I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and lived there for more than two decades and despite the years of experience I was completely unaware that there was an area of the city once known as 'Germantown'.  The neighbourhood is immediately to the east of the downtown and it was the place where immigrants first settled.  It was called Germantown because most immigrants were from the Austral-Hungarian Empire, I am guessing.  Immigrants... like Romanians?

The Germantown Area

It so happened that I was updating the article Kayville Timeline to add a mention of the 1935 Regina Riot.  In my research I was interested to read that the riot began in "Germantown" which piqued my interest.  In Wikipedia: Neighbourhoods in Regina, Saskatchewan there is a section entitled "Germantown and the East End" which does a great job of explaining the history of this area of town.  You can also learn more on the website for the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists "Regina: The Early Years 1880-1950".

Germantown, not coincidentally, has two of the first Romanian Orthodox churches in town.  St. Nicolas was the first Romanian Orthodox church built in all of North America.  This was, in the early days, an important place for Romanian immigrants.

Your Romanian ancestors might have stopped there for a while so it might be worth examining Census records for the area.

Here is some information for you if you too wanted to learn more about your ancestors and Germantown!

Germantown on a Map 

As described in the Wikipedia article the boundaries of Germantown are immediately east of the Regina downtown.  In the earliest days of the city it's dimensions were of course smaller as we will see.


My Ancestors in the Area

When I overlay addresses in and near to the Germantown area that I have uncovered in my researching family history it looks like the below.   It is quite evident that there was a preference for my ancestors to live in the area.  Whether they did that because of family and churches nearby or just because affordable housing was being built I can't say.


Germantown and the 1906 Census

This is what the area looks like when I overlay the 1906 Regina Census with Germantown.  As you can see, if you want to check the area for YOUR family, concentrate on sub-district 37B (in the Assiniboia West district). 


Please understand that Regina was much smaller in 1906 so the whole of what became Germantown did not exist.  The 1906 Census covers only the area where the young city existed.  Please note that the 1906 Census doesn't have modern street addresses - the city blocks are numbered and I have not yet figured out which exact blocks are which.  When I made the overlay for the Census sub-districts I just eyeballed it based on the streets that were named and as a result the sub-districts could be bigger or smaller north-south than I have indicated. 

Germantown and the 1911 Census

This is what the area looks like when I overlay the 1911 Regina Census with Germantown.  As you can see, if you want to check the area for YOUR family, concentrate on sub-districts 78, 79 and 80 (in the Regina 214 district). 

The 1911 Census is really fun as sub-district 79 contains the patients in the new Regina General Hospital!  Over in sub-district 80 you have the prisoners for the Regina Jail and also a bit of a shantytown where people's homes are classified either as tents or shacks.  What a boomtown!

Regina was much bigger in 1911 than in 1906 and as a result I chose not to spend any time overlaying the sub-districts that do not touch Germantown.  Unlike the 1906 Census, in 1911 houses had modern addresses and it was easier for me to understand which blocks were part of each sub-district.  I was trying to show sub-district 80 as a sort of undefined area...