use while searching in online databases including PHR's perennial favorite--always read the instructions!

* "Digital Books Online" by Gena Philibert Ortega, pgs. 34-35.

Relatively Speaking, August 2010, Vol. 38, No. 3

* "The British Home Children - A Social Historical Background" by Terry Clements, pgs. 91-95.

* "Lifting Gayl's Ancestral Veil" by Jim Lepp, pgs. 99-104.

* "Returning to the Ancestral Village" by Ken Zinyk, pgs. 110-112.

Saskatchewan History, Spring 2010, Vol. 62, No. 1

* "Hilda's Diary: Reflections on Family, Impairment and "Disability' in Saskatchewan in the 1930s and 1940s" by Cathy Bray, pgs. 8-13 and 39.

* "The Bronfman Family and the Yorkton Courts" by Kathy Morrell, pgs.16-21 and 40.

* "From Protestant and Roman Catholic Missions to Public Schools: Educating Métis and Settler Children in the West to be Citizens of Modern Canada, 1866-1939" by Jonathan Anuik, pgs. 22-35.

Note: These issues can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: In the News

In Memoriam: Courtney Milne (1943 - 2010)

Renowned Saskatchewan nature photographer Courtney Milne who was born in Saskatoon, passed away on Sunday. Milne was a prolific photographer and wrote more than a dozen books exploring sacred sites and landscapes around the globe. His last book, which was titled Saskatchewan: The Luminous Landscape, was published in 2005 for the province's centennial celebration.

To read more about the life and times of this celebrated artist, check out his Encyclopedia Saskatchewan's entry.

To examine Milne's works that are available in the library's collection, click on the following link.


Categories: PHR News

Reminder Re: September Long Weekend

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this upcoming long weekend:

Friday, September 3, 2010: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 4, 2010: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 5, 2010: CLOSED
Monday, September 6, 2010: CLOSED
Tuesday, September 7, 2010: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for the Week of Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, 2010

Barnholden, Michael. Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peter's Reports From the War of 1885. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks, 2009.

Summary: On Friday April 24th, 1885, Captain James Peters took the world's first battlefield photographs under fire at the battle of Fish Creek in the Canadian Northwest Territory of Saskatchewan. As Captain of the Royal Canadian Artillery's 'A' Battery - part of the North West Field Force - he subsequently managed to expose over seventy glass plates for the duration of the battles at Duck Lake and Batoche as well, many of them again during combat with the enemy, both on the ground and on horseback. In addition to his photographic documentation of the 'Northwest Rebellion' he was also a war correspondent for the "Quebec Morning Chronicle". His regular dispatches, together with his images, serve as a pioneering addition to the history of war correspondents and are presented here for the first time in their entirety. This watershed in the documentation of history was created by photographic technology, advanced to the point where 'naturalist' or 'detective' cameras, which came on the market in 1883, could be carried slung over the shoulder. Their faster shutter speed now allowed for handheld photography. They used coated plates that did not require preparation and could be stored for later development. Suddenly, the only restriction on any photographer was access to the action. Neglected for over 120 years, these images literally shine new light on the war of 1885 - particularly the second part of the campaign against the Indians under Big Bear, Poundmaker, and Miserable Man. They are equally astonishing in both their eerily haunting visual impact and by the mere fact that they even still exist. Documenting the moment when the 18-year-old country of Canada turned away from becoming a Metis Nation by declaring war on its own people, this book refutes much of the revisionist history in John Ralston Saul's "A Fair Country".

Campey, Lucille H. Planters, Paupers, and Pioneers: English Settlers in Atlantic Canada. Toronto, ON: Natural Heritage Books, c2010.

Summary: The first-ever comprehensive book written on early English immigration to Canada, Planters, Paupers, and Pioneers introduces a series of three titles on “The English in Canada.” Focusing on factors that brought the English to Atlantic Canada, it traces the English arrivals to their various settlements in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland, and considers their reasons for leaving their homeland. Who were they? When did they arrive? Were they successful? What was their lasting impact? Drawing on wide-ranging documentary sources, including passenger lists, newspaper shipping reports, and the wealth of material to be found in English county record offices and in Canadian national and provincial archives, the book provides extensive details of the immigrants and their settlements and gives details of more than 700 Atlantic crossings — essential reading for individuals wishing to trace English and Canadian family links or to deepen understanding of the emigration process.

Christensen, Jo-Anne. Ghost Stories of Saskatchewan 3. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, c2009.

Summary: In this third collection, a quiet cemetery appears to be a portal between the worlds of the living and the dead, a Victorian mansion-turned-restaurant in Moose Jaw remains occupied by the spectral image of the original lady of the house, and a weary traveller near Flaxcombe stops for coffee in a diner that burned to the ground a decade earlier. There are historical tales and personal accounts, legends and lore. And there is much to keep the dedicated ghost fan awake late into the night. Here the reader will find triple the history, mystery, and chills from one of Canada's established authors in the paranormal genre.

Rollings-Magnusson, Sandra. Heavy Burdens on Small Shoulders: The Labour of Pioneer Children on the Canadian Prairies. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2009.

Summary: This is a unique investigation which focuses on an aspect of prairie history that has been overlooked in Canadian literature - the labour of children. It details the findings of a study into the role that children's work played in the execution of homesteading operations during the pioneer era between 1871 and 1913. Analysing the labour of boys and girls, whether helping to build the family home, taking part in productive, subsistence or entrepreneurial tasks, or being responsible for various domestic duties, it enables the reader to understand how important children's work was to the success of the family farm. Furthermore, when economic, social, political difficulties, and environmental hazards of the time are also taken into account, the labour contribution of children becomes even more remarkable. Using a variety of archival materials, the author has conducted a study that gives readers a fuller understanding of how families survived, how the wheat economy was developed, and how burdens were carried on the shoulders of the smallest farm labourers.


September 2010 Meeting of AHSGR

The Regina and District Chapter of the American Historical Society (AHS) of Germans From Russia will be meeting:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1909 Ottawa Street

As usual, the meeting will include a workshop on the regions of the Black Sea (Odessa), Volga, Volhynia, Bukovina, Galicia, Bessarabia, Ukraine and Germany.

For more information, please contact Helen Yauck, publicity chairman at 545-0618.


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of August 23-29, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History by Megan Smolenyak

Summary: With the Who Do You Think You Are? companion guide, you will learn how to chart your own journey into your past and discover the treasures hidden in your family tree. Featuring step-by-step instructions from one of America's top genealogical researchers, Who Do You Think You Are? covers everything a beginner needs to know to start digging into their roots, including:

* Full-color profiles of the celebrities' surprising revelations
* Starting the search-it's as easy as pulling out the old family photos
* Census information-where to find it and how to use it
* What birth, death, and marriage certificates have to tell us
* How to track down immigration and military documents
* The latest breakthroughs in DNA testing
* The best online resources to conduct your searches, and store your new found discoveries to share with family and save for future generations It has never been easier to bring your family history to life. You will be amazed at how much there is to discover!

How to Write Your Personal or Family History by Katie Funk Wiebe

Summary: This is a practical--and encouraging--how-to-book from a long-time teacher of personal and family history writing. Katie Funk Wiebe helps beginning memoir writers get started collecting the stories of their lives. She gives hints for recalling distant memories and tracking down family heirlooms. There are tips on writing, exercises to prod the memory, and advice on looking at the broad scope of a well-live life.

Note: These books are part of the general collection and therefore, they can be checked out of the library for a 3 week loan period.


Categories: Recommended Websites

101 Best Genealogy Websites

Family Tree Magazine comes up with an annual list of some of the best genealogy resources. Here is this year's list of 101 websites, which includes both paid subscription and free resources organized into 13 major categories:

* Best Big Genealogy Sites
* Best Records Resources
* Best US Government Sites
* Best Sites for Eastern US Research
* Best Sites for Western US Research
* Best Canadian Resources
* Best Sites for African-American Roots
* Best History Sites
* Best Sites for Immigrant Research
* Best for Great Britain and Ireland
* Best Sites for Continental Europe
* Best High-Tech Tools
* Best Social Networking Sites

Some of PHR's favorites and perhaps least known on this list include:

- Canadian County Atlas - a digitization project featuring Ontario county atlases from 1874 to 1881 with a searchable database of names.

- Internet Archive - this site offers not only fully digitized books, including many family and local histories, but also, one of the best internet tools around, namely the Wayback Machine, which has preserved over 10 billion web pages from 1996 onwards

- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - calling upon vast numbers of volunteers around the world to help you look-up records, photocopy an obit, or photograph a tombstone

- TheShipsList - this site not only offers passenger lists but also information about the ships themselves


Categories: New Magazines

New Families Issue

Families, August 2010, Vol. 49, No. 3

* "Should I Consider Genealogy DNA Testing?" by Paul Caverly, pgs. 6-9.

* "The Best Sites for First Nations Research with a Focus on Canada" by Marg Aldridge, pgs. 13-15.

* "Canadian Experience in Missouri's 1838 Mormon War" by Allen D. LeBaron, pgs. 27-32.

** This issue also includes the supplement "Newsleaf" that details the latest happenings and events of various Ontario Genealogical Society's (OGS) branches.

Note: This issue can be lent for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Museum Association of Saskatchewan's Strategic Plan

The Museum Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) has begun a strategic planning process that will establish both a focused and realistic three-year strategic plan and an ongoing procedure for ensuring the association is on the right track towards a plan that supports their mandate to serve museums and work towards their advancement. Meetings discussing the vision of the MAS will be held during this fall.

For more information, please contact Wendy Fitch at 1-866-568-7386 or


Categories: New Books, New Magazines

New Items This Week

Shaking the Family Tree by Buzzy Jackson


As a historian, Buzzy Jackson thought she knew the answers to these simple questions—that is, until she took a look at her scrawny family tree. With a name like Jackson (the twentieth most common American surname), she knew she must have more relatives and more family history out there, somewhere. Her first visit to the Boulder Genealogy Society brought her more questions than answers . . . but it also gave her a tantalizing peek into the fascinating (and enormous) community of family-tree huggers and after-hours Alex Haleys.

Generations, June 2010, Vol. 35, No. 2

* "Home Children in Manitoba" by Linda White, pgs. 7-13.

* "Was Your Ancestor a Child?" by Kelly Southworth, pgs. 13-14.

Note: This issue can be lent for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Some New Databases to ALE

A quick glance to see what's been updated in the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition database has yielded the following databases worth checking out:

* Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922

* Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1949

* Australia, Death Index, 1786-1985

* Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1866-1939 (in Italian)

* Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863-1939
(Note: the information contained in these lists deal primarily with Canadian officers rather than enlisted men and note details as name, rank, unit, dates and places of service, and dates of promotion, transfer, and possibly retirement).

* Gothenburg, Sweden, Passenger Lists, 1869-1951 (in Swedish)

* Saone-et-Loire, France Births, 1546-1905 (in French)

* Saone-et-Loire, France Marriages, 1540-1903 (in French)

* Saeone-et-Loire, France Deaths, 1574-1902 (in French)

* UK, Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902

* US Births in Newspapers
(Note: This collection contains recent birth announcements from hundreds of online newspapers)

* US Marriages in Newspapers
(Note: This collection contains recent marriage announcements from hundreds of online newspapers)

Note: This database is only accessible in-house at Central Library. Users simply need to have an updated library card to unlock the computer terminals.

For more information about accessing the Ancestry Library Edition database, please contact the Prairie History Room at 777-6011 or by email


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books

Beattie, Heather and Barbara Huck. Wild West: Nature Living on the Edge. Winnipeg, MB: Heartland Associates, Inc., 2009.

Summary: With magnificent photographs and easy-to-read entries, this guide outlines the evolution and decline of more than 50 endangered species and ecosystems from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. It also examines the sometimes desperate efforts to save them and provides information on where many can be seen today.

Note: A whole chapter titled "The Grasslands" is devoted to the endangered plants and animals of the Prairies, including the Western Prairie Fringed-Orchid, the Swift Fox and the Black-Footed Ferret.

Willett, Edward. Land Surveying in Saskatchewan: Laying the Groundwork for Property Rights and Development. Regina, SK: PrintWest 2010.

Summary: Land surveying is sometimes referred to as the invisible profession because the work that surveyors do is poorly understood and seldom recognized by the general public. [This book] illuminates the crucial role that land surveyors have played, and will continue to play, in creating and maintaining the invisible framework of property boundaries to which all residential, agricultural and industrial development in Saskatchewan is inextricably tied.


2010 Heritage Regina's Summer Walking Tour

This month, Heritage Regina will be conducting a series of FREE guided walking tours.

Their goal, as always, is to give Reginans, and visitors too, a better appreciation of Regina's history and built heritage.

Each of the tours will take place on a Sunday afternoon, beginning at either 6:30 pm or 2:00 pm. with each tour lasting approximately two hours.

Here is the schedule:

August 8 - Regina as Seen from Wascana Lake
Meet guide Will Chabun at the Wascana Marina parking lot at 6:30 pm.

August 15 - Historic College Avenue
Meet guide Robin Adeney at Darke Hall, College Avenue and Lorne Street at 2:00 pm.

August 29 - Old Lakeview
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt at the main entrance to the Legislative Building at 2:00 pm.

For more information, contact Bill Brennan (Heritage Regina) at 585-4214.


Categories: New Magazines

More New Magazines

Alberta History, Summer 2010, Vol 58, No. 3

* "Will Tregillus: An Alberta Booster a Century Ago" by Donald B. Smith, pgs. 2-10.

* "Aboriginal Prescribed Burning and Landscape History in North Western Alberta" by Theresa A. Ferguson, pgs. 11-14.

* "Lougheed and Borgeau: Mountain Names Remembered" by Donald Beers, pgs. 21-26.

Note: issue includes "History Now", the membership newsletter for the Historical Society of Alberta

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, June 2010, Vol. 98, No. 2

* "The Man Who Wasn't There: Harold Bion Wiltse (1896-1972) and the World War I 'Lost Battalion'" by Hrold E. Hinds Jr., pgs. 101-110.

* "Leaving No Stone Unturned: a Father for Thomas Stone (d. 1791) of Prince William County, Virginia" by Pamela Stone Eagleson, pgs. 121-138.

* "Developing Historical Context: Pierre Montarras, Soldier of France" by David Kendall Martin, pgs. 139-146.

Note: This issue can be lent for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


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.


Categories: New Magazines

New Worth Magazine

The Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan has re-branded its quarterly publication, formerly titled Heritage Quarterly, with a new name, Worth. The purpose of Worth is to encourage people across Saskatchewan to protect and preserve built heritage.

Here's the latest issue:

Worth, Summer 2010, Vol 22, No. 2

* 2010 Architectural Heritage Award Winners, pgs 5-12. Note: Both the Flaman Residence and the RCMP Drill Hall here in Regina were honored with architectural heritage awards.


Categories: PHR News

PHR's Long Weekend Hours

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this long weekend:

Friday, July 30, 2010: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 31, 2010: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 1, 2010: CLOSED
Monday, August 2, 2010: CLOSED

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Book to Help Break Through Your Roadblock

Quillen, W. Daniel. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Press, c2010.

Summary: Quillen shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. Quillen tells readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights and new websites are highlighted to assit with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include:

--in depth census research
--mortality schedules
--extensive section on militaary records
--US region-by-region research assistance
--global research tips
--engaging a professional genealogist

Note: This book is borrowable for a 3 week loan period.


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.


Categories: Archives

Call for Papers: Special Roughrider Issue of Saskatchewan History Magazine

The Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) is planning to publish a special issue of its journal, Saskatchewan History, in the fall of 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1910-2010).

You are invited to submit an article about any aspect of the history of the Roughriders, their fans, and their role in the community, for possible inclusion in this special issue. Submissions may be scholarly papers which will be peer-reviewed; shorter, light-reading features highlighting people, places and events related to the team; or book reviews of Rider-related literature.

For more details about article submissions, please visit the website at, "Submitting Articles." The deadline for submission of articles is September 15, 2010.

Questions about this special issue or this call for papers, please contact Nadine Charabin, Production Coordinator, at 306-933-8321 or


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.


Categories: New Magazines

New magazine: NGS Magazine April-June 2010

NGS Magazine April-June 2010
Volume 36, Number 2

Making voter registration records count
by Sharon B. Hodges

Occupation: It's not just a job, it's a finding aid
by J.H. Fonkert

Living historian, family historian
by Mike Gillett

How to narrow your search criteria
by Elizabeth Doherty Herzfeld

A guide to voter registration records
by Richard Camaur

Researching your Japanese-American ancestors
by Pamela Loos-Joji


Note: This issue can be lent for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Invitation to the Bell Barn Opening

Tour of the reconstructed historic BELL BARN followed by an Old Fashioned Social
When: July 24, 2010
Time: 1 pm
Where: Round Barn - One mile north of Indian Head on Highway #56

Connie Billett at
P.O. Box 1882, Indian Head, SK, S0G 2K0
Please indicate the number of people in your party

For more information about the Bell Barn, check out the Bell Barn Society website at


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Manitoba History Magazine

Manitoba History, Spring 2010, No. 63. Vol. 1

* "'Fighting for the Everyday Interests of Winnipeg Workers': Jacob Penner, Martin Forkin and the Communist Party in Winnipeg Politics, 1930-1935" by Stefan Epp, pgs. 14- 26.

* "Commemorating Gabrielle Roy" by Parks Canada, pgs. 27-29.

* "Three Historical Churches" by Cheryl Girard, pgs. 34-39. Note: The three featured churches are St. Boniface Cathedral, St. James Anglican church in Winnipeg and St. Jon's Cathedral in Winnipeg.

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Note: This issue can be lent for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Updated Canadian City and Area Directories Database for ALE

Hot on the announcement from, the Canadian City and Area Directories database has also been updated in the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition.

For those unfamiliar with the collection, the database, which dates from 1819-1906, contains more than 150,000 pages of historical records and includes the names of more than 7 million Canadians. Pre-cursor to the modern phone books, city directories contained an alphabetical listing of citizens, giving the names of the heads of households, their addresses and occupations. City directories are often an invaluable resource tool for both genealogists, historians and students alike.

Note: This database is only accessible in-house at Central Library. Users simply need to have an updated library card to unlock the computer terminals.

For more information about accessing the Ancestry Library Edition database, please contact the Prairie History Room at 777-6011 or by email


Public Archaeology at Farwell's Trading Post

Public Archaeology at Farwell's Trading Post:
Cypress Hills Massacre National Historic Site of Canada

Come and experience history first hand working side-by-side with Parks Canada archaeologists in rediscovering Farwell's trading post. The post was constructed in the spring of 1872 and burnt down in 1873 due to the tragic events of the Cypress Hills Massacre when a group of wolfers opened fire on a nearby Assiniboine camp. (Guy Vanderhaeghe's novel Englishman's Boy is based on these events.)

Recent discoveries at the trading post include portions of the palisade walls, a circular bastion, posts, floor boards, storage pit features and artifacts.

You will
- receive a site orientation and training
- spend four days excavating
- experience evening programming such as a tour of Fort Walsh, artifact workshop, guest speakers, viewing of the Englishman's Boy movie
- discover what life was like in the west before the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police
- uncover Canada's history and share it with other Canadians
- camp in the Cypress Hills Dark Sky Preserve (see
- work in a beautiful setting along Battle Creek in the Cypress Hills
- receive a certificate and photograph of yourself working at the site
- contribute anecdotes and photographs to the daily journal we will be keeping for the project

For further information contact:
Saskatchewan Archaeological Society
# 1 - 1730 Quebec Avenue, Saskatoon, SK
S7K 1V9
Phone: (306) 664-4124
Fax: (306) 665-1928

Sign up for one of the four day sessions in August (Aug. 8-11, 13-16, or 18-21). Space is limited.
Click here to download the official brochure and registration form for Public Archaeology at Farwell's Trading Post: Cypress Hills Massacre National Historic Site of Canada (NHSC)


The Art of James Henderson on display at Mackenzie Gallery

James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa: the man who paints the old men
is a feature exhibit at Regina's Mackenzie Art Gallery, running from May 1 to September 5, 2010

This is a major exhibition of the portraits, landscape paintings, and commercial work of Scottish-born artist James Henderson, Saskatchewan’s pre-eminent first-generation artist. To find out more about James Henderson, go to This exhibit was organized by the Mendel Art Gallery and curated by Dan Ring and Dr. Neal McLeod)
Mackenzie Gallery Location and Hours:
3475 Albert Street in Regina, in the T.C. Douglas Building.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Categories: Regina History

Regina Tornado 98th anniversary June 30

Coming up on June 30 is the 98th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado.

Along Lorne Street, between Victoria Avenue and 12th Avenue.
Text below the photo:
View showing west side of Victoria Park; buildings reading from left to right are Metropolitan Methodist Church (now Knox Metropolitan Church), Y.W.C.A., Methodist Parsonage; Carnegie Library. Donahue Block at extreme right - Photo by Rossie

from the booklet: Regina Tornado June 30 1912, Regina Saskatchewan Canada 971.24 R

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Categories: Events Around Regina

Celebrating the RCMP's Depot Division's 125th Anniversary

You’re are invited to join folks at one (or all!) of the upcoming events celebrating the RCMP “Depot” Division’s 125th Anniversary and Canada Day.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

5:00 p.m. – The Polonia Polish Folk Dance Ensemble of Regina, along with guest performers attending the North America Polish Folk Dance Festival, will perform at the RCMP Heritage Centre

6:45 p.m. – Sunset-Retreat Ceremony

The RCMP Heritage Centre open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

3:00 to 6:00 p.m. – RCMP Academy Open House

4:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker, Garret Wilson, at the RCMP Heritage Centre

The RCMP Heritage Centre open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, July 5, 2010

2:00 p.m. – The Fort Walsh & Fort Battl­eford Experience at the RCMP Heritage Centre

4:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker, Clay Yarshenko, at the RCMP Heritage Centre

The RCMP Heritage Centre open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker, Royce Pettyjohn, at the RCMP Heritage Centre

6:45 p.m. – Extended Sunset-Retreat Ceremony

The RCMP Heritage Centre open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

NOTE: The Sunset-Retreat Ceremony also takes place on July 13, 20, 27 and August: 3, 10 & 17. The RCMP Heritage Centre open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and children under 12 gain free admission between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on these days.

For more information about any of these events, contact the RCMP Heritage Centre:

Telephone: 306.522.7333


Claybank Brick Plant Heritage Day

Claybank Brick Plant Heritage Day
(10 kms west of Avonlea on Highway #339)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
10:30 am - 5 pm

Walk back in time to 1912 with our narrated self-guided tour; see how bricks were made! Historic machinery will be running! There will be free hay rides, railway rides and tons of other fun-filled family-oriented activities.

As for the food, concessions stand will be serving Saskatoon pie as well as the typical grub of hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.

Entrance Fee: $8 per person or $25 per family carload (6 yrs & under free).

From more information or contest details call (306) 868-4474 or visit


Categories: New Books

New Biography for PHR

Talbot, Robert J. Negotiating the Numbered Treaties: An Intellectual & Political Biography of Alexander Morris. Saskatoon, SK: Purich Pub., c2009.

Summary: Alexander Morris, the main negotiator of many of the numbered treaties on the prairies, has often been portrayed as a parsimonious agent of the government, bent on taking advantage of First Nations chiefs and councillors. Author Robert J. Talbot takes a different view. He sees Morris as a man deeply sympathetic to the challenges faced by Canada's Indigenous peoples as they sought to secure their future in the face of encroaching settlement and the disappearance of the buffalo. In Talbot's analysis, Morris held the chiefs in high esteem - he viewed them as wise and pragmatic leaders and skilled negotiators who made a convincing case for more favourable terms than Morris's colleagues in government were prepared to offer.


75th Anniversary of the On-To-Ottawa Trek: Events

* June 29, 2010:

The Regina Public Library Film Theatre will show two well-regarded
documentary films, starting at 6:30 p.m.:

Boxcar Rebellion (the Stevens and Silver directed film for Barna Alper Productions)
The On-To-Ottawa Trek(a documentary by Sarah Diamond).

Both films are just under an hour in length.

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* July 1, 2010:

11:00 a.m. to 12 noon - a walking tour, starting at the front of the Regina Police Station and then to the Scarth Street Mall with expert commentary on the Regina Riot sites and the locations of significance to the Trekkers of 1935

Download the 75th Anniversary Trek Events brochure here (Saskatchewan Federation of Labour).


Categories: New Books

Two New Genealogy Books for PHR

Merriam, Brenda Dougall. Genealogical Standards of Evidence. Toronto, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society and Dundurn Press, c2010.

Summary: Genealogy and family history revolve around issues of identification. Genealogical evidence is the information - analyzed and evaluated - that allows us to identify an individual, and event in his or her life or the relationship between individuals. This book is intended as a supplement to courses, workshops or seminars you have attended; reinforcement for your homework and the research you have started; and an inexpensive reference work when compiling and checking your research notes.

Wilkinson, Margaret Ann. Genealogy and the Law in Canada. Toronto, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society and Dundurn Press, c2010.

Summary: Digital records and broad access to the Internet have made it easier for genealogists to gather relevant information from distant sources and to share the information they have gathered. The law, however, remains tied to particular geographic locations. This book discusses how specific laws -- access to information, personal data protection, libel, copyright, and regulation of cemeteries -- apply to anyone involved in genealogical research in Canada.


In the Footsteps of Louis Riel

Monday, June 21, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Downtown Regina

In honour of Aboriginal Day, Regina Public Library in partnership with the Regina Plains Museum and the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild, presents a walking tour of downtown sites connected with Riel's life, followed by a reading of his poetry by Jesse Archibald-Barber and other readers.

The agenda is as follows:

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Meet at Regina Plains Museum, 2nd floor, 1835 Scarth Street and view the displays

7:00 pm - Tour leaves the Regina Plains Museum

7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Tour ends at RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library

8:00 pm - Riel poetry reading, RPL Film Theatre

For more information or to register, call 777-6120.


Categories: New Magazines

Prairie Forum: The Journal of the Canadian Plains Research Center
Spring 2010 Vol. 35, No. 1


* The Impact of BSE on Alberta: The View from Cattle Country and Edmonton by Michael J. Broadway. pgs. 1-20.

* Slates, Tarpaper Blackboards, and Dunce Caps: One-Room Schoolhouse Experiences of Pioneer Children in Saskatchewan, 1878-1914 by Sandra Rollings-Magnusson. pgs. 21-52.

* Market Integration: Early Development on the Canadian Prairies by Tony Ward. pgs. 53-74.

* Betrayed: Leduc, Manning, and Surface Rights in Alberta, 1947-1955 by Erik Lizée. pgs. 77-100. student article

* Factors Contributing to the Subjective Well-Being of Undergraduate Students in a Canadian Prairie City by Henry P.H. Chow. pgs. 103-117. research notes

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: New Magazines

New magazine: Internet Genealogy June/July 2010

Internet Genealogy June/July 2010 Vol. 5, No. 2


* 130 Best Genealogy Websites! pgs. 8-21.

* Going Back to Her Roots: Eleanor Robertson Smith by Elizabeth Lapointe, pgs. 26-27.

* Civil War Unit Histories by David A. Norris, pags. 28-32.

* Browsing for Clues by Marianne Booms, pg 33.

* Family Tree Builder 4: A Review by Tony Bandy, pgs. 34-37.

* "Buryed in Woollen" David A. Norris looks at the impact of two acts of Parliament had on burial records pg. 39.

* Consular Post Records and Your Genealogy by Melody Amsel-Arieli, pgs 40-42.

* More Than Just the Census: Findmypast Diane L. Richard gets the inside scoop on the popular UK research site, pgs. 43-44

* City Life: European Church Indexes by Smiljka Kitanovic, pgs. 46-48

* Ahoy! The American Merchant Marine at War Website by Tony Bandy, pgs. 52-53

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: New Books

New Aboriginal History Book

June is Aboriginal Heritage Month so it is timely that PHR has received the latest revised edition...

Ray, Arthur J. An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Revised and Expanded edition. Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2010.

Summary: Now in its third edition, I Have Lived Here Since the World Began charts the history of Canada's Native people from first contact to current land claims. The result is a fascinating chronicle that spans 12,000 years and culminates in the headlines of today.

Canada's Native people have inhabited this land since the Ice Age and were already accomplished traders, artisans, farmers, and marine hunters when Europeans first reached their shores. Contact between Natives and European explorers and settlers initially presented an unprecedented period of growth and opportunity. But the two vastly different cultures soon clashed.


Categories: Recommended Websites

1901 Irish Census Available Online

The 1901 Irish Census, which is the earliest surviving complete Census of Ireland is now available online. As many Irish genealogy researchers are well aware, Irish census records from the 19th century have been destroyed, mostly due to a fire at the Public Records Office during the Civil War in 1922.

The 1901 Irish Census provides the following information: first name; surname; relation to head of family; religious profession; education; age; sex; occupation; marriage status; where born; if the individual spoke English, Irish or both and if the person had a disability.

To access the free site, go to Note: The website also contains the 1911 census records.


Update Re: Soldiers of the First World War - CEF

Last month, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) started to add digitized copies of the service files to the Soldiers of the First World War - CEF database to make them more accessible, to help preserve the originals and to avoid copying the same file more than once.

For files that have not yet been digitized, clients can order photocopies or scanned images. The cost is the same. When a photocopy or digital copy is requested, the complete file will be scanned and the digital images will be added to the database the next time it is reloaded.

Categories: PHR News

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New URL for SGS Website

I'm a huge Firefox user so it has always irked me that I could never properly access the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society's (SGS) website ( without switching to the Internet Explorer browser. I am happy to report that this is no longer the issue and that SGS has a new and improved website that is compatible with both IE and Firefox. So make sure you update your bookmarks to their new site at

--May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian


Categories: PHR News

Victoria Day Weekend Hours

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this long weekend:

Friday, May 21, 2010: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 22, 2010: 9:30 am to 5:00 Pm
Sunday, May 23, 2010: CLOSED
Monday, May 24, 2010: CLOSED
Tuesday, May 25, 2010: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Round-up

Family Chronicle, May/June 2010, Vol. 14, No. 5

* "Identifying Subjects in Old Photos" by Merry Gordon, pgs. 10-11.

* "Hudson's Bay Company and Your Ancestors" by Scott Stephen, pgs. 13-17.

* "A Job by Any Other Name: Archaic and Obsolete Occupations" by David A. Norris, pgs. 30-33.

* "Google 2010: The Hits Just Keep On Comin'!" by David M. Lynch, pgs. 40-42.

Families, May 2010, Vol. 49, No. 2

* "Besset and Hebert Ancestors of Margaret Bassett (1896-1993)" by Marielle Bourgeois, pgs. 6-9.

* "Ontario's Private Acts--The Last Resort" by Michael Fitton, pgs. 29-32.

Note: the issue contains the OGS' supplement Newsleaf

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, March 2010, Vol. 98, No. 1

* "Finding Parents for Lizzie Evans, Wife of George C. Davis of Green County, Georgia" by Mary Collins, pgs. 5-14.

* "Research in Nebraska" by Roberta King, pgs. 31-72.

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


The monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010.

Doors open at 6:00 for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, they will have an informal member sharing discussion. This will be followed by their program, "Cemetery Records at SGS" presented by Linda Neely. Linda who is the provincial coordinator of the SGS Cemetey Project, will discuss the status of cemetery recording and records at the SGS Library.

For more information and a list of upcoming branch meetings, please check out their website


G.R.O.W. Your Family Tree Conference in Regina

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be hosting a Family History Conference in Regina next month. Some of the workshops include "Finding Church Records in Galicia, Austria", "Online Maps and Gazetteers for British Researchers", "Organizing Your Research Papers and Documents", and "Digging Up Homestead Files". Here are the basic details:

Family History Conference
Saturday, June 5, 2010
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
550 Sangster Blvd
Regina, SK
$15 registration fee (includes lunch)
To register and for more information about the workshops, visit
phone (306)543-2782


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of May 3-9, 2010

Note: These books are located in the shelving unit beside the Prairie History Reference desk and can be checked out for 3 weeks!

Hart, Cynthia and Lisa Samson. The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends. New York : Workman Pub., c2009.

Summary: The book breaks down what too often feels like an overwhelming project into a series of easily manageable steps: how to prepare for an interview; how to become a better listener; why there's always more beneath the surface and the questions to ask to get there; the pros and cons of video recording, including how your subjects should dress so the focus is on their words; four steps to keeping the interview on track; how to be attentive to your subject's energy levels; and the art of archiving or scrapbooking the interview into a finished keepsake. At the heart of the book are hundreds of questions designed to cover every aspect of your subject's history.

Hoole, Gavin and Cheryl Smith. The Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Family Tree Using Your Computer : For Absolute Beginners of All Ages. London : New Holland, 2008, c2007.

Summary: Describes the stages in using a computer to research family history and trace ancestral roots. This book helps readers learn how to record the information unearthed, how to download and use free forms, charts and genealogy computer software to keep the process simple, and ways of searching Internet resources and exchanging information online. The trend for researching family history and tracing ancestral roots back into the past is currently huge and is expanding all the time all over the world.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues

Alberta History, Spring 2010, Volume 58, Number 2

* "Imagining Postwar Utopia: Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta" by Aya Fujiwara, pp. 2 - 9

* "The Day Alberta Went Dry" by Hugh A. Dempsey, pp. 10 - 16

* "Exiled But Not Silent: The Factum Letter of Father Henri Voisin" by Henry L. Wostenberg, pp. 17 - 25

Generations (Manitoba Genealogical Society), March 2010, Vol. 35, No. 1

* "To Walk in His Footsteps..a Different Kind of Research" by Kelly Southworth, pp. 7-10.

* "The First of the Selkirk Settlers at Red River, 1812-14" by Elizabeth Jonasson, pp. 23-27.

NGS Magazine, January-March 2010, Vol. 36, No. 1

* "The Twittering Genealogist Part 2" by Mark Tucker, pp. 21-26.

* "Documenting Death in the Civil War With Union War Department Records" by John P. Deeben, pp. 31-37.

* "Immigration Alternatives" by Gary M. Smith and Diana Crisman Smith, pp. 56-59.

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of April 26-May 2, 2010

Forrester, Jill. Common Goals...Shared Solutions: SAHO's First 15 Years. Regina: Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, c2009.

Summary: The history of the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO).

Macdougall, Brenda. One of the Family: Metis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan. Vancouver: UBC Press, c2010.

Summary: In recent years there has been growing interest in identifying the social and cultural attributes that define the Metis as a distinct people. In this path-breaking study, Brenda Macdougal employs the concept of wahkootowin to trace the emergence of a Metis community in northern Saskatchewan. Wahkootowin, a Cree term, describes how relationships worked and helps to explain how the Metis negotiated with local economic and religious institutions while nurturing a society that emphasized family obligation and responsibility.

Tisdale Chapter Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan. The School Districts Tisdale School Division: A Compiled History. Tisdale, SK : The Tisdale Chapter Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan, 2005.

Summary: Histories of the school districts and the teachers in the Tisdale School Division, from Addington school district to Zenon Park school district.


May 5 Meeting: American Historical Society of Germans From Russia

The American Historical Society of Germans From Russia Regina & District Chapter will be meeting:

Wednesday May 5, 2010
7:30 p.m.
at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1909 Ottawa Street (New location!)

As usual, a workshop will be hold on the regions of: Black Sea (Odessa), Volga, Vohlynia, Bukovina, Galacia, Bessarabia, Ukraine and Germany.

Prospective members are welcome.

For more information, contact Publicity Chairman Helen Yauck at 545-0618


Categories: Events Around Regina

2010 Regina Regional Heritage Fair

The Regina Regional Heritage Fair Committee cordially invites the public to attend the annual Regina Regional Heritage Fair this Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the T. C. Douglas Building and Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Heritage Fair is an annual competition held for kids in grades 4-9 to research and present a topic on Canadian history or culture. Kids get very involved and will often get dressed up in period costume, construct fabulous models and make every effort to put a smile on your face as they tell you what they have learned.

The best part? All of this fun and excitement is free! So if you want to see the best history projects in the city and have an hour or two to spare, drop by the T.C. Douglas Building and enjoy the competition!


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Internet Genealogy

Internet Genealogy, April/May 2010, Vol. 5, No. 1

* "Copyright and Your Family Tree" by Alice L. Luckhardt, pgs. 9-10.

* "Instant Gratification and Finding Obits Online" by Leland K. Meitzler, pgs. 14-17.

* "Califonia Dreamin': Researching the Golden State" by Gena Philibert Ortega, pgs. 30-33.

* "Mapping Genealogy: Ancestral Atlas" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 43-45.

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


April 2010 Meeting of Regina Branch of SGS

The monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010.

Doors open at 6:00 for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, they will have an informal member sharing discussion. This will be followed by their program, "Genealogy and the Internet", a multifaceted introduction to using the internet for family history research:

Dave Wessel will provide tips on internet research and answer technical questions; Gale Shawcross will give an example of using the paid subscription Find My Past; Dianne Romphf and Jean Ashcroft will discuss other sources, including paid subscriptions such as Ancestry and free services such as Family Search.

For more information and a list of upcoming branch meetings, please check out their website


2nd Annual Jane's Walk in Regina

On May 1st and 2nd, hundreds of Reginans will take to the streets for the 2nd annual Jane’s Walk, a series over 15 free neighbourhood walking tours that explore our collective history, architecture, planning and personalities. Last year’s walk saw more than 400 residents explore 12 walks across the city.

Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of our times, Jane’s Walk inspires citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Last year 46 cities took part across North America, offering 315 tours to over 10,000 walkers. This year Jane’s Walks will span 65 cities worldwide (35 in Canada, 25 in the USA) with an estimated 450 walking tours on offer. Along with Regina, partnerships this year include Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Chattanooga, Saskatoon, Victoria, and Jane’s Walk is also expanding internationally with walks scheduled in Mumbai, Goa, Dublin and Madrid.

In Regina, some of these tours will include:

• Conservation architect, Bernard Flaman, discussing 20th century architecture in the downtown;

• An exploration of suburbia in the North West end of the city as it relates to contemporary art;

• “Talking Hillsdale” - a collection of personal stories and observations touching on everything from the crumbliest pavement to the tallest tree– interpreted by local poet and professor Gerry Hill;

• Local conservationist Jennipher Karst and Jim Elliott exploring the natural and built history around Wascana Lake;

• Selene Deschenes providing a walking discussion about the history of theatre in downtown Regina with “Flickers, Talkies, and Black Tents”;

• And James Hoffman returning to host a very popular tour of the Heritage Neighbourhood.

For more information about the various tours, click on the link to Regina's Jane's Walk web page.


Categories: New Books, New Magazines

New PHR Materials for the Week of April 6-10, 2010

Weird Places in Saskatchewan and Manitoba by Glenda MacFarlane

Summary: Entertaining and humorous, this book explores the truly peculiar places--natural and supernatural phenomena, bizarre roadside attractions and communities featuring odd customs, landmarks and just plain weirdness, including:

- Every spring, tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes emerge from their burrows and engage in frenzied mating rituals at the world’s largest snake dens near Narcisse, Manitoba
- Saskatchewan is the Canadian hotspot for crop circle formations; the largest formation in the country, measuring a whopping 132 metres end to end, was discovered near Revenue, Saskatchewan
- Little Manitou Lake near Watrous, Saskatchewan, is saltier than the Dead Sea, which means that when you’re in for a dip, you can’t help but float like a cork
- In the 19th century, Icelandic immigrants to Manitoba created the "Republic of New Iceland," which operated as a quasi-independent state within Canada for more than a decade
- Manitoba and Saskatchewan are home to some of the continent’s nuttiest roadside attractions, including: a trio of gigantic mushrooms, an enormous golf ball, a huge pair of underwear, a humongous loonie and a coffee pot big enough to hold 150,000 cups of java!

Heritage Quarterly, Spring 2010, Vol. 22, No. 1

* "Saskatoon Church an Example of Built Heritage Being Sustained" by J-Michel Fortier, pgs. 6-7.

* "Wapella Church Renovations Almost Complete" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 10-11.

* "Communities Can Learn From Each Other" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 16-17.

Folklore, Spring 2010, Vol. 31, No. 2
* "The Wolseley Town Hall/Opera House" by Slater Tubman, pgs. 8-10.

* "The Blizzard" by Gail J. Skikevitch, pgs. 12-14.

* "Yorkton's Fort Watson" by Terri Prince, pgs. 30-35.

Revue Historique, March 2010, Vol. 20, No. 3

* Sinaï Brière et ses descendants" by Laurier Gareau, pgs. 5-12.

* "Saint-Denis, Saskatchewan 1910-2010: Les Premiers Colons" by Laurier Gareau, pgs. 13-17.

* "Petite Historie de la Presse Écrite de Langue Française en Saskatchewan" by Mélissa Bouffard, pgs. 18-19.

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Provincial Government Announces Cultural Policy

A couple of weeks back, the Honorable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport announced the first cultural policy in more than 25 years. Pride of Saskatchewan: A Policy Where Culture, Community and Commerce Meet outlines the principles and priorities designed to help guide the development of the arts, culture and heritage sector in Saskatchewan.

According to the government release “Pride of Saskatchewan is a framework that aligns culture, community and commercial activities to maximize on the social and economic benefits of culture. As a planning and decision-making resource, it will help focus and further strengthen Saskatchewan's already vibrant culture. It aims to reflect and foster culture as defined by people and communities of all types, inclusive of First Nations and Métis people, small towns, big cities and the culture sector. Pride of Saskatchewan responds to more than 25 years of cultural policy discussions.”

Also released was Moving from Reflection to Action: Towards a Cultural Policy for Saskatchewan, a summary document presenting the results of research and public dialogue which supported the development of the policy, including the Community Dialogue sessions.

Both documents are available on-line at

Categories: PHR News

PHR's Easter Hours

The Prairie History Room's operating hours for this Easter weekend are:

Thursday, April 1: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, April 2: CLOSED
Saturday, April 3: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 4: CLOSED
Monday, April 5: CLOSED

We will be resuming our normal operating hours on Tuesday, April 6.


Categories: New Books, New Magazines

New Genealogy Books and Magazines

Note: The following items are located beside the Prairie History Room desk and the best part...they can all be checked out!

Tracing Your Irish Family History by Anthony Adolph

Summary: In this book, genealogist Anthony Adolph gives insider tips on how best to locate and access specific family information in Ireland, including county archives and libraries, local publications, tax rolls, censuses, religious and civil registers, court and military books, as well as many other more obscure records. He also includes good advice on researching sources in the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Fortunately the Internet, digitized archives and DNA sampling have made it easier than ever to reconstruct a family tree.

The Official Guide to Family Tree Maker 2010 by Tana L. Pedersen

Summary: This in-depth guide will help you use Family Tree Maker 2010 to create a family history that you and your family will treasure for years. Start building your tree by entering what you already know. Then follow the author's step-by-step instructions to locate more information about your ancestors online, add photographs and rich media files, and design charts and reports to display and share.

Family Chronicle, March/April 2010, Vol. 14, No. 4

* "Natural Disasters and Genealogy" by David A. Norris, pgs. 13-18.

* "Finding and Using English and Welsh BMDS" by George C. Morgan, pgs. 30-33.

* "22 Tips for German Research!" by Donna Potter Phillips, pgs. 47-48.

Saskatchewan History, Fall 2009, Vol. 61, No. 1

* "Métis Welfare: a History of Economic Exchange in Northwest Saskatchewan, 1770-1870" by Liam Haggarty, pgs. 7-17.

* "Community and Aboriginality in an Aboriginal Community Relating to Histories In and of Île-Â-La-Crosse" by Katsy MacDonald, pgs. 18-28.

* "Encountering Mary: Apparitions, Roadside Shrines, and the Métis of the Westside" by Amanda Fehr and MacKinley Darlington, pgs. 29-31.


Call for Nominations – Heritage Canada Foundation Awards

The Heritage Canada Foundation is seeking nominations for the National Awards Program, which recognize outstanding achievement by an individual or group. This year it will be held in Newfoundland and Labrador. Categories include:

* Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership
* Gabrielle Léger Award for Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Conservation
* Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Heritage Conservation at the Provincial/Territorial Level

For information on nomination procedures and past award recipients, visit our website at Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2010.


Upcoming Meeting of the Regina Branch of SGS

The monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be held on TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010.

Doors open at 6:00 for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, they will have an informal member sharing discussion. This will be followed by their program, “SHOW AND TELL” in which branch members will bring along and share the family stories behind a special photo, diary, medals, etc.

For more information and a list of upcoming branch meetings, please check out their website


Categories: New Magazines

Final Issue of Ancestry Magazine

As previous mentioned, this is the last and final issue of Ancestry magazine.

Ancestry, March/April 2010, Vol. 28, No. 2

* "What a Project!" by Barry Moreno, Elizabeth Laney and Wendy Jensen, pgs. 20-33. The article looks at how three genealogy projects are being used to expand on textbook history.

* "Project Census" by Mary Penner, pgs. 44-47. Article examines the American census enumerators.

* "Just the Faces-Using a Wiki" by Howard Wolinsky, pgs. 62-63. Article looks at how one can use a wiki to share one's family history with one's relatives.

Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of AGS' Relatively Speaking Magazine

The latest issue of the Alberta Genealogical Society's (AGS) magazine is now available through the Prairie History Room...

Relatively Speaking, February 2010, Vol. 38, No. 1

* "100, 000 Absent Memories--1869 to 1948 (The Once-Hidden History of British Home Children of Canada)" by Helen Atkinson & Peter Stavely, pgs. 5-10.

* "But I'm Not a Writer" by John Althouse, pgs. 21-25. Note: interesting article by writing one's family history

* "Salt Lake City Trippers 2009--Mining the Family History Library" by Lynne Duigou, pgs. 32-34.

Federal funding for Humboldt 125th Anniversary of Telegraph Station

The Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages recently announced funding for the Original Humboldt Committee to present activities to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the significant role played by the Original Humboldt Telegraph Station during the 1885 Northwest Resistance. Events will take place on June 18, 2010, in Humboldt and at the Original Humboldt site. Audiences will relive the stories of the Original Humboldt land and the events of 1885 through multimedia presentations, historical performances, and commemorative art.

For more information, visit


Categories: Events Around Regina

Memory Project Coming To Regina

The Memory Project is providing every living Second World War veteran the opportunity to share their memories through interviews and digitized artifacts and memorabilia via an extensive online digital archive. The project is coming to Regina and is asking veterans/family members to bring photos, letters and personal memorabilia to be documented on site on the following date and time:

Friday, March 26 - 10 am to 2 pm
Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan,
Saskatchewan Suite
2125 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK

Lunch and refreshments will be served
Free parking is available

RVSP by email: or call toll free: 1-866-701-1867

For more information about the project, check out their website:


Family History Library Classes Now Available on the Internet

To help tide you over while the Prairie History Room is hard at work developing our fall programming, we would like to recommend this new series of online genealogy classes...

The FamilySearch Family History Library is now making its popular classes available at, where anyone anywhere in the world can access them for FREE at a time that is convenient for them. The classes are ones that have been offered on-site in Salt Lake City for years. To access the website, click on the hyperlink above or on the image itself. Once you get to the site, scroll down as the image indicates and then click on the link for Free Online Classes.

There are currently 23 Family History Library online classes that available to you, ranging in topics from European research to United States military records. The classes vary in length from 6 to 58 minutes, with most lasting about 25 minutes. The format of the class varies, ranging from videos to PowerPoint slides.

Happy learning!


Categories: Tours

Motorcoach Tours 2010 Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society

Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society
2010 Motorcoach Tours

Click here for full descriptions of the tours and a downloadable registration form. Please note there is a discount for Early Registration on all tours.

Tour # 1 Wednesday June 9 - Friday June 11, 2010
150th Anniversary - Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Stanley Mission


Tour # 2 Friday June 25 to Sunday June 27, 2010
Tour # 3 Friday July 9 to Sunday July 11, 2010
Tour # 4 Friday August 6 to Sunday August 8, 2010

North-West Resistance (visit to ten sites in Saskatchewan and Alberta)

(note: this is the same program offered on three different weekends)


Tour # 5 Saturday August 21 to Sunday August 29, 2010
The Palliser Expedition - Part III (focus on the Expedition's time in Alberta, going as far west as the Kootenay Valley in British Columbia)


Tour # 6 Saturday September 18 to Sunday September 26, 2010
Nova Scotia Bound

Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society
Executive Director: Finn Andersen
1860 Lorne Street
Regina, SK, S4P 2L7
306-780-9204 or 1-800-919-9437
Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society web site:


2010 Muncipal Heritage Awards

Also a week and a half ago, the 2010 Municipal Heritage Award winners were announced. The awards program was established in 1984 to recognize individuals or organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in Regina by demonstrating commitment to the conservation of Regina’s heritage. This year's recipients include:

* Restoration - Interior category - awarded to The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Dominion Construction of Regina and Saunders Evans Plosker Wotherspoon Architects Inc. of Regina for Renovations to the RCMP Drill Hall.

* Adaptive Re-use category - awarded to Anderson House Inc. of Regina for the Harding/Anderson House on the former Diocese of Qu’Appelle lands in Regina

* New Design - Sensitive Addition category - awarded to Regina Early Learning Centre, Stantec Architecture and Interior Design of Regina, Dominion Construction of Regina and David Powell Landscape Architecture of Regina for their addition to Regina Early Learning Centre’s existing facility at 2115 Athol Street

* Education category - awarded to Dr. James M. Pitsula his book For All We Have and Are: Regina and the Experience of the Great War


Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation's Grants

Almost a week and half ago, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation announced the allocation of more than $243,000 for 32 conservation, 11 research, 12 education and five special projects. Grants range from $500 each for a heritage inventory in Moosomin and the development of a historical walking tour in Gravelbourg, to $20,000 each for preservation work on Harding House in Regina and Melville City Hall.

The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation continues to work with communities and organizations to preserve the province's architectural heritage and maintain its cultural treasures. For more information about this year's grants recipients, visit


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March 2010 Meeting of AHS of Germans from Russia

The Regina and District Chapter
of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia will be meeting

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Seniors Citizens Centre of Regina, south entrance
2134 Winnipeg Street

As usual, the meeting will include a workshop on the regions of the Black Sea (Odessa), Volga, Volhynia, Bukovina, Galicia, Bessarabia, Ukraine and Germany.

Prospective members are welcome.

For more information, please contact Helen Yauck, publicity chairman at 545-0618.


RCMP Heritage Centre Speakers' Series

You are invited to attend a special lecture by University of Regina professor Bill Brennan as he takes on the topic of the 1935 On-to-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riots.

Dr. Brennan offers a fresh approach on the subjects, covering the perspective of the city and offering an assessment of the legacy of these events for the city of Regina. He will also discuss the now-declassified RCMP file of the On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riots and the actions of the police force during this period.

Admission is free, although donations to the non-profit RCMP Heritage Centre are greatly appreciated.

Location: RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Avenue, Regina
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the RCMP Heritage Centre either by phone 306-522-7333 or by email


February 21 is Heritage Language Day

International Mother Language Day on February 21 was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

The Saskatchewan Heritage Language Day celebration, jointly organized by Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages and the Multilingual Association of Regina, will take place on from 1:00-300 pm on Sunday, February 21 at the Balfour Collegiate Auditorium (1245 College Avenue) in Regina, and is open to the public at no cost and will consist of short greetings, entertainment by local language schools, and a variety of ethnic finger foods (catered by Immigrant Women).

For more information on the UN declaration, go to For more on local celebrations, visit


Categories: New Magazines

New magazine: Families

Families Ontario Genealogical Society,
Volume 49, February 2010, Number 1


* First Nations: Students at Shinwauk Residential School, Sault St. Marie, Ontario, by Marg Aldridge, pp 3-5

* Looking for Help with British Records, prepared by John Becker, pp 6-7

* Serendipity and the Ancestral Search for Enoch Moore, by Bob Moore, pp. 7-9

* The Mystery of the Lost Monument, by Philip Norcross Gross, pp. 10-11

* To Capture the High Ground, by Thomas Battle, (family tree information on Ontario native Alphonsus Gracey McConnell, who lost his life in World War I), pp. 12-16

* The Strange Case of James Keith Kimpson (1825-1901), by Dale T. Lahey, pp. 17-21

* Samuel Dixon, British Soldier in the 19th Century, by Lisa Dixon and Ron W. Shaw, pp. 22-26

* "Broad and Boer" or Bread and Beer, by Helen Kocher, (reprinted from the August 1977 issue of Families, on the 300th anniversary of the arrival of 3000 Palatine German refugees in the Hudson River valley to work on the British "Naval Stores" project), pp. 27-29

* Memento Mori: Classifying Nineteenth Century Gravestones, by Laura Suchan, pp. 29-32
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Note: includes NewsLeaf: The Ontario Genealogical Society Vol. 40, No. 1, Supplement to Families

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Note: includes information on the
Essentials, Innovations and Delights (special streams for researchers with Dutch or Italian ancestry)
Friday, May 14 to Sunday May 16
Doubletree by Hilton - Toronto Airport

Click here for the conference website and registration information
(early-bird discounts on registration applies until March 15, 2010)


Our new catalogue ... please be patient

As you may be aware, RPL has moved to a new province wide consortium (One Province One Library Card), which also means a new catalogue.

This new system provides access to MANY more books - everything from the new to the hard to find, as well as to out of print editions, are now only a simple click of the Request button away.

Links for older blog posts will have broken, but we will try to restore as many of them as we can (although our first priority is to ensure that new posts are properly linked to the new catalogue).

Something else you may notice - there is not just one, but two versions of the catalogue:

1) Encore (with a Google-like search bar and interface and Amazon-like layout, including the option to "tag") and

2) the Classic (the more traditional looking catalogue where you can access your account, re-new items, check on your holds list, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please do not hesitate to fill out the following online Comments form:

3rd Annual Heritage Week Public Lecture

The Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport are inviting the public to attend the 3rd Annual Heritage Week Public Lecture titled I Do: How to Marry Heritage and Development So It Doesn’t End in Divorce on Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 7:00 to 8:15pm at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon. Neil Richardson, president, director and founder of Heritage Property Corporation, will illustrate the challenges and rewards of redeveloping heritage properties.

For more information, go to

Categories: PHR News

February Holiday Hours for PHR

Holiday hours for the Prairie History Room are as follows:

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 14, 2010 - CLOSED
Monday, February 15, 2010 (Family Day) - CLOSED
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Sour Milk and Paper Cows Readings

Sour Milk and Paper Cows: Murder and Mayhem in Saskatchewan
Date: February 16, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: RPL Film Theatre

Think of Saskatchewan a safe place where you don`t even have to lock your doors? Wrong! Murderers, arsonists and thieves have walked among us. Join Leader-Post columnists, Barb Pacholik and Jana G. Pruden as they discuss the sordid and sensational cases chronicled in their true crime collections, Sour Milk and Paper Cows, drawn from Saskatchewan's rich historical past.

Barb and Jana will have copies of both books available for sale. Refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration NOT required.


SGS's Open House

To celebrate Heritage Week (Feb. 16-20), the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will be hosting an open house on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the SGS Library & Research Room, 110-1514 11th Avenue. The hours of the open house run from 10 am to 4 pm.


2010 Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Community Historical Recognition Program

Organizations representing Chinese, Italian, Jewish and Indian communities in Canada are encouraged to submit proposals under the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which commemorates wartime measures and immigration restrictions in Canada’s past. CHRP is a grants and contributions program that makes $25 million available for community-based commemorative and educational projects including monuments, commemorative plaques, exhibits, documentary films and educational materials and activities.

For more information, visit Deadline for submission is April 1, 2010.

Heritage Sask Forum 2010

The inaugural Heritage Sask Forum 2010 will be held on February 19-20 at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon. Arthur Black, former host of CBC’s Basic Black, will be giving a keynote and will bring his wry wit and ironic sense of humour to Saskatchewan. His Honour Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Honorary Patron of Heritage Sask, will bring greetings at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening.

For registration information on the 2010 Forum, go to or contact the Heritage Sask Office in Regina at (306) 780-9191.


Categories: New Books

New Books for PHR

Grass to Grain. Volume Two, Town of Eston and the R.M. of Snipe Lake District history. Eston, Sask. : Prairie West Historical Society, 2009.

This is a companion volume to a book already in the PHR collection: Grass to Grain: Snipe Lake district history. Eston, Sask. : Prairie West Historical Society, 1988.

The Butler Byers Story: A Century of Building Saskatoon, written by Beverly Fast and edited by Drew Byers. Saskatoon : Blairmore Media Inc., June 2008

Summary: A history of the family-run Butler-Byers insurance company of Saskatoon, starting with Newt Byers meeting Jim Butler, shortly after Newt arrived in Saskatoon in 1906.

A Brief Study of Art and Architecture in the Cathedral Area by Jason Weedmark. Regina : Cathedral Village Arts Festival, [2005]

Summary: A catalogue of public art in the Cathedral Community, commissioned by the Cathedral Community Association. Weedmark delivered the catalogue on hand-printed pages with inset photographs as a loose-bound leaflet, a beautiful work of art in itself. The 2005 Cathedral Village Arts Festival decided to reprint this book in a high-quality format and make it available to the public for the first time.


Categories: PHR News


You cannot imagine our shock while flipping through the February/March 2010 issue of Internet Genealogy to discover that our humble little ol' Prairie History blog is named one of Best Canadian Genealogy Blogs! Out of the seven blogs listed, we are the only public library blog to make the list.

As the author points out:

"If you live or do research in Saskatchewan, you'll want to bookmark this blog written by the librarians at the Regina Public Library. It's an excellent source for announcements about genealogical and historical events, new publications and genealogical resources. An excellent feature I haven't seen elsewhere is regular listings of the articles in genealogical publications from across the country. This way, you don't have to join all the historical and genealogy societies to know what's in their journals - you can just check out the issues with articles of interest to you[.]"

So thank-you Internet Genealogy magazine for bestowing this honour on us and many thanks to the Regina Public Library staff who have encouraged and supported our blogging efforts since March 2007 when this blog first launched. Congratulations!!!

- May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian, Regina Public Library

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine for Feb. 2010

Alberta History, Winter 2010, Vol. 58, No. 1

* "'For Romance and Adventure' Wilderness, Masculinity, and the Ostheimer Expedition of 1927", by Jeffrey Doherty, pgs. 12-22.

* "Calgary vs. Edmonton. Their First Rugby Football Games" by Hugh A. Dempsey, pgs. 25-27.

**note: the issue also contains History Now, the newsletter for the Historical Society of Alberta.

Internet Genealogy, February/March 2010, Vol. 4, No. 6

* "Are You Information Literate?" by George G. Morgan, pgs. 14-17. Note: a definite MUST READ for both beginners and advanced researchers!

* "Top 10 Sites for French-Canadian Research" by Janice Nickerson, pgs. 32-34.

* "Sign of the Times: Using Timelines in Genealogy" by Diane L. Richard, pgs. 43-45,

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, December 2009, Vol. 97, No. 4

* "Questionable Information and the English Origin of Thomas Dyson's Family of Marietta, Georgia" by Allen R. Peterson, pgs. 265-286.

* "Using Indirect Evidence to Identify the Mother of Joseph McCloskey (1795-1875) of Clinton County, Pennsylvania" by Kathryn C. Torpey, pgs. 287-298.

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.


Categories: Archives

SAB's New Photo Blog

Not only is The Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) participating in a number of events during Archives Week (February 1-7, 2010), but they also have a fabulous new photo blog at that is definitely worth checking out:

As the project notes indicate, SAB receives all kinds of fascinating records, including historical photographs. Unfortunately, many of these photos lack basic information to help identify the people, places or events contained in them. To help celebrate Saskatchewan Archives Week 2010, SAB will post a selection of these photographs with the hopes that the general public might help them identify subjects, potential dates, and potential locations. If you think you know something about these images, please enter your suggestions (along with a note about why you think that you’re right) in the Comments field at the bottom of each post.

Check it out and enjoy!


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of Jan. 25-Jan. 31, 2010

Brasser, Theodore. Native American Clothing: An Illustrated History. Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2009.

Summary: Native Americans crafted beautiful clothing out of skins, pigment, quills and sinew. The collection of photographs in this outstanding reference celebrates this decorative genius. Many of the 300 photographs from more than 60 leading museums and private collections have never been published previously. The book describes the clothing in fascinating detail, from moccasins and tunics to sashes, bags and ceremonial and burial costumes. Theodore Brasser explains who made what and how, as well as the meanings of the different kinds of decoration, such as beadwork, embroidery, appliqué, patchwork, weaving and dyeing. There are also many examples of native pottery and other historic artifacts that depict themes used in the clothes.

Campey, Lucille H. "A Very Fine Class of Immigrants': Prince Edward Island's Scottish Pioneers, 1770-1850. Toronto, ON: Natural Heritage Books, 2007.

Summary: Scots who opted for pioneer life in Prince Edward Island are the subject of this book. Being the first of the "northern" colonies to be sold off in its entirety to proprietors in the late eighteenth century, P.E.I. acquired its Scots earliest, doing so even before the start of the American War of Independence in 1775. The colonization of Prince Edward Island by Scots takes us back to a period when the process of emigration and settlement were in their infancy. By uncovering previously unreported ship crossings, as well as a wide range of manuscripts and underused sources such as customs records and newspaper shipping reports, the book provides the most comprehensive account to date of the influx of Scots to the Island.


Archives Week 2010

Celebrate with the Saskatchewan's Archives and Archivists at the 5th Annual ARCHIVES WEEK!!!

To honour our province's rich and vibrant documentary heritage and the tremendous work that has gone into ensuring its ongoing preservation, and to promote the continuing importance of archives in our communities, the Saskatchewan Council of Archives and Archivists (SCAA) has once again declared a province-wide Archives Week for February 1-7, 2010.

While events are scheduled throughout the province, here are the ones pertaining to Regina:

Open House at University of Regina Archives & Special Collections

Tuesday, February 2, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM.
First Floor, Dr. John Archer Library
3737 Wascana Parkway

Learn more about how the Archives' collections and services support the teaching, research and administrative functions of the University community. Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives' storage facility which houses over 2.5 kilometers of records. See oURspace, the University's online institutional repository, in action. Enjoy displays of items from the Archives' holdings, including a special feature on the collections of the Regina Five. Refreshments will be served.

From the Vault: Archives on the Big Screen

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Regina Public Library Film Theatre
2311-12th Avenue, Regina

Presented in Partnership with Regina Public Library

Join guest commentators for an evening of short films from archives in Saskatchewan. See ground-breaking research from the 1930s, witness archival documents coming to life in A Curious Friendship, A Chaplain’s War & a film about the politically charged 1936 Olympics. Cap off the evening by being swept up in A Prairie Romance.

Spotlight on the Past: Celebrity Readings from Archives in Saskatchewan

Thursday, February 4, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Royal Saskatchewan Museum Theatre
2445 Albert Street (corner of Albert St. and College Ave. in Regina)

Discover Saskatchewan's past - both playful & profound - with appearances by Mary Balogh, Gail Bowen, Roger Currie, J.C. Garden, Rod McDonald, Jill Morgan & Scott Schultz. Reception to follow.

Did we mention the best part? FREE ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS!!!

For more information about Archives Week or the SCAA, check out their website.


Categories: Ancestry.Com News

Ancestry Magazine Discontinues Publication

The March/April 2010 issue will be the final issue of Ancestry magazine. For a variety of reasons, has decided to discontinue their popular magazine. As they state on their website, "Over the last few years, we have found that with the expanded accessibility of terrific family history content published online at we can reach a larger and broader audience than the limited distribution of a print publication."

What does this mean for the Prairie History Room (PHR)? Even with the demise of Ancestry magazine, PHR still carries a number of high-quality genealogy magazines for you to look at and even borrow. This list includes Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy, but also more local content such as the SGS Bulletin (print version). If you know of any new genealogy magazines and feel that PHR should carry them, please contact us with your suggestion.


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of January 11, 2010

From Prairie Grass to Wheat Fields : a History of McCord and area

McCord, Sask. : McCord History Book Committee (2001)
971.243 FROMP

...includes the histories of the following school districts: Lark Hill, Milly, Montague, Patriotic, Pebble Hill and Varsity, as well as the community of McCord, Saskatchewan.

Note: This book was donated to the Prairie History Room by the McCord and District Museum in McCord, SK. The Museum still has copies of this book for purchase ($60 plus postage). If you are interested, please contact them at the following address:

McCord and District Museum
Box 82
McCord, SK S0H 2T0

The Lipton Jewish Agricultural Colony 1901-1951 : Pioneering on Canada's Prairies : the inaugural lecture of the Switzer-Cooperstock lecture series

by Theodore H. Friedgut
Winnipeg : Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, 2009.
971.00424 FRIED

from the Introduction: Why Canada, Why West?: What would bring Jews from the Russian Empire and Rumania, a population that on the whole had long been separated from any significant agricultural life, to undertake pioneering on Canada's Prairies? Equally interesting is the question as to what Canada's interest was in investing in the settlement of Jews, most totally without agricultural experience, in the young Dominion's western regions?


Categories: New Magazines

New Issues of Popular Genealogy Magazines

The first 2010 issues of the following genealogy magazines have arrived on PHR magazine rack:

Ancestry, January/February 2010, Vol. 28, No. 1

* "Forged in Steel" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 20-29. Note: Article examining the history of industrial labour in America.

* "10 Places You Didn't Think to Look" by Ancestry Magazine Staff, pgs. 56-59. Note: An interesting look at where you can find some surprising information about your ancestors where you least expect to, such as the U.S. Passport Applications.

Family Chronicle, January/February 2010, Vol. 14, No. 3

* "History for Genealogists: Historical Societies" by Janice Nickerson, pgs. 15-16.

* "The Other American Censuses!" by Leland K. Meitzler, pgs. 18-20.

* "Much Ado About a Hairdo?" by Maureen Taylor, pgs. 37-38. Note: Article looks at how you can date an old photo based on the individual's hairstyle in the picture.

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Reminder: back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can be borrowed for a 3 week loan period.


Write for the SGS Bulletin

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society invites you to share your knowledge of genealogy, culture, history & research experience on the following topics for future issues of the SGS Bulletin. Here are the topics and deadlines:

March 2010Photograph IdentificationJanuary 15, 2010
June 2010Aboriginal and Métis GenealogyApril 15, 2010
September 2010Obscure & Unusual SourcesJuly 15, 2010
December 2010Holiday/Family CustomsOctober 15, 2010
March 2011Researching Women AncestorsJanuary 15, 2011

For more information about contributing your article, please contact SGS either by email at or by phone (306) 780-9207.

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