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.


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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records

FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
CollectionIndexed RecordsDigital ImagesComments
Canada, Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621–197927290Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Croatia, Church Books, 1516–19940201Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–199750,8580Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587–19660240Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–19531,160,1790Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–193877,4760Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Census, 191001,389Added images to an existing collection.
United States Census, 194099,1730Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–193799,9500Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847–18683636Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Did You Know?

You used to have to read your own electrical meter
and mail it to Sask Power


Sunday, June 22, 2014

This Weeks Branch Meetings

Just a reminder of this weeks Branch meetings



Grasslands Branch

Tuesday June 24th

7:30 pm Mankota RM Office


Moose Jaw Branch

Tuesday June 24th

Windup BBQ


Regina Branch

Tuesday June 24th

7:00 pm at SGS Library

1514 11th Avenue


Central Butte Branch

Wednesday June 25th

7:30 various locations


Pangman Branch

Wednesday June 25th

7:30 pm at the Pangman Regional Library


Friday, June 20, 2014

Free US Military Records

The records are now FREE!


We just want to remind you that millions of US military records are searchable for free on MyHeritage for Memorial Day Weekend: www.myheritage.com/memorialday


Please let your readers know and please share again on your social media that they can NOW search for their ancestors, and learn more about their military history at www.myheritage.com/memorialday for FREE.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz
Chief Genealogist and Translation Manager

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WWII - War Dead 1939-1947

War Dead, 1939-1947 Database
Library and Archives Canada recently launched an updated and expanded version of the Service Files of the Second World War – War Dead, 1939-1947 database. Researchers can now access more than 1000 complete digitized service files for Canadian servicemen and servicewomen killed in action during the Second World War.
More search fields
The database, available on the Library and Archives website through the Military Heritage portal, can now be searched using an increased number of access fields. These include: first and last name of the enlisted person, service number, date and place of birth, date and place of enlistment. By using these search features, Canadian students participating in Lest We Forget, a national project that gives them the opportunity to research the life stories of Canadian servicemen and servicewomen, will be able to quickly identify service files related to their community.
What kind of information can I find in these records?
The digitized service files contain documents and correspondence pertaining to enlistment and appointment, training and qualifications, awards and medals, medical history, and wills and insurance. Researchers can expect to find records such as the Canadian Active Service Force attestation paper, a Record of Service with information on training and education before and during service, documents from the Department of National Defence Estates Branch, and grave registration and post-war exhumation reports.
More information on the Killed in Action database
Along with details of service, this database offers a window into the lives of those who served and the families they left behind. Throughout the Second World War (1939-1945), Canadian men and women served in great numbers with the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Royal Canadian Navy. From a population of just over 11,000,000 in 1939, Canada saw more than 1,159,000 of its citizens enlist. The price of victory was high: approximately 45,000 Canadians and close to 1000 Newfoundlanders lost their lives during and immediately following the war. In addition to these, more than 55,000 servicemen were wounded and countless civilians experienced the suffering and loss brought about by war. While providing a valuable resource for research, the KIA database helps to tell the story of those who served, fought, and died in a war that stretched across the globe.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Difference between United Kingdom and Great Britian

Did you ever wonder the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britian, watch this and it explains it all.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Did You Know?

You needed coupons to purchase Gas

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Just a reminder of the Branch Meetings this week


Grenfell Branch

Tuesday June 17th

2:00 pm at the Grenfell Regional Library


West Central Branch

Tuesday June 17th

9:30 am at Wheatland Regional Library


Weyburn Branch

Tuesday June 17th

6:30 pm at Weyburn Public Library




Pipestone Branch

Wednesday June 18th

7:30 pm Moosomin Public Library



Saskatoon Branch

Thursday, June 19th
7:00 PM Albert Community Centre,
3rd Floor, 610 Clarence Ave S.



Friday, June 13, 2014

WWI: The First World War Society

If you had anyone in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, you should read this notice -

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, OGS has launched a new Heritage Society. The First World War Society is a lineage Society open to anyone who can show descent from a person who served in a documented capacity on the Allied side of the First World War.

To qualify for this Society, your research must show that your named ancestor(s) fits in the category above, and then show the line of descent from that ancestor(s) to you or the person you wish named on the certificate.

For more information and an application form visit the Heritage Societies area on the OGS website is http://www.ogs.on.ca/heritage_societies.php#WW1

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Genealogical Society of Quebec

Genealogical Society of Quebec, the French-Canadian Genealogical Society (Montreal) and the Genealogical Society of Trois-Rivières are associated with the Franco-Quebec Commission on places of memory and common-Château Ramezay Museum and Historic Site Montreal in 2015 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Carignan-Salt and four companies of Lieutenant-General Alexander Prouville and Marquis de Tracy. To remember and honor the memory of these soldiers, we will give 100 certificates to their patrilineal descendants online.
For more information, see

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LAC: Canadian WWI Records will be free in 2015

As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the First World War, LAC is digitizing the remaining 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force members’ personnel service files. To be able to perform this major undertaking, LAC will temporarily close portions of the CEF service files, with 75% of the collection remaining open at all times during the project. At the end of the digitization project, expected in 2015, Canadians will have unprecedented online access to this rich resource and will be able to research high-quality digital copies of the more than 650,000 service files for free. At that point , LAC will no longer take orders for copies.  For more information on this initiative, please consult the Fact Sheet: Digitization of Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files, which will provide updates on the portion of the collection being worked on. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Webinar: German Internet Research

Tomorrow's Webinar

Wednesday - German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research by James M. Beidler
Beidler-100Internet research for German ancestors is not as fully developed as it is for North American or British ancestors, but don’t let that stop you! There is a significant subscription site, along with some important indexes, original and compiled, records online. Fortunately, the number of actual records online is growing at a significant rate. Other German genealogy sites provide important information about places or sources. Indeed, your research will suffer if you don’t use the Internet for your German research.
Click here to register.