Monday September 01, 2014

Exploring your family history can be fun

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The next meeting of the Yorkton branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogy Society will be on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the History Room at the Yorkton Public Library. Genealogists at all stages of research are welcome! Special guest speaker Doris Maben will talk about Legacy 8.0 and the Moose Jaw conference. If you are interested in exploring your family history, the Yorkton Genealogy Society can help you get started!

The Saskatchewan Genealogy Society prints an informative newsletter called “The Bulletin”. Following the mission statement of the SGS “to promote and develop the study, research, and preservation of Genealogy and Family History”, the Bulletin has a variety of articles that share information and experiences from other genealogists.

The December 2003 issue has a great article about “Historical Microfiche to Assist With Genealogical Research on The Canadian Prairies” by Merle Ward.  The article talks about the PEEL Collection which represents over 280 years of historical documents for the Prairie Provinces.

Bruce Braden Peel was librarian at the University of Saskatchewan in 1946.  His work to catalogue the books and pamphlets from the settling of the prairie provinces, up to 1905, became known as the Peel Collection.  Encompassing Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, this collection records not only the settling of the prairies but also the culture of the time. Many people from across the sea were coming to Canada, enticed by information that was published with the purpose of sharing information about the great new land that awaited them.  This vast collection, which took eight years to compile, is a valuable reflection of the hopes and dreams that inspired so many immigrants to brave the unknown and come to Canada.

The companion book is to be used with the microfiche collection.  Ms. Ward’s article says that the large collection of microfiche can be found at most university libraries and in larger public libraries, and can also be ordered on loan through the library. This amazing collection would no doubt lend an interesting slant to work on your own family tree. Creating a sense of the time and place of your ancestors’ arrival to Canada would make their journey seem all the more real in your family history.

The Yorkton Genealogy Society meets on he second Tuesday of each month. The group consists of members at all stages of research, and a friendly, learning, helpful atmosphere as members share their research experiences. For more information, call Dave at 783-1093 or Glenn at 782-7969. Every family has a story — discover yours with the Yorkton Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogy Society!

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