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Upcoming Regina Branch Meeting
Mar 24 2015 - German Settlement in Saskatchewan - Dave Wessel
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 28.6% of all Saskatchewan
residents claim some German ancestry. This is more than any other ethnic group,
including English, Scottish, Irish, Ukrainian, French or First Nations.
Your own ancestors may be among them.
These Germans were remarkably diverse in religion and country of origin.
Very few were from the country of Germany. Most came from eastern Europe.
Dave will help us to explore these origins and explain why these migrations occurred.
Coming Event - SGS AGM
Sat Apr 18 2015 - SGS Annual General Meeting
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - 550 Sangster Blvd Regina
08:30 - Registration
09:30 - Greetings
09:45 - Databases: Help or Hindrance - Laura Hanowski
11:00 - Digging Deeper: ... Saskatchewan Archives - Tim Novak
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - AGM (including presentation on Organizational Review)
Click here for a complete Agenda and Registration Form.
(A conference is tentatively planned for April 22 to 24 2016.)
Recent Events
Feb 24 2015 - Funeral Home Records - Nathan Gerow
As a Family Representative at Regina Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home,
Nathan Gerow could answer our many questions about both funerals and cemeteries.
A lively discussion with Regina Branch members continued throughout his presentation.

Full-service funeral homes maintain considerable data concerning the life, funeral and burial of a person.
Public information such as full name, dates of death and burial, and exact burial location are available to anyone.
Other information is subject to privacy concerns
and only available to certain individuals such as
the executors of a will and close relatives.

Personal history information may include full name,
gender, birth and death dates and places, marital status
and spouse name, names and birthplaces of parents,
occupation and place of business, and other details,
as well as name and relationship of the informant.
Nathan Gerow
Jan 27 2015 - Show and Tell - member sharing
Several branch members each brought an artifact and
shared the story behind it. Several others contributed news
of a research success or other adventure. For example:
• a grandfather's German Silver Cross
• two 3-generation family history scrapbooks, presented as wedding shower gifts
• January garnet birthstone ring given to mother on her 14th birthday in 1939
• a souvenir bowl from Tribune Co-op, where grandfather and uncles managed stores
• photo ca 1870: Major General Charles Otway, Royal Artillery
• photos of two couples of third great-grandparents
• an original letter from Lemburg Sk to Lvov Ukraine, 1914
There was also a discussion of the many
Genealogical DNA Services now available.
letter from Lemburg SK to Lvov Ukraine 1914
See our Show and Tell page for photos of the artifacts.
You can link from there to four other Show and Tell photo pages from previous years.
Recommended Resource for UK Genealogy Research
Deceased Online - www.deceasedonline.com
The central database for UK burials and cremations
For free, search registers by Country, Region, County, Burial Authority or Crematorium.
For a fee, gain access to burial records, photos of headstones, cemetery maps.
AGM Program - Who's Your Momma?
Sharon Evelyn Dwayne Betty

Tue Nov 25 - Who's Your Momma? - Pat Ryan
Pat Ryan, popular Regina-based professional genealogy researcher and educator,
presented one of her popular interactive programs at our AGM.

She started us off with two innocuous-looking reports from rural newspapers:
a bridal shower and a wedding. Both contained a couple of village names and
long lists of participants, with husbands' initials rather than first names.
First: Consult a map for the exact location of the places named, and their relationships.
Second: Read very very slowly and carefully. Don't leave anything out.
Many of the names become relevant to your research, although initially you may care
only about the bride. Such secondary sources tell so much about the social history
and context of your ancestor's life, providing many clues to the fuller life story.
And they may lead to primary sources such as birth, marriage and death certificates.

Later, Pat revealed that the subject of our detective work was her own mother.
The bride's history was far more complicated than appeared from a village
wedding report. For example, she went by 7 or 8 different names in her lifetime.
Family history is not always as straightforward as it may appear!

See Pat's blog at PastRelations Genealogy Family History
and her bio on The National Institute for Genealogical Studies website.

Pat Ryan Who's Your Momma AGM workshop
Elaine
Elaine
Phoebe
Phoebe
Colleen
Colleen
Renae
Renae
Shelley
Shelley
Ian
Ian