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|Tue Mar 25 - One Family's War - Rollie Bourassa
Rollie Bourassa will tell the story of his father, a
volunteer soldier in WW II.
In 1941, Private Clarence Ovilla Bourassa left a wife and two children in Lafleche Saskatchewan to join the Canadian Army fighting WW II in Europe.
He died in battle in France July 20 1944 and is buried in a war cemetery nearby.
The Bourassa family collected the letters Clarence sent home, and
a book 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,
and were able to visit Clarence Bourassa's grave.
Read more in A Father, a Son and a Pilgrimmage by Will Chabun of the Leader-Post.
As usual, this meeting is 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.
|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
|Nov 26 2013 - Annual General Meeting and Potluck Dinner
Members enjoyed a yummy potluck supper, an AGM including elections,
and a fun program at Whitmore Park United Church.
The elections resulted in three positions still vacant:
Vice President, Secretary, and one Director-at-Large.
The mystery school age photo activity was a huge hit.
Members shared highlights of the October provincial conference in Moose Jaw.
The evening ended with a question draw related to our individual genealogy research.
See our Recent Events page for details of the meeting.
See the About Us page for a complete list of current directors and
|Regina Branch AGM 2013
||Branch members with school photos
|The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society now has a blog,
currently updated almost daily. Check it out at saskgenealogy.blogspot.ca.
|Library and Archives Canada has announced that
all Canadian census records
from 1825 - 1916 are now available on their website.
Search tools are excellent and the service is FREE.
(Census records for 1921 are available via Ancestry.ca. See our Sept 24 program.)
|Records of the 1921 Canada Census were released August 8 2013.
You can browse images of the original hand-written documents for free at
Records are organized by province, district and subdistrict.
Data new since 1916 includes Tenure & Class of Home, and Occupation & Employment.
Ancestry promises to have all 8.8 million records indexed by year-end.
|Saskatchewan Vital Statistics - eHealth Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan vital statistics records, including births, marriages and deaths,
are now held by
the provincial Ministry of Health.
The eHealth website
enables suitably authorized persons to order certificates.
However, the website currently contains no aids to determine the details
of any particular BMD, or even to determine whether the record exists.