Greetings everyone! I wonder if our forbears ever had a strange winter like this one. Family and farm records and also diaries would be a good source of information. We should be recording for future researchers that this was the winter where the dog was continually muddy!
We were very disappointed that our Beginning Genealogy Course at the Grande Prairie Regional College was cancelled due to low registration numbers. However, the course work is planned and we will be offering it again in the Fall.
We continue to enjoy a collaborative working relationship with the Grande Prairie Public Library. In addition to our books and other resources in the Isabel Campbell Room we now have three events which share their facility. Genieís in the Library is well attended on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons so please drop in if you have research questions and a "Genie" will attempt to help you. Every second Wednesday of the month there is a Study Group meeting at the library as well. Not to be forgotten is our regular monthly meeting, which is held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.
Programs at our meetings recently have kept us entertained. In January Debby Was led us through some of the intricacies of the Canadian National Archives and we learned how to access materials in their possession. For February we had a "fun" meeting where we endeavoured to match members with their baby pictures ó we have changed ó just a little bit! It is interesting to think that if we couldnít match all the baby pictures with the people present how do you attempt to match some of those "person unknown" photographs with a deceased ancestor.
The program for March will be book and resource sharing time. Bring any books or materials that have been especially useful to you in your research. Enjoy what others bring ó we never know what sources we are all using until we share them!
The April meeting will be held at Crystal Park School in a computer lab. Come and learn about resources on the Internet from Laura & Debby. The sites seem to expand daily. In May, Ron Milson is coming to present on "Maps and Genealogy". The date is Tuesday, May 16th. so mark it on your calendar.
A garage sale is planned for May 27th. Please collect and save all your ëuseful stuffí because we will be able to put it to good use for that fund-raising event.
The Branch is in need of a Secretary. We are also in need of a Volunteer Coordinator.
Please consider helping out in either of these positions.
If you can volunteer or want more information, please call Margaret at 538-0009.
As we begin a New Year in the life of Grande Prairie & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society, I am grateful that we have members willing to serve on our elected executive. Although not all positions are filled, I know the talent and skills required are available in our membership. Please take a good look at your own talents and skills, and consider stepping forward and making a difference in our society. If the time commitment is a concern, please talk with members presently or recently serving on the executive and find out how much time it really takes! There are many "jobs" and activities you may become involved with. Our branch is made up of many that volunteer. They must like it because they have been doing this volunteer work for years! Are YOU one of the many who volunteer? If not, you may be missing out on the opportunity to make a difference. Your volunteer commitment will not only benefit our society, but will benefit you as well.
Special thanks to all those contributing material for this publication, and those working to get this publication printed, put together, and out to you.
Deadline for submissions for our June Newsletter is May 16. Please send your submissions to Judy or Laura by that date.
Births marriages and deaths as contained in the Grande Prairie "Herald" newspaper. Continued from the December 1999 issue of "Heritage Seekers".
Apr 3, 1923 Issue:
- "Mr. and Mrs. Rex PATTERSON, a son, March 19th. "
- "Notice to Creditors and Claimants - In the Estate of William Edward DAVIES, late of the Sanitorium of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Soldier, deceased Ö died 5th November, 1921 Ö "
Apr 10, 1923 Issue:
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. L.E. PURVIS, on March 24, a daughter."
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.G. THIRD of Lake Saskatchewan, on March 27th, a daughter."
- "Wedding at St. Joseph's Church - W. Clarence POLLOCK to Mrs. Velma McDERMID. Bridesmaid - Mrs. CASHMAN and Bestman - James MURRAY"
Apr 17, 1923 Issue:
- "Lake Saskatoon Community - Died - Mrs. G.M. SMITH at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. SMITH, March 26. Interment at Lake Saskatoon Cemetery. Service at Anglican Church by Rev. J.A. BURNESS"
Apr 24, 1923 Issue:
- No births, marriages or deaths found.
May 1, 1923 Issue:
- "William FAIR married Louise KELLETT, daughter of Mr. KELLETT of East Kleskun, at the Catholic Mission, April 13 at Sturgeon Lake."
- "Born to Constable and Mrs. BUCHANNAN at the local hospital, April 22, a son."
- "John TAYLOR of Rolla, BC - died of heart failure at Hudson Hope. Leaves a wife and family."
- "R.M. McCONACHIE, an E.D. and B.C. Trainman Ö was run over by the train in the Dunvegan yards at Edmonton Ö later died Ö "
May 8, 1923 Issue:
- "Died - Mrs. H. GILLIES of Sexsmith, April 19 at her home Ö pneumonia. Survived by husband and three children. Funeral - Presbyterian Church at Sexsmith Ö Service conducted by Rev. THOMSON. Internment at the Sexsmith Cemetery. Mrs. GILLIES was from Greenock, Scotland Ö ambulance driver during the war and a driver for the Airforce Ö Married at Greenock and then came to Canada Ö "
- "Fort Saskatchewan - Hanging of Emilo PICARELLOand Florence LASSANDRA (first women to be hung in Canada in 24 years) for the slaying of Constable STEVE."
May 15, 1923 Issue:
- "Born at the GILBIRIDE home on May 6th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. PHELPS of Sturgeon Lake."
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. A.W. PENTLAND, May 7th, at the local hospital, a daughter."
May 22, 1923 Issue:
- "John H. BYRNE funeral at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Internment at Flying Shot. Mr. BYRNE was the first person to be buried in the Roman Catholic section. Relative at the funeral - youngest son Mr. S.S. BYRNE of Nelson, BC Ö" (Note - no dates!)
May 29, 1923 Issue:
- "Married May 15th - T.B. KENT, former editor of the "Herald" newspaper staff, and Mrs. SCURR at the home of Mr. and Mrs. DANE in Edmonton. Officiated by Rev. Mr. LLOYD of Grace Methodist Church Ö "
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. MOORE, on May 9th, a daughter."
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. H. SCOTT on May 19th, a daughter."
June 5, 1923 Issue:
- "On May 20th, George STALBERG of Sexsmith married Jean POWKOWSKI. Performed by Rev. R. LITTLE. Their new home to be Sexsmith. Mr. STALBERG - old time resident of Sexsmith who ran the Blacksmith Shop there for many years. The bride is a sister to Mrs. TOEFER of Hermit Lake."
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred ROBERTS May 25th, a daughter."
- "Born to Mr. and Mrs. K.R. GARNER, May 30th, a son."
- "Rev. Dr. FORBES on May 19th, married Mr. George JOHNSON, Section Foreman on the E.D. and B.C. Railway, to Miss Carrie VIKEN, second eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John VIKEN of Valhalla. Made their home in Sexsmith."
- "In the estate of Frank BIGGS, late of Hythe, AB, Farmer, Deceased Ö died 20 March 1923 Ö "
This group meets for you. Please plan to attend.
We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Grande Prairie Public Library - usually downstairs. Our meetings are always completed by 8:45 to give ample time for us to vacate before the library closes at 9:00 p.m. We have time at each meeting for member's roadblocks ... that genealogical question "Where can I look next?" Be sure to bring ANY questions you have to our group and we will put our heads together and give you some answers.
Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2000. In January members were asked to begin writing their story...you might pick an isolated time in your life - school days - youth activities - favorite family holidays - family traditions you took part in - high school graduation - times with "your best friend". Our own stories to ourselves seem "everyday happenings", but the story we would all like to find written by our own ancestor would be one of "everyday happenings" in their life. You do not need to share/read your story if you wish to keep it private. The idea is to simply get you writing your story.
For our table display, please bring an item that "emigrated with an ancestor".
We hope to see YOU at our next study group meeting. We will be talking about the use of User Mailing Lists, and how they can benefit each of you.
These websites have been suggested by members as websites that they have found useful in their own research. Hope one can be of benefit to you. If you know of any interesting sites, please send them to Heritage Seekers c/o The Editor.
Beginners help guides offers help for beginners trying to use the familysearch.org and the UK Public Record Office web sites
"Home Children" gives details of many schemes sending children to Canada (and elsewhere) and the organizations involved.
National Archives of Canada searchable database online. Indexing is almost complete for years 1865 to 1919.
Hospitals in UK tells where each hospital's records are held. Searchable by name and town -over 2800 entries.
1901 Alberta Census for what was Alberta in 1901-searchable both by surname and by location.
Parishes in the UK - Geographic location of churchs, registration districts etc in the UK, with details of their founding and closing dates.
Nearly 70 maps on this site including maps of Britain from ca 400 to 1892. Also includes maps of Europe, Central America, the USA, and various wars through history. Index still under construction.
Ship pictures - the newsletter 'Vitorian G.U.M. News' carried articles on Internet-Ships pictures. Check out their website to obtain a copy.
Convicts to Australia:
Ships to Australia now updated to 1839 to 1879
Line drawings of old ships
Lists of occupations
Enclosures: about the uprising that occurred in response to the enclosing of farm lands and creating peasants of many of our ancestors. British
Pubs and Taverns Index for England 1801 to 1900
Military Photos: photos of over 1500 unidentified individuals - British
Rootsweb Metasearch Website - search Rootsweb sites for your names
1801 March 10th/11th
1811 May 27th/28th
1821 May 28th/29th
1831 May 30th/31st
1841 June 6th/7th
1851 March 30th/31st
1861 April 7th/8th
1871 April 2nd/3rd
1881 April 3rd/4th
1891 April 5th/6th
1901 March 31st/April 1st
1911 April 2nd/3rd
1915 Parochial Census re Aliens Act
1921 June 19th/20th
1931 April 26th/27th
It was rare for census prior to 1841 to include
the names of inhabitants.
Census after 1891 have not yet been released for public access.
A number of microfiche are currently available at the Grande Prairie Family History Centre for Civil Registrations in England and Wales. This listing is as of October, 1999.
1840 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1850 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1855 1st Qtr
1870 1st Qtr
1885 1st Qtr, 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
1898 3rd Qtr
1852 1st Qtr
1853 3rd Qtr
1861 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1862 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1865 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1878 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1879 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
1871 3rd Qtr
The Family History Centre in Edmonton has most if not all the Civil Registration Indexes.
Recently, as I have been going through my many piles of research, I have become more aware than ever of the importance of documenting the source. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to remember where you found something or receiving information with no recorded sources. Like many new genealogists, I made this mistake frequently when I started my research in 1985. Back then, I thought, "How could I forget?" Little did I know back then, the number of sources I would go through or how bad my memory would get with the onset of (yuk!) middle age. Even now, I notice that I have slipped up and missed writing the source on every page when Iíve extracted a lot of information.
At the November meeting of our local branch, we played a game I called "Genealogy Jeopardy". This was my own brainchild. It was designed to quiz our members' knowledge of resources in the Grande Prairie Public Library and to emphasize the importance of recording the source. I listed several citations or bits of information from various research books and asked our members to locate and record the source used. All of the resources were available in the public library. Clues where typed in bold print and extra information was added in [square brackets]. I also provided an answer form to record the necessary information to locate the source at a later date.
As researchers, we should all remember to provide enough information about our source to help a fellow researcher locate that same source (or help ourselves find it when we need it the next time!). Below is a copy of the form we used. It is important to record the location of the source and the date it was found as well as the bibliographic information.
Source Type: ________________________________ Date Searched: ______________________________
ISBN or ISSN: _______________________ Publisher: _________________________________________
Publisher Location: _________________________________ Copyright Date: _____________________________
Format: ____________________________ Call Number or Film #: _____________________________________
Edition: ______________ Volume: _____________ Issue: ________________ Page: _______________________
Below are 5 examples of the citations/information I used. Can you find the source? Good luck!
On 30 January 2000 we received an e-mail from Marjorie Monlezun, a member of AGS and the Branch as well as the Dawson Creek Genealogical Society. She asked if we could help a lady from Missouri who had sent an e-mail to the Dawson Creek group requesting help to find a man by the name of Harry ADAIR.
"I am hoping you have more specific information regarding Harry Adair of the Adair Ranch who helped blaze trail from Edson. He also, according to the very interesting articles online, bought a Curtis Jenny airplane and started a flying service?however he crashed and the company did not last long. I know he left the area in about 1926. He was married to my great grandmotherís sister, Tessa (OLDHAM) Adair who had a daughter named Gertrude, who married a man by the name of Roberge. I am searching for Harryís origin, his parentís names, origins. I also believe that he got the land by scrip of South African Veteran who had left it to his three nieces from England. Any info that you can give or suggest to look would be very much appreciated. Mary WURTZ."
The first thing I did was look in our index to Peace Country Homestead Records to see when and where Harry Adair had taken land. This gives me a time period to look at and a lead as to which local history book I am most likely to find a story about him.
Found that Leonidas Harry ADAIR and wife Tessie had filed on 6 quarters of land in Township 73, Range 8, 3 lots on section 5, 1 0n section 4, and 2 on section 8. The dates ranged from 26 May 1910, 8 June 1911, 2 on 22 Sept. 1911, 2 on 4 Nov. 1911. This put him in the Lake Saskatoon district west of Grande Prairie.
The local history book for this area "Lake Saskatoon Reflections" has a story that says the following; "In 1906 Harry Adair sold his ranch, store, saloon and post office in Montana. He then bought some horses bringing his herd up to seven hundred head. Harry Adair with his wife Tessa, ten-year-old daughter Gertrude, sister-in-law Inez OLDHAM and a few cowboys proceeded to trail the horses up to the Peace River Country." It turns out that the sister-inólaw had also filed on 2 quarters, which were on sections 4 & 9. Which brings Harryís land total to 8 quarters.
In this book there was mention of Harry in the stories of other settlers, which totaled 12 pages. The other books with Harryís story plus mentions him in other families histories are: "Pioneers Of The Peace" - 15 pages; LaGlace book, "Yesterday & Today" - 8 pages. The best story that tells of Harryís trip into the Peace Country with 700 horses, is the one told by "Shady" Green, a cowboy from the Stettler area hired by Harry to help on the trek, "Pioneers of the Peace" - pages 23-25."
Another source I use is Isabel Campbellís index to the Herald-Tribune. There were 26 articles concerning Harry which ranged from May 1913 - August 1924, and one for February 10 1959, which tells of his widow's death.
Mary was very happy to hear of all the finds, and requested photocopies of everything. Meanwhile she had found a query on "GenForum" <genforum.genealogy.com/adair/messages/530.htm/> re: Harry Adair Horse Drive. Through this she found Steve Lambert, who is a great grandson of Harry Adair.
The other search I did was to contact the current owner of the property that Adair used to own, to see if they may know anything else about Harry. The current owner was quite excited to hear of our quest, turns out they have a photograph of the ranch taken at the time when Harry was trying to sell the land. They have also worked to preserve two small buildings built by Harry. This gentleman has e-mail, so I gave him Maryís e-mail address and they are in contact with each other now.
Editor's Note: The Adair Ranch is also mentioned in the article "Sixty New Farmer Settlers Arrive at Grande Prairie" on page 10.
1) Cemetery Index found in GPPL (Isabel Campbell Room) of "St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Agricola, Alberta;" ISBN: 0920371183; published by the Alberta Genealogical Society, Edmonton, Alberta 1981; located in Cemetery Binder A-F; page 5 entry # 7. (Note discrepancy between the date of death and burial)
2) A book found in GPPL (Isabel Campbell Room) Alberta Index to Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths 1870 -1905, Volume I compiled by the Edmonton Branch, Alberta Genealogical Society; ISBN: 0921474962; published by Alberta Genealogical Society, Edmonton, Alberta 1995; catalogue number: RGEN 929.1 ALB; page 518
3) A book found in GPPL (local history collection) South of the North Saskatchewan by Dennis P. Fjestad (editor); ISBN: 0889254621; published by the Josephburg History Committee, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta 1984; catalogue number: HA 971.233 SOU; page 750-752
4) A book found in GPPL (Isabel Campbell Room) Places in Ontario: Their Name Origins and History Vol. II (F-M) by Nick & Helma Mika; ISBN: 091930348X; published by the Mika Publishing Co. Belleville, Ontario 1981; catalogue number: RGEN 917.13003 PCA; page 197
5) A book found in the GPPL They Shall Grow Not Old: A Book of Remembrance by Les Allison, & Harry Hayward; ISBN: 0920436412; published by Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Inc., Brandon, Manitoba 1991; catalogue number: R940.544971 ALL; page 716 column 2
The Genies were very busy in 1999. We clocked 175.25 hours of volunteer time and helped 90 library patrons. Many thanks to the 6 "Genies". They are:
Paulette Hrychiw 75.25 hours
Jane Littleton 30.5 hours
Laura Turnbull 14 hours
Margaret Kay 2 hours
Dorothy McDonald 2 hours
Debby Was 51 hours
The new library shelving is on order and will hopefully arrive soon. The Grande Prairie & District Branch, Alberta Genealogical Society Library Collection will then move to the opposite side of the Isabel Campbell room, where the shorter wooden shelving is currently located. The 5 new bays will give us desperately needed space to display our genealogy collection. Hopefully, this will make it easier to locate materials and alleviate the overcrowding of books on the current shelves.
During the January meeting, I gave a presentation on "Using the National Archives Records". At that time I put together a binder containing information about the records in the National Archives of Canada. That binder is located on top of the filing cabinets. I hope you find it helpful.
Did you know that our branch currently subscribes to five genealogy publications each year? These magazines contain many interesting and helpful articles and are one of the best sources for current information on genealogical research, publications and software. If you have not been reading them, please try to do so. The magazines are:
Our next "big" project is the purchase of the 1871 Canadian Census. This census is going to be very expensive due to the number of films required. We are going to start our fund raising with a garage sale on Saturday May 27th. Please start to put aside any items that you would like to donate. And if anyone has any other fund raising ideas, please bring them to the attention of any of our branch executive.
Copies of "Check the Library! An Inventory of the Grande Prairie & District Branch, AGS Library Holdings" will be available for purchase at the March 21 meeting or by contacting me. Happy Easter, everyone!
Friday's train brought in sixty new settlers for the land. Extra coaches and baggage cars were provided by the railroad company to accommodate this large number. This party is the first contingent of a large body of Russian farmers who have decided to settle in the Grande Prairie district.
For the past two or three months advance agents have been in the district securing and selecting land for the incoming settlers. The majority of the newcomers are Russian agriculturists who, left their native land during the past three years, on account of the Bolshevic attrocities (sic), having, had all their lands and chattels seized, and were left practically destitute. They are reported to be first class farmers, and have for the past one to three years been learning the Canadian system of farming in other sections of the Prairie provinces.
The party which arrived here on Friday, went through to Wembley and will go from there to the Adair farm north and west of Lake Saskatoon. It is understood that this large tract of land comprising from twenty-five hundred to three thousand acres has been recently purchased by the Russian settlers, and will be redistributed among them. Several other families are expected to arrive here shortly.
Within the next two or three weeks the first settlers under the Empire Settlement Scheme are expected to arrive here. These families all from the British Isles, are being placed on the land formerly held by the soldier settlers. All the available carpenters are busy erecting new houses and barns on these properties, so that everything will be in readiness for them to proceed direct to their homes upon their arrival.
The largest influx of settlers ever known in the history of the Grande Prairie country is expected to take place this summer. Land is now moving freely, several deals having been put through by the real estate men, and a number of parcels of land have been disposed of by the municipalities.
March 21: Regular Meeting
Program: "Your Most Useful Resources"
April 12: Study Group
Topic: "User Mailing Lists"
Display: Item Emigrated With an Ancestor
April 14/15: Conference 2000
- Edmonton, Alberta
April 18 *: Regular Meeting
Program: "Internet Resources"
Presenters: Debby Was/Laura Turnbull
Note: This meeting is at Crystal Park School
May 10: Study Group
May 16: Regular Meeting
Program: "How to Use Maps in Genealogy"
Presenter: Rob Milson from Edmonton
May 27: Garage Sale
June 14: Study Group
June 20: Regular Meeting
Program: "Setting Summer Research Goals"
September 13: Study Group
September 19: Regular Meeting
Program: "Sharing Summer Research Results"
All study group and regular meetings
begin at 7:00 pm and
regular meetings are preceded by a short business meeting.
Genies in the Library:
Wednesday: 7:00 ó9:00 p.m.
Friday: 1:00 ó 3:00 p.m.
At other times, please ask the staff at the Grande Prairie Public Library for contact information
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