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Cemetery Reading June 8 2014
On Sunday June 8, six branch members managed to read just three cemeteries in the
Rural Municipality of Longlaketon number 219, north of the Qu'Appelle River.
Below are photos of members reading the beautiful little Elbourne Serath Cemetery.
For information on the SGS Cemetery Indexing Project,
on the Regina Branch's role in it, and for a list of all the cemeteries read to date,
see our Cemetery Index page.
Recent Regular Meetings
Tue Apr 22 - Timelines - Shelley Kloczko
Every life begins with a birth and ends with a death.
Between these are events such as marriages, childbirth, and moves to new homes.
As researchers, we often have information and evidence about some,
but not all, of these events. Shelley will use real research examples provided
by branch members to illustrate how a timeline can help identify
records available to help fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
Tue May 27 - Mother's Day - member sharing
Members are encouraged to bring photos or keepsake items or stories
about their mother, grandmother, great grandmother, or other female ancestor.
Regular meetings are held at the SGS provincial library 1514-11th Ave, room 110.
Doors open 6:30 for library access, 7:00 is informal sharing, followed by the program.
First Nations and Metis Family History Seminar
The Prince Albert Branch of SGS presents:
First Nations and Metis Family History Seminar
featuring Historian and Genealogist Metis Elder Rose Fleury
Sat May 10 2014 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lion's Den at PA Exhibition Grandstand - cost $20 includes lunch
register: James Wilm at or 306-764-3632
Thanks to Gale Shawcross
Branch secretary Gale Shawcross is moving to Saskatoon.
Throughout the past five years, Gale has performed all the usual tasks of a secretary and more. In addition to taking minutes, she sent out notifications, routed and responded to email communication, booked rooms, and organized tours.
She participated in member sharing sessions,
cemetery reading and other branch initiatives.
Gale has family history research certifications,
and led programs at membership meetings each year.
Thanks for everything Gale. You will be missed.
Gale and the Queen
Recent Meeting
Tue Mar 25 - One Family's War - Rollie Bourassa
Rollie Bourassa told of his father, a soldier in WW II.
In 1940, Private Clarence Ovilla Bourassa left his wife
and young sons Roland and Murray in Lafleche SK
to join the Canadian Army fighting in Europe.
He died in battle in northern France July 20 1944
and is buried in a war cemetery nearby.
Decades later, while moving his elderly mother
out of her house, Rollie discovered a trunk containing
scores of letters Clarence had sent home during the war.
Over seven years and two complete rewrites, Rollie
edited a book of these letters entitled One Family's War,
published by the University of Regina Press in 2010.
In 2013, 14 members of the Bourassa family travelled to France to visit battlegrounds where Clarence served,
such as Dieppe and Juno Beach. They were finally able to see where their father and grandfather had died almost
70 years before, and to visit Clarence Bourassa's grave.
Rollie published a second edition of the book in 2014,
including a description of this trip.
Read more in A Father, a Son and a Pilgrimmage by Will Chabun of the Leader-Post.
Norman Stetner, 1934 - 2014
Popular longtime SGS member Norman Stetner
passed away March 9, 2014. He will be greatly missed.
Among his many interests and activities,
for many years Norm was the volunteer provincial
cemetery indexing project coordinator for SGS.
His obituary may be found at
Search the archives for Norman Stetner.
British Archives Digitizing WWI Soldiers' Diaries
The National Archives of Britain holds the official UK government records of the
First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps and photographs.
Currently they are digitizing many letters and diaries of individual soldiers.
Check it out at
Thanks to Wendy Searcy for this reference.
Other Recent Meetings
Tue Feb 25 - Organizational Strategies that Work for You - Gale, Shelley, Renae
Following is a high-level outline of Renae Grubb's portion of the presentation.
For more detail, read Organizational Strategies that Work for You
The ABC's & 123's of organizing your genealogy research
A: Assess & analyze the type of system that will work best for you.
B: Basic information on researching.
C: Collect and track records.
D: Don't - Renae warns of four things not to do.
Time to put the ABC's into action:
1: Start with yourself, start with the known, and then focus on each branch.
2: Organize & Record: Ten Tips for Organizing Genealogy Research
3: Write a Family History: Present & preserve your family research
Renae provided a list of useful web addresses
Jan 28 2014 - Show and Tell of Family Treasures - member sharing
In what has become an annual January event, several branch members
brought old family treasures and told the stories behind them.
The artifacts included:
• marriage registrations from 1655 and 1692!
• a costume crafted from plug tobacco bags
• a gorgeous hand-made wedding "yoke"
• several engagement and wedding rings
• three old family bibles
• a large needlepoint sampler by a ten-year-old
• an old straight razor in mint condition (right)
• several old family photos
For photos of the artifacts from this program
and those of three previous years,
see the four Show and Tell photo pages.
New Family History Centre Hours of Operation
The Regina FHC at 550 Sangster Blvd has new year-round hours of operation:
Tuesdays: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
All other hours by appointment
Tuesday closures in 2014: July 1, Nov 11, and Dec 16 23 and 30.
The library will close at 8:00 PM Tuesday evening if no patrons have arrived by then.
If you wish to make an appointment to use the Family History Centre at other times, please send an email to the Family History Centre or phone (306) 543-2782
and leave a message for FHC Director John Williams.
Please be aware that two weeks' notice may be required for a reply to your message.