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Upcoming Regina Branch Meeting
Jan 26 2016 - Show and Tell of Family Treasures - member sharing
In what has become a popular annual event,
branch members are encouraged to bring old
family treasures and tell the stories behind them.

See our Show and Tell pages for photos of the artifacts from from five previous years.
This will certainly give you an idea of
the variety of interesting genealogical artifacts
that have been presented in the past.
Provincial Conference
Apr 15-17 2016 - Diving Into the Genealogy Pool - SGS Provincial Conference
Ramada Plaza, 1818 Victoria Ave, Regina, SK
Reminder: Early bird registration ends February 5.
A weekend conference featuring several knowledgeable presenters
dealing with a variety of fascinating topics:
Tammy Tipler-Priolo - The Ancestor Investigator - research, workshops, publishing
- plenaries on professional genealogy, and Scotland's backdoor to genealogy
- workshops on Ontario vital stats, and aboriginal ancestors
Alan Anderson - Research Fellow in Ethnic and Indigenous Policy, U of S
- a plenary session and three workshops on ethnic settlement in Saskatchewan
John Archer - teacher - workshops on the changing map of Europe, Volga Germans, writing family histories, and introducing genealogy to youth
Dale Eisler - banquet - Anton, A Young Boy, His Friend and the Russian Revolution
Other workshops:
Glenn Schwartz - The Zichydorf Collection at SGS, Genealogical Touring in Europe
Catherine Holmes - court records at Provincial Archives of Sask
RUSI representative - Royal United Services Institute Library Collection
Christine (Chris) Krismer - Evaluating Sources

Read Diving Into the Genealogical Pool for the complete agenda, registration form,
speaker biographies, session descriptions and a list of hotels in the area.
See you there!
New Directors and Committee Members
At the recent Regina Branch 2015 AGM, these people stepped up to volunteer:
Shirley H​auglum and Linda Engel are new​ directors.
Jacquie ​Stark is our new newsletter editor.
Ian Brace will now coordinate the cemetery committee in addition to
his responsibilities as president, and Elaine Noble joins the cemetery committee
in addition to her current role on the program committee.
See the About Us page for a complete list of Directors and Committee Members.
Thanks very much to all of you!
ElaineElaine Noble PhoebePhoebe Banbury Amy Qu RenaeRenae Grubb ShelleyShelley Kloczko IanIan Brace
Volunteers Still Required!
However, we still have an urgent need to fill three key positions:
secretary, treasurer and webmaster.
After many years of service to the branch,
Shelley Kloczko and Dave Wessel are stepping down from their positions
and are more than willing to train and advise their replacements.
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 Program
Nov 24 2015 - The Importance of Using Maps - Pat Ryan
Back by popular demand, Pat Ryan gave this insightful presentation at the AGM.
Maps play an intrinsic part in solving virtually every genealogical puzzle.
How could this couple have met? Did they move, or did the border of some juristiction
or name of their village change? Which church did they attend and would it have kept
their records? Did they travel far to attend school or work, or was it just next door?
Land holdings far apart or right together?
Historical maps are crucial in family history research. Maps come in various scales,
from extremely local and detailed, to world-wide, each useful for different purposes.
There are also many types, such as political, physical and topographical.
They display different information, including land ownership, parish borders,
population, weather, and such things as migration and trade patterns.
Have at least one relevant map handy while doing your research. Use maps often.
Pat has graciously given us permission to post the handout from her presentation,
which contains links to several websites featuring maps useful to genealogists.
Visit Pat at her blog: PastRelations Genealogy Family History.
Long-Form Census Reinstated
Within hours of taking office, the new government of Canada reinstated the
compulsory long-form census, making sure it will be in place for the 2016 count.
Navdeep Bains, the new minister of Innovation, Science and Development said,
"Today, Canadians are reclaiming their right to accurate and more reliable information." With the long-form census restored,
"communities will once again have access to the high-quality data they require."
... and family historians will have more complete data on their ancestors.
Recent Regina Branch Events
Oct 27 2015 - A Twist in Time, a look back on history - Leo Saccary
In 2014, Leo Saccary’s highschool and community leadership made him the
first ever Saskatchewan recipient of the Vimy Foundation Pilgrimage award,
a week long all expenses paid trip in April 2014 to WWI battlefields and memorials.
The Vimy Foundation created the award to honor exceptional Canadian youth
who have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country.
Sep 22 2015 - Mary, Mary Lou & Renae’s Amazing Genealogy Adventure
What do Gnomes, Giraffes, Gallbladders & Genealogy all have in Common?
Mary, Mary Lou & Renae’s Amazing Genealogy Adventure of course!
Three cousins researching for their Elder ancestors in Ohio & Pennsylvania.
Who says genealogy researching is boring?