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In this archive Jan~Feb~Mar~Apr 2006
Volume 23 Number 1 of 3
Summer Genealogy
Imagining Timelines
Family Chronicle Articles
Christmas Sharing

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Summer Genealogy

Imagine 73 people in one standard backyard and what do you have? A successful family reunion. A grave question took only minutes for Barbara Beck to solve and the family reunion participant was able to locate his grandfather on his father’s side.

An impressive 1,000 pages of history redone.

Funerals, although sad, are a time to meet new cousins. Also this summer, a copy of a great-grandmother’s marriage certificate was found.

Records in the 1911 census show the grandfather’s family and the answers to 41 questions. A self-made template is serving well to organize the data. A fourth daughter who was missing was found at the grandfather’s brother’s farm.

Another reminder not to wait to interview living relatives. A member sadly lost her brother at the end of June. The Portage La Prairie funeral homes once again willingly opened their doors. A great grandmothers funeral record showed she was 14 when she had our member’s grandfather, and she was from Romania not the Ukrane. The member found this information on the same date as her great grandmother’s birthday.

A course on homesteads in Regina proved very worthwhile unfortunately skills learned may atrophy while completing a commissioned history on community planning.

A name change and military service seem to be a brickwall preventing progress. Also, why a well-educated grandfather would travel on a ship made for 900 and carrying 2,900 passengers to the Barr Colony is a mystery.

Would we all be so lucky to be stuck in the 1200’s but a brickwall is a brickwall. Hopefully, this obstacle will disappear with help from a cousin in Norway.

The breadcrumb trails are familiar to many. Hints that lead us one. Expanding a search from Engel to Engels netted good results that hopefully will allow identify photos. Two great grandmothers were noted as "lost at sea" with the sea being the Great Lakes.

A watched pot never boils. A member who rarely travels did so this summer and missed an unannounced visit from a relative.

A mother gifted a grandfather’s passport that although was not used has history written in it which the mother has thoughtfully translated.



Imagining Timelines

The following timeline was created from the first three months of the "2005 Alberta | Saskatchewan Centennial" calendar produced by Histor!ca and CN. As you enjoy it imagine placing your family events on the timeline. Timelines are very useful for putting things in perspective and making connections.

1784 The American fur trader Peter Pond was a remarkable and eccentric man. He was the first white man to cross Methye Portage, Saskatchewan, and open the trading route to the Athabasca River. His discovery was the first to link the Mackenzie watershed with the rivers flowing to Hudson Bay. But he was also a violent man who killed three of his rivals. He drew his celebrated map of the Northwest in 1784-1785.
1876 Missionary George McDougall was lost in a prairie blizzard during a buffalo hunt and froze to death.
1883 The capital of the North-West Territories (the future Alberta and Saskatchewan) shifted from Battleford to Regina.
1885 Leif Crozier, with a force of 99 NWMP and volunteers, was routed by Metis under Gabriel Dumont at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, marking the outbreak of the Northwest Rebellion.
1885 Starving Assinboin and Cree under Chief Poundmaker ransacked the abandoned town of Battleford, NWT, and laid siege to the fort.
1887 Andrew MeNaughton, future commander of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division during World War II, was born at Moosomin, North West Territories (later Saskatchewan).
1899 About 2100 Doukohobrs landed in Halifax from Russia, on their way to farms in the West.
1902 Writer Howard O'Hagan, best know for his novel of the Rocky Mountains, Tay John (1939) was born at Lethbridge, Alberta.
1906 Prairie farmers voted to form the Grain Growers' Grain Company at a meeting in Sintaluta, Saskatchewan.
1906 The Alberta Legislature opened its first session in temporary quarters at the Thistle skating rink.
1908 Novelist Sinclair Ross, best know for his book As For Me and My House, was born at Shellbrook, Saskatchewan.
1909 The first council meeting of the town of Melville, Saskatchewan, was held January 4th. The town was named for Charles melville Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Railway.
1911 Alberta's record low temperature of -61.1ūC was recorded at Fort Vermillion.
1914 The first Grand Trunk Pacific Railway company train reached Calgary pulled by steam locomotive #610.
1914 Writer W.O. Mitchell, author of the famous novel Who Has Seen the Wind, was born at Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
1915 Nellie McClung presented a petition to the Alberta legislature demanding that women be given the right to vote in provincial elections.
1916 a mob of some 500 attacked and tore apart a restaurant in Calgary because it had hired Germans.
1916 Saskatchewan women won the right to vote and to provincial office.
1923 Regina radio station CKCK carried the world's first live broadcast of a professional hockey game, between the Regina Capitals and Edmonton Eskimos.
1924 World-renowned photographer Roloff Beny (born Wilfred Roy) was born at Medicine Hat, Albert.
1926 Actor Leslie Nielsen, who provides the voice of animated hero Zeroman, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.
1927 Painter William Kurelek was born near Whitford, Alberta.
1928 Gordie Howe, who played a remarkable 32 outstanding seasons in NHL and WHA hockey, was born at Floral, Saskatchewan.
1928 Native artist Allen Sapp was born at Red Pheasant Indian Reserve, Saskatchewan.
1932 Outstanding quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos Jackie Parker was born at Knoxville, Tennessee.
1934 Architect Douglas Cardinal, designer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, was born at Red Deer, Alberta.
1934 Marlene Stewart Streit, Canada's greatest women's amateur golfer, was born at Cereal, Alberta.
1934 Politician Ramon (Ray) Hnatyshyn, Canda's 24th governor general, was born at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
1935 First Nations painter Alex Janvier was born at the Le Goff Reserve near Bonnyville, Alberta.
1940 Premier Willian Aberhart's Social Credit Party won 36 of 57 seats in Alberta's provincial election.
1941 Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie was born at the Piapot Reserve in Saskatchewan.
1947 On February 13, a column of flame and a cloud of black smoke marked the beginning of Alberta's post-war boom when the Leduc #1 well came in.
1947 Vern "Dry Hole" Hunter struck oil near Leduc, Alberta. The discovery began an era of prosperity for Alberta and reduced Canada's dependence on foreign oil.
1950 The Edmonton Mercurys won the world hockey championship tournament in London, England.
1952 The Edmonton Mercurys won a gold medal in hockey at the Winter Olympic Games in Oslo, Norway.
1958 Prime Minister John Diefenbaker appointed Canada's first Native senator, James Gladstone.
1960 Floral, Saskatchewan, native Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scored 1 goal and assisted on another to pass Maurice "Rocket" Richard as the leading scorer in NHL history.
1965 Calgary lawyer Peter Lougheed was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. In 1967 he was elected to the legislature.
1965 The Standard Mine at Shaughnessy was declared abandoned, closing one of the most important chapters in the history of southern Alberta.
1966 Earnest Manning, former premier of Alberta, died in Calgary.
1975 The Alberta budget proposed a decrease in income tax that would make Albertans the lowest taxed Canadians.
1976 Alberta-born Joseph (Joe) Clark emerged from a divided convention in Ottawa to become the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
1976 Saskatchewan passed legislation to take over the potash industry.
1980 Skier Ken Read of Calgary won a World Cup downhill race on the famous course at Kizbuhel, Austria.
1987 The Arkansas National Refuge reported that 110 whooping cranes survived their 4000 km migration from Wood Buffalo National Park, crossing Saskatchewan en route.
1988 Alberta-born Kurt Browning became the first figure skater to land a quadruple jump in official competition.
1989 Heather Erxleben graduated from Canadian Forces Base Wainwright, Alberta, to become the first female combat soldier in Canada.
1990 At Halifax, Alberta-born skater Kurt Browning won his second consecutive men's figure skating world championship.
1990 Ramon (Ray) Hnatyshyn of Saskatoon was sworn in as governor general of Canada.
1995 Parks Canada released a study that required federal departments and other agencies to devise plans to protect Banff National Park's ecosystem from human activity.
1997 Ralph Klein's Conservative government was elected to a second term in Alberta.
2001 The government of Ralph Klein took 74 or 83 seats in a provincial election.
2002 Becki Scott of Vermillion, Alberta, won a bronze medal in cross-country skiing at the Salt Lake City Olympics. It was later upgraded to gold.
2002 Catriona LeMay Doan of Saskatoon won the gold medal in the 500 m speed skating event at the Salt Lake City Olympics.


Family Chronicle Articles

Family Chronicle has many interesting articles. Two of note in the January/February 2006 issue (Volume 10, Number 3) were reasons why people emigrated and understanding DNA techniques.

As you write your emigrants story consider the following thirteen typical reasons after surveying the historical and social events of your ancestor's country during the appropriate time period. The reason may be a "push" or a "pull" or a blend. Which reason or reasons did your emigrant have? Perhaps, your emigrant has a unique reason.

Push Reasons

Pull Reasons

The article on DNA techniques does a thorough job of explaining the science and the usefulness of the three tests.

The Y-DNA test analyzes a small section on the Y chromosome found only in males. It can determine if two people are related, confirm surname variants, give clues about ethnic origin, and find out if others with your surname are related. Testing does not provide all the answers of course. If the test does show people are related, it does not show how or the name of the common ancestor.

The mtDNA test analyzes the mitochondrial DNA found in both genders. mtDNA shows the maternal line. Unfortunately, as women often change their surname, and mtDNA is very stable over a long time period, this type of testing has fewer applications to genealogy. It can help you find the major population group of your direct female ancestor as outlined in the book, Daughters of Eve. This testing can help you solve the riddle of which descendent belongs to which wife of a male ancestor.

The Biographical Ancestry DNA test looks at multiple locations on multiple chromosomes to give you percentage estimates of your mix of the four major population groups: East Asian, European, Native American and sub-Saharan Africa. This test can confirm or deny a family legend of Native American ancestry. If your test shows a major component of European, a further test can estimate the mix of Northern European, Southeastern European, Middle Eastern and South Asian.



Christmas Sharing

Members celebrating Christmas. This year, instead of a gift exchange, members generously donated to the Food Bank.
Back: E. Glynn, A. Erikson, A. Jones, J. Wiilm, L. Baxter;
Front: A. Krayetski, A. Boyko, B. Beck, E. Lavoie, L. Braaten.






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