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Upcoming Regina Branch Meeting
May 23, 2017 - Legacy Genealogy Program, Part 2 - Chris Krismer

Chris Krismer will be returning as our guest speaker on May 23. This will be the second installment in the Legacy Genealogy Program presentation. Many people attended Part 1, an introduction to Legacy, on February 28. It was a very informative evening with Chris providing answers to several questions. In Part 2 we will continue further. To get the most out of this session, we should be practicing the things that we learned in our first lesson. In the fall, Chris will present Part 3 of the Legacy Program.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 and the location is the SGS provincial library, Room 110 at 1514 - 11th Avenue.

Upcoming Branch Event
June 25, 2017 - Cemetery Reading

This yearís Cemetery Recording will be on June 25 in Yellow Grass, in the RM of Scott.

The Yellow Grass Cemetery was last read in 2000 and it has approximately 1000 total burials. We will require at least 8-10 volunteers to be able to complete this cemetery in one day. We also need people to take pictures of the headstones, so please bring your camera.

Please come out to help for part of a day or the whole day. If you can volunteer on Sunday, June 25, please let us know as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to Shirley at SGS Regina Branch.

Let us know if you require a ride to the cemeteries, or if you can provide a ride for someone else.

We will meet at 8:30 AM at the Southland Mall near the entrance to the George Bothwell Library. Then we will proceed to the Yellow Grass Cemetery, which is about Ĺ km south of community. This is a large cemetery so we will be there for a while.

There is no restaurant in Yellow Grass. Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair for the lunch break. Then, if we want, we could stop for coffee, on our way back to Regina, at a restaurant on the highway at Milestone.

Washroom Facilities:
Please be aware that there are no washroom facilities at this site.

If there are not going to be enough volunteers, we will cancel and we will try to do the cemetery recording in the fall. Also, we will cancel if it is raining. Shirley will email you that morning before 8:00 AM if we have to cancel due to the weather.

What to Bring:
Clipboard, if you have one, and an elastic band (to hold down your papers if it is windy)
Insect Repellent
Digital Camera, if you have one

Tick Prevention:
Use insect repellent. Tuck your trouser legs into your socks. This helps to deter ticks from crawling inside your trouser legs, down into shoes and through most socks. Wearing boots would help. Light colored clothing makes it easier to see ticks. Check all over your body because the ticks like to hide in belly buttons, hair, ears, knees, and elbows, and around belts and collars.

New Directors and Committee Members
The following list is the executive for 2017:

 President: Renae Grubb
 Vice President: vacant
 Secretary: Dwayne Pearce
 Treasurer & Membership: Elaine Noble
 Directors at Large: Linda Engel, Shirley Hauglum, Vacant
 Branch Web Site Team: Linda Engel, Renae Grubb, Terri Hamill
 Now & Then Newsletter: Jacquie Stark
 Census Index Project: Marian Powell
 Cemetery Project Committee: Elaine Noble, Shirley Hauglum, Jacquie Perigny
 Program & Publicity Committee: Renae Grubb, Elaine Noble

The About Us page also has the complete list of Directors and Committee Members.
Thanks very much to everyone for volunteering their time!
Volunteers Still Required!
We still have an urgent need to fill two key positions:
Vice President and Director at Large.

to learn the responsibilities of these positions,
then contact us via email at SGS Regina Branch to learn more or to volunteer.
Thanks for your consideration.
Recent Programs

April 25, 2017 - DNA for Genealogy - Sharie Argue

The guest speaker at our April meeting was Sharie Argue. She has been President of The Clan MacKenzie Society of Canada since 2013 and is also the Commissioner for Saskatchewan with the society.

Sharie is a very committed amateur genealogist with a database of over 50,000 collected through personal research, with contributions from cousins worldwide. Reading history books and studying maps, traveling, and interviewing others provided much of her information. More recently, her research also includes DNA testing.

The Y-DNA test provides information about the direct paternal line. The Y chromosome is passed from father to son, with very few mutations. The Y-67 marker testing will provide enough information to be useful in genealogy research. If you are a female, the Y-DNA information for your fatherís ancestors can be obtained by testing your father, your brother, or an uncle or male cousin who has the direct male lineage to a shared paternal ancestor.

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is passed down from a mother to all of her children. The mtDNA testing can be done on males or females to learn more about the maternal line.

The Autosomal DNA testing may not be as useful for genealogy research because it tests for DNA that you have received from both of your parents. It will be difficult to differentiate between your maternal and paternal lines when using autosomal DNA results.

After the presentation there was a discussion about the various companies that offer DNA testing.

March 28, 2017 - Picture Perfect - Renae Grubb

At our March monthly meeting, Renae Grubb provided guidance on how to preserve our family photos. She gave recommendations for organizing the photos and safely preserving them. Renae also showed us a few of the family albums that she has made, as examples of her techniques.

Store your photographs and albums in rooms that you are living in, as room temperature is the best environment for preserving photographic items. Always avoid a damp basement or a hot attic as locations for keeping your photos. Sunlight can damage photos that are on display.

Magnetic album pages are chemically destroying the photos that are securely attached to the cardboard. The first priority should be to get those photos out of the albums. Dental floss may be helpful in removing photos that are stuck on. Any photos that are difficult to remove should be scanned on the computer, before attempting to remove them from the album. In some cases you may have to cut around the cardboard and leave the photo attached to the cardboard.

Gather the photos and begin to sort them. Use many 12x12 inch pieces of cardboard to simulate album pages, and set your sorted photos on the cardboard sheets. The best and most meaningful photos can be organized into themes (special events or family branch). Next place these in chronological order and then arrange as album pages. Leave room on the pages for documenting and adding other keepsake items.

Double photos can go into your research folder or there may be another family member who would like to have a copy. Photos of mystery people or places should be kept and shared with distant relatives, who might be able to identify people in your photos.

Photos that you wish to preserve can be scanned on the computer. These photos can easily be shared with others. Be sure to make a back up copy of these scanned photos.

The original photos can be stored in photo albums. Use photo albums and products that are acid-free and lignin-free. With scrapbook style photo albums you can document the history right on the album page. Include family stories, handwritten letters, your feelings, recipes, etc. Store albums upright on shelves, which provides less pressure and abrasion on the photos.

Recent Regina Branch Events
March 3, 2017 - Tour of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
On the afternoon of March 3, nineteen of us met at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan at 3303 Hillsdale Street for a very informative tour. A variety of media are archived, such as books, paper documents, microfilm, photographs, audio and film.

Many records with valuable information for family history research are available at the Provincial Archives. Some examples are:

    Homestead registers and homestead files
    Historical maps including township survey maps and Cummins maps
    Community history books
    Hendersonís city directories for Regina
    Many Saskatchewan newspapers, on microfilm
    Passenger manifests for ships that arrived in eastern Canada, on microfilm
    Department of Education records concerning early school districts

For specific information about the materials at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, go to their website at: