The e-newsletter page of
Prince Albert Branch
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Box 1464 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 5T1




In this issue of Jan~Feb~Mar~Apr 2001
Happy Anniversary
Right Beginning
Sharing Our Harvest
Right Beginning
23rd Psalm for Genealogists
Another Generous Offer
Family History Center Hours

Current issue


Happy Anniversary

2001 marks the Prince Albert Branch’s 20th anniversary. January’s meeting will remember and honour our past and introduce our new web site at http://www3.sympatico.ca/carsn/gene.


Sharing Our Harvest

You might notice a technology thread weaving its way through our September sharing meeting. Members are investing in the hardware, software and training and some are already reaping a rich harvest.

A new computer and a new version of Personal Ancestry File (PAF) is hosting 1,600 relatives. It was a smooth transference from the old to the new with some skilled help from Gloria McDonald of the Family History Center.

The new computer is up and running for a member who humbly reports being able to turn it on and off successfully. Another member has learned how to send an email attachment.

Yet another member is using the computer and the Family History Center. Emails are being exchanged with a first and second cousin who are also researching.

A member’s Ontario mother has been infected with the genealogy bug and has joined her local genealogy society.

Chuckles were heard when a member explained that a spouse was emailing the photos from the new digital camera to her. Their computers are side by side! Then it was explained that only one computer had a printer. They are using the digital camera to make photos of photos and documents like marriage certificates. Results are printed on photograde paper and, if numerous copies are wanted, a trip to Staples Copy Center produces good affordable results.

Starting with the new and moving into the old, a member is using the Internet to find the microfilm number and then ordering them in. Ordering time varies between one and three months.

Persistence has paid off. In 1974, information was requested from a relative but the request was denied. The relative, now over 90, had a change of heart recently and mysteries may be solved. Photocopies have been made of all documents shared and questions will be asked, especially about the grandpa who had to live in a cave.
July 1st was the fabulous Leask Homecoming with proud mention of the marvellous 60 year olds who attended. A special birthday cake was shared at a private home stuffed with people.

Also, this summer, a chance meeting may have identified an unknown, unmarked grave. After studying the records and a field trip, the member invited the 75 year old woman, who was wondering about her mother’s grave, to the cemetary. The woman believes this is her mother’s grave.

Please look before you leap to do a graveyard. It may have already been done.
A new 35 mm camera is being used to produce photos of photos with good results.
Our library has been gifted a copy of The History of the Presbyterian Church by its author. This member also circulated her latest honour, SGS Volunteer of the Year Award.
Something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue. At a reunion in Langham, a wonderful fashion show featured over two dozen wedding dresses. Also, the member tosses a bouquet to Vital Statistics. They, without extra charge, found an event in 1938 even though the date they were given was 1935.

The distance between two families may be shrinking. Early this century, one side of a marriage decided the other were dyed-in-the-wool black sheep. Contact with a third cousin is producing darn good results.

Its a match from Roots.com. Contact has been made with a second cousin. The second cousin has been challenged because she is an only child and her parents were divorced.
An interesting note about the Penitentiary graveyard. There are more graves than names recorded. A member explained that government policy at one time required two graves to be dug in the fall before the ground froze. The year that the policy changed, only one grave was used. The other was simply filled in. Mystery solved.


Right Beginning

Our own A. Boyko lead a beginners night in November that assures a right beginning for "young" genealogists and provided reminders for "old" genealogists.

Using the standard family group sheet and pedigree chart, Boyko explained the process and the details. All capitals, especially for the surname, are recommended because then there can be no question whether a letter is an "l" or a capital "i". (All caps are especially advantageous on the internet as search engines like Alta Vista are cap sensitive. For example, "SMITH" will get fewer results than "Smith" or "smith". This sensitivity to caps can be fully utilized by capitalizing all your surnames on your web pages to help potential relatives find you or doing a cap search first.) Dates are formatted as day, month in letters and full year.

Utilization of a relationship chart was also practiced. With the chart, you can figure out very complex relationships using your common ancestor.

Boyko’s teaming up of young and old genealogists was much appreciated. Every young ‘un had a coach and most old ‘uns met someone new.


23rd Psalm for Genealogists
From MennoLink

Genealogy is my pastime, I shall not stray
It maketh me to lie down and examine tombstones
It leadeth me into still courthouses
It restoreth my Ancestral Knowledge
It leadeth me in the paths of census records and ships' passenger lists for my surnames' sake.
Yea, though I walk through the shadows of research libraries and microfilm readers I shall fear no discouragement, for a strong urge is within me
The curiosity and motivation, they comforteth me
It demandeth preparation of storage space for the acquisition of
countless documents
It aniontest my head with burning midnight oil
My family group sheets runneth over
Surely, birth, marriage, and death dates shall follow me all the days of my Iife
And I shall dwell in the house of a family history-seeker forever.



Subject: A note of interest
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000
From: Taylor <taylora@sk.sympatico.ca>
To: Carswell <anaaa.carswell@sk.sympatico.ca>

I wondered if this would be of general interest and if you might want to use it for a bulletin..

We ran into Doug Chisholm in LaRonge. He is among other things, a bush pilot who has taken a great interest in photographing islands, lakes andother geographic features which have been named for servicemen who werekilled in WWII. There are apparently 3800 sites of this nature in Saskatchewan.

He does research on the individuals and will prepare framed tributes which include an aerial photo of the site for the families. He referred us to a man in Manitoba who has information on sites in thatprovince and we were able to locate the creek which was named for myhusband's uncle. He is Gerry Holm at (204)945-1798.
Doug's web site is http://www.virtualsk.com/current_issue/high_tributes.html if you are interested in checking it out. His e-mail address is woodland.photos@sk.sympatico.ca.

He might be an interesting speaker for a meeting if he is in PA.

Subject: "Meeting"
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000
From: Revitt <dorothyrevitt@sk.sympatico.ca>
To: Carswell <anaaa.carswell@sk.sympatico.ca>

Hi --- Just got your second e-mail about "Royalty" It was A. Erickson who mentioned, sometime last month or so ago there was a piece printed in the P.A. Herald, Someone was looking for the Molthe girls, who once lived in the city. (A. mentioned, the girls both live in Denmark now). He did talk to someone about the query, as mentioned, the someone had lots of phone calls and letters in reply to the query.

I then mentioned, ----- I too remembered the Moltke family as went to Prince Albert Collegiate with the girls, Corinne nicknamed Moogy and Anna nicknamed Bab's.
I also remember seeing the girls mother Helga Moltke riding black horses at the Exhibition. She would be dressed in all the gear. Black jockey cap with pom on top, jacket and riding breaches, to riding boots. (I can still see her.)

I also mentioned to A., that in the 7th Sept 2000 issue of the Western People Magazine a supplement to the Western Producer, there was a very good write up about Helga Moltke. I quote -----
"Helga Moltke Reydon was born in Prince Albert in 1912. Her mother was Corinne De La Gorgebdiere, a descendent of the L'Amoureux family of Quebec. Her father was A.J. Hansen a tall charming Dane, had been a Royal Guardsman in Copenhagen before immigrating to Prince Albert in 1910. He became sheriff of the Prince Albert district. In 1929, when Helga Hansen was 18 year of age, she married a young immigrant Count
Eric Moltke-Huitfeldt, from a Swedish noble family. Helga became "Countess Helga Moltke-Huitfeldt."

In 1966, following a long separation and the death of her husband, Helga married Willem Reydon from Holland. and a psychological counselor at the Prince Albert Penitentiary. Willem Reydon died last year at their home in Prince Albert after 33 years of married life". Nancy, there is such a good write up about this article. It goes on to tell about her horses. .... Strange this appears after someome was looking for the girls.


Another Generous Offer

E. Lavoie has these books and resources in her home library and she is generously offering to share them with members.

81 Interesting Places in Saskatchewan by Frank Anderson
91 Interesting Places in Saskatchewan by Frank Anderson
Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon by Alexander Ross
Adventures on the Great Lakes 1812-1898 published by Coles Publishing Company Ltd., 1980
Ahtahkakoop by Deanna Christensen
The Beginnings of White Settlement in Northern Saskatchewan by Edmund H. Oliver
The Best from Alberta History by Hugh Dempsey
A Biography of Mother Cunningham by Dr. John Cunningham (oldest of four sons)
Birth, Marriage and Death Index, Prince Albert Times and Saskatchewan Times 1882-1895
Black Hills, White Justice by Edward Lazarus
A Book of Grey Owl by Grey Owl
British Columbia: A History by Marg A. Ormsby
Canada’s Illustrated Heritage 1860-90 and 1930-70
Canadian Frontier by Antonson Publishing
Canadian Frontier Magazine
The Canadians by Lee Davis Willoughby
The Canadians by Robert E. Wall, Series of 7
Ceasars of the Wilderness by Peter C. Newman
Century of Conflict by J. Lister Rutledge
Clear Lake and The Riding Mountain Park by Frank Anderson
Colchester County: A Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers by Thomas Miller
Company of Adventurers by Peter C. Newman
Count Frontenac and New France Under Louis XIV by Francis Parkman
The Cypress Hills by Tom Primrose
D’Une Aube à L’Autre by Jeanne Grégoire (History of St. Valenitn and Ile aux Noix)
De la Novelle-Angleterre à la Nouvelle-France by Marcel Fournie (Story of Captives of U.S. brought to Canda 1675-1760)
The Diaries of Louis Riel by Tomas Flanagan
Diary of Nicholas Garry, Deputy Govenor of Hudson Bay Company 1822-35 published 1900 by Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada
Dictionary of Canadian Biography English: Vol. 3 (1741-70), Vol. 6 (1821-35), Vol. 8 (1851-60)
Dictionnaire des esclaves et de leurs propritetaires au Canada Francais by Marcel Trudel
Dictionnaire Genealogiques du Familles du Quebec
by Rene Jetté
Duck Lake: The Dreams-- Our Memories Vol. 1
Edward Ermatinger’s York Factory Express Journal: Being A Record Journey’s Made Between Fort Vancouver and Hudson Bay in the Years 1827-1828 by the Royal Society of Canada
Five Fur Trade Posts on the Lower Qu’Apelle River 1787-1819 by Arthur S. Morton
France in America by W. J. Eccles
French Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Review Vol. IV, No. 1-4, 1972
From Ottawa with Love: Canada’s Capital through Early Picture Postcards by Peter D. K. Hessel
From Sea to Sea by John Filed and Lloyd Dennis
Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia by Terrence M. Punch
The Genealogy of the First Metis Nation by Sprague and Frye
George Etienne Cartier by Brian Young
Great Upon the Mountain by Vinson Brown
Half Breed: The Story of Grey Owl by Lovat Dickson
Halfbreed: Life Story of Maria Campbell
Historic Nova Scotia by Hon. Harold Connolly
History and Geography of U.S. Possession, Richard’s Topical Encyclopedia Vol. 8
A History of the Green Lake Parish by Rev. Maurice Blackburn
The Honourable Company by Douglas MacKay
Horizon edited by Ken Mitchell
Index of Census 1891 District of Saskatchewan
Indian Treaties and Surrenders by Ottawa Queen Printers, Vol. 1
Indians of Canada by Diamond Jenness
Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell
Kaleidoscope: Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert
L’engagement des Sept Chênes
by M. L. A. Prudhomme
L’Ombre de Riel by Emil Tremblay
La baie Vert et le lac Supérieur 1665 by Benjamin Sulte
La Population des Fort Francais d’Amérique by Marthe Beauregard, Tome 1&2
Les Coureurs de Bois au lac Supérieur 1660 by Benjamin Sulte
The Little Immigrant by Kenneth Bagnell (Orphans who came to Canada)
The Lives and Times of the Patriots 1873-42 by Edwin C. Guillet
Lord of the Plains by Alfred Silver
Lord Slekirk of Red River by John Morgan Gray
The Magnetism of the West by Muriel Grigg
Manitoba Script by Gail Morin
Memoires de la Société Genealogiques Canadienne-Francaises 1977 to present
Metis Families-- A Genealogical Compendium
by Gail Morin, Vol. 1&2
The Mexicans by Harold Coy
The Mountain States of America by Neal R. Peirce
The Mounties by Delbert A. Young
My Boyhood in a Parsonage by Thomas W. Lamont
My Country by Pierre Berton
The Nor’Westers by Saskatchewan Archives Board
North to Cree Lake by A. L. Karras
Northwest Half-Breed Script 1885 by Gail Morin
Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867 by Leonard H. Smith Jr. and Norma H. Smith
Novice in the North by William M. Robinson
The Old Gentlemen Stood to Pray: Remembrances of St. Andrew’s Presbytarian Church of Quebec City
Outlaws of Alberta by Frank Anderson
Outlaws of the Canadian West by M. A. Macpherson
People Places-- The Dictionary Of Saskatchewan Place Names by Bill Barry
Peter Fidler 1769-1822 by J. G. MacGregor
Pilgrims of the Wild by Grey Owl
Pioneers and Performers-- Sport 1909-1984 by Diane Ransom
The Posts of the Fur Traders on the Upper Assiniboine River by Arthur S. Morton
The Pre-Selkirk Settlers of Old Assiniboia by George Bryce
Prince Albert 1866-1966
Prince Albert City Directory 1990 and 1995
Professional Techniques and Tactics in American Genealogical Research by E. Kay Kirkham
The Protest of the Ten-Cent Treaty
by Gail Morin
Red Lights of the Prairies by James H. Gray
Sajo and her Beaver People by Grey Owl
Saskatchewan-- A History by John H. Archer
Saskatchewan Guide to Historic Sites of the North-West Rebellion by Arlene Karpan and Robin Karpan
Saskatchewan History by Saskatchewan Archives Board
The Scarlet Force by T. Morris Longstreth
Scotland’s Stories
The Scottish Tradition in Canada by W. Stanford Reid
The Search for Almighty Voice
by Tiffany Shrimpton
Searching for Your Ancestors by Gilbert H. Doane
Seven Great Stories of Canada Series
Sir Henry Leforoy’s Journey to the North-West in 1843-44 edited by W. S. Wallace
A Snug Little Flock by Frits Pannekoek
Star City Pioneer-- Jubilee Year
Stewiacke 1780-1900 by New Publishing Company Truro, Nova Scotia
The Strange Brigade by John Jennings
Them Days: Stories of Early Labrador June 1982

Tom Sukanen and His Ship "The Sontiainen"
Towards a New Past: Found Poems of the Metis People edited by Mick Burrs, interviewer Carol Pearlstone, Vol. 2
Towards a New Past: Toil and Trouble, edited by Ken Cochrane, interviewers Larry Johnston and Ron Adams
Un Voyageur des pays d’En-Haut by Georges Dugas
Warriors of the King- WWI by L. James Dempsey
Welcome Home: Chaplin, Laura Secord, Antelope Creek, Uren, Champion Hill, Bothwell, Lambourne, Roseneath, Droxford, Thistledown, Esther, Northam, Valjean, Secretan, Three Hills, Pine Lake, Auquadell, Knowleside, Mount Rumble
The Wild Frontier by Pierre Berton
Wild West Magazine
Woman Chief by Benjamin Capps
The World and Its Peoples: (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) (Austraila, New Zealand, Oceania) (United Kingdom, Ireland)


Family History Center Hours

The Prince Albert LDS Family History Center, at 452 30 St. E, is open:
10 am to 3 pm on Tuesdays
6 pm to 10 pm on Wednesdays.
Please call Gloria MacDonald at 764-0028
or the church at 763-7874
if you wish to use the center.