History

Items tagged as "History" are associated with the excitement of the hunt!  These articles discuss some of my experiences with the process of collecting family genealogy through the years.

  • Dominion Land Survey

    Did you happen to uncover some of your Saskatchewan ancestor's homesteads or farms and end up with a designation like SW-16-09-24-W2?  I'll bet you were excited like I was when I discovered my first one and plugged it into Google Maps only to find out that the mighty Google will not plot it on a map!!  How can you find the location of the land on a map?  I'll help you by sharing with you what I have learned.

  • 1906 Census: Regina

    The 1906 Census was gathered by the government of Canada specifically for the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Governments were interested to track how the settlement of the prairies was proceeding. The census officially began on June 24, 1906 and when the census was complete it revealed that the population of the newly designated provincial capital Regina, Saskatchewan had swelled from 2,250 five years earlier to 6,129 people!

  • 1916 Census: Regina

    The 1916 Census was the ninth census for Manitoba and the third census for Saskatchewan and Alberta. The census officially began on June 1, 1916 and in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan it recorded a population of 26,105 which had declined by 4,000 (13%) from the previous census in 1911.

  • Kayville Timeline

    Initially the population of Saskatchewan began around the towns that had traditionally existed along the wagon tracks across the region.  With the arrival of the railroad across the province towns sprang up at regular intervals to service the trains with fuel and water. Slowly the rails pushed the development in those new regions too, just like the one that would become Kayville.

  • 1911 Census: Regina

    The 1911 Census marked the fifth regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. The census collection officially began on June 1, 1911 and the city of Regina, Saskatchewan recorded a population of 30,213 souls.  1911 saw a massive increase from 1906 when the last census of the city collected a total of 6,129 citizens! 

  • 1921 Census: Regina

    The Canada 1921 Census was a detailed enumeration of the entire Canadian population. The census count begun on 1 June 1921 and when it was complete, the population of Regina was counted as 34,432.  This was an increase of 14% from the 1911 Census for the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.

  • Germantown

    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?

  • Montreal Romanians

    As Romanians were arriving in North America in the early part of the 1900's they gathered at different places close to the eastern ports before learning more about travelling west.  Once such place where they gathered to get their feet under themselves was Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  There were enough Romanian immigrants in the city at the time that there was an area of town known for this colourful group.  Perhaps if your Ancestors listed Montreal as a final destination on their ship manifest this is where they ended up?  Mine did!

  • Kayville, Saskatchewan

    The town of Kayville, Saskatchewan located approximately 86km/54mi southwest of the Saskatchewan provincial capital city Regina was one of the many small towns that sprung up in the new province to receive immigrants who would settle the Canadian west.  

  • Relationship Names

    Do you have that one cousin who is always referred to as 'twice removed'?  How many times do you have to 'remove' the guy before he is actually gone?  Will the third time be the charm?

    Describing a family relationship has a language all it's own.  Here is a handy chart showing how to refer to the people in your family tree.

  • Spanish Influenza (1918-1919)

    Between the years of 1918 and 1919 Canada was swept by an epidemic of Spanish Influenza (Spanish Flu) which was brought into the country by veterans returning from combat at the end of World War I (WWI). Across the country approximately 50000 people died.  The people living and farming around Kayville, Saskatchewan were not spared.

  • Sources

    I have mentioned that I assumed the role of family genealogist from my mother in the Preface and that she worked with paper.  When I moved the process into the digital age and began using some genealogy software I initially found the idea of documenting sources to be a bit of a curiosity.  

  • Preface

    Growing up I was surrounded by an extended family and I always loved attending family events.  My parents taught me to call all of the older generations 'Aunt' and 'Uncle' as a sign of respect.  Admittedly this kept things simple but it also kept my real relationship to each of them a mystery to me.

  • Why

    If you are familiar with genealogy you are also familiar with the question of 'Why?'.  Genealogy is a task which is theoretically unending and, if we are going to be truthful, one that seems under-appreciated by those who do not share the interest.  The family genealogist often has to justify their efforts to others, and occasionally to themselves.  It might be thousands of hours of work.  Why would anyone do it?

  • Genealogy Software

    I have been using genealogy software to organize myself since the beginning.  I found that trying to keep paper organized was too challenging and as I didn't know anything about how to perform the research I found using software designed for the process immediately gave me good habits.

  • Family History eCollections

    There are organizations out in the world who recognize the importance of preserving family and region histories and making them available to researchers.  Luckily for genealogists these organizations are gathering these essentially rare published works and converting them into digital versions and making them available on the internet.

  • Family History Collections

    Here are some of the resources which I have stumbled upon or been provided.  I am forever grateful.

    I hope that in your search for family history you will be lucky enough to encounter the works of others that supply you with research.  

  • People in the Photos

    When you are presenting family history to people they find lists of names and dates less interesting and things like stories and photos to be more interesting.  The biggest challenge can be photos because the knowledge of who was captured in a photo and why the photo was taken can easily be lost.

  • Corrections or Changes?

    Have you seen something on this site that isn't correct?  I want to help!  Contact me!

  • Big Text, Big Rewards

    When I have come across newspaper articles, obituaries and books that contain important information I prefer to take both an image copy of the item as well as capture the actual text.  Having the actual text allows for searching as well as copy-and-paste.   My problem has always been the getting the actual text off of the paper and into my computer.  What is the best way?