An archive page of
Prince Albert Branch
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Box 1464 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 5T1


In this Archive Jan~Feb~Mar~Apr 2004
Volume 21 Number 1 of 3
Highlighting Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
Saskatchewan Sources

A Genealogist’s New Year's Resolution

Current Issue

Highlighting Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

The guest book at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, http://www.raogk.org/, is "Chicken Soup for a Genealogist's Soul". Here, there are hundreds of notes of thanks to the RAOGK volunteers. This volunteer organization was started by two researchers who saw a need for it in their own region. It grew from state-wide to world-wide very quickly.

There are over 4,000 volunteers around the world who are willing to do a research task once a month as an act of kindness. The volunteer is reimbursed for any expenses. For example, one volunteer took 22 photos of a cemetery. The cost of the film, processing and postage would be expenses.

You are encouraged to become a volunteer after using this service. Imagine the benefits it everyone did.



Saskatchewan Sources

Genealogical societies are not only great for the "how-to" but the "where-to". This list of sources is a fraction presented by a member at a 2003 program.
When looking in Saskatchewan consider the following sources:
1. Saskatchewan Archives
2. Genealogical Societies
3. Vital Statistics
4. Court Records
5. Church Records
6. Land Records
7. Cemetery Records
8. Education
9. Libraries
10. Museums
11. Native Ancestry

Saskatchewan Archives
The Saskatchewan Archives Board has office locations in Regina and Saskatoon.

In Regina:
Saskatchewan Archives Board
University of Regina
Regina SK S4S 0A2
Street address:
3303 Hillsdale Street
Regina SK S4S 7J8
Phone: 306-787-4068
Email: info.regina@archives.gov.sk.ca
(The Regina office is located at 3303 Hillsdale Street, a short walk from the University of Regina campus.)
In Saskatoon:
Street and mailing address:
Saskatchewan Archives Board
Murray Building
University of Saskatchewan
3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A4
Phone: 306-933-5832
Email: info.saskatoon@archives.gov.sk.ca
(The Saskatoon office is located at the centre of the campus of the University of Saskatchewan.)

Genealogical sources at the Saskatchewan Archives:
Homestead records
Family histories
Government publications

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society is located in Regina. Our provincial society has the best genealogical collection in Canada. The society is located on the 2 nd floor, 1870 Lorne Street Regina.
PO Box 1894
Regina, SK S4P 3E1
Phone (306) 780-9207
Fax (306) 781-6021
Website: www.saskgenealogy.com
The society offers:

SGS Branches are located in

Central Butte
Moose Jaw
Prince Albert
Quill Plains (in Kelvington)
Swift Current
Eston at Wheatland Regional Library
The Battlefords

Vital Statistics Records
The current search fee for each 3-year search is $25.00. For birth, marriage or death certificates contact:
Vital Statistics
Saskatchewan Health
1942 Hamilton Street
Regina SK S4P 3V7
Phone: (306) 787-3092
Toll free: 1-800-458-1179 (in Sask only)
E-mail: www.health.gov.sk.ca (for information and application forms)

Court Records
For wills and court proceedings, there are 13 permanent judicial centers in the province. Addresses can be found at www.sask justice.gov.sk.ca
Court of Queen's Bench – Regina
Court House, 2425 Victoria Ave.
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3V7
Phone: (306) 787-5377
Court of Queen’s Bench – Saskatoon
Court House, 520 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 2H6
Phone: (306) 933-5137
Other Judicial Centres - Assiniboia, Battleford, Estevan, Humboldt, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn, Wynyard, Yorkton

Land Records
To access LAND information or to locate addresses of local Service Centres throughout Saskatchewan, visit the ISC website at www.isc-online.ca .
Customer Call Centre in Regina at (306) 798-0641
Toll Free: 1-866-275-4721
E-mail: ask*isc-online.ca

Church Sources
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has five locations in Saskatchewan. They are Regina, Saskatoon, Kindersley, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.
452 30 th Street East
Prince Albert SK
Phone (306) 763-7874
They are open Wednesday evening. Phone for appointment or to confirm hours.
Website: www.familysearch.org
A list of other Saskatchewan church organizations:

Anglican Church of Canada
Baptist Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Mennonite Church
Methodist Church (See United Church of Canada)
Presbyterian Church (See also United Church of Canada)
Roman Catholic Church
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church
United Church of Canada

Cemetery Records
The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Cemetery Program since 1975 has been active in listing tombstone inscriptions in the province. To date 3,200 cemeteries have been located and about half of these have been transcribed. There is a fee for this search.
Check local cemeteries, church offices and funeral homes for information.

Records of Educational Institutions
Directory of school officials is available from:
Saskatchewan Education
2220 College Avenue
Regina SK S4P 3V7
Also contact the school for their school yearbooks and newspapers.

The public libraries at Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton have established local history rooms. The two provincial universities hold special collections. Both university libraries purchase, whenever possible, all local history books published in Saskatchewan.
Links to Saskatchewan Libraries can be found at www.sasksearch.com.

For links to Saskatchewan Museums visit www.sasksearch.com/travel.
Also consider:

Native Ancestry
Many people of Indian decent became employees of the fur companies. Most important of these is the Hudson’s Bay Company, whose archives are housed at the Archives of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Another useful source of genealogical information on fur traders and their descendants is the Charles Denney collection of genealogical tables, research notes and other reference materials at the Glenbow-Alberta Institute Archives in Calgary.
The Saskatchewan Archives Board has a microfilm copy of parts of the National Archives’ index to individuals receiving Métis script. This index may include such information as dates of birth, place or residence and names of family members for individuals receiving script.


A Genealogist’s New Year's Resolution

The New Year is traditionally a time of reflection and resolution. As a genealogist, here is a list of resolutions that your descendants will thank you for.

  1. Pursue communication with living relatives before it is too late. Have a set list of thoughtful basic questions but don't restrict the interview to them. Sometimes tangents are the best parts of an interview. Start with the oldest but don't rest once they are done. Interviewing your child or grandchild can be a real bonding experience.
  2. Make your mantra "What is its source?" The internet especially needs to be sourced. Without verification you may be "generating" fiction rather than fact.
  3. Label your photos. Label your photos. Please label your photos!
  4. Document your research so that others can follow or so that you don't retrace your steps.
  5. Commit to the art of journalling. Purchase an inviting blank book to record your life or the life of your household. If a book is too intimidating, look around the house for notebooks, a binder with looseleaf or go digital. Just write.





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