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Prince Albert Branch
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Box 1464 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 5T1


In this archive Jan~Feb~Mar~Apr 2002
Volume 19 Number 1 of 3
Attack on America
Mennonite History
We Remember
Cemetaries and Tombstones

Name That Saskatchewan Place
Compliments of Metis Arts of Manitoba

Member Report on SGS 2001 Annual Seminar

Divine Intervention

More Sharing
Name That Saskatchewan Place Answers
Using Our Library
Member Website Suggestion

Keeping Our Census


Current issue

Attack on America

Our president opened our meeting on Tuesday September 11, 2001 by acknowledging the horror of the terrorist attacks in the United States and extending our sympathy. As genealogists, we are especially aware of the value of life and how inter-connected we are-- if not through blood, then through spirit. We can all pray that these terrible events prompt us to the construction of peace not the destruction of war.



Our coffers are much healthier thanks to two note worthy injections from two fundraisers. Many thanks to our ditch cleaners and bingo workers!


Mennonite History

Our members appreciated W. Senner’s excellent program on Mennonite History this spring. This is a summary of the program from W.

"On my father's side of the family, my faith history mirrors my personal history. My branch of the Waltner(Waldner) family immigrated, in 1875, to South Dakota as part of a group of four Mennonite congregations who had been living for some 75 years in Volhynia, Russia. Prior to Russia, the Waltner(Waldner) line had been part of the Hutterite movement in Austria. My husband's family, Senner, goes back to Switzerland, to the time of the Reformation in the 1500s.

Because of the documentation of the movements of the Mennonite peoples in Europe following the Reformation, much of which was in church records, it is possible to trace my family history back into that time period.

In August of 2000, 28 people, all of whom have their roots in the Freeman, South Dakota community, participated in a European tour which traced the movements of the Swiss Volynian Mennonites in Europe. We followed the migrations of the Mennonites from their beginnings in Switzerland in 1525 through France, Germany, Austria and Holland. Because of the documentation it is possible to visit specific farms still owned by the descendents of relatives; to visit sites of imprisonment and martyrdom; caves high in the Alps where worship services were held; and visit with present-day Mennonites/relatives in those countries."



Sharing is a valuable part of our society. By sharing, we learn new things and are reminded of old.

A relative in the Ukraine is more concerned with the immediate needs of food, clothing and medicine than the concerns of the past. New relatives from Germany provide an opportunity to practice that language. A mother's move into long term care meant papers needed to be sorted through. The papers proved "interesting" and a "Down East Roots" website more "interesting" and we all chuckled when the expression "getting" hooked was used because we thought the "getting" was "gotten".

A good family reunion of over 200 people was attended this summer. Another family reunion in Winnipeg introduced new faces. Preparations are being made for a 2002 reunion.

The Genealogical Resource Directory has produced another possible connection in Australia or New Zealand. Homestead papers may lead to Elizabeth Smith. The papers from a homestead south of Moosejaw were signed over to a mother's grandfather by a veteran of the Boer War, Johnston Smith. Hopefully, the last names are not just a coincidence because the challenges of researching common names is a big as researching uncommon names. Marriage and baptismal certificates are being collected. J. Hobbes will help search again for missing baptismal records from a priest who did the baptisms in Flin Flon but had his parish in La Ronge. The fear is that they were never properly recorded.

Computers continue to be of interest. A switch to The Master Genealogist (TMG) at a half price deal saw no loss of sources. A son's webpage caught a non-relative contact that lead to a relative contact in England. The relative has lots of completed research and is looking for information to fill in the North American gap. Our website archive of D's library list with mention of the surname "Balaberda" may help a relative researching that name.

Research into a father's family history has a long way to go. The trail from Russell, Manitoba to the Ukraine will not be easy as ancestors avoided all officials including those at the Canadian border.

The value of planning and preparation was definitely reinforced when a member shared a whirlwind tour of Ontario. The planning and preparation included advance contact with cemeteries and libraries netting a "ready-to-go" list that found everyone in a cemetery in a mere 30 minute visit. It also included a phone directory. The first call received dead silence after a the usual spiel introducing the possibility of relationship and then "Wow." While in the vicinity for one family reunion, the phone call lead to a great connection for her mom's mom's family. The family reunion itself was a powerful experience of old house, cemetery, footbridge from grandmother's poetry, and old homestead with original barn. Also, a meeting with the homestead owner, a Charlie Farquason character, straightened out some legal details. A g-g-g-grandfather was verified too. In all, 10 g-g-grandparents have been found.

Two inquiries from non-relatives have lead to summer research on a Langley woodcarver who died of typhoid fever and a rewarding but unsuccessful search for heirs. The reward was $92 Cdn and a sense of satisfaction in submitting a quality report.

G-g-grandfather was not born where they thought he was and the confirming birth certificate has been secured. Also, a genealogical gold strike, two massive charts from a husband's third cousin. 80% are names with no dates so the two tasks are verifying the direct line and entering data into a genealogy program.

Another gold mine may have existed in New Brunswick's Wishebucktoo unknowingly to a member who lived four miles away during his military years.

A member is looking forward to attending a Heritage Scrapbook workshop in Saskatoon and another is headed to the SGS conference in Estevan.


We Remember

Members have been actively recording and updating cemeteries on their own as well as a collective effort at the Prince Albert Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The May meeting saw J. Hobbs, B. Troupe, A. Krayetski, A. Taylor, M. Sorsdahl, D. Rivet, M. Courtney, T. Chappell, A. Jones, J. Gray, D. Revitt, and S. Hamilton at the cemetery.

Memorial Gardens is located a couple kilometers south of Prince Albert city limits on Highway #2. It was opened in November 1955 and as of May 22, 2001 has 5,538 interments. Memorial Gardens is presently divided into different sections: 1) Garden of Christas 2) Babyland and Singles 3) Garden of Gethsemane 4) Garden of Sermon on the Mount 5) Garden of Devotion 6) Garden of Last Supper 7) Garden of Memories 8) Garden of the Old Rugged Cross 9) Columbarium


Cemetaries and Tombstones

In Memory of St. Clair County Families
Dear Ancestor,
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chisled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you,
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would of loved you so.
Iwonder if you lived and loved,
Iwonder if you knew
That someday, I would find this spot
And come to visit you.
Author Unknown
from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~cbell/tombstone.htm


Name That Saskatchewan Place

Arm Joint
Scale on Fire
Sharp Cutlery
South Peace Chevy
Ain’t Roy
High Level of Accomplishment
Tree Hedge
Late PM Greeing
Pa’s Credit Union
Canada in Reverse
Old Mother
Huge Tributary
Promiscuous Dirt
His Ernie
Turning Point
Bull Fighter
Heavenly Height
Light Bulb
Religious Overpass
Pepper Jacket
Beginning ofthe West
Belached Lumber
Charlie’s Namesake

Check your answers later in this newsletter.


Compliments of Metis Arts of Manitoba

Bannock is an extremely variable and fascinating form of food. It has existed for over 1000 years in countless forms. The word itself is thought to be from the Latin word "panicum" or "bread of communion". Now, however, a wide variety of such foods can be accurately called bannock. This variety is probably just because over 1000 years, recipes tend to get mis-quoted, experimented with, or accidentally changed, just as they typically are in modern times. This has led to some delightfully delicious discoveries. Another reason for variation is the availability of ingredients, including raisins, milk, cream, butter and other more exotic ingredients; as well as the grains grown in the area and methods of baking.

Most of these fascinating variations are from Scotland, where Manitoba got bannock from, probably by Scottish employees of the Hudson Bay Company, and by the Selkirk Settlers. In parts of Scotland, oatmeal, piecemeal, barley, wheat flour and even crushed silverweed was and is used to make rich scones made with butter or cream. The Selkirk area of Scotland is known for its rich bannock which features used an abundance of Sultana raisins. Bannock of the Pithcaithley area is known for its orange peel and almonds. 13th century Scottish soldiers moistened oatmeal, put it on a flat metal plate, and cooked their bannock over small fires. This simplicity would be echoed by Natives on the shores of James Bay, who wrapped bannock around a stick and baked it over a fire also. These open fire baking methods were also used by Indians and Metis here in Manitoba, to baked their relatively simple mixture of flour, lard and water or milk.

Over the ages, characteristics of bannock such as shape and flavor have changed according to era and locale. However, its presence has been significant in helping to celebrate the turning of seasons, feasts of the church, birth, teething, and marriage.

A Real Old-time Recipe for Red River Bannock
Mix three cups flour, one teaspoon salt, 2 tsp. baking powder and one tablespoon sugar together.
Then add a 1/4 cup lard and blend well.
Then add 1 to 1- 1/2 cups cold water only one-third at a time, mixing until the dough holds together and is no longer sticky.
Knead well for from 5 to 8 minutes.
Rolled into large round circle about one inch thick.
Bake at about 400 until light brown; roughly 20 minutes.
Don't feel you have to stop there. Why not add a half the cup of raisins, Sultanas recommended, to the dry ingredients on festive occasions? Use drippings instead of lard? Add pieces of apricot, orange peel, or nuts? And why not try wrapping around a stick and cooking it over an open fire, or frying it in a cast iron frying pan? But please, be fire safe whenever having open fire.
Submitted by a member from a photocopy dated August 16, 1986.
Editors Note: My absolute favourite bannock is Lanny’s grandfather’s fried bannock. Whenever I have it, I feel like I’m eating dessert during the main course.


Member Report on SGS 2001 Annual Seminar by V. LaRose
Held in Estevan October 26 - 28, 2001

I left home at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23. I’m driving alone. There was a skiff of snow at Melfort and it continued heaviest at Naicam, until I reached Southey. There’s no snow in Regina when I arrive at 12:30. Went to visit a good friend and ex- neighbor with M.S. in a care home. Arrived at my friend N’s home at 3 p.m., seconds after she pulled into her garage. Good timing!

It began snowing very heavy at 4:30 p.m. I considered a bus to the L.D.S. at the opposite end of the city, when N. kindly offered to drive me and pick me up later. Research the birth, marriage, and death records of the Buchach area of the Ukraine with no luck. Streets are treacherous, traffic is crawling so I really appreciate N.’s generous offer.
Next morning, Wednesday, I drove to the S.G.S. There is no where to park other than the $1.00 per hour metres that were all taken, the Cornwall Center 3 blocks away at $6.00 per day. I finally found a parking lot 2 _ blocks away at $4.00 per day. Researched from 9 to 1/4 to 3. Didn’t find anything earth shattering, but was surprised when the staff said passenger lists were a last resort. I did go through the dozen or so of passenger list books. I have researched passenger lists a few times at the L.D.S. and also the internet to no avail. My father’s family worked their passage across on cattle boats. Would there be a passenger list? I did borrow 2 books and was pleased that they boxed and prepaid the return postage on them.

I did some shopping at the mall and at 6:30 after asking directions 3 times (good thing I’m not a male), I arrive at L.D.S. to do further research into the Ukraine. Unfortunately the staff who was so knowledgeable on the Ukraine there last year was not available, so hence little help. I am researched out. The records are in Polish or Ukrainian and I don’t read or speak either, but I desperately hoped to recognize the Werbiski name somewhere. I drove across the city at 9 p.m. to N.’s with no trouble. This has been an exhausting day.

On Thursday, October 25, N. and I hang out together attending the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and later the T.C. Douglas House and McKenzie Art Gallery. There’s lots of snow and I’m wearing winter apparel.

On October 26, I left Regina and arrived in Esteven at 10:30. The highways rated from good to excellent on the entire journey, mostly very good. Drove to the U.S. border and cashed in American coins for bills at customs office with no problem. I lived in Estevan in 1956 where my son was born, but there was nothing familiar about the city.

I checked in at the Perfect Hotel I had reserved when registering for the conference believing the conference would be held there. I was new and very expensive suite even though I asked for a single room. It was very large for 4 and too far from the conference sight.

I arrived at the conference at 12:45. Tours were scheduled for 1 pm. Finally at 1:45 two cars toured the Boundary Dam Power Station, which certainly reminded me of the Pulp Mill. The fuel supply here is lignite coal which is in abundance in the area, evidenced along the highways. They strip mine, then level the large mounds of earth, and reclaim the land by seeding grass for pasture or hay. The large draglines remove enough earth in one shovel for a house basement. The electricity generated at this power station is fed into the province wide electrical grid via high voltage transmission lines. Other Sask. Power stations are at Island Falls, Meadow Lake, Landis, Queen Elizabeth, Nipawin, Campbell, Coteau Creek, and Poplar River. The annual output of Boundary Dam Power Station is 5 billion kwh. In 2000, they received an international measure of excellence for environmental management. They employ well over 400 people.

I asked about the graves of the coal miners killed by the RCMP at the riot during the depression and after a tour of the Luscar Coal and Shand Green fields. We continued on to Beinfeit to the cemetary. Some of these men were distant relatives of my mother’s.

After a KFC supper, I drove back to the Esteven Public Library where the conference was held. I registered earlier. The theme of the conference was Across the Borders - Finds and Fun in 2001.

Opening remarks at 7:15 were made by Arlene Frolick, president of the SGS. The conference was hostes by Region 2 which consists of Pangam, Estevan, Weyburn and also the SGS and the Estevan Public Library. Arlene said the SGS has the largest genealogical library in Canada, it was incorporated in 1969 and now boasts a membership of over 2000.

At 7:30, Chris Krismer gave a workshop on "Pictures and Technology" She touched on cameras, scanning, storing, preserving, sharing, and inserting into Trees and family histories. She stressed using archival acid free albums for both pictures and documents and to use specialty places to have pictures developed to preserve them for the future. She also suggested storing pictures in 2 separate storage places in case of fire, vandalism or theft. She touched on hard drives, 3-1/2 floppies, and CD’s. I was surprised to learn that floppies life span was as little as 3 months. She also said to buy a scanner with OCR capabilities compatible with your computer.
(Editors Note: OCR is "optical character recognition" that will save you re-typing documents. If the document typing is of good quality, scan it in and let your OCR program convert it to text for your word processor. My scanner recommends 300 dpi (dots per inch) and "lineart". The "lineart" choice results in a scan that has black or white; no gray.)

I checked into a motel closer to the conference which was much cheaper and closer, and they were kind enough to let me check out of the Perfect without any charge. I just need a bed and bathroom, not a home.

Joyce Carlson was our conference M.C. This is our 33rd annual genealogy seminar.

On Saturday, October 27, drove to the Library for a delicious continental breakfast which included juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, bagels, donuts, croissants, and muffins.

I took Laura Hanowski’s session on United States Immigration including the St. Albans Records and Current Data Bases. Laura is from Regina, an SGS member, former SGS Librarian and now Education co-ordinator. Unfortunately, I did not buy the Sylabus and she continued to refer to it. Laura stressed that the internet was a tool and not a source.
You had to live in Canada for 5 years to be eligible for naturalization. When finding information on a list, read the whole list. After 1928, check border crossing lists and not passenger lists. Border crossing records began in 1908. The records from 1920-1935 are on microfilm only. For a difficult to ready entry, spend a few extra dimes and film dark on dark, and the records are easier to read.

Some new records pre-1867 have been found on French and Acadian entries. From 1663-1673 the "Kings Daughters" were brought over to marry the frontier men. These Quebec parish records are at the University of Montreal and are on the internet. The index of passengers who immigrated to Canada are on film and found in a book. The 1801-1849 records are on the internet.

She also touched on the Hamburg passenger list and the Ellis Island information on internet. She stressed NEVER ASSUME. Legislation was passed in 1819 in the United States that passenger lists were required. There are lists for official ports only. Always go into passenger lists last, when everything else has been exhausted. The pre 1920 records are fragmented. There are many mistakes on the customs passenger list 1820-1881. Laura also explained how to code a family name for soundex and find on Cindy’s List. The records of Immigration and Naturalization were transferred to national archives on microfilm and the original records destroyed. There’s a St. Alban’s list of immigration from Canada to U.S. January, 1895-June 30, 1954.

From 10:45-12.00 I sat in on Manitoba Research by Shirley Erksine of Brandon, Manitoba who touched on all the resources available in researching in Manitoba. Manitoba became a province in 1870. Some excellent sources of research are the Manitoba Genealogy Society, census records, Henderson Directories in the universities, provincial archives, Hudson Bay Archives, legislative library, personal records, etc.

From 1 to 2 pm, I attended the SGS annual meeting. The following agreed to let their name stand and were elected: Bev Weston for president, and for Board of Directors, Carolyn Andrews, Brian Brodie, and Rocky Sample. Their resumes have impressive qualifications.

There are 20 active branches, the Estevan is inactive, and there’s a study group in Radville. There’s an 8 day tour to Salt Lake City from Saskatoon from $479.00 for quad, to $600.00 plus for single. There’s a change in the cemetary act which will make it easier for genealogists to access information. The Saskatchewan obituaries will be on computer in the form of a data base program with exact dates and the paper the obituary was clipped from and where the newspaper can be accessed. They are clipping and pasting until the end of 2001. Membership fees stay the same; $500.00 for life, $33.00 for regular, and $30.00 for senior. They are working to update the SGS catalog and putting it on the internet as soon as possible, but no time frame as it’s all done by volunteers. There are 3 paid staff at SGS. They have 20,000 books, microfiches, etc. the largest collection in Canada. There was a small by law change which deleted 3.9 and moved it elsewhere.

Laura Hanowski gave a report of the International Genealogical Conference on July 19-21, 2002 in Regina which will be hosted by SGS and 4 other culture groups (Federation of East European Family History Societies, The Bukovina Society of the Americas, East European Genealogical Society, Society of German Genealogy in Eastern Europe) with some very world renown speakers. Marj Thomas said the 2003 conference will be held in Saskatoon October 24-26 at the Travel Lodge on Circle Drive. There was an informational meeting at 4:45 re College for certified genealogists.

From 2 to 3:15 I attended "Records Available in Your Local Municipal Office" by Gwen Johnson who works in a municipal office and who gave a very organized, visual, and interesting presentation. The organization of R.M.’s began in 1884. Unorganized hamlets were also included in the R.M.’s. Information can be gleaned from birth, marriage, and death records, cemetery records, voters lists, poll books, petitions, minute books, assessment rolls, tax rolls, relief records, R.M. maps, cash book expenditures, Cummins maps, history books, plaques of service, honour rolls for war service, and other records. Some R.M.’s give total access to their records and others are less generous, depending on the staff.

It was pointed out that seniors do more genealogy than anyone, followed by First Nations people.

We were encouraged to write more letters to our M.P.’s to have the 1901 census released, as there are new people in government.

We broke twice a day for refreshments that consisted of coffee, tea, juice, donuts, cookies, etc.

From 3:30 to 4:45 on Saturday, I went to Laura Hanowski’s "What’s New in Canadian Immigration Records". Her ability to retain information makes you wonder if she has a computer chip in her brain. Laura suggested when reading microfiche, to take along a clear yellow plastic sheet to make reading much easier.

We broke at 5, went to our motels to change for the banquet which was held at Beefeaters Inn, about 3 blocks or more from the Library. We enjoyed some drinks, socializing, a banquet and entertainment which included recitations, highland dancing, and drumming.

On Sunday we congregated at the library for a delicious breakfast at 7:45-8:45. At 9 to 10:15, I attended the "On-Line Instruction on Internet" taught by Clint Kraushaar, computer technician of Choice Office Products, Estevan. He showed us what is there, costs associated, reliability and ethics of posting material on the internet. There was another refreshment break, draws, etc. with most of us anxious to get on the road.

The snow had melted, weather mild, so I drove on to Carberry, Portage la Prairie, and Winnipeg, Manitoba where I visited family and friends and did research in Portage at the Daily Graphic, the two funeral homes, city hall, and the Manitoba Archives and the Free Press in Winnipeg.

The following is a list of Canadian Church Archives addresses made available at the conference:

Anglican Church of Canada
The Archivist, Qu’Appelle Diocese
1501 College Avenue Regina SK S4P 1B6
phone: 306-522-1608
The Registrar, Saskatchewan Diocese
1308 5th Avenue S Prince Albert SK S6V 2H7
phone: 306-763-2455
The Archivist, Saskatoon Docese
Box 1965 Saskatoon SK S7K 3S5
phone: 306-244-5651
Baptist Church
Canadian Baptist Archives, McMaster Divinity College
1512 St. James St. Hamilton ON L8S 4K1
phone: 905-525-9140 ext 23511
Lutheran Church
Jeannette Brandell Library, Lutheran Theological Seminary
114 Seminary Cr. University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 0X3
phone: 306-966-7850
National Secretary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
302-393 Portage Avenue Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6
phone: 204-984-9150
Manitoba-Saskatchewan District, Lutheran Church-- Missouri Synod
1927 Grant Dr. Regina SK S4S 4V6
phone: 306-586-4434
Ukranian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada
Consitory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
9 St. Johns Avenue Winnipeg MB R2W 1G8
phone: 204-586-3093
Methodist Church
(see United Church of Canada)
Presbyterian Church
(see United Church of Canada)
United Church of Canada
Saskatchewan Conference St. Andrew’s College
1121 College Dr. Saskatoon SK S7N 0W3
phone: 306-966-8963
Roman Catholic Church
Regina Archdiocese, Diocesan Centre
445 Broad Street N Regina SK S4R 2X8
phone: 306-352-1651
Prince Albert Diocese, Chancery Office
1415 4th Avenue W Prince Albert S6V 5H1
phone: 306-922-4747
Saskatoon Diocese, Catholic Pastoral Centre
100 5th Avenue N Saskatoon SK S7K 2N7
phone: 306-242-1500
Ukranian Greek Catholic Church
Eparchy of Saskatoon
866 Saskatchewan Cr E Saskatoon SK S7N 0L4
phone: 306-653-0138
Mennonite Church
Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Canada
77 Henderson Highway Winnipeg MB R2L 1L1
phone: 204-669-6575
Mennonite Heritage Center Archives
600 Shaftesbury Blvd Winnipeg MB R3P 0M4
phone: 204-88-6781 ext 243

Divine Intervention

Our November program focused on our mates down under in Australia. R. and P. Smith came in to provide general information that tempted us all to invent research projects for Australia and an added bonus-- a gem of a genealogical story.

On the day before returning, P., an outgoing people person, met a woman, Margaret, while shopping. After learning that P. was from Canada, a wistful look came into the Margaret's eyes. She explained that she had lost contact with her sister's family after the death of her sister. They had lived in a small place, said Margaret, that P. probably didn't even know about-- Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. P., especially after learning that Margaret had just been moved by her son to a nearby center after living in New Zealand all her adult life, knew divine intervention when she experienced it, and accepted the Margaret's request to find her missing relatives.

Encouraging progress was made but then the trail faded and threatened to disappear. P. though knows the value of talking to everyone. A co-worker, C., just back from vacation listened and just about dropped her coffee. Her parents had fostered Margaret's two older nieces after the death of the parents. An immediate call to C.'s dad resulted in a gold mine of information.

We have asked P.to write up her amazing story for publication.

Australia itself is an ideal place for Snowbirds who travel the extra distance. The interior is sparsely populated desert where only the hardy venture. The coastal regions are appropriately named the "Sunshine Coast" or the "Gold Coast" and are rich in beauty, food and cities populated by millions.

R. Smith is especially impressed with the Australian club system. They have golf, surfing, bowling, jogging and numerous other clubs that provide facilities with companionship and food. The Canadian dollar does well in Australia and for $10 Australian a gourmet meal with a choice of entrees can be had with a $2 coupons for the "pokeys" (slot machines) and another for the bar. Ron's favourite is the Prawn Cutlets marinated in pineapple and coconut and deep fried. Also included in the $10 meal price is transportation to and from the club!

Within cities private vehicles are band. The well developed inexpensive public transportation system includes "Cats" and "Kitty Cats", large and small catamarans that travel the rivers.

Australians are very active people. Most are up and participating in their club by 6 am before heading to work for the day. Also, the quality and quantity of fresh produce is inviting. The Smiths describe picking a pineapple at the market then watching as the vendor lops off the top to return to the grove to be planted.

The Smith’s video made us wish even more for relatives that needed researching down under.


More Sharing

Members took the opportunity after the annual meeting and scrumptious potluck to share stories of progress and setbacks.

A member is carefully researching genealogy programs in the hopes of finding one that is not only good but comes with UK CDs.

With interest in Mennonite research a member shared information on an upcoming Mennonite Conference November 3, 2001 in Saskatoon. She also values the well written Mennonite Research Newsletter.

Ponder this connection. At the end of WWI, a German prisoner is released from internment in England and an English prisoner is released in Germany. Today, they are connected through their descendants.

Determination is the mainstay of genealogy. A letter sent to a Chamber of Commerce is forwarded to a newspaper and a woman employee offers to forward it to the surnames mentioned. Voila, three letters in two weeks. One from a 78 year old with a tale of leaving England because of a crooked lawyer. A letter looking for James Thurston, a Prince Albert photographer on display in the museum where we meet, provided opportunity to correct information about his wife.

Determination is also the mainstay of publishing. Using old local history books and sending requests for updates and photos proved quite an exercise in collecting, typing, scanning, organizing and printing a 110 page family history book in time for the August 2001 reunion. The cost per book though was kept under $10 by using Staples printing and binding services. (Another member agrees it is a huge and worthy task but it is the way to go especially if they are family members who are unable to afford a $40 book.) If there had been fewer books, his recommendation would be to just use the computer printer for better quality. At the reunion a memorable game that became quite spirited was recalling the design of an original log house and where the furniture was. Also, a mega wallchart was displayed for additions and corrections and happily handed over to the next reunion organizers.

A new leaf has been added to one family tree by marriage. Contacted by a relative researching homesteading "men" lead to enlightenment that women homesteaded too. The relative accepted the enlightenment and will include women in his research.

Another new leaf was added, this time by birth with a record three calls from a new grandfather to his sister. The first announced, the second made up for lack of details on size and weight and the third was a report on the new mother.
Imagine three men dealing with decades of their aunt’s life before her house is bulldozed. After sorting for distribution to relatives and charity, they encouraged neighbours to step in. Our member hopes someone claimed the organ. With the aunt’s teacups and saucers to add to her collection, our member also made the time to identify origins and she was surprised at the time the task swallowed. The aunt’s 1941 album is thankfully documented with previously unseen photos.

Step into India? A member will be researching a McArdle grandfather who served in India. Others suggested looking first for his military record in England.

Our website e-newsletter, like other genealogy sites, continues to provide clues and possible connections. A member who shared an interesting grave inscription has passed the baton on to a relative who recognized it.



This is one member’s volunteer work on behalf of a phone call from the Republic of Czechoslovakia to our branch.

"The caller wanted information about his grandfather, Harry Alton Maveety who was killed in France in 1918 during WWI. Harry had been born in Prince Albert.

The caller stated his great grandfather was a John Maveety, a pulisher of the Times newspaper. He shared the business with Thomas Spinks. Both men had come from Toronto.

I was able to find the street address for the Maveety’s from the Henderson Directory. It was 901-14 St. W.
Found the family on the 1891 and 1901 Census List:
Census 1891
John 51 b. in ON 7 Feb 1840
Bessie 34 " 5 Apr 1844
Douglas 12 " 30 Oct 1878
Margaret 11 "
Edith 8 b. in NWT 1 Feb 1883
Ethel 6 " 14 Oct 1884
Henry 5 " 13 Apr 1886
Herbert 3 " 7 Apr 1888
Winnie 1 " 11 Nov 1889
John’s parents listed as b. in Ireland
Bessie’s father listed as b. in Scotland, mother in ON
Census 1901
Charles b. in NWT 12 Apr 1894
Catherine " 14 Apr 1897
Margarent not listed with family in 1901
Bessie listed as Elizabeth in 1901
Henry listed as Harry in 1901
Sent this info on in an email. Suggested a letter to the Prince Albert Herald.
Since then, I have found this at the library, which I will forward to him. ‘Maveety-- James 1839 in Toronto Township (ON1-466) and Maveety-- John living in 1851 Loughborough Township (ON39-5). Religion stated as Church of England."


Name That Saskatchewan Place Answers

Arm Joint- Elbow
Scale on Fire- Weyburn
Sharp Cutlery- Cutknife
South Peace Chevy- Cadillac?
Ain’t Roy- Tisdale
High Level of Accomplishment- Success or Milestone
Tree Hedge- Carragana
Togetherness- Unity
Late PM Greeting- Goodeve
Pa’s Credit Union- Mossbank
Canada in Reverse- Adanac
Old Mother- Hubbard
Huge Tributary- Big River
Promiscuous Dirt- Luseland
His Ernie- Herbert
Turning Point- Climax or Milestone
Bull Fighter- Matador
Heavenly Height- Paradise Hill
Light Bulb- Sylvania
Religious Overpass- Churchbridge
Pepper Jacket- Saltcoats
Tea- Lipton or Ceylon or Earl Grey
Beginning ofthe West- Frontier or East End
Bleached Lumber- Whitewood
Charlie’s Namesake- Chaplin

Using Our Library

There is a new list of library holdings for 2001, if you don’t already have one ask D. or A.
Books are grouped by subject content and should be on the shelf in the order listed:
-Genealogy - General
-Canada – Specific to Provinces
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Native and Metis (this has been reduced to a folder and other material filed by area where it relates), Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
-Other Countries – Europe, United States, Finland, Great Britain, Australia.
-Floater Books from SGS are on the lowest shelf on the left.
-The Microfiche Reader and Microfiche are now at the home of Dorothy Revitt which gives us more shelf space. Thanks Dorothy!!

We will try to post a list of any new material added each month.

Please do as you would in any library. Sign out books by filling in the card in the pocket which should be inside the front or back cover. File the card in the little black card file box which should be in evidence (if not, check the bottom drawer of the file cabinet).

Magazines are not carded so just take a fresh card from the box and make a note of the journal title and date, your name and the date borrowed.

When you return books or have had something out to look at it, please DO NOT reshelve it, leave it on the bench by the library cupboard. We will be happy to do that and we will mark the card as returned.

We now have subscriptions to Family Chronicle and have just begun to receive Family Tree.


Member Website Suggestion

"I heard a fellow from the Estevan Public Library interviewed on radio today and have just spent the last half hour on the South Saskatchewan Regiment website - it has lots of information and excellent links.


Keeping Our Census

Persistence is one of the predominant characteristics of genealogists and family historians. We are asking you again to persist in the effort to liberate the 1901 and following censuses. First an election interrupted our efforts and then the tragedy of September 11. Please write your MP and for other addresses and emails visit:
http://globalgenealogy.com/Census/or use the link on our homepage.

Appendix Page

Post-1901-Canadian Census Release-Recent Developments

September 2001
- Senate Committee meets to review Senator Lorna Milne’s Bill S-12. Presenters were The Hon. Lorna Milne (Sponsor of the Bill), Ian Wilson (National Archives of Canada), Michael Sheridan (Statistics Canada), George Radwanski (Privacy Commissioner of Canada), Chad Gaffield (Canadian Historical Association) and Gordon Watts (Canada Census Committee).
October 2001
- Heritage Minister Sheila Copps states on a CKNW Vancouver talk show that she is very much in favour of allowing public access to Historical Census Records
- Senator Lorna Milne issues a press release demanding that Statistics Canada stop breaking the law and allow the release of post 1901 census records to the National Archives of Canada.

November 2001
- Bill C-312, presented by MP Murray Calder (identical to Senator Lorna Milne’s Bill S-12), is deemed not-votable. Therefore, it will receive one hour of debate in the House of Commons before being dropped from the Order paper. Members of the sub-committee of the House Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs that made this decision were Carolyn Parrish, Michel Guimond, Jay Hill, Bill Blaikie, Garry Breitkreuz and Marcel Proulx.
- The Department of Canadian Heritage posts an online questionnaire for the purpose of the development of new directions for federal heritage policy in Canada. The e-consultation ended November 30.
- Upcoming public consultative town hall meetings and focus groups are announced for citizens to voice their opinions on potential changes to the Privacy Act as it relates to historical census records.

December 2001
- The Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology passes Bill S-12-An Act to Amend the National Archives of Canada Act and Statistics Act (census records), without amendment. The Bill will now be referred back to the Senate in Report Stage and will receive more debate. Following debate, Bill S-12 will be given third reading and if passed will then be referred to the House of Commons.
- Details regarding the upcoming town hall meeting and focus groups are made known. In Saskatchewan they will be held in Regina on January 25 at the Regina Inn, 1975 Broad Street, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Those who are willing to do so are encouraged to speak and present arguement for the release of Post 1901 Canadian Census Records. There are a limited number of spots available for presenters. In order to request a time slot you must contact Environics Canada by email (censusconsulatations@environics.ca) or by telephone (613-230-5089). There will also be room for spectators at these meetings.
- Totals of signatures collected on petitions are in excess of 13,000 to the House of Commons and in excess of 20,000 to the Senate

What Can I Do?
- Continue to collect signatures on petitions
- Email/write to the only Saskatchewan MP who remains undecided as to whether or not he will vote in favour of the release of the Post 1901 Canadian Census: The Hon. Ralph Goodale (Liberal) representing the Wascana riding (Goodale.R@parl.gc.ca) All other Saskatchewan MPs are in favour of census release. Letters to MPs may be addressed to:
(their name), MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
(No postage is necessary)
- Email/write to the Saskatchewan Senators that remain undecided as to whether or not they will vote in favour of the release of the Post 1901 Canadian Census: Herbert Sparrow (sparrh@sen.parl.gc.ca), Leonard Gustafson (gustal@sen.parl.gc.ca), and David Tkachuk (tkachd@sen.parl.gc.ca). Thank you to the other two Senators from Saskatchewan-John Wiebe and Raynell Andreychuk-who are in support of census release. Letters to Senators may be addressed to:
The Honorable (their name)
Senate of Canada
Ottawa, ON
(No postage is necessary)
- Plan to attend the town hall/focus group meetings in Regina on January 25 as either a presenter or spectator.



for more information
submitted by Garth Ulrich, Saskatchewan Representative
Canada Census Committee





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