Archives for: 2012


Holidays Hours for SGS & SAB

For those who are wishing to do a little family history research over the holidays, please note the following holiday hours:

Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB)

CLOSED - December 21, 2012 to January 1, 2013

Regular reference hours resume Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 10 am to 4 pm

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) Library

CLOSED - Friday, December 21, 2012 to Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Regular office hours resume Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 10 am to 4:30 pm


Categories: PHR News

2012 Holiday Hours for PHR

2012 Holiday Hours

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

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 25, 2012 - 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 - CLOSED
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 - CLOSED
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 - 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 - CLOSED
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

Relatively Speaking, November 2012, Vol. 40, No. 4

* "Zeb Croteau--'Trapper from Pouce Coupe' 1877-1933" by Lynne Duigou, pgs. 143-146.

* "Cap Badges--A Trooper's Point of Pride" by Marilyn Hindmarch, pgs. 153-155.

* "Every City Has a Dark Side" by Clark Lang, pgs. 167-169. Note: article is a brief overview of prisoner of war (POW) camps that were established during WWI and WWII.

Revue Historique, Automne 2012, Vol. 23, No. 1

* "Un regroupement francophone: L'Association catholique (culturelle) franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 9-21,

* "Le rôle du clergé dans la colonisation de l'OUest canadien" par Alexandre Daubisse, pgs. 22-28.

* "La communauté fransaskoise...hier et aujourd' hui" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 56-69.

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: New Books

New PHR Books - Healthcare

Kulig, Judith C. and Allison M. Williams, editors. Health in Rural Canada. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, c2012.

Summary: Health research in Canada has mostly focused on urban areas, often overlooking the unique issues faced by Canadians living in rural and remote areas. This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of the state of rural health and health care in Canada, from coast to coast and in northern communities. The contributors bring insights and methodologies from nursing, social work, geography, epidemiology, and sociology and from community-based research to a full spectrum of topics: health literacy, rural health-care delivery and training, Aboriginal health, web-based services and their application, rural palliative care, and rural health research and policy. Combined with a general overview of how rural services are structured and funded within the Canadian health care system, these diverse explorations of health and place highlight three key themes: rural places matter to health, rural places are unique, and rural places are dynamic.

Leipert, Beverly D., Belinda Leach, and Wilfreda E. Thurston, editors. Rural Women's Health. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Summary: The well-being of rural communities affects the well-being of those who reside in towns and cities because of rural-urban connections through food, drinking water, infectious disease, extreme environmental events, recreation, and for many, retirement residence. In rural areas themselves, women play a critical role in the health of their families and communities, yet women's health is often marginalized or ignored. There have been limited studies to date about rural women and health in Canada. Filling an important gap in scholarship, this collection identifies priority issues that must be addressed to ensure these women's well-being and offers innovative theoretical and methodological ideas for improvement.


Categories: Archives

Call for Papers for Saskatchewan History Fall-Winter 2013

You are invited to submit an article about any aspect of Saskatchewan’s history for possible inclusion in the Fall-Winter 2013 issue of Saskatchewan History. The deadline for submission of articles for our Fall-Winter 2013 issue is May 10, 2013.

At this time, we seek submissions including: scholarly papers that may be peer-reviewed; feature articles of varying lengths; photo essays; and book reviews about literature related to the history of Saskatchewan and the prairie provinces.

A copy of the magazine’s submission guidelines can be viewed on our website at Submissions can be forwarded electronically to

For more information, contact Nadine Charabin, Publication Coordinator, by phone at 306-933-5832, or by email at

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books - Settlement

Den Otter, A. A. Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land.n, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2011.

Summary: In this collection of essays, A. A. den Otter explores the meaning of the concepts ‘civilizing’ and ‘wilderness’ within an 1850s Euro-British North American context. At the time, den Otter argues, these concepts meant something quite different than they do today. Through careful readings and researches of a variety of lesser known individuals and events, den Otter teases out the striking dichotomy between ‘civilizing’ and ‘wilderness,’ leading readers to a new understanding of the relationship between newcomers and Native peoples, and the very lands they inhabited.

Erickson, Lesley. Westward Bound: Sex, Violence, the Law , and the Making of a Settler Society. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, c2011.

Summary: Westward Bound debunks the myth of Canada's peaceful West and the masculine conceptions of law and violence upon which it rests by shifting the focus from Mounties and whisky traders to criminal cases involving women between 1886 and 1940, where offences ranged from rape and wife-beating to husband murder and prostitution. In doing so, Erickson opens a window onto a world where judges' and juries' responses to the most intimate or violent acts were coloured by a desire to shore up the liberal economic order by maintaining boundaries between men and women, Native people and newcomers, and capital and labour. Victims and accused could only hope to harness entrenched ideas about masculinity, femininity, race, and class in their favour. The results, Erickson shows, were predictable but never certain.

Gavigan, Shelley A. M. Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2012.

Summary: Gavigan uses records of ordinary cases from the lower courts and insights from critical criminology and traditional legal history to interrogate state formation and criminal law in the Saskatchewan region of the North-West Territories between 1870 and 1905. By focusing on Aboriginal people's participation in the courts rather than on narrow legal categories such as "the state" and "the accused," Gavigan allows Aboriginal defendants, witnesses, and informants to emerge in vivid detail and tell the story in their own terms. Their experiences -- captured in court files, police and penitentiary records, and newspaper accounts -- reveal that the criminal law and the Indian Act operated in complex and contradictory ways.


Categories: New Microfilms

Back Issues of Prairie Dog Magazine!

Curious to know what political issue got writers of the Prairie Dog magazine riled up in the mid 1990s? Do you want to know that voters recommended as the best restaurant in Regina in 2008?

Patrons will be very happy to learn that the Prairie History Room has recently added the back run of the Prairie Dog from 1993 to 2008 as part of its newspaper holdings. At present, there is NO index to help you locate articles in the Prairie Dog so users should have an inkling of possible dates when using this resource. For those unfamiliar with using a microfilm machine, staff at both the Prairie History desk and Reference desk can assist you with loading the film on the machine and making copies.

-- May P. Chan, Prairie History Room


50 years! Modernist Central RPL: An Architectural Walking Tour

50 years! Modernist Central

Date: Wednesday, Dec 5th at 7:30pm
Location: Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

Friends of the Regina Public Library (FRPL) would like to celebrate the official opening day, 50 years ago, of the Izumi-designed modernist Central Library by inviting the public to join us in a walking tour of Central Library! People are invited to talk about a specific part of the architecture of Central Library that touches them, a special place within the library that they love, or a library service that they could not live without. They welcome contributions from the audience.

For more information, contract FRPL at email:; phone: 535-9570; or website:

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books - Politics and Labour

Endicott, Stephen L. Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, c2012.

Summary: During the Great Depression, the conflicting interests of capital and labour became clearer than ever before. Radical Canadian workers, encouraged by the Red International of Labour Unions, responded by building the Workers' Unity League - an organization that greatly advanced the cause of unions in Canada, and boasted 40,000 members at its height.

Wesley, Jared J. Code Politics: Campaigns and Cultures on the Canadian Prairies. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, c2011.

Summary: Politics on the Canadian Prairies are puzzling. The provinces share a common landscape and history, but they have nurtured three distinct political cultures -- Alberta is Canada's bastion of conservatism, Saskatchewan its cradle of social democracy, and Manitoba its progressive centre. The roots of these cultures run deep and have sparked comment and debate, yet their persistence over a century of change has yet to be explained.


Categories: New Magazines

New Genealogy Magazine Issues

Internet Genealogy, December/January 2013, Vol. 7, No. 5

* "Digitized Newspapers Online" by George G. Morgan, pgs. 14-18.

* "Explore Your Roots in Croatia and Serbia" by Smiljka Kitanovic, pgs. 21-26.

* "A Smorgasbord of Choice: Genealogy Software News and Reviews!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 31-37.

* "Lord Selkirk's Settlers" by Christine Woodcock, pgs. 49-51. Note: Article looks as the mass migration of displaced Scottish Highlanders to Canada.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, September 2012, Vol. 100, No. 3

* "Without Land, Occupation, Rights or Marriage Privilege: The Büttner Family from Bavaria to New York" by F. Warren Bittner, pgs. 165-187.

* "An Italian Indentured Servant Contract: Thomas Jefferson's Gardener, Anthony Giannini (1773-1778)" by Robert Lewis Giannini III and Nathan W. Murphy, pgs. 221-228.

NGS Magazine, October-December 2012, Vol. 38, No. 4

* "Tracking Generations with German Familienbuch and Sellenbuch" by Kathy Stickney, pgs. 14-18. Note: Both familienbuch and sellenbuch refer to specific types of Germanic church records. Familienbuch are family registers while sellenbuch are registers of souls. Both records are compilation of births, marriages and death records.

* "If Living Were a Crime...Evidence Your Ancestor Left at the Scene" by Sharon Tate Moody, pgs. 32-36. Note: Interesting article that gets you to re-examine what types of records an ancestor may have left behind by pretending that your family history research is a "crime scene".

* "From Their Hearts: How Our Female Ancestors Told Their Stories in Diaries and Letters" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 44-47.

* "Is There an Ancestor in the House? Of the Senate" by B. Darrell Jackson, pgs. 52-56. Note: Article explains how to identify and track down ancestors who were politicians in either the US Congress or Senate.

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: New Books

New PHR Books - Métis & Aboriginal

November 26 is Aboriginal Archives Day! Check out some of these new PHR books that have utilized various Aboriginal records for its publications:

Bird-Wilson, Lisa. An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Saskatoon, SK: Gabriel Dumont Institute, c2011.

Summary: In the early 1970s Saskatchewan was a hotbed of Native activism. Inspired by examples from the Red Power and American Indian movements, Saskatchewan's Métis and Non-Status Indians took up various forms of public protest, including road blocks, sit-ins, and occupations of government buildings as a means of drawing attention to the most pressing Native issues. The activism of the early '70s sowed the seeds for the eventual development of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI)—Canada's first, largest, and most prominent Métis institute. Breaking ground as the first wholly-owned and operated Métis-specific Institute, GDI is also unique because of its dual focus to provide for the education and training needs of the province's Métis and to preserve and promote Métis history and culture.

Carocci, Max. Warriors of the Plains: the Arts of Plains Indian Warfare. Montréal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press, c2012.

Summary: In this richly illustrated study of a complex society, Max Carocci delves into the history of the North American Plains Indian warrior cultures, examining their ongoing legacy, continuity, and the change between historic war practices and contemporary Native American military associations. Warriors of the Plains skilfully interweaves a survey of North American Plains Indian history with a generously detailed examination of Plains Indian warrior art - weapons, amulets, clothing, and ceremonial objects - with particular emphasis on their ritual use and symbolic meanings.

MacKinnon, Doris Jeanne. The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Métis woman, 1861-1960. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, c2012.

Summary: This book relates the history and self-identifying process of a Métis woman who lived on the western plains of Canada during the transitional period from fur trade to sedentary agricultural economy.

Scofield, Gregory. Louis: the Heretic Poems. Gibsons, BC: Nightwood Editions, c2011.

Summary: Few figures in Canadian history have attained such an iconic status as Louis Riel. Celebrated Metis poet Gregory Scofield takes a fresh look at Riel in his new collection, Louis: The Heretic Poems, challenging traditional conceptions of Riel as simply a folk hero and martyr. By juxtaposing historical events and quotes with the poetic narrative, Scofield draws attention to the side of the Métis leader that most Canadians have never contemplated: that of husband, father, friend and lover, poet and visionary.


New Databases Added to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE)

A quick glance to see what's been added to the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition database has yielded the following new databases worth taking a look at:


* Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Index to Cemeteries, 1890-1987

* Ottawa (Gloucester), Ontario, Canada, Tax Assessment and Collector Rolls, 1855-1919

* Nova Scotia, Canada, Land Petitions, 1765-1800

* Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922

* Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961

* Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980


* Midlands, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1955

* Devonshire, England, Selected Parish Records, 1565-1812

* Nottinghamshire, England, Selected Parish Marriages, 1577-1853

* Surrey, England, Selected Parish Registers, 1599-1812

* Warwickshire, England, Selected Parish Baptism and Marriages, 1558-1812

* USHMM: Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (in German)

United States

* Kankakee County, Illinois Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1870-1992

* North Dakota and Washington, Chinese Passenger Arrivals, 1903-1944

* Portland, Oregon, Chinese Immigrant Case files, 1890-1914

* San Francisco, California, Chinese Applications for Admission, 1903-1947

* Wisconsin, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1922-1963

* U.S., Headstone Applications, 1925-1963

Note: This database is NOW accessible in-house at all 9 branches of Regina Public Library, including the Prairie History Room at Central Library. Users simply need to have an updated library card to log onto the computer terminals.


Important Update Re: LAC's Interlibrary Loan Program

This past spring, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced plans to cancel their interlibrary loan (ILL) program due to budget cuts. The ILL service will be coming to an end in December 2012.

Patrons have until December 10, 2012 to place any interlibrary loan requests as the office will cease doing location searches and ILL-related photocopying services on December 11.

PHR and interlibrary loan staff encourage patrons to get their requests in early prior to the December 11 deadline to ensure that they will get their materials. As of yet, staff are unsure what will be replacing LAC's ILL program and will keep patrons posted once more information is forthcoming.

--May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian

Categories: New Magazines

New Manitoba History Issue

Manitoba History, Fall 2012, No. 70

* "How Winnipeg Invented the Media" by Ken Goldstein, pgs. 5-17.

* "Winnipeg Women Journalists Have Always Led the Way" by Shirley Muir and Penni Mitchell, pgs. 47-48.

* "Churchill, the Queen and the Press Club" by Shiella Jones, pgs. 51-52.

* "Founding the Nor'Wester" by William Coldwell and introduced by Scott Stephen, pgs. 53-57. Note: Nor'Wester was the first newspaper published on the Canadian Prairies in 1859.

Issue also contains the October-December 2012/January 2013 Issue of Time Lines, The Manitoba Historical Society Newsletter.

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 for November 12-18, 2012

For those of you who are missing NHL hockey on Saturday nights, try reading one of these Saskatchewan hockey books instead...

Daniels, Calvin. Guts and Go: Great Saskatchewan Hockey Stories. Surrey, B.C.: Heritage House Pub., 2004.

Summary: Saskatchewan is well known for its wheat, big skies, and social innovations. It's also renowned as a hockey hotbed. The NHL would not be the supreme league it is today without the many Saskatchewan pucksters who have skated and scored for all the pro teams. But Saskatchewan hockey is more than a breeding ground for the NHL. Indeed, Saskatchewan has a hockey culture all its own.Here are the true-grit stories of Saskatchewan hockey. Meet Jack McLeod, who won a World Hockey Championship in 1961 with the Trail Smoke Eaters; Fred Saskasmoose, the first Native in the NHL; and Mike Merriman, three-time captain of Canada's deaf team and twice world gold medallist. Some of the community stories include the Lloydminster Blazers winning the province's first Allan Cup in decades; and, of course, Wilcox, home to Notre Dame and its internationally renowned youth hockey program.

Daniels, Calvin. Guts and Go Overtime: More Great Saskatchewan Hockey Stories. Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House Pub., 2005.

Summary: Saskatchewan is hockey. The only activity more pervasive is farming, and often the two are combined when farmers play hockey for their community teams. As Calvin Daniels discovered when researching and writing the first Guts and Go (2004), hockey is so intertwined with everyday life in this province that hockey stories are much more than the retelling of games and tournaments. Indeed, they are every bit as much about the people and the province as they are about the game. It all adds up to some pretty entertaining stories, not only of the well-known stars who ply their skills in pro leagues, but also the local players and teams who bring excitement and pride to communities across the province.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine: Families (Ontario Genealogical Society)

Families Genealogical Society) Volume 51, November 2012, Number 4

The Stained Glass Mystery by Debra Honor, p. 9

Six Degrees of Separation from the War of 1812? by Fred Blair, p. 12

QMSgt Joseph Legare/Legary: War of 1812 Veteran by Bill Amell, p. 16

James Ormsby: A Waterloo Veteran in the Canadian Wilderness by Nancy Bray, p. 19

Where Are Those Records? The War of 1812 and Its Influence on North Simcoe Country by Gwen Patterson
, p. 29

Note: This issue also contains the supplement newsletter Newsleaf Nov. 42, No. 4

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These 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 Books

A School for Pregnant Teens: Starting the Balfour Special Tutorial Project by Sherrie Tutt

How the Balfour Special Tutorial Project got started - a look at the social and political obstacles encountered and the ingenuity it took to get around them.

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Note: the following book is available in the circulating collection:

Tracing your Irish and British roots by W Daniel Quillen

Topics addressed in the book include:
-- Where to find Irish and British records
-- How to access these records
-- How to use the Internet to help you in your search
-- Necessary preparations for a trip abroad to do research in these countries -- Pitfalls and issues in obtaining such records
-- Research tips specifically geared for England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines: Alberta History & Family Chronicle

Alberta History, Autumn 2012, Vol. 60, No. 4

* Charlie Wood: Crusader, Community-Builder, and Frontier Journalist by Jim Bradley, p. 2

* Jean L'Heureux: A Life of Adventure by Raymond Huel, p. 9

* Fort Pitt to Edmonton: The Other Route by Paul Sutherland, p. 17

* A History of North Red Deer by Harlan Hulleman, p. 23

Note: Issue also contains "History Now", The Historical Society of Alberta Newsletter, for October 2012, No. 4.

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Family Chronicle, November/December 2012, Vol. 17, No. 2

* Your Ancestor's Holidays by David A. Norris, p. 6

* Revolutionary War Pension Application Files by Craig Roberts Scott, p. 13

* Genealogy Bucket List by Gena Philibert-Ortega, p. 17

* Cousins Explained by Christine Woodcock, p. 22

Note: These 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.


RPL Book Sale October 27

RPL Book Sale this Saturday!

The RPL Book Sale is coming up this Saturday, October 27 at the George Bothwell Branch
in the Southland Mall

(Hours: 10 am to 4 pm)

Hardcovers $1
Paperbacks 50 cents
Spoken Word $1
DVDs/CDs $1

No taxes, GST exempt
Save even more when you fill up an RPL bag for $10.

For more details, visit
or call 777-6000

Payment by cash only.


Upcoming Regina Branch, SGS October Meeting

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, October 23, 2012 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, there will be a presentation titled "Citing Sources" with Holly Schick.
For more information and a list of upcoming branch meetings, please check out their website

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Regina branch at

Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines: Internet Genealogy and Family Tree Magazine

Internet Genealogy October/November 2012, Vol. 7, No. 4

* "1940 Census: Deciphering Your Ancestors' Data in Context"

* "Jewel of the Midwest: A Review of the Columbus Memory Project" by Tony Bandy

* "Researching English Ancestors in Quebec" by Elizabeth Lapointe

* "Mind Maps: Free Your Mind" by Lisa A. Alzo

* "The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Portable, Mobile Scanning!" by Tony Bandy

* "Name Variant Tools" by Diane L. Richard

* "25 sources for Death Information" by Gena Philibert-Ortega

* "Google Maps" George G. Morgan shows us how to visualize our ancestors' environment

* "Adventures with ArkivDigital" Amanda Epperson discovers a way to research records of the Swedish Church online

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Family Tree Magazine October/November 2012, Volume 13, Issue 7

* "Weekend Warrior" by David A. Fryxell. Seven genealogy projects are do-able in less than two days

* "Heirloom Hunting" by Sunny Jane Morton. A five-step reconnaissance mission for family keepsakes

* "Your Latin American Genealogy Journey" by Chris Staats

* "Researching Quaker Ancestors" by James M. Beidler

PLUS three articles on the theme: How to Research Like a Pro
* "Stolen Moments" by Lisa A. Alzo
* "Preventive Medicine" by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
* "Genealogy GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard)" by Sunny Jane Morton

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.


PHR's Thanksgiving hours

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

Friday, October 5:
9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 6:
9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 7: CLOSED

Monday, October 8: CLOSED

The Prairie History Room will re-open at normal operating hours, 9:30 am to 9:00 pm,
on Tuesday, October 9, 2011


Important Update Re: Parking at Central Library

This weekend, Victoria Park is playing host to the always popular Regina Folk Festival. Starting today (August 9) til Sunday, August 12, Lorne Street (in front of Central Library) is closed to all traffic including parking. Regular parking in front of the library will resume on Monday, August 13. The library apologizes for the inconvenience.

Patrons are also reminded that starting on August 18, the city will be enforcing the two hour parking limit at metered stalls on Saturdays. Drivers caught parking their vehicles for more than the allotted time, will be ticketed.

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for August - Part 1

Summach, Sheena, editor. Braided Streams: Celebrating the Saskatchewan Literacy Network. Saskatoon, SK : [S.l.], 2009.

Editor's Note: "As a disclaimed, this book is far from a 20 year look into the history of literacy in the province. It is far from an all-inclusive history of the SLN [Saskatchewan Literacy Network]. A conversation that started out merely to discuss compiling a history fot he SLN's 20 years grew into what would become a journey into a vibrant past to discover and share the stories of those individuals who had shared in the passion, devotion, and tenacity. This book hopes to journey down a few of those braided streams that together create the forceful flow which carves its mark on the landscape around."

Moore, Jacqueline. The Saskatchewan Secret: Folk Healers, Diviners, and Mystics of the Prairies. [Regina, Sask.] : Benchmark Press, c2009.

Summary: Join Jacqueline Moore on a pilgrimage to meet some amazing Saskatchewan healers. This journey takes us out into the prairies, the villages, the forests and the suburbs to introduce us to thirteen of the province's folk medicine practitioners. These are rare and gifted individuals; each of them is utilizing their unique form of organic chemistry or subtle energies, each of them quietly making a remarkable difference in the lives of others. For the author, the quest becomes a personal one which candidly explores life, death, and most everything in between. This book is an homage to these healers, and an offering to share in the wisdom they have gathered about the natural world and our place in it

Pepper, Thelma. Human Touch: Portraits of Strength, Courage and Dignity. Regina, SK: Pepper Pub., c2011.

Summary: [The book] draws upon four collections and exhibitions of Thelma Pepper's portrait photographs that she began back in the early 1980's, while a member of the Photographers Gallery of Saskatoon. The book, comprised of over 50 black and white portrait images, also includes essays by Grant Arnold and Elizabeth Philips, as well as a poem written by Lorna Crozier. Although the majority of Canadian photography books have landscape as the primary focus, Thelma's photographs reveal and share the stories of the lives of the people who inhabit this land. These portraits provide an opportunity, and an insight, into understanding the potential strength and character of the human disposition.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for August

Just in time for the August long weekend...

Alberta History, Summer 2012, Vol. 60, No. 3

* "Charles M. Russell and Guy Weadick: A Match Made in Stampede Heaven" by Brian W. Dippie, pgs. 15-22.

* "Stampede Park: Origins of a Gathering Place" by Aimee Benoit, pgs. 23-32.

* "The Zeitgeist of Western Settlement and the Calgary Stampede" by David C. Jones, pgs. 43-52.

Note: Issue also contains "History Now", The Historical Society of Alberta Newsletter, for July 2012, no. 3.

Manitoba History, Spring 2012, No. 68

* "Developing a Better Model: Aboriginal Employment and the Resource Community of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba (1971-1977)" by Sarah J. Ramsden, pgs. 6-16.

* "High Stakes and Hard Times: Herb Lake and Depression-Era Mining in Northern Manitoba" by Will Steniburg, pgs. 17-27.

* "W. J. Waines, the IUN Crisis of 1978, and the Development of Post-Secondary Education in Northern Manitoba" by Jennifer Marchant, pgs. 28-34.

Note: Issue also contains "Time Lines", The Manitoba Historical Society Newsletter, for June-September 2012, Vol. 44, no. 3.

Revue Historique, Printemps 2012, Vol. 22, No. 3

* "Un passé parfois oublié" par Céline Giguère, pgs. 6-15.

* "De la Franche-Comté à la Saskatchewan" par Linda Reverchon, pgs. 21-26.

* "Le cheminement de Fracis Kasongo" par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 33-35.

Folklore,Summer 2012, Vol. 33, No. 3

* "Church on the Move" by Bev Lundahl, pgs. 12-15. Note: article is about the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Stanley Mission. To learn more about the church's history, you check out the Saskatchewan produced Edifice and Us episode which is now available for viewing in the Prairie History Room.

* "Ella Davis - A Self-Taught Artist" by Lois Lee, pgs, 22-23.

* "The Royal Visit To Moose Jaw - May 25, 1939" by Shirley Lomheim, pgs.24-25.

* "Terror from the Sky: The Regina Tornado of 1912" by Keith Foster, pgs. 26-29.

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: PHR News

PHR's August 2012 Long Weekend Hours

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

Friday, August 3, 2012: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 4, 2012: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 5, 2012: CLOSED
Monday, August 6, 2012: CLOSED

Tuesday, August 7, 2012: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Books

New European Genealogy Book!

Quillen, W. Daniel. Tracking Your European Roots. Cold Springs Harbor, NY: Cold Springs Press, c2012.

Summary: This book will cover the following topics:
-- Where to find European records
-- How to access European records
-- How to use the Internet to help you in your search
-- Pitfalls and issues in obtaining European records
-- Research tips for England, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and other European nations

Note: This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!


Categories: New DVDs

New to PHR Collection -- DVDs!!!

The Prairie History Room collection is now expanding to include DVDs! As part of our new collection, we are pleased to announce that we have all two seasons of Wolf Sun's production of Edifice and Us. This series which aired on SCN, contains half hour documentaries that explore Saskatchewan through the architectural heritage of the province with each episode telling the unique story of one building.

Here is a complete list of our holdings:

Season 1
* Brick Plant in Dirt Hills
* T-Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend
* Keyhole Castle in Prince Albert
* Danceland in Manitou
* SaskPower headquarters in Regina
* Dome of St. Mary's in Yorkton
* University of Saskatchewan's College Building in Saskatoon
* Wanuskewin Heritage, north of Saskatoon
* Esterhazy Flour Mill in Esterhazy
* Craik Eco-Centre in Craik
* Addison Sod House, north of Kindersley
* Town Hall Opera House at Qu’Appelle
* University of Regina's Heating and Cooling Plant in Regina

Season 2
* John Holliday Scott's Buildings
* Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Stanley Mission
* Architect-Dreamcatcher (relationship between architect & home owner)
* Shekinah Retreat Lodge, north of Saskatoon
* Strathdee Building in Regina
* Prairie Sentinels
* Government House in Regina
* Stone House in Grenfell
* Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon
* Dukhobor Prayer Home in Veregin
* Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw
* Wendebee II in Elbow
* RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina

NOTE: Because the DVDs are library use only, PHR users can access each of the episodes by borrowing the DVD and a portable DVD player from staff at the PHR desk.

--May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian


Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for July - Part 3

Barkwell, Lawrence J. Veterans and Families of the 1885 Northwest Resistance. Saskatoon, SK: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2011.

Summary: One hundred and twenty-six years ago, approximately 250 Métis men took up arms to fight for their rights against an oppressive political regime. In this timely monograph, Lawrence J. Barkwell documents the Métis resistance in 1885 and the South Branch Métis Settlement’s military and political structures. Besides methodically listing all the Métis participants in the 1885 Resistance, this useful genealogical resource also documents the Métis heroines of Batoche as well as the First Nations and Euro-Canadians who rallied to the Métis cause. Perhaps most importantly, this monograph provides a tangible link between contemporary Métis community people and their ancestors who desperately fought to preserve their way of life so long ago.

McKay, Sharon, Don Fuchs and Ivan Brown, editors. Passion for Action in Child and Family Services: Voices from the Prairies. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2009.

Summary: Passion for Action in Child and Family Services: Voices from the Prairies offers a fresh perspective on contemporary issues in child and family services in Canada. These authors passionately share their experiences with new and emerging policies, programs and initiatives--all of which hold promise for effectively meeting the needs of at-risk children, youth and families. Grounded in practice and arising out of the unique Prairie context, this book offers both information and inspiration for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and students interested in child and family services.

Shaak, L. A Fireside Chat. [Saskatchewan]: [Larry Shaak], 2011.

Summary: A collection of personal true short stories to warm your heart, provide a chuckle, shed a tear and reflect on the beauty of life, friendships, family, careers, travel, teaching, learning and raising Saint Bernard dogs.

Tingley, Ken. The Last Best West: Glimpses of the Prairie Provinces from the Golden Age of Postcards. [Edmonton], AB: University of Alberta Libraries, [2011].

Summary: Settlement and urbanization of the Canadian Northwest coincided with the greatest popularity of the postcard. Settlement, along with the building of a transcontinental railway and the industrialization of central Canada, were the three pillars of the National Policy in the years following Confederation. These themes also were the subject of thousands of images preserved in postcards. By the first decade of the 20th century, many cities, towns, and villages were home to photographers who produced a mass of these fascinating and informative images. Many were personalized views of first houses, home farms or family groups and events. Others documented important events, disasters or buildings with broader importance. Together they comprise a valuable resource that presents a unique impression of a significant period in the history of the Canadian West.


Categories: New Magazines

New Family Chronicle Issue

Family Chronicle, July/August 2012, Vol. 16, No. 6

* "Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestors" by Craig Roberts Scott, pgs. 13-15.

* "Giddy Up! Your Ancestors' Horse-Drawn Vehicles" by David A. Norris, pgs. 18-22.

* "Digital Cameras and Your Genealogy" by Ed Zapletal, pgs. 31-33.

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 for July - Part 2

Fuchs, Don, Sharon McKay and Ivan Brown, editors. Awakening the Spirit: Moving Forward in Child Welfare: Voices From the Prairies. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2012.

Summary: This is the third book in an exciting series of child welfare books that features voices from the prairies. Child welfare is ultimately about the well-being of vulnerable children and families, and this book challenges us to re-examine -- and sometimes to reconstruct -- the core values of our profession and the methods we use. This book urges us to awaken our own spirits to uncover the truth of our motives, and to move forward in ways that honour the values and experiences of vulnerable children and families.

Karpan, Robin and Arlene. The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List. Saskatoon, SK: Parkland Pub., c2012.

Summary: With over 170 stunning colour photographs, plus maps and coordinates, The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List not only shows you 50 top natural wonders, but also helps you get there. Each place is even rated as to how difficult it is to visit. A surprising number are fairly easy, but some will take more effort. After all, any quest worth its salt should have a few challenges. Now is the perfect time to start checking things off your bucket list.

Préfontaine, Darren R. Gabriel Dumont: Li Chef Michif in Images and In Words. Saskatoon, SK: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2011.

Summary: Gabriel Dumont is an iconic figure in Métis and Canadian history. In the popular imagination, he is well known for leading the Métis forces during the 1885 Resistance, and for being a renowned bison hunt leader, a Wild West show performer, and a husband to his beloved Madeleine. But outside of printed history and a fragmented oral history what do we really know about him? How has he been imagined over time? This book answers these questions by focusing on visual and journalistic representations of Gabriel Dumont through time and space. Compiled together for the first time, these eclectic sources provide poignant vignettes of Gabriel Dumont’s life, which will greatly contribute to our knowledge about him, and will further contribute to his legend.

Wilson, Garrett. In The Temple of the Rain God: The Life and Times of "Irish" Charlie Wilson. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Centre Press, 2012.

Summary: “Irish Charlie” Wilson arrived in the West in 1905, the year of Saskatchewan's birth, and experienced all the hardship, success, and suffering that the province enjoyed and endured on its path to where it stands today as one of the most favoured in Canada. Charles Wilson did it all, from farm labourer to grain buyer to homesteader to business to politics. He established himself as the pre-eminent farm loan agent in Saskatchewan and then converted to spokesman for the farmers who had become deeply indebted because of the failure of crops and prices in the 1930s. Charles served from 1936 to 1943 as farmer/debtor commissioner on the Board of Review established under the Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act, an almost forgotten agency that sliced away nearly half of Saskatchewan farm debt. Much of Charles' story is told in his own words with unusual authenticity and colour. Through his close association with Victoria Trust & Savings Company, the rise, fall and recovery of Saskatchewan's agricultural sector is seen through the vantage point of an Ontario based farm lender.


Categories: Recommended Websites

Recommended Web Link: National Library of Scotland Post Office Directories

One of my library colleagues pointed out this website to me this past weekend:

The National Library of Scotland has more than 700 digitized Post Office Directories ( available online, spanning 1773 to 1911. These directories are similar to city directories in that the listing reveals not only their names, but their addresses and in some cases, their occupations.

As Dick Eastman recommends, you can view the pages via the browser but users may find it faster to download the entire document first and then view it on your computer versus over the internet.

Happy hunting to our many Scottish researchers!

- May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian


Rescheduled Storm of the Century Talk

Join author Sandra Bingaman, as she briefly discusses the tragic events of June 30th, 1912 and then elaborates on the rebuilding of Regina. Her talk will take place:

Monday, July 23, 2012
7 pm to 8 pm
RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library

Sandra will have copies of her book available for purchase ($30). Refreshments will be served.

Please pre-register online or by calling 777-6120.

New Databases Added to ALE

A quick glance to see what's been added to the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition database has yielded the following new databases worth taking a look at:

* War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815

* London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932

* Dorset, England, Militia Lists, 1757-1860

* Dorset, England, Convict Transportation Records, 1724-1791

* Dorset, England, Dorchester Prison Admission and Discharge Registers, 1782-1901

* Dorset, England, Land Tax Returns, 1780-1832

* Middlesex, England, Convict Transportation Contracts, 1682-1787

* UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893

* U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962

* New York, State Census, 1892, 1915 and 1925

* Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952

* Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959

* Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957

* Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplane Departures, 1947-1957

Note: This database is NOW accessible in-house at all 9 branches of Regina Public Library, including the Prairie History Room at Central Library. Users simply need to have an updated library card to log onto the computer terminals.

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

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for July - Part 1

Brown, Ron. Rails Across the Prairies: The Railway Heritage of Canada's Prairie Provinces. Toronto, ON: Dundurn, 2012.

Summary: Rails Across the Prairies traces the evolution of Canada's rail network, including the appearance of the first steam engine on the back of a barge. The book looks at the arrival of European settlers before the railway and examines how they coped by using ferry services on the Assiniboine and North Saskatchewan Rivers. The work then follows the building of the railways, the rivalries of their owners, and the unusual irrigation works of Canadian Pacific Railway. The towns were nearly all the creation of the railways from their layout to their often unusual names. Eventually, the rail lines declined, though many are experiencing a limited revival. Learn what the heritage lover can still see of the Prairies' railway legacy, including existing rail operations and the stories the railways brought with them. Many landmarks lie vacant, including ghost towns and elevators, while many others survive as museums or interpretative sites.

Kaye, Frances W. Goodlands: a Meditation and History on the Great Plains. Edmonton, AB: AU Press, 2011.

Summary: Drawing on history, literature, art, and economic theory, Frances W. Kaye counters the argument of deficiency, pointing out that, in its original ecological state, no region can possibly be incomplete. Goodlands examines the settlers' misguided theory, discussing the ideas that shaped its implementation, the forces that resisted it, and Indigenous ideologies about what it meant to make good use of the land. By suggesting methods for redeveloping the Great Plains that are based on native cultural values, Kaye points the way to a balanced and sustainable future for the region in the context of a changing globe.

Kelm, Mary-Ellen. A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, c2011.

Summary: A controversial sport, rodeo is often seen as emblematic of the West's reputation as a 'white man's country.' A Wilder West complicates this view, showing how rodeo has been an important contact zone -- a chaotic and unpredictable place of encounter that challenged expected social hierarchies. Rodeo has brought people together across racial and gender divides, creating friendships, rivalries, and unexpected intimacies. Fans made hometown cowboys, cowgirls, and Aboriginal riders local heroes. Lavishly illustrated and based on cowboy/cowgirl biographies and memoirs, press coverage, archival records, and dozens of interviews with former and current rodeo contestants, promoters, and audience members, this creative history returns to rodeo's small-town roots to shed light on the history of social relations in Canada's western frontier.

Munholland, Lois Kundson. Bread to Share...:Stories About Saskatchewan's Early Lutheran Pastors and Their Wives. Strasbourg, SK: Three West Two South Books, c2006.

Summary: Bread to Share is a tribute to Lutheran pastors and their wives who shared the 'bread of life' and broke bread with the people of Saskatchewan in the early years. They shared in the joys and hardships of the time, often traveling many miles to bring the comfort and hope of their Gospel.

Munholland, Lois Knudson. Pulpits of The Past: a Record of Closed Lutheran Churches in Saskatchewan, Up to 2003. Strasbourg, SK: Three West Two South Books, 2004.

Summary: More than 700 communities of Lutherans which at one time existed in Saskatchewan eventually disbanded over the course of the last century or so. Pulpits of the Past provides a record of the life of those churches, the character members and early leaders, and the pastors who served them.


Categories: New Books, New Magazines

New Items to Borrow

Hendrickson, Nancy. Discover Your Family History Online: a Step-By-Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2012.

Summary: The internet has made millions of records available to search any time, anywhere. Start finding your ancestors with just a few strokes of a keyboard using the detailed instruction in this book. Inside you'll find:
* An overview of where and how to start your family history research
* Detailed descriptions of the best online databases for family historians
* Hundreds of helpful websites to further your research
* Step-by-step search instructions to help you find exactly what you're looking for

Note: This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Generations, June 2012, Vol. 37, No. 2

* "Sigtryggur Jónasson: 'Father of New Iceland'" by Emma Anderson, pgs. 6-11.

* "Canadian Immigration from Europe" by Bill Curtis, pgs. 24-26.

Note: This magazine 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 Canada Day Weekend Hours

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

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - CLOSED
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 9:30 am to 9 pm
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 9:30 am to 9 pm

The Prairie History Room wishes everyone a Happy Canada Day!

June 30, 2012 Regina Tornado Events

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Regina Tornado, a number of events are taking place on Saturday, June 30th at the City Square Plaza and Victoria Park. Besides unveiling a plaque to commemorate the event, the City of Regina has created a self-guided walking tour. To download a copy of the walking tour go to & History.

Four downtown churches will be open for public tours:

• Knox-Metropolitan (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
• First Baptist (11:30 to 2 p.m.);
• St. Paul’s Cathedral (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
• Blessed Sacrament (12:45 to 2 p.m. – Mass is being held earlier so people are asked not to enter the church prior to this time).

Knox-Met and First Baptist were damaged and St. Paul’s was a triage centre in the aftermath of the disaster.

Regina's Development Review Branch prepared the self-guided walking tour brochure for downtown. Pick one up at the Legacy event or at the four churches. The brochure provides information about the architecture and history of these churches and other buildings of the era along with details of the 1912 tornado.

Most of the events are being organized by the Regina Tornado Legacy Group and the Spiralling Forces Festival. For a detailed program on the events of June 30 visit

Also, be sure to check out the great CBC website on the 1912 Regina Tornado:


Remembering the 1912 Tornado

This is the 100th Anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Regina on June 30, 1912.

## Related posts:
Boris Karloff's Stay in Saskatchewan

Anniversary of the Regina Tornado, June 20, 1912

Canada Day in 1912

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Have a look at the recent book about the Regina Tornado:
Storm of the Century by Sandra Bingaman

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Check out the new drama Swept Off Our Feet: Boris Karloff and the Regina Cycle put on by Regina Summer Stage July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regina Performing Arts Centre at 1077 Angus St. in Regina

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The Tornado Project is a series of free events engaging art, science, nature and history to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado. Go to the Spiraling Forces website for details of events on June 27 - June 30.
Of particular interest is the Path of the Tornado walking tour on June 30 - Meet at the bandstand on the north side of Wascana Lake at 4:30 p.m.

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Interested in the current tornado situation in Saskatchewan?
Visit and check out Greg Johnson's blog.


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy How-To Book for June

Matthews, Marty and Bobbi Sandberg. Genealogy Quicksteps. New York: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., 2012.

Summary: Genealogy Quicksteps provides step-by-step instructions for researching ancestry using the Internet and software tools—essential resources for anyone doing research in genealogy. This highly illustrated, full-color guide takes a step-by-step approach to common tasks. You’ll learn essential concepts and terminology, examine software options, and discover a wide range of websites, online archives, social media, blogs, and more. The book zeroes in on the steps needed to locate information, helping you break through common roadblocks. You’ll also learn the correct methods for organizing and displaying family tree information.

This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Important Update Re: RPL's Genealogy Databases

Well it's been nearly 4 years since Regina Public Library purchased database subscription to both Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) and HeritageQuest Online. The growing popularity of genealogy and frequent use of the databases by researchers have prompted the library to expand its subscription.

Starting now, patrons can access Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) and HeritageQuest Online databases from any library computer in all of our 9 branches. Patrons can also access HeritageQuest remotely through our E-Library Services while Ancestry still remains a in-house database.

Here is a quick recap of what you will find in each database:

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) - An enhanced library version of, a popular genealogy research tool that provides digital access to U.S., U.K and Canadian census returns, vital statistics, military records, ships' passenger lists, directories, parish records, family trees, maps and forms.

HeritageQuest Online - A searchable database providing access to U. S. Federal Census records from 1790 onwards, PERSI (a PERiodical Source Index to genealogy and local history periodicals for both the US and Canada), and digitized copies of genealogy and local history books.

Classes on how to use these databases will be offered this fall so please check the blog regularly for updates on dates & times for the classes.

--May P. Chan, Prairie History Librarian


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines

Relatively Speaking, May 2012, Vol. 40, No. 2

* "Searching for Charlotte, Part II - The Voyage North" by Marily Lappi, pgs. 62-65.

* "Looking for Family History in Minnesota and Wisconsin" by Margaret McInall, pgs. 68-72.

* "Your London Research Trip" by Lynn Fogwill, pgs. 73-77.

Saskatchewan History, Spring/Summer 2012, Vol. 64, No. 1

* "Surviving Tough Times: Saskatchewan Women Teachers in the Great Depression" by June Corman and Christine Ensslen, pgs. 8-23.

* "A Biographical Sketch of Pioneer Naturalist Charles F. Holmes, 1888-1948" by C. Stuart Houston, pgs. 24-31.

Worth, Summer 2012, Vol. 24, No. 2

* "2012 Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards" by Ross Herrington, Rod Stutt, Frank Korvemaker and Marg Hryniuk, pgs. 4-9.

* "3D Models of Saskatchewan Done Without Ever Visiting Here!" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 12-13.

* "Another Ones Bites the Dust: The Lift and Death of Regina's Black Block" by Don Black, pgs. 16-17.

* "I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd. 100 Years of Built History" by Kim Kigney, pgs. 22-23.

* "By Artists, for Artists? Creating the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Canada Council" by Gregory Klages, pgs, 38-49.

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.


The Great Tornado of 1912: a Whirlwind Tour

You are invited to attend

The Great Tornado of 1912: a Whirlwind Tour
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

On the afternoon of June 30, 1912, Regina was devasted by a fierce tornado that wrecked the city and killed 38 people.

The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Plains Museum, Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and Regina Public Library will commemorate this historic tragedy with a whirlwind tour of the downtown area and then followed by a presentation by Sandra Bingaman, author of Storm of the Century.


6:00 pm - Browse exhibits at Regina Plains Museum, 2nd floor, 1835 Scarth Street
6:30 pm - Tour leaves the Regina Plain Museum
7:30 pm - Tour ends at Central Library. Curator's Talk, Cyclone Art Display, 2nd floor of Central Library
8:00 pm - Presentation by Sandra Bingaman, RPL Film Theatre (lower level)

Program is free but requires pre-registration. Register online or by calling 777-6120 (Reference Desk).

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for June

Internet Genealogy, June/July 2012, Vol. 7, No. 2

* "Canadian Census: Hollywood Style" by Dave Obee, pgs. 6-8.

* "Top Online Immigration Resources" by Diane L. Richard, pgs. 16-18.

* "Public Libraries: a Genealogist's Treasure" by Amanda Epperson, pgs. 47-49. Note: One advantage that Epperson does not discuss in her article is that most public libraries are able to borrow materials or get copies made of materials from other public and academic libraries in the country.

* "Mocavo: A Genealogist's Search Engine" by Tony Brandy, pgs. 51-52.

NGS Magazine, April-June 2012, Vol. 38, No. 2

* "Stop, Thief! A Plagiarism Primer" by Debbie Mieszala, pgs. 17-20.

* "The 1940 Federal Census" by Constance Potter and Diane Petro, pgs. 21-24.

* "An Overview of Immigration Records" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 48-53.


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.


Did your relative work in the Royal Household?

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

Here's the link:

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


Categories: New Books

More New Books for Prairie History Room

Barry, Bill. People Places: Contemporary Saskatchewan Place Names. Regina, SK: People Places Publishing, 2003.

Summary: A revised version of his earlier work, this book is an indispensable source for information on Saskatchewan's fascinating place names...designed to cover the names that will be encountered by the tourist...keyed to the current Saskatchewan road map and formatted to fit conveniently in your glove compartment...includes thousands of new derivations PLUS an ALL NEW pronunciation guide.

Marchildon, Michel. L'abbé Arthur Marchildon sous le signe du castor un bâtisseur de la Francophonie en Saskatchewan. Regina, SK: La Société historique de la Saskatchewan, c2010.

Summary: Arthur Marchildon was born in Zenon Park in 1920 and was ordained a priest in the church of his hometown in 1946. His biography traces the milestones of a life dedicated to the development of the francophone in Saskatchewan and it also addresses many facets of francophone history.


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Books

Dolan, Allison. The Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference: Tips, Tricks & Fast Facts to Track Your Ancestors. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, c2012.

Summary: Census records are a key source for tracing your family tree—and this handy collection puts census-related resources, tips, lists and need-to-know facts at your fingertips! This book will help you find:

* websites with census records and date
* questions from each U.S. census 1790 to 1940
* maps of the territory covered in each federal census
* a key to common abbreviations
* instructions to enumerators population and immigration trends
* explanations of special schedules
* state and international census resources

Elliott, David R. Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2012.

Summary: This book will help all those, no matter where they live, who are searching for ancestors in Ireland. David R. Elliott has taken eight research trips to Ireland on behalf of his clients and has worked in most archival repositories in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dr. Elliott gives clues to finding your ancestral county, then the parish and townland within the county. He explains how Irish archival centres work and describes how you can flesh out your ancestors’ lives and what you might find in cemeteries.


Categories: PHR News

2012 Victoria Day Weekend Hours

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

Friday, May 18, 2012: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 19, 2012: 9:30 am to 5:00 Pm
Sunday, May 20, 2012: CLOSED
Monday, May 21, 2012: CLOSED
Tuesday, May 22, 2012: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Categories: New Books

New History Books for Prairie History

McManus, Curtis R. Happyland: a History of The "Dirty Thirties" in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, c2011.

Summary: “Dirty Thirties” is the sobriquet commonly applied to the agricultural crisis in the dry lands of southern Saskatchewan in Canada that coincided with the Great Depression, and it is generally assumed that prior to this period healthier, normal conditions prevailed. In Happyland, Curtis McManus contends that the “Dirty Thirties,” actually began much earlier and were connected only peripherally to the Depression itself. McManus has mined the rarely consulted records of Rural Municipalities in Saskatchewan, as well as government documents, ministerial correspondence, local community histories, newspapers, and publications of relevant government departments, to tell this story that has not yet been told — a story of a quarter-century of stubborn persistence, but also of absurdity, despair, social dislocation, moral corrosion, and inconsistent and often inept government policy.

Marchildon, Gregory P., editor. Agricultural History. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2011.

Summary: The 18 essays selected for this volume of the History of the Prairie West Series all focus on the agricultural history of the Canadian Plains. They cover a detailed survey of First Nations agricultural practices, agriculture during the fur trade era, and the history of ranching and its evolution as fenced-in farm settlements supplanted the open range. The emergence of wheat as the region's premier crop after the turn of the 20th century is also examined, a development which led the Prairie Provinces to become known as the "breadbasket of the world." Further studied are mechanization and other adaptations to dryland farming, as well as changes to how the Prairie's cattle and crops were transported and marketed abroad. Finally, the essays cover the rise of farmers' organizations and their attempts to receive fair treatment and fair prices from the grain companies and the railways.


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Families Magazine

Families, May 2012, Vol. 51, No. 1

* "Chapter 1: Sharing Your Research" by Susan Yates and Greg Ioannou, pgs. 3-5. Note: article examines the notion of publishing your family history and some of the thing to consider when it comes to self-publishing.

* "Of Buttermilk and Banjos: a Glimpse into the History of Blacks in Norfolk County" by Scott Gillies, pgs. 15-20.

* "The English Settlement Examination Record for William Bennett of Chedzoy, Somerset: a Genealogical Treasure" by Brooke Findlay Skelton, pgs. 28-32.

Note: Issue also contains the May 2012 supplement of 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.


Keith Knox (1940-2012)

The Prairie History Room staff were very sad to hear the news about the recent passing of Keith Knox, a well-known and respected figure in Regina's heritage community. As a founding member of a number of heritage-related associations, including Biographies Regina, Heritage Regina and the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society, Keith leaves behind an incredible legacy. He will be sorely missed.

For more information about his life, click on the link to his obituary published in the Leader Post.

Important: Lorne Street Traffic Update

Important Update!

As many of you might have noticed already, the section of Lorne Street between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue is currently CLOSED for construction. During this period, a fence has been erected along the curb on Lorne Street, following the curb past the ramp to the library.

Central Library and the Prairie History Room will remain OPEN during the construction but public parking in front of the library and along Lorne Street will be extremely limited. The entire construction period is currently schedule to be completed by mid-October.

For more information about the construction, please click here for the Library's press release.


Categories: New Books

New Books for May 2012

Duddrige, Lew. Flying Duddridges of Hanley. [Victoria, BC]: Trafford Publishing, c2011.

Summary: Lew and Len Duddridge hadn't planned on entering an occupation that made death their partner. They had dreamed of working as farmers, teachers, bankers, or civil servants, but instead they became wartime pilots. In The Flying Duddridges of Hanley, author Lew Duddridge narrates the story of how he and his brother Len, two brothers from Hanley, Saskatchewan, served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. They were the only two of the thirteen young men from this small town who would live to tell their story. This memoir relays the Duddridges' many flight experiences, such as making their first solo flights in a Spitfire aircraft and crash landing a burning Spitfire after a German FW 190 damaged the engine and propeller. Interwoven with tales about their farm upbringing and their personal lives, The Flying Duddridges of Hanley, brings World War II to life from the perspective of two brothers who became men while experiencing the terrors and tragedy of WWII.

Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Saskatchewan Wild: a Wildlife Photographic Journey. Saskatoon, SK: Parkland Pub., 2010.

Summary: Saskatchewan abounds with wonderful opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife. Famous as "North America's Duck Factory", the province raises a quarter of the continent's ducklings. Waterfowl stage here in the hundreds of thousands, giving us easy access to some of nature's greatest spectacles each fall with birds almost blackening the sky as they lift off in unison. Saskatchewan is home to half of Canada's pelicans, half of Canada's designated sites in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, the world's largest inland concentration of Bald Eagles, white-tailed deer with the largest antlers in North America, some of the last remaining sage-grouse in Canada, the only black-tailed prairie dogs in Canada, and a quarter of the world's endangered Piping Plovers. Saskatchewan Wild is a taste of the many wildlife adventures possible in Saskatchewan. It is both a celebration of our wildlife and a reminder of what we might lose if we aren't careful.

Categories: Events Around Regina

Regina's Annual Jane's Walk

The time has finally arrived - Regina's annual Jane's Walk kicks off tomorrow morning (May 5) and runs through the weekend (May 6)!

We have 10 great walks being held this weekend and lots of Regina neighbourhoods - north Regina, the Warehouse district, Germantown, the U of R... you name it! Please remember that walks go rain or shine so dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes! More tips for Jane's Walkers can be found at:

For a full list of walks being held in Regina, you can visit:

You can also get the free Jane's Walk app here to know what walks are happening:

So go, explore our city, share your thoughts and stories, and enjoy!

Happy walking!
-Laura, Jane's Walk Organizer

p.s. please send us any photos and stories - we'd love to know about your experience!


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for May

Alberta History, Spring 2012, Vol. 60, No. 2

* "The Transformation of Social Credit" by Adam Shamchuk, pgs. 2-10.

* "The Concert Party Tour: Bringing Entertainment to Pioneer Alberta Communities" by Jane Cooper, pgs. 11-16.

* "American Conservation and the Expansion of Waterton Lakes Park" by Jeffrey Doherty, pgs. 17-26.

Note: Issue also contains "History Now", April 2012 newsletter of The Historical Society of Alberta

Family Chronicle, May/June 2012, Vol. 16, No. 5

* "Finding Your Ancestors in Old Newspapers!" by Lisa Louise Cook, pgs. 6-7.

* "Tracing Your Western European Ancestors" by Leslie Albrecht Huber, pgs. 24-26.

* "Military Family Research" by Smiljka Kitanovic, pgs. 38-41. Note: the article is a case study that pursues the Spilauer sisters across the Austrian empire in the 19th century.

Family Tree Magazine, May/June 2012, Vol. 13, No. 4

* "Going Public (Find Your Greatest Generation Relatives in the just released 1940 Census)" by David A. Fryxell, pgs. 19-21

* "A Full Accounting (Search Tips for 1790-1840 Censuses)" pgs. 26-30.

* "Cincinnati and Baltimore City Guides (Find Your Cincinnati and Baltimore Ancestors)" by Sunny Jane Morton (Cincinnati) and James M. Beidler (Baltimore), pgs. 33-40.

* "Greek to You (Explore Your Greek Roots)" by Thomas Macentee, pgs. 42-47.

* "Signs of the Times (How to ID Old Family Photos)" by Maureen A Taylor, pgs. 48-53.


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.


North Central History website

The North Central History Project

The Regina North Central Community association has a new website called the
North Central Regina History Project at

A strong focus of the websitse is an interactive map that can be browsed through a range of years (click Year Range)

source: Regina Sun April 22, 2012 article "Site creates a new page in history"


Categories: New Books

New: Property Assement Books for Weyburn, Saskatchewan

The Prairie History Room recently purchased 3 volumes of Weyburn: From the Roots Up: Assessed Owners & Properties, 1904-1920 that was compiled and published by the Weyburn Genealogical Society. Each volume contains an index of names for assessed landowners, some who purchased their properties on speculation but never actually lived in Weyburn.

So why would researchers want to use this index? Well for one thing, there was no city directory published for Weyburn so if you are trying to track down who may have been living in the community from the years 1904-1920 or what businesses were in operation, these volumes should help to answer your questions.


Upcoming Regina Branch, SGS April Meeting

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, April 24, 2012 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, there will be a presentation titled "Organizing a Family Reunion" by Phoebe Banbury and Renae Grubb. Both presenters will offer solid practical advice on organizing a successful reunion.

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

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Regina branch at

Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.


Categories: Events Around Regina

2012 Regina Regional Heritage Fair

The Regina Regional Heritage Fair Committee cordially invites the public to attend the annual Regina Regional Heritage Fair this Friday, April 20, 2010 at the T. C. Douglas Building and Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street from 10:00 am to 1:30 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 Books

New Cemetery Indexes!

While doing some spring cleaning around the office, we stumbled across a number of cemetery indexes that were either donations or items that my predecessor had purchased years ago and forgot about. Because these are indexes for a number of small cemeteries in Saskatchewan, we decided to catalog them and make them available for users in the Prairie History Room.

Here is a complete list:

* Baptist Cemetery - RM of Prairie Rose
* Bethania Norwegian - south of Viscount, Saskatchewan
* Esk Lutheran Cemetery - RM of Prairie Rose
* Glenside Community Cemetery - Glenside, Saskatchewan
* Jansen Community Cemetery - RM of Prairie Rose
* John Hus United Church Cemetery - RM of Rudy
* Lake Coteau Cemetery - RM of Fertile Valley
* Outlook Community Cemetery - Outlook, Saskatchewan
* Prairie Rose Lutheran Cemetery - RM of Prairie Rose
* Saint Peter and Paul Memorial Cemetery (Catholic) - RM of Garry
* Saskatchewan River Lutheran Cemetery - RM of Rudy
* Spring Creek Lutheran Cemetery - Hanley, Saskatchewan

Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines for April

Internet Genealogy, April/May 2012, Vol. 7, No. 1

* "Top 10 Websites for Researching Your Polish Ancestors!" by Donna J. Pointkouski, pgs. 6-9.

* "Using PERSI to Find Your Ancestor!" by Gena Philibert-Ortega, pgs. 13-14. Note: Patrons can access PERSI through the database Heritage Quest which is available on any of the computers at Central Library, including the ones in the Prairie History Room.

* "How to Avoid a Data Disaster!" by Ed Zapletal, pgs. 46-49.

* "Canadian Headstone Photo Project" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 53-54.

Generations, March 2012, Vol. 37, No. 1

* "On-line Resources for Canadian Military Records & History" by Rick Roberts, pgs. 3-5.

* "Strategies from a First-Time Visit to Salt Lake City" by Kelly Southworth, pgs. 22-25.

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: PHR News

2012 Easter Hours for PHR

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

Thursday, April 5: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, April 6: CLOSED
Saturday, April 7: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 8: CLOSED
Monday, April 9: CLOSED

We will be resuming our normal operating hours (9:30 am to 9:00 pm) on Tuesday, April 10.

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

Important Update Regarding Hours for Regina's FHC

John Williams, the director for the Family History Center (FHC) here in Regina (550 Sangster Blvd), contacted us recently to say that they have new hours of operation:

Regular Hours (September – June)
Tuesdays: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Summer Hours (July – August)
Tuesdays: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Christmas Closure: Sunday December 16, 2012 – Wednesday January 2, 2013

Note: They generally close the library early on Tuesdays if no one arrives before 8:00 PM. Updated hours are always available at their webpage.

Release of the 1940 US Census!

April 2 was a banner day for genealogists as the 1940 US census was finally released by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). What makes this update so exciting is that the records are available online for free!

People at home can access it through the U.S. National Archives site at:

This site has a step-by-step guide to get started but researchers should note that the census is NOT indexed meaning that researchers can only search by location right now. Like any new product launch, people should be aware that access will be slow for the first few days, since many people will be using this invaluable resource.

In addition, is looking for volunteers to help index the 1940 US Census.

Categories: Archives

Important Update Regarding Hours for SAB

For those who missed the article in the Leader Post newspaper, the Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) have reduced their operating hours. Effective immediately, both of the reading rooms in Regina and Saskatoon are open the following days and hours:

Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Thursdays: 10 am to 4 pm (no evening hours)
Fridays: CLOSED


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for the End of March

Folklore, Spring 2012, Vol. 33, No. 2

* "Effects on Rural Saskatchewan Families in the Second World War Era" by Dylan Pollon, pgs. 8-10.

* "Shattered Lives: The Shell Lake Massacre" by Crystal Schindel, pgs. 16-18.

* "Hungarians in the West: a Brief History of the Kaposvar Colony in Saskatchewan" by Dale Nagy, pgs. 25-27.

* "Weyburn Mental Hospital: The Rise and Fall of a Saskatchewan Landmark" by Blaine Pauls, pgs. 31-33.

Relatively Speaking, February 2012, Vol. 40, No. 1

* "Searching for Charlotte" by Marilyn Lappi, pgs. 11-13.

* "The Search for Pocahontas" by Rob Milson, pgs. 15-18.

* "Family Treasures--A Birthday Book Holds Unique Revelations" by Marilyn Hindmarch, pgs. 19-23.


Worth, Spring 2012, Vol. 24, No. 1

* "3D Model Saskatchewan", pg. 6

* "Yorkton Flour Mill" by Murray G. Miller. pgs. 8-9

* "Prince Albert Main Street Program: More Than 7 Blocks" by Joe Ralko, pgs 14-18.

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: New Books

New PHR Books for April

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Celebrating 110 years: Agroforestry Development Centrericulture and Agri-Food Canada, c2011.

Summary: The AAFC Agroforestry Development Centre promotes and supports the environmental and economic benefits of planting trees on Canada's agricultural lands. Form more than 110 years, the Centre has recognized and addressed the challenges of modern farming operations--first on the Prairies, now across the country--through the advancement of new methods and designs for establishing tress on agricultural lands...This book contains only a sampling of the thousands of images representing technologies, people, projects and events during the Centre's remarkable 110 year history.

Dodson, Peter et al. In Their Own Land: Treaty Ten and the Canoe Lake, Clear Lake, and English River Bands. Saskatoon, SK: Office of the Treaty Commissioner, 2006.

Summary: An easy read, published by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. Author, Peter Dodson, a professor of Native Studies, worked with the Elders of Treaty 10 to provide a First Nations’ perspective on the events preceding, during and following the concluding of Treaty 10 in 1906. This is an addition to a relatively new genre of writing that combines oral history and documentary history.

Gordon, Irene Ternier. Grey Owl: The Curious Life of Archie Belaney. Canmore, Alta.: Altitude Pub. Canada, 2004.

Summary: Grey Owl was known to millions of people as an outstanding Native Canadian spokesman who championed the cause of nature, conservation, and preservation. His cause was true, but the truth about Archie Belaney's mysterious ancestry was another story.

Kujawa, Serge and Sharon McLeay. Serge K.: A Memoir Regina, Sask.: Benchmark Press, 2010.

Summary: Serge Kujawa's life and career is the all-Canadian story and a fascinating account of his journey through eight decades of Saskatchewan history. Born in Eastern Europe, his earliest memories are of totalitarian abuse, until his family immigrated to a bus farm in north western Saskatchewan, where they arrived just in time to experience the "Dirty Thirties"...His university and law school education then led him to a career as one of the preeminent Crown prosecutors in Canada responsible for handling some of the country's most notable criminal cases, including the trial and conviction of Colin Thatcher.

Nevitt, Richard Barrington. Frontier Life in the Mounted Police: the Diary Letters of Richard Barrington Nevitt, NWMP surgeon, 1874-78. Calgary, AB: Historical Society of Alberta, 2010.

Summary: On July 23, 1874, Richard Barrington Nevitt was appointed as assistant surgeon with the newly formed North-West Mounted Police. Before leaving to meet up with the first contingent of NWMP recruits for their march west, he and his fiancée, Elizabeth Beaty, committed themselves to a remarkable pact. They agreed to write a kind of diary by
correspondence about all that they did or thought - “no matter how trivial.” Elizabeth’s letters have not survived, but Nevitt’s family carefully preserved his letters detailing everyday life at Fort Macleod from 1874 to 1878. Later acquired by the Glenbow Archives, Nevitt’s letters also provide a rare glimpse into a 19th century long distance courtship.

United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada. The Loyalists: Pioneers and Settlers of the West: a Teacher's Resource. Toronto : United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, [2006].

Summary: The Loyalists, Pioneers and Settlers of the West, the fourth in the series of resource books developed by the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, has consumed several years of research in its development. The material has been gathered not for any specific grade level but as a general information package about the United Empire Loyalists and their pattern of settlement.

Categories: Recommended Websites

Best Genealogy Websites of 2012 Archives

For those who were unable to make it to past Saturday's presentation on "Best Genealogy Websites of 2012", click on the image to take you to the online presentation. This link leads to a downloadable and printable PDF file of the websites that were discussed in Saturday's lecture.


Categories: New Books

New Introductory Genealogy How-To Books

Rose, Christine and Kay Germain Ingalls. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Group, c2012.

Summary: Up-to-date techniques for navigating the evolving world of genealogical research Savvy advice for overcoming frustrating obstacles and of research.

Morgan, George G. Genealogy. New York; Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill, c2012.

Summary: Fully updated to cover social networking, new census data, and the latest research tools, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Third Edition successfully addresses the different available record types and both traditional and electronic research strategies in a comprehensive way. The book explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and includes extensive guidance for using the fastest-growing segments of genealogical research tools: the Internet and social networking.


Upcoming Regina Branch, SGS Meetings

The next Scotland Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting is set for TUESDAY, March 20, 2012 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the meeting begins at 7:00 with a presentation titled "Social Geography of Scotland" by Dave Wessel. With the aid of several maps, members will sort out the counties and clans of Scotland and how they changed through history. Bring information about your own family's place(s) of origin, and we will try to pinpoint those locations.

Also, don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, March 27, 2012 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, there will be a presentation titled "Discovering My Welsh Ancestry" by Trevor Powell. Trevor is the former Provincial Archivist, current Chair of the Sask Archives Board, and Archivist and Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle. He has written books and articles on Saskatchewan and Anglican Church history. His grandparents emigrated to Canada from Wales in the early twentieth century.

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

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Regina branch at

Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.


Regina Archaeological Society Guest Speaker: Riel Cloutier - The Stony Beach Midden: Did Avonlea and Besant Really Co-Exist on the Northern Plains?

Regina Archaeological Society Guest Speaker: Riel Cloutier

The Stony Beach Midden: Did Avonlea and Besant Really Co-Exist on the Northern Plains?

Date: Tuesday March 20, 2012
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum Boardroom
Admission: Free

Riel Cloutier will guide the audience through the 2001
archaeological investigations that took place at the
Stony Beach site. A great deal of time was spent
excavating a previously unknown and intact multicomponent
site on the first valley terrace beneath
the Stony Beach site.
During this excavation Avonlea and Besant
materials were recovered from what appeared to be
the same cultural level. This led Riel to do further
research to determine if Besant and Avonlea were
truly contemporaries on the northern plains.
Riel will discuss the radiocarbon dates, the
stratigraphic observations, and the archaeological
evidence of interaction between these two material
cultures to see if this claim of co-existence is really
what the archaeological record is telling us.


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy Book

Zerubavel, Eviatar. Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogical Visions of Family, Ethnicity, Race, and Humanity. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, c2011.

Summary: Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions. But with the rise of genetics, and increasing media attention to it through programs like Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America, we are now told that genetic markers can definitively tell us who we are and where we came from.

The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us with the full picture. After all, he asks, why do we consider Barack Obama black even though his mother was white? Why did the Nazis believe that unions of Germans and Jews would produce Jews rather than Germans? In this provocative book, he offers a fresh understanding of relatedness, showing that its social logic sometimes overrides the biological reality it supposedly reflects. In fact, rather than just biological facts, social traditions of remembering and classifying shape the way we trace our ancestors, identify our relatives, and delineate families, ethnic groups, nations, and species.

This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!


Categories: Events Around Regina

Regina’s 4th Annual Jane's Walk

On May 5th and 6th, Reginans will take to the streets to participate in their fourth annual Jane’s Walk, a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that explore our collective history, architecture, planning and personalities. Previous years have seen hundreds of residents explore the city’s diverse neighbourhoods on foot.

Regina’s Jane’s Walk needs your support to be a success. We are inviting you to lead a tour in an area where you live, work or play. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places and people you want to hear about and discuss, then walking participants through it – you decide what’s important.

You can also share the guiding duties with a few other resourceful friends or colleagues. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it. All tours are given, and taken, for free. We are also looking for volunteers to take photos, answer questions, and assist our volunteer guides over the Jane’s Walk weekend.

Please get in touch at for more info and to sign up.

Regina’s Jane’s Walk event is organized and hosted by Regina Urban Ecology (

Categories: New Magazines

New March Magazines

Family Chronicle, March/April 2012, Vol. 16, No. 4

* "Tech Tools for Genealogists" by Tony Brandy, pgs. 6-10.

* "Using Commong Records to Overcome 'Same Name' Problems" by Michael Hait, pgs. 13-15.

* "Deciphering Tombstones of Jewish Deceased" by Arnon Hershkovitz, pgs. 31-33.

Family Tree Magazine, March/April 2012, Vol. 12, No. 3

* "One in a Million" by Nancy Henderickson, pgs. 18-23. Note: So you've found your ancestors among the zillions of names in online trees. Now what? Article provide 8 steps to help you verify your finds.

* "From Their Kitchen to Yours" by Gena Philibert-Ortega, pgs. 28-32. Note: article examines how to incorporate food traditions into your family history.

* "Love and Marriage" by Maureen A. Taylor, pgs. 42-47. Note: article examines how to look for your ancestors' marriage records.

* "Singing a New Tune" by Sharon Debartolo Carmack, pgs. 48-53. Note: article examines 6 overlooked resources for Irish genealogical research.

Manitoba History, Winter 2012, Vol. 67

* "The Confrontations at Rivière aux Ilets-de-Bois" by Alan B. McCullough, pgs. 2-13.

* "Winnipeg’s “Quiet” Man: The Early Public Life of Film Star Victor McLaglen" by C. Nathan Hatton, pgs. 22-28.

* "All Within my Power: The Life of William Forbes Alloway" by Tim Higgins, pgs. 29-35.

NGS Magazine, January-March 2012, Vol. 38, No. 1

* "Problems Reading German Immigrant Passenger Lists" by Kathy J. Stickney, pgs. 20-24.

* "Online Census Indexes" by Kathy Petlewski, pgs. 46-49.

* "Questionable Marriage Information in Death Certificates" by Allen R. Peterson, pgs. 50-54.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, December 2011, Vol. 99, No. 4

* "Using Indirect Evidence to Find In-Laws for Conrad Peters of Monroe County, New York" by Nancy A. Peters, pgs. 281-293. Note: Without a marriage record, there are other ways to prove a maiden name. When her given name seems to change, too, the solution becomes more complex.

* "'Tout le Monde' Revisited: The William Moyse Family in Saint John, New Brunswick" by Ronald A. Hill, pgs. 307-313.


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: Archives

Friends of the Archives

Would you be interested in participating in a Friends Group of volunteers?

Do you have ideas to support and promote the Saskatchewan Archives?

Do you know someone who would enjoy taking part in activities and events?

The next Regina Friends meeting will be held at the Saskatchewan Archives Board offices at 3303 Hillsdale Street on March 21st at 1:30 p.m.

Future Regina Friends meetings: are slated for the 3rd Wednesday of every second month: May 23, July 18, September 19, November 21 – all also at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, and feel free to bring along others who might wish to join.

For further information about the Friends of the Archives initiative, please contact: Frank Korvemaker (306) 787-7230 or by email

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books for March

Balcom, Karen A. The Traffic in Babies: Cross-Border Adoption and Baby-Selling between the United States and Canada, 1930-1972. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, c2011.

Summary: Between 1930 and the mid-1970s, several thousand Canadian-born children were adopted by families in the United States. At times, adopting across the border was a strategy used to deliberately avoid professional oversight and take advantage of varying levels of regulation across states and provinces. The Traffic in Babies traces the efforts of Canadian and American child welfare leaders--with intermittent support from immigration officials, politicians, police, and criminal prosecutors--to build bridges between disconnected jurisdictions and control the flow of babies across the Canada-U.S. border

Bingaman, Sandra. Storm of the Century: The Regina Tornado of 1912. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Center Press, c2011.

Summary: An engaging story of one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, Storm of the Century recounts the "Great Regina Cyclone" of June 30, 1912. A path of death and destruction were left in its wake, and it remains the worst tornado to have ever struck Canada to date.


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Prairie Forum

Prairie Forum, Fall 2011, Vol. 36

* "Aboriginal Rights are Not Human Rights" by Peter Kulchyski, pg. 33-53.

* "Human Rights, the Discourse of Equality, and Aboriginal Peoples on the Prairies" by Veldon Coburn, pgs. 79-103.

* "Settler Colonialism, Human Rights and Indigenous Women" by Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez, pgs. 105-125.


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.


Regina Tornado 1912 Legacy Project

Regina Tornado Art and Heritage Legacy Project, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado throughout 2012 and will significantly enhance and support the Regina Plains Museum’s existing exhibit on the 1912 Regina Tornado, our new interactive exhibit and our virtual gallery at

The Regina Tornado Legacy Group is looking for artists to submit proposals for sculptural or mural installations that will be permanently installed in Regina’s downtown and warehouse district, to help commemorate the community spirit that helped re-build Regina following the 1912 Tornado. First deadline is March 9, 2012.

For more information or to submit a proposal, click on this link:


Categories: New Books

More New Genealogy How-To Manuals

Cox, Kenneth G. A Call to the Colours: Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, c2011.

Summary: A Call to the Colours provides the archival, library, and computer resources that can be employed to explore your family’s military history, using items such as old photographs, documents, uniforms, medals, and other militaria to guide the search. The book is generously illustrated with examples of the sorts of artifacts and documents you can find.

Higgs, Michelle. Tracing Your Medical Ancestors: a Guide for Family Historians. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword Family History, 2011.

Summary: The medical profession had as much influence on the lives of our ancestors as it does on our lives today...Assuming the reader has little prior knowledge of how or where to look for such information, [Higgs] traces the development of medical practice and patient care. She describes how attitudes to illnesses and disease have changed over time...Each section identifies the archives and records that the family historian can turn to, and discusses other potential sources including the Internet. The book is an invaluable guide to all the information that can give an insight into the experience of an ancestor who worked in medicine or had a medical history.

Tait, Janice and David Fletcher. Tracing Your Tank Ancestors: a Guide for Family Historians. Pen & Sword Books, 2011.

Summary: Assuming that the reader has little prior knowledge of the history of British armoured forces, Janice Tait and David Fletcher trace their development from their formation during the First World War, through the Second World War and on to their role as an essential part of the British army of the present day. Most important, they demonstrate how you can explore this history for yourself. They describe the records that are available and show how they can help you to reconstruct the career of a soldier who served in tanks or was connected with them. They also describe the kind of work the soldiers did, the armoured vehicles they worked with, and the men and women they served alongside.

These books can be borrowed for 3 weeks!


Categories: PHR News

Family Day Hours This Weekend

Holiday hours for the Prairie History Room are as follows:

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2012 - CLOSED
Monday, February 20, 2012 (Family Day) - CLOSED
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm


Categories: New Books

New PHR Book

Waiser, Bill. Portraits of an Era: The Aerial Photography of Howdy McPhail. [Toronto]: Fifth House, 2010.

Summary: An astounding collection of aerial photographs of farms, villages, and communities large and small from Ontario to British Columbia-Thunder Bay to Victoria-in the 1950s and 1960s. This book is perfect for the nostalgia and gift market, history and aviation buffs, and those interested in photography. The never before published collection is unique for its immeasurable historic value...H. D. McPhail, a character in his own right, left an aerial history of land and life in post WWII Canada. His life and photography are presented through the historical lens of historian Bill Waiser.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for February

Alberta History, Winter 2012, Vol. 60, No. 1

* "From the Bridge to the Ridge: Lethbridge Volunteers and the Battle for Vimy Ridge" by Brett Clifton, pgs. 2-9.

* "Bow City: the Village Born Unlucky" by Jonathan Koch, pgs. 10-18.

* "Reminiscences of 1885" by Bertie W. Antrobus & William D. Antrobus, pgs. 23-26.

Note: Issue also contains "History Now", January 2012 newsletter of The Historical Society of Alberta

Families, February 2012, Vol. 51, No. 1

* "Changing Gravestone Motifs in Quinte and Beyond" by Peter W. Johnson, pgs. 13-15.

* "Letters Home: Upper Canada to England" by Bill Mills, pgs. 16-20.

* "Hunting for Hidden History: How Slavery Came to the Town of York" by Hilary Dawson, pgs. 26-31.

Internet Genealogy, February/March 2012, Vol. 6, No. 6

* "Genealogy Sources of the American West" by Tony Brandy, pgs. 22-26.

* "Tracking Ancestral Time, Online!" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 31-32.

* "Home Children to Canada: An Introduction" by John D. Reid, pgs. 49-50.

Worth, Winter 2011, Vol. 23, No. 4

* "Maple Creek Mainstreet Program Up & Running" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 5-7.

* "The Moose Jaw Natatorium: a Pool of Memories" by Bernie Crosbie, pgs. 8-9.

* "Form Follows Function: The Saskatchewan Association of Architects Celebrates Its Centennial: Evolution to Modern Scale & Design: 1965 to 2011" pgs. 10-15.


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: Archives

Change in SAB's Evening Hours

The Saskatchewan Archives Board (SAB) is continuing to offer evening hours once a week at our reading room locations in both Regina and Saskatoon. However, after monitoring user statistics, and in an ongoing effort to meet the needs of both patrons and staff, we have decided to make a small change to the hours of service on Thursday evenings.

Effective February 16, 2012, our reading rooms will be open from 1 pm to 7 pm every Thursday; retrieval services will be offered from 1 pm to 4:30 pm, and again from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Retrieval request slips may also be completed and submitted by researchers in advance of a research visit.

As of February 16, 2012, the hours of operation of the Saskatchewan Archives reading rooms in Regina and Saskatoon will be:

Monday, 10 am to 4 pm, no retrievals from 12-1 pm or after 3:45 pm

Tuesday, 10 am to 4 pm, no retrievals from 12-1 pm or after 3:45 pm

Wednesday, 10 am to 4 pm, no retrievals from 12-1 pm or after 3:45 pm

Thursday, 1 pm to 7 pm, no retrievals from 4:30-5:30 pm or after 6:30 pm

Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, no retrievals from 12-1 pm or after 3:45 pm

Questions regarding these changes may be directed to Nadine Charabin, Manager, Reference Services, at, or at 306-933-5832.

Categories: New Books

New Genealogy How-To Books

Brown, Jonathan. Tracing Your Rural Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians. Pen & Sword, 2011.

Summary: Many family historians will come across direct links to ancestors who lived and worked in the countryside as farmers, laborers, landowners, village tradesmen and professionals - for most of us have rural ancestors. Yet despite the burgeoning interest in genealogy, these people have rarely been written about with the family historian in mind...[Brown] describes the make-up of country and village society - the farmers, large and small, the farm-workers, the landowners and estate-owners, and the local business people, the tradesmen and merchants. At the same time he identifies and discusses the relevant national and local records, indicates where they can be found, and offers essential advice on how this information can be used to piece together the lives of distant and not so distant relatives.

Waddell, Dan. Who Do You Think You Are? Be a Family Tree Detective. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.

Summary: Names, eye color, hair color, nose size, personality--all can be passed down from one family member to the next. This compelling activity book gives kids the tools to investigate, discover, and preserve family secrets and treasures. Tips and ideas run the gamut from interviewing parents, grandparents, and other relatives to looking through family photos, letters, and heirlooms, as well as using the Internet for further research. Among the activities to complete: a keepsake treasure book, a family tree poster, family research cards, a family crest, a time capsule and a mini-census.

These books can be borrowed for 3 weeks!


Free Genealogy Sessions from RootsTech

RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference currently meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, is broadcasting 14 sessions live and free over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at

The free online sessions include the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the fourteen broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 2
8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community (Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick

Friday, February 3
8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney

Saturday, February 4
8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Panel
9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk

This is a great way to update your research techniques without having to travel to Salt Lake City!


Categories: Archives

Archives Week 2012 - February 5 to 11, 2012

Celebrate with the Saskatchewan's Archives and Archivists at the 7th 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 5-11, 2012.

While events are scheduled throughout the province, Regina is hosting one event that might be of interest to you:

Mystery & Mayhem: Celebrity Readings from Archives in Saskatchewan
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time: 6 pm, Readings start at 7 pm
Location: RCMP Heritage Centre, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 5907 Dewdney Ave

There will be an Archives Information and Archival Services Exhibit hall at 6 pm followed by presentations and readings from archival institutions in the province at 7 pm. A reception will follow the readings. Everyone is invited to attended and the ADMISSION IS FREE!!!


Categories: Recommended Websites

Bicentennial of War of 1812 Website

2012 marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, an event of significant national and historical importance. To help commemorate this event, the Government of Canada created the War of 1812 website and invite all Canadians to participate in commemoration events marking this significant milestone.

At present, the site features historical information about the conflict featuring lesson plans for teachers, a link to apply for federal funding to help commemorate the bicentennial and press releases from the federal government. Presumably this website will grow as more events are organized and resources become available.

For those interested in learning more about the War of 1812 (perhaps a relative or two may have been involved!), here is a brief list of some additional web resources:

* 1812 History - a Canadian Niagara region project involving Brock University’s Archives and 7 local museums.

* Archives of Ontario's War of 1812 Virtual Exhibit

* Ohio's War of 1812

* Susan Frey's Guide to War of 1812 Online Resources

* War of 1812 Bicentennial


Categories: New Books

New Genealogy How-To Book for Census and Military Records

Quillen, W. Daniel. Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy: Mastering Census and Military Records. Cold Spring Press, c2012.

Summary: This book covers the use of two of the most effective sets of genealogical information available to genealogists: Census and military records. Topics include:
• Federal censuses: what they are, how to use them, pitfalls and issues concerning the information found in them;
• Mortality schedules: a frequently overlooked gold mine of little-known genealogical data;
• State censuses: genealogically rich resources;
• Military records: where and how to find them, what information is available;
• War-by-war records availability

This book is available to borrow for 3 weeks!


Categories: New Books

New Books for the Week of January 22-28, 2012

Carter, David J. Inspector F.J. Dickens of the North-West Mounted Police: 1844-1886: "The Christmas Carol" Baby. Medicine Hat, AB: Holmes Pub., c2003.

Summary: Here is a unique tale from Canada’s historic North West. It is a tale within a tale for Francis Jeffrey Dickens was the son of a very famous father, the renowned English author Charles Dickens. Dickens Senior wrote many stories but the short life of third son, Francis Jeffrey is an interesting, little known story of adventures.

McCreery, Christopher. The Maple Leaf and the White Cross: a History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in Canada. Toronto, ON: Dundurn, c2008.

Summary: As a foundation of the Order of St. John, St. John Ambulance has been providing first aid training programs in Canada for the past 125 years. From the sweatshops of the Victorian era and military hospitals of the First World War to a modern-day volunteer organization devoted to the service of humanity, this history recounts the remarkable story of the Order's contribution to our country and those who made it possible.

Meewasin Valley Authority. Meewasin : 25 Years in the Life of a River Valley. Saskatoon, SK: Meewasin Valley Authority, 2006.

Summary: By anyone's measure, the Meewasin Valley Project--first envisioned by master planner Raymond Moriyama in 1978--has been an outstanding success. Overcoming early opposition, Meewasin has grown over its 25 years to become of the most popular and appreciated organizations in the Saskatoon region. Today, over 1 million visits are made to the award winning Meewasin Trails annually...This is the story of extraordinary accomplishment.

Office of the Treaty Commissioner (Canada). Treaty Implementation: Fulfilling the Convenant. Saskatoon, SK: Office of the Treaty Commissioner, c2007.

Summary: This report, released in 2007, headed by the Treaty Commissioner Judge David Arnot sets out the process to renew and revitalize the numbered treaties signed by the Crown with the First Nations of Saskatchewan. Chapter 2 covers the intent of the original numbered treaties, including the Elders' understanding of the treaty principles, Canada's understanding of the intent of treaties, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, and Legislative Policies and the Indian Act. Chapter 3 details the various approaches to treaties held by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, the government, and the Treaty Commissioner. Chapter 4 covers the historical background to treaties including the impact of the Indian Act, residential school policy, and the Great Depression. The remaining chapters explain the impact of socio-economic factors, and the commitment required to implement and fulfill the treaties.


January Meeting of the Regina Branch of SGS

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, January 24, 2012 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for members to use the SGS library materials. At 7:00 pm, they will have an informal member sharing session where members are encouraged to bring an item of significance to his/her family research to share with others.

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

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Regina branch at

Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.

Quebec Family History Society's Newly Improved Website

From time to time, we get a few researchers who come in to the Prairie History Room to find genealogical resources for Quebec. Sometimes we will refer them to the Bibliothéque et Archives nationales du Quebec's website, but unless your French is up to par, BANQ can be slightly overwhelming.

One website to check out is the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS)'s newly improved website QFHS is the largest English-language genealogical society in Quebec. Their website offers the usual (e.g. branch information, resources available in their research library,upcoming events, etc.) as well as new sections, including a news bulletin board, surname interests, and research tips. An added bonus for QFHS members is access to the Jacques Gagné Church Compilations. Jacques Gagné compiled historical information and the location of records for more than 1,000 English and French Protestant churches across the province, from 1759 to 1899.


Categories: New Magazines

New Issue of Family Tree

Family Tree Magazine, February 2012, Vol. 13, No. 1

* "Self Improvement: Become a Better Researcher With These 101 Ways to a New Genealogy You" by Lisa A. Alzo, pgs. 12-19.

* "It's Academic" by Tami Osmer Glatz, pgs. 24-27. Note: article looks at how to user resources in college and university libraries

* "Address Your Mess" by Maureen A. Taylor, pgs. 44-47. Note: article provides 5 steps in how to organize your photographs collection.

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 for Week of Jan. 15-21, 2012

Harris, James M. A Stanley Thompson Masterpiece: Waskesiu Golf Course 1935-2010. Prince Albert, SK: J.M. Harris, 2010.

Summary: A historical and pictorial look at the Waskesiu golf course in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The course was designed by the legendary Canadian architect, Stanley Thompson.

McGrane, David P., editor. New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2011

Summary: This book examines emerging and established trends in Saskatchewan public policy and gives ideas on where the province should be heading in the 21st century.

Nicholson, B. A., editor. Human Ecology of the Canadian Prairie Ecozone: 11,000 to 300 BP. Regina, SK: CPRC Press, 2011.

Summary: This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the human experience in the Canadian Prairie Ecozone over the past 11,000 years.

Reed, George and John Chaput. George Reed: His Life and Times. Regina, SK: Centax Books, 2011.

Summary: Autobiographical account of the iconic Saskatchewan Roughrider’s life on and off the field.


Categories: New Magazines

New Folklore Issue

Folklore, Winter 2011-12, Vol. 33, No. 1

* "Campbell Innes" by Peggy Durant, pgs. 4-7.

* "A Prairie Exodus" by Madeline Cutler, pgs. 10-12.

* "The Winter of '51" by Victor Carl Freisen, pgs. 26-28.

* "The RGH Nurses' Residence" by Ruth Lee Knight, pgs. 34-37.

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: New Books

New PHR Books for 2012

Beckie, Kenneth, N. Croatian Pioneers of Kenaston, Saskatchewan: "I Tell You Story". [Calgary, Alta. : K. N. Beckie], 2004.

Summary: The book discusses about 50 pioneer Croatian families who settled on homesteads in central Saskatchewan, mostly before WW 1. They all came from the vicinity of Lovinac, Lika, Croatia. The book has 250 pages about 118 photographs and 20 maps/diagrams. It has one page biographies and a photograph for each of the 50 families. It also includes a genealogical chart for each family and their descendants and a condensed 30 page history of Croatia which focuses on the Lovinac area.

Caswell, Jeanne. Prairie West School Division: A Rural Legacy. Regina, SK: Your Nickel's Worth Pub., 2006.

Summary: In commemoration of the Prairie West School Division in southwest Saskatchewan, a history of the school district and its schools is told in stories and photographs.

Kishchuk, Boris W. Long-Term Care in Saskatchewan: Its History & Evolution. Regina, SK: Your Nickel's Worth Pub., c2010.

Summary: Long-term care is an unknown service to most of us. It is something we don't think about--until we need it. However, most of us will probably, at some time in our lives, encounter the need for long-term care for family members, friends or even ourselves. This review provides information on long-term care in the province--past and present--and recognize the dedicated services provided by nurses, attendants, physicians, administrators, volunteers and communities.

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