In the beginning I had no idea how to perform genealogy.  My mother recorded her findings old-school, on paper.  The paper was then put into folders and boxes along with photos and articles.  When I took over the hunt I thought I was doing an amazing job by simply buying a genealogy computer program and pounding the information she supplied in.  

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.  

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!