Monday, September 15, 2014

Genealogy Magic Revealed

GENEALOGY MAGIC REVEALED
Presented by Pat Ryan
Oct 4, 2014
at the Kerry Vickar Centre
206 Bemster Ave E
Melfort, SK
TOPICS
Library and Archives Canada researching using their almost 1000 FREE databases

Maps - learn how important maps, atlas and gazeteers are to our research and how to use them.








Join renowned genealogist Pat Ryan for a day of learning new tips and tricks to


help you find your ancestors. Bring your Internet capable device and use the


FREE Wi-Fi to work along with Pat searching for your own ancestors or sit


beside someone who is.


-Sessions run from 9:00am to 12 noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


-Fee for this seminar is $50.00 which includes beverages and dainties.


-Bring a bag lunch or you may also visit one of Melfort’s many restaurants but


you just might miss out on some interesting noon hour chatter!


-For more information email Lois Neighbour at

l.neighbour@sasktel.net


-Early registration would be greatly appreciated and may be submitted to:


Lorne Kish, Box 279, Melfort, Sask. or contact at

lorne.kish@gmail.com


Hope to see you on Oct. 4
th.!!!!!


Genealogy Magic: LAC + Maps + Pat = FUN





Library and Archives Canada [LAC] has a mandate to collect and preserve historical


information about Canada. That includes personal details about our ancestors!


People get their information differently these days. We use the Internet and aren’t we


lucky! LAC has a wonderful

FREE website, but for a few years now it seems to be under


continual revision. This creates havoc for genealogists. What was there last year is now


hidden, making it often impossible to locate, and therefore useless to us. And new


databases are not easily found, even though there are close to 1,000 of them!!


Spend the day learning new tricks, and learn how to drill down through the layers upon


layers to get to those all-important

FREE databases that hold answers to our ancestral


questions. You won’t believe what’s there!!


Pat is always saying “

You can’t do genealogy without maps, atlases, and gazetteers”.


Come see what she’s talking about. Learn how to use these tools to break down your


brick walls, or at least answer some questions you’ve long wondered about. We’ll also


look at how to find the specific maps & gazetteers you need … mostly all free and


online. Oh yes, and what exactly *is* a gazetteer, why do I need it, and where do I find


it?


The 1921 Canadian census was released last year, but it is full of mysteries even


though it has been fully indexed on Ancestry.com. We’ll have a look at how to overcome


the obstacles that plague us all – mostly ‘wild’ spelling of names. We’ll also look at


numerous anomalies in our censuses, and how to find the most obscure details most


folks miss.


We all learn best by doing! It’s great to listen, perhaps take notes, and think you’ve ‘got


it’ … until you get home and begin, and that’s when details become a little foggy. Sound


familiar?

So please be sure to bring along your laptop, tablet, phone or whatever


electronic device you use to access the Internet as you’ll be using it most of the day. Or


plan to sit beside someone you can share devices with. Everyone will have free Internet


access during the day. Truly folks, this is your chance to actually DO research with an


experienced instructor who will do her best to not let you get lost. Remember, we all


learn best by doing. But don’t stay home because you don’t have a portable device –


you can still participate, learn, and have fun!


I’m looking forward to working with you all. Let’s see how much we can find, together!


Kind Regards,

Pat Ryan


Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Weeks Branch Meetings




Just a reminder of the Branch Meetings this week

 
West Central Branch

3rd Tuesday April to June & September to November

9:30 am at Wheatland Regional Library

 

 

Weyburn Branch

3rd Tuesday except July and August

6:30 pm at Weyburn Public Library



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Battleford Branch

3rd Wednesday except May to August & December

7:00 pm at the North Battleford Library

 

Grasslands Branch

3rd Wednesday except May to August & December

7:30 pm Mankota RM Office

 

 

Pipestone Branch

3rd Wednesday except June to August & December

7:30 pm Moosomin Public Library

 

 
Saskatoon Branch

3rd Thursday of the month except July and August
7:00 PM in the Albert Community Centre,

3rd Floor, 610 Clarence Ave S.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Family History Fair, Saskatoon


The Saskatoon Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society has teamed up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to co-host a Family History Fair on Saturday, September 20 at the LDS Church 1429 10th Street East, Saskatoon.

The sessions consist of presentations originally made at the RootsTech Conference in February.

Registration opens at 8:40 AM.

Sessions begin at 9 and end at 3 PM.

Cost is FREE; lunch will be available to purchase for $10.

A poster and a registration form are attached. Use of the Submit button of the registration form is not perfected with various platforms; it is best to first save the form to a location on your computer and open it from there; save it after completing, then click the Submit. If nothing happens or if it produces an error, please email the completed form as an attachment to rene@stockfamily.ca

Alternatively you can follow this link to do a quick registration:

https://www.lds.org/topics/family-history/host-a-family-history-fair/signup?stake-unit-num=511447&lang=eng

Friday, September 12, 2014

SGS Director Needed

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) Board of
Directors is initiating a search for an Executive Director
to replace the retiring incumbent. This is an exciting
position with a variety of challenges awaiting the right
person. The position is located in Regina and the
position reports to and is accountable to the Board of
Directors.


Responsibility for the Administration, Finance,
Personnel, Program Management and Communication
for the Society fall into this role. Computer, supervisory,
accounting and public relations skills will be required for
the successful candidate.
For a complete job description and list of qualifications
and experience required, please contact Barb Tait,



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Irish Directories Database

Thanks to IRISH GENEALOGY NEWS BLOG

Irish Directories Database updated Another fifty directories have been added to the Irish Directories Database. This latest update brings the total number of directories included to 795, some 250 more than when the database launched only five months ago. This useful resource is the work of Joe Buggy, an Irish genealogist now based in Washington who publishes the Townland of Origin blog, and Shane Wilson, a family historian based in Dublin whose website is packed with maps, photos and records freely available to researchers. The Irish Directories Database is hosted on Shane's site. - See more at: http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/#.dpuf

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scotland Genealogy


THANKS TO THE SCOTLAND GENEALOGY BLOG

ARE THERE ANY OUT THERE INTERESTED IN A TRIP TO SCOTLAND??

#DGHour hints and tips for Ancestral Tourism in Dumfries and Galloway

According to Tourism Intelligence, ‘10 million people with Scottish roots are interested in finding out more about their ancestry. It is estimated that 4.3 million people could be encouraged to visit.’

This blog post has been specifically created following the #DGHour we had on Twitter in August 2014 and is designed to help those in the tourism industry help people trace their family tree. I hope however that it will also help individuals tracing their Scottish family tree.



Caerlaverock Castle

Heritage Tourism or Ancestral Tourism

One thing to mention at the outset is that there is a difference between what we might call ‘heritage tourism’’ and ‘ancestral tourism’’. As an example, some people with the Maxwell surname may choose to visit Caerlaverock Castle, because (I quote from the Historic Scotland website) ‘around 1220, Alexander II of Scotland, needing trusted men to secure the Scottish West March, granted the estate to his chamberlain, Sir John de Maccuswell (Maxwell). Sir John built the ‘old’ castle. Within 50 years, his nephew, Sir Herbert, had moved to a new castle just 200m away to the north. There the Maxwell lords remained for the next 400 years.’ The reality is however, that many people with the Maxwell surname are not directly descended from these Maxwells.

One dictionary definition of genealogy is ‘A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor’.

Your first mission, therefore, is to find out what type of experience your visitors want. Do they want to visit a castle once owned by someone of the same surname, or do they want to trace their own direct ancestors one by one as far back as they can?

If they want to trace their own genealogy, here are some resources and tips so that you can be better placed to help them:


Accommodation - What to offer the Ancestral Tourist

A good internet connection - A lot of family history research is done online these days. Many people will have their family tree online on websites like ancestry.com. This means a good internet connection is essential to family history research. If you can offer this as part as your accommodation package the ancestral tourist will likely find your accommodation a more appealing choice.



Reference books - For south west Scotland, I would recommend the guide produced by the Dumfries and Galloway Council, ‘Researching Local History - A Guide’ (available at £5.99 from most D&G libraries). I would also recommend the book ‘Tracing your Scottish Ancestors’ published by the National Records of Scotland. Other books such as ‘The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning and History’ by George Black may also be useful to visitors. If you want to have an even larger library for your visitors I would also recommend the books by Chris Paton.

Visit Scotland’s Ancestral Welcome Scheme - Participation in the Ancestral Welcome Scheme gives you the opportunity to publicise your knowledge and commitment to meeting the needs of the ancestral visitor. For more details see the Visit Scotland website.

Scotland’s People - www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk is the foremost website used in researching Scottish Ancestors online. They give access to the key building blocks of a family tree: Birth, Marriage, Death, Census and Parish Records as well as wills and some other key resources. The website is a ‘pay-per-view’ site (not a subscription website). Scottish libraries sell half price starter cards, giving 60 credits which can be used on the site for just £7 (the standard price is 30 credits for £7).


Once your visitors arrive

The Old School House at the long abandoned Woodhead lead mines, Carsphairn, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright.

Maps - People visit the area where their ancestors lived is to visit the homes they once occupied and visit their graves. If you are able to offer help by supplying maps this would really help your visitors. The National Library of Scotland has a fantastic collection of historic maps (many of which can be overlaid on modern maps for comparison) which could help them work out where a long demolished house once stood.

Archives - At the time of writing (August 2014) the main archive for Dumfries and Galloway is within the Ewart Library (Catherine Street, Dumfries, DG1 1JB). Access is free and you can use your digital camera to photograph many records (permission needed). Here are the opening times:

Archive Search Room Opening Times
Monday- CLOSED
Tuesday - 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 17.00
Wednesday - 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 19.00
Thursday - 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 17.00
Friday - 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday - 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.00 (First Saturday in month only)

Important - Most archive material is stored off-site, you need to contact the archive a day or two in advance so that they can make sure the items you need are brought in for you.

The archive at Dumfries has records such as school log books, poor relief applications and minutes, valuation rolls and newspapers throughout D&G. They also have copies of the census for D&G on microfilm and also local pre-1855 parish records (OPRs). As well as providing access to these key resources they also have a genealogist who can help searchers; there is a fee for this service and booking is essential.

Dumfries Archive in the Ewart Library

Other archives and museums - Whilst the Ewart Library is the main repository, local museums and libraries throughout D&G can also be useful. They sometimes have original records, and in many cases have key resources in the form of printed transcripts and microform. Most importantly, though, they can provide local knowledge! This map can help you find archives across Scotland. The guide book published by D&G council that I have already mentioned (Researching Local History - A Guide) includes a comprehensive list with contact details.

Online Indexes

Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway - A lot of work has been done by the Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway group to index historical records. These indexes include the 1851 Census, Dumfries Jail books, various Kirk Session Minutes, Poor Board Minutes and much more. All indexes are free to access from the archive’s website.



Scottish Indexes - Our own website www.scottishindexes.com has census indexes, prison indexes, patenity indexes, mental health indexes, as well as birth, marriage and death indexes.

Gravestones - The website www.kirkyards.co.uk has free online access to gravestones or Monumental Inscriptions for a number of churchyards in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. Its sister site www.kirkcudbright.co has an historical index of the people and places of the Stewartry of Kirkcubright and other useful local resources.


Family History Societies and Researchers

Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society - The society is run by volunteers and has its premises in Glasgow Street, Dumfries. The opening times vary between summer and winter so it’s best to look at their website for details. As well as being able to visit the research centre and use their resources you can also buy their publications.

Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society - This society is perhaps more immediately thought of by the historian than the genealogist but as they are so closely connected I have included them in this list. Their website has an index to their transactions and many volumes are online.

Scottish Indexes - Most people these days are able to trace their own family tree, sometimes however they need some help. As well as providing indexes we also have a research service. Feel free however to give us a quick ring if you have people coming to stay and you need some advice on how to help them.

Scottish Genealogy Network - This is a group of professional genealogists working across Scotland. For more information see their blog.

If you have any questions please post a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Canada War Brides


Canada and the "War Brides" at Library and Archives Canada - World Wars I and II
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has added a new page for 'War Brides'. This is a very good thing, as here LAC points to a good number of record collections with information about war time miltary related marriages, going beyond the most obvious ones.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Genealogy Magic Revealed


GENEALOGY MAGIC REVEALED
 
Presented by Pat Ryan
Oct 4, 2014
 
at the Kerry Vickar Centre
206 Bemster Ave E
Melfort, SK
TOPICS
Library and Archives Canada  researching using their almost 1000 FREE databases

Maps - learn how important maps, atlas and gazeteers are to our research and how to use them.





 

Join renowned genealogist Pat Ryan for a day of learning new tips and tricks to


help you find your ancestors. Bring your Internet capable device and use the

FREE Wi-Fi to work along with Pat searching for your own ancestors or sit

beside someone who is.

-Sessions run from 9:00am to 12 noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

-Fee for this seminar is $50.00 which includes beverages and dainties.

-Bring a bag lunch or you may also visit one of Melfort’s many restaurants but

you just might miss out on some interesting noon hour chatter!

-For more information email Lois Neighbour at

l.neighbour@sasktel.net


-Early registration would be greatly appreciated and may be submitted to:

Lorne Kish, Box 279, Melfort, Sask. or contact at

lorne.kish@gmail.com


Hope to see you on Oct. 4
th.!!!!!

Genealogy Magic: LAC + Maps + Pat = FUN


Library and Archives Canada [LAC] has a mandate to collect and preserve historical

information about Canada. That includes personal details about our ancestors!

People get their information differently these days. We use the Internet and aren’t we

lucky! LAC has a wonderful

FREE website, but for a few years now it seems to be under


continual revision. This creates havoc for genealogists. What was there last year is now

hidden, making it often impossible to locate, and therefore useless to us. And new

databases are not easily found, even though there are close to 1,000 of them!!

Spend the day learning new tricks, and learn how to drill down through the layers upon

layers to get to those all-important

FREE databases that hold answers to our ancestral


questions. You won’t believe what’s there!!

Pat is always saying “

You can’t do genealogy without maps, atlases, and gazetteers”.


Come see what she’s talking about. Learn how to use these tools to break down your

brick walls, or at least answer some questions you’ve long wondered about. We’ll also

look at how to find the specific maps & gazetteers you need … mostly all free and

online. Oh yes, and what exactly *is* a gazetteer, why do I need it, and where do I find

it?

The 1921 Canadian census was released last year, but it is full of mysteries even

though it has been fully indexed on Ancestry.com. We’ll have a look at how to overcome

the obstacles that plague us all – mostly ‘wild’ spelling of names. We’ll also look at

numerous anomalies in our censuses, and how to find the most obscure details most

folks miss.

We all learn best by doing! It’s great to listen, perhaps take notes, and think you’ve ‘got

it’ … until you get home and begin, and that’s when details become a little foggy. Sound

familiar?

So please be sure to bring along your laptop, tablet, phone or whatever


electronic device you use to access the Internet as you’ll be using it most of the day. Or

plan to sit beside someone you can share devices with. Everyone will have free Internet

access during the day. Truly folks, this is your chance to actually DO research with an

experienced instructor who will do her best to not let you get lost. Remember, we all

learn best by doing. But don’t stay home because you don’t have a portable device –

you can still participate, learn, and have fun!

I’m looking forward to working with you all. Let’s see how much we can find, together!

Kind Regards,

Pat Ryan

Sunday, September 7, 2014

This Weeks Branch Meetings



Just a reminder of the Branch meetings this week

 
Prince Albert Branch
2nd Tuesday of the month except July and August
7:30 pm at the Lions Club Room in the Optimist Center,
Exhibition Grounds
This Branch meets occaionally at alternate locations
 
 
Yorkton Branch
2nd Tuesday of the month except July and August
7:00 pm at the Yorkton Public Library in the History Room
 
 
Biggar Branch
2nd Wednesday of the month except July and August
 
7:30 pm May to December
 2:00 pm January to April
 
At Biggar Branch Resource Center
Federal Bldg, 2nd Avenue East
 
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

SGS Volunteer Opportunities

We have the following openings for Volunteers





Library Cataloguing (to new Library system)



Opportunity located at SGS Library and Research Room, Regina, SK

Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

one – two hour sessions (or longer if volunteer wishes)

transfer information from old catalogue to new
 
 
 

Computer Corner



contributor to the SGS Bulletin “Computer Corner”

provide information on new websites of interest to genealogists



provide information on new technology of interest to genealogists

answer simple technical queries

test and recommend site and software

other information as deemed useful to genealogist
 
 
 

SRI Indexing and Proofing



Index SGS resources as determined by the SRI Co-ordinator

work from home

data entry, proofing and correcting
 
 
 

Obituary Database Entry



work from home and minimal training required

extract information from obituary images provided by SGS
 
 
 

Indexing United Church Records pre-1926



Location: Saskatchewan Archives, Saskatoon, SK

One – two hour sessions (or longer if volunteer wishes)

Contact: Bev Gutenberg, Saskatoon;

beverleygutenberg@sasktel.net






For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, please
contact Lisa Warren at


saskgenealogy@sasktel.net or call 306-780-9207
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

SGS Executive Director

 


Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) Board of
Directors is initiating a search for an Executive Director
to replace the retiring incumbent. This is an exciting
position with a variety of challenges awaiting the right
person. The position is located in Regina and the
position reports to and is accountable to the Board of
Directors.

Responsibility for the Administration, Finance,
Personnel, Program Management and Communication
for the Society fall into this role. Computer, supervisory,
accounting and public relations skills will be required for
the successful candidate.
For a complete job description and list of qualifications
and experience required, please contact Barb Tait,

President at


sgs.board@sasktel.net or (306) 761-1613.

Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2014.
Anticipated start date will be January 5, 2015.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Photo's of Moose Jaw

If there is anyone interested in historic photo's of Moose Jaw be sure to check out " Historic Moose Jaw" on Facebook, there has been numerous ones posted this summer, all very interesting.


Photo: Moose Jaw History from the Peel Library in Alberta.
Shared by Ken Sorochan.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sharing Memories

If you don't already follow Lorine McGinnis Schulze Blog " The Olive Tree Genealogy" be sure to check it out. www.olivetreegenealogy.com

She continues with her weekly challenge to journal your memories and has great suggestions for each weeks topic. Be sure to check out her weekly prompts and if you do decide to write about your memories and would like to share them just forward them to us at twg@canwan.com Subject: Blog Submissions
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Here is a Challenge for all genealogy bloggers. I want you to keep a weekly journal called Sharing Memories. Some of you may recall that in 2010, 2011 and 2012 I provided weekly prompts to help with writing up memories of ancestors and ourselves.

If you missed this weekly series called Sharing Memories you might want to have a look and see if any of the prompts appeal to you.


Read more: http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/08/sharing-memories-week-34-schools-out.html#ixzz3BPl2iYGe

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Canadian Immigration

Thanks to one of our followers for this message


I came across your website (http://saskgenealogy.blogspot.com/) while doing some research and was impressed at how much information and resources your site had as it relates to immigration.

 

Since your site was helpful, I wanted to pass along another great resource (http://www.immigrationdirect.ca/tracing-family-history-canada-immigration-citizenship-genealogy-guide/). This site provides us immigration news, informative blog and much more. It would be a great resource to include with others already listed.

 

You can never have too many resources! Thanks and let me know what you think.

 

 
Cheers,
Daisy Marino
Immigration Direct

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome Back to the SGS Blog



Welcome to the SGS Blog, Here it is the 1st of September and the start of another blogging season.

We hope all Branches participate, thus promoting better communications between Branches and learn more about each other, presenting a unification under SGS.

Each Branch is a little different in what they do and how they do it and SGS would like to learn about each one, as to what their goal and ideas are.

Please comment on what you like and what can be made better. We're open for ideas.

We'd like submissions on
-Upcoming Branch Meetings, what's your Branch working on can any of us help.
- Have you heard about a Conferences others might be interested in.
-Share your findings with us, did you discover an interesting web site or unusual source or a family story
-Anything you'd like to share with the other members.
-What's new at SGS

Send your submissions to twg@canwan.com Subject Blog Post or post it in the comment section.

Pass this on! Our goal is to have more contact between Branch Members. We would also appreciate any input from non members.