Without help from our dedicated membership, we would not be the strong branch we have become. It is with much thanks that I look back over the past twelve months and realize how very fortunate our branch is in its membership. So very many of you did that little bit extra and totally covered the wee gap left by my absence. I thank you all for that.
It is this dedication that is allowing us to celebrate 25 years. It is in this 25th year of Grande Prairie and District Branch that I hope each of you make some significant find in your own genealogy. That, after all, is what it's all about.
It is important that we make time to do our own research. HOWEVER, through consulting records that are preserved by others, we are reminded that in Grande Prairie we have records to preserve and index projects to be worked on for the use of many people both close to home and around the world. THEREFORE, it is equally important that we dedicate a portion of our time towards the efficient running of our branch.
Our garage sale was a huge success. A special thank-you goes to Lynda Shopko and her family for providing us with a location to hold it. Our Fund-A-Film is proving to be of equal success. Thanks go out to the genies for their support, and also to Gail Schau for overseeing this ongoing project.
Thanks also to the many members for their contributions to this publication both regular columns and one-time writings. Mary Nutting is doing an excellent job with the layout and copying. Thank you Mary for the endless hours you put into this.
Speaking of endless hours, is everyone keeping track of the time they volunteer to our society? And the answer is yes, they are volunteer hours even if you enjoyed the time spent!
Summer is around the corner. It's the time that many of us are able to work on our genealogy. Days are long and many other activities have slowed down. It's the time we visit with relatives. You might have a family wedding to attend, or a family reunion planned. Whatever your summer holds for you, I hope you keep your camera loaded and your pencil sharp!
Enjoy your family
- past and present!
The Grande Prairie and District Branch is working towards the purchase of the 1871 Canadian Census on microfilm. The census consist of 294 films and costs $40.00 per film. A BIG COMMITMENT!
Our fundraiser for this year is simple?Fund a Film. We can receive a matching grant for any money raised for this project. This means that with every $20.00 raised we are able to apply $20.00 matching grant. Now we have the $40.00 needed for another reel of 1871 census. What could be simpler! It is the perfect fundraiser for those who do not have the time to commit to fundraising, but are wishing to help raise money for this worthy project.
Receipts for income tax are available upon request.
So the next time you are at the library, pick up a "FUND A FILM" form. The next orders go out at the end of June and the end of September.
Additional 1871 Census films have arrived. They are presently being catalogued and will soon be accessible at the library. This brings the total number to 77 reels of 1871 Canada Census microfilm (only 217 to go).
It is most interesting to have a family name the same as the name of our little hamlet. People searching for DeBolt relatives see the name on the map and make enquiries. I've written before on this subject in the Relatively Speaking newsletter.
This year it has happened again. A man from Kentucky found the name and sent a letter to our post office.
Our post master forwarded the letter on to me, as she knows I am a 'genealogy nut' with the DeBolt family involved.
I answered his letter, and before I knew what happened, I received a phone call from his aunt in Michigan. This has been quite an experience as she is very enthusiastic, has much information, and loves to talk. I sent her and her nephew more information and am now awaiting a package from her.
We are sure there is a connection between the DeBolt families?we haven't got all the connections yet, but we will find them! I'm including here an excerpt from cousin Dene DeBolt's book as follows:
"Through the generations it has been believed that our European ancestors came from France. An earlier history written in 1903 by Irene DeBolt Thompson [IDT] confirms this belief and lists Alsace-Loraine as the locale of our ancestors before they migrated across the Atlantic Ocean.
Unfortunately, IDT's history has not been free of inaccuracies and contradictions but it is nearly all that we have for the first two generations of our family who lived in North America. Research for supportive data during the last ten years by this writer and others has provided a fairly accurate account of the family history for the third and succeeding generations.
The IDT History appears to indicate that a George DeBolt arrived in Pennsylvania from Alsace-Loraine in the early 1750's. He brought his family which included three sons who were named George, Henry and Nicholas. This family probably located in eastern Pennylvania. Family tradition that has been passed down by at least three branches of this DeBolt family has held that three DeBolt brothers came to America from Europe. The three brothers that came to America with their father George could well be the source of this family tradition.
Following are listed two documents that support the presence of a George DeBolt in Pennsylvania in the approximate time frame presented in the IDT History.
1. The passenger list for the ship Phoenix that arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam on 28 August 1750 included the name John George Debald. Debald
is a German version of the DeBolt name.
2. The following entry is from the DAR Patriots Index: DeBolt, George, born 1720, died before 1788, married Elizabeth, Private, Pennsylvania.
While both of the above items could refer to our first generation due to the chronological fit, it remains to be proven. This George DeBolt was not included in the first Pennsylvania Census in 1790 thus indicating his death prior to that time.
It should be recognized that other DeBolt families had arrived in the Colonies prior to our first generation ancestor. A Hans Michael Diebolt arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Robert and Alice in 1739. Land records and family histories show this family
lived in what is now Romney, West Virginia area in the 1750's before coming to Fayette County in Western Pennsylvania about 1770. This large family is well
documented. Church records show that the family surname changed to Debald and then DeBolt in succeeding generations. The capitalized "B" in DeBolt became common during the 1800's."
Here is where we are going to make the connections. Our family came from the same part of Europe, and about the same time, and to the same part of the U.S.A. Their family came from the Hans Michael Diebolt family, and ours came from George DeBolt.
I am very much looking forward to the package from Michigan, so stay tuned.
Last year I wrote up an account of 'us Stenseth Cousins' going to a family reunion in Regina in the year 2000, and it was in the March 2001 issue of Relatively Speaking. That trip was such a success that we planned another trip for the summer of 2001 - and it became a true 'Cousins Holiday'.
For those that want a quick background, Stenseth is my mother's maiden name and it is of Norwegian origin. The year 2000 trip was to visit my mother's cousins and their families. The 'we' in this writing are: myself and my sister Phyl Gordon, as well as our cousins Eunice Ward and Coreene Stienke (daughters of mother's sister Mable Morrison).
For Year 2001 we took a little different slant. We cousins (the Bodekers and the Morrisons) have stayed here in the Peace Country, while our Uncle Tony and his family moved to south-central B.C. back about 1952. They moved to Arrow Parks, on the Columbia River and farmed and were in the timber or lumber business. When the Columbia River was dammed, they were forced to move and Salmon Arm became their new home.
We have kept in touch with the family, but have not had a lot of time to be together to keep a close cousin connection, and beside that they are younger than us. So the plan developed, and 'we invited ourselves to come
and visit our cousins'. With the studying of the map and the calendar, made a few phone calls, and received their very positive reply - we were set for our adventure.
Without going into the details, I will tell you that we had the most wonderful 14 days in July, and we stayed
with our cousins most of the way (only had motels for about 4 nights). We spent one night here, two nights there and we had good quality time getting to know our cousins, and some of their families.
Putting 3000 km on our vehicle, we spent time in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Summerland, Nakusp, and then Cochrane, Alberta. We had fun touring, relaxing, visiting and always enjoying the food. We spent time at the beach at Salmon Arm, we walked to a cool falls, visited a winery, and much, much more.
During the B.C. loop the most exciting and precious thing happened -the cousins joined our trek. Our group grew until when we arrived at Nakusp, the whole family were there (except the one in Cochrane). Two cars went from Salmon Arm to Summerland, and three cars went on to Nakusp.
We thank our B.C. cousins (Dawn & John MacDonald, Jeannie Terryll, Neil & Jan Stenseth and Curtis & Marg Stenseth). We then went on to Banff and to Cochrane and visited cousin Lorne & Shirley Stenseth. We thank them all for their hospitality and hope that they will visit us soon.
You have cousins that you've lost connection with - give it a try! Ours sure was a great adventure and our 'cousin closeness' has been greatly strengthened.
New to the Public Library shelves this month:
The newest edition of: a comprehensive list of 70,000 genealogical sites on the internet. The 2 volume set has a table of contents, an alphabetical category index and a topical category index. This reference is a wonderful starting tool for anyone interested in genealogy.
New to the Branch Library shelves this month:
duplicate books and newsletters from the AGS library which have been shared out among the various branch libraries. Many thanks to AGS librarian, Norma Wolowyk, and to Marilyn Wales who brought them back from conference for us.
Oct 2001 printing of the Edmonton branch library holdings
April 2002 printing of the AGS Library holdings
27 assorted issues (1983 - 1996) of The Scottish Genealogist
11 assorted copies (1992 - 1995) of The Ancestor ó Newfoundland Newsletter of the Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogical Society 1985-1988
Misc. USA: 4 copies of Nexus - the newsletter of the New England Historic Genealogical Society -1995
1 copy of the Orange Co. California Genealogical Society publication 1991
2 copies of Remains to be Found 1990 (from Nebraska)
2 copies of the Newsletter of the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society 1990 and 1991
Book: Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia by Terrence M. Punch
Book: Wagon Trails to Hard Top - the story of Lacombe and Area
Book: Borderline Memories - from Loverna, SK and associated school districts
Births, marriages and deaths as contained in the "Grande Prairie Herald" newspaper. Continued from the March 2002 issue of "Heritage Seekers".
Jan. 1, 1924 Issue:
- "Died at the Grande Prairie Hospital on Dec. 24, 1923, Isabelle Gillespie AMES, age 31, wife of Wilfred Roy AMES. Body will be shipped to Manitoba for interment."
- "Died on Dec. 26, 1923 at the Grande Prairie Hospital, Peter LOVELAND, formerly of Valhalla District. Age 62 years."
- "Died on Dec. 25, 1923 at the Grande Prairie Hospital, John FRITZ, formerly of the Grande Prairie District, age 40."
- "Notice to Creditors and Claimants - In the Matter of the Estate of Edward WARD, late of Clairmont, AB, FarmerÖ..who died on 7 Sept. 23, 1923.Ö."
Jan 8, 1924 Issue:
- "Born to Mr. And Mrs. C.G. BUTCHART, at the Grande Prairie Hospital, on Jan. 3, 1924, a son."
- "Died at the Grande prairie Hospital, Jan. 2, 1924, Daniel BAILEY, age 47, formerly of the Red Willow District. Funeral Service at the Halcourt Church, interment in the Halcourt Cemetery Jan. 7, 1924. Mr. BAILEY was well known bachelor."
- "At St. Joseph's Church, Jan. 1, 1924, Beulah Marie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George J. JOHNSON of Grande Prairie, married Mr. Jack James MACDONALD of Edmonton, the eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. Angus MACDONALD of St. Joseph's Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Rev. Father BOCQUENE performed the ceremony. Miss Marian DUNBAR was Maid of Honour, Charles SHIELS supported the groomÖ.They will reside in Edmonton. Mr. MACDONALD is connected to the Alberta Government Telephones."
Jan. 15, 1924 Issue:
- "Funeral of John FRITZÖ..Comrad FRITZ laid to rest Jan. 9, 1924 at the Grande Prairie Cemetery. Service conducted by Rev. R. LITTLE, Rural Dean."
- "Died on Jan. 5, 1924 Alexander "Shorty" BARTON at the ranch of Captain BROADLEY, south of the Wapiti River. Age 65, born in the Province Of Quebec, came to this district about seven years agoÖ..in the livestock business, operated a livery barn in Grande Prairie. Has one son and one daughter who live in the EastÖ.."
- "Wedding at St. James Church New Years day, Miss Margaret Leila BROWNRIGG, daughter of the late George Herbert BROWNRIGG pf Whitewood, Saskatchewan, married Herbert FUNNELL, son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas FUNNELL of Halcourt, AB. Rev. R.H.A. HASLAM officiated. Organist Miss Mable KEHM. Bride given in marriage by brother Pat BROWNRIGG. Bridesmaid Molly MUTCH, Groom supported by Mr. W. JAMIESON."
- "Married at the Presbyterian Manse, Edmonton Dec. 22, 1923, Mr. Robert Austin TROUT of Three Hills, son of Mr. And Mrs. David TROUT of New Westminster, BC to Miss Helen G. FORD of Grande Prairie, daughter of Mrs. Janet FORD of Wetaskiwin, AB. Rev. Dr. MCQUEEN officiatedÖ..Mr. TROUT was a teller at the local Branch of the Union Bank of Canada, and Miss FORD worked at the town office."
Jan 22, 1924 Issue:
No births, marriages or deaths found.
Jan. 29, 2002 Issue:
Missing from the microfilm at the Grande Prairie Public Library.
Feb. 4, 1924 Issue (Tues.):
- "Wedding at St. Joseph's Rectory on Friday AM, Rev. Father BOCQUENE officiated when Mrs. Dora CASHMAN became the bride of Mr. J.A. WEICKER. Bride attended by Mrs. George PIPPIN, Mr. Roy MITCHEL supported the groom. Mrs. CASHMAN operated a Millinery and Ladies Wear Shop for the past four years, and Mr. WEICKER is a leading livestock dealer coming here in 1918."
Feb. 12, 1924 Issue:
- "Wedding Jan. 23, 1924 when Mrs. HOWARD, widow of the late James HOWARD, married Alex MUIR. Officiated by Rev. FINDLAY at the brides home. Bridesmaid Miss Nelly MCDOUGALL, Mr. MATES attended the groom."
- "Wedding at Christ Church, Vancouver, Rev. W. CRAIG officiated Jan. 16th, when Captain W.W.B. BROADLEY, rancher of the Wapiti District wed Miss Nellie MCNESS of England. Captain BROADLEY is well known here, coming to the district four years ago from Cork, England, is in the ranching business south of the Wapiti River since June. Miss MCNESS recently came from England. Mr. And Mrs. BROADLEY will reside in this district."
Feb. 19, 1924 Issue:
- "Born to Mr. And Mrs. J.B. OLIVER, a daughter at the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital Feb. 12, 1924.
Feb. 26, 1924 Issue:
No births, marriages or deaths found.
The Elusive Book
In the Dec 2001 Fort McMurray Branch Newsletter, Art Avery recommends this site if you are having trouble finding a resource book you have heard of through family or research...
"Advanced Book Exchange is out of Victoria, BC. Abebooks.com is a Canadian website with links to over 8400 independent dealers all over the world which include second hand, rare and out of print books.
You can search by author, title or key word. I have purchased books from England, U.S.A and from other Canadian Provinces."
I checked this out and it is very good. They provide you with the title, author, short description of book content, price, description and condition of book and which dealer is presenting the book. There is everything - foreign language and novels to politics!!
The Illinois State Archives Databases includes a Death Index for 1916-1951. The website address is http://www2.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html
"Counting Heads Around the World: The Genealogy of International Census Databases, Part 1" is available online through the Searcher magazine Web site:
There is some Canadian content, but the major Canadian census and statistical resources will be described in Part 2 which should appear later this year or early in 2003. At the time the article was written the National Archives of Canada had not released its 1901 Census of Canada database, so at least that major new census database will be covered in Part 2.
Searcher magazine encourages linking to its Web site and specific full-text articles, so feel free to do so if you wish.
Non-Government Records Archivist
Access Services, BC Archives
From: Esther Johnson, Zumbrota, MN
Re: CARL BERNHARD JOHNSON
Born 1921, son of Carl Herman Johnson and Irma Johnson
Died 20 Jan. 1963 at Sedgewick, AB.
Esther believed Carl Bernhard Johnson lived in the Grande Prairie area at some time and wished to make contact with him and/or his descendants.
REPLY: By B. Joan Bowman of the Grande Prairie and District Branch of A.G.S.
To Esther Johnson, I sent the following info:
1) Esther had stated Carl Johnson had come to Calgary from Champion, AB, (and I just happen to have a local history book for the Cleverville-Champion area being my maternal grandparents came from there) I was quick to look in it and found: "Carl Johnson, a C.P.R. mechanic came to Cleverville in 1907 to homesteadÖ.A brother Ben Johnson lived nearby. Carl Johnson was born in Asarum, Sweden, and married Irma Karoline Johnson from Ringanola, Sweden in 1907.ÖThey have one son Carl BernhardÖ.who became a Public School InspectorÖ.and married Alice Isobel DalgleishÖ.they have two daughters, Lois and Lorna. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson (Sr) moved to Calgary in the late 1920'sÖ."
2) Copies of the two news items in the Sept 12, 1946 and the Oct 3, 1946 issues respectively of the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune newspapers. These items told of C.B. Johnson, School Inspector, leaving the area after being here for seven years, and moving his family to Lethbridge as he had accepted a position as High School Inspector for Southern Alberta.
3) A copy of a portion of a map of Alberta to show Esther where Champion, AB was located.
4) An application form from the Alberta Vital Statistics to order a copy of C.B. Johnson's death certificate.
5) A map showing the School Districts in the Champion area where Carl Bernhard attended school.
6) Provided the internet site of the "The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project" where by Esther could look at local histories like Champion and Alberta Newspapers like Calgary. The site is: http://ahdp.lib.ucalgary.ca/
As Esther Johnson is doing a Johnson family history, she would like to make contact with Carl Bernhard Johnson's descendants and/or his daughters Lois and Lorna. The Alberta Family Histories Society state Carl Bernhard Johnson also had a son Bernard as per the Alberta burial records. (Carl Herman Johnson's wife, Irma Johnson, is a sister to Esther's husband's father.)
Any assistance from our "Heritage" newsletter readers would be greatly appreciated.
MATHESON, Alexander "Sandy"
MATIASZOW, Eva (JUZWISHIN)
MATKIN, Marie (O'BRIEN)
MATTHEWS, Agnes Ragna (THOMPSON)
McCASKILL, Eileen Margaret ( )
McGOVERN, Alexander Ambrose
McINTYRE, Christine Alline
McKAY, Ivor Foster
McKAY, Richard Fredrick "Dick"
McKERAGHAN, Dorothy Elaine (SAMUELSON)
McKINLEY, Lyall Vernon
McLAUGHLIN, Elmer Thomas
McMILLAN, Lorne Valentine
McMORDIE, Marvin C
McNAUGHTON, Donald Edward
McPHEE, Mildred H
MELNICHUK, Martha ( )
METZ, Edwin Lee
MIDDLESTEAD, Ada May (GOUDE)
MIDDLESTEAD, Shaun Joseph
MILLER, Rhoda (PATTERSON)
MITCHELL, Walter Norman
MOLINE, Patricia (KOHALYK)
MORRICE, Christina "Chrisie" (MILLS)
MUTCH, Stella ( )
NAHIRNIAK, Jenny ( )[JACKSON]
NAIRN, Alan Harold
NELSON, John Douglas
NELSON, Krista Michelle
NELSON, Stella (HARRIS)[EVANS]
NEWNHAM, Claire Ann ( )
NOBLE, Samuel George
NORDVIE, Clarence Leander
NOSKEY, Flora Elizabeth
OBNIAWKA, Natalie (BONK)
O'BRIEN, Jean (ALEXANDER)
OLSON, Donald Ivan
OLSON, Violet (HANSON)
PACK, Mildred Joy (BEISEL)
PANTER, Derrick Burberry
PARKER, Colby Zane
PARKS, Clifford Lloyd
PATTERSON, Erika Alberta ( )
PAUL, Eileen (KENNEDY)
PELLERIN, Harvey Marcel
PENNINGTON, Marie (LOZERON) [VALIN]
PETERS, Nelson Cornelius
PFEIFER, Shirley Darlene (DEBIENNE)
PHILLIPS, Frank Campbell
PINFOLD, Alice (PHILLIPS)
POHR, Rose (HECK)
POIRIER, Arthur Alfred
POOL, Debra Lynn (MINALL)
POTTER, Danny Pierce
POWELSON, Erma Francis ( )
PRINCE, Amy Fay
PROVENCAL, Joan Francis ( )[GREEN]
PUCCI, Sabrini Daniela
PURCHA, Janet "Jane" (WILDE)
PUSHOR, Verona Alice ( )
RAMSDEN, Francis Birch
RAY, Connie L: (REICH)
RAYMOND, J Louis
REDWOOD, Helen (McLAUGHLIN)
REID, Kenneth James "Jim"
REMUS, Arnhold Norman
RICARD, Edward Arnie
RICHARD, Marc Joseph
RIDSDALE, Joseph Rodney Emery
RIGLER, Marvin Roy
RINTOUL, Theresa (CHOQUET)
RITZEL, Lotte ( )
ROBBERSTAD, Constance Ann
ROSE, David Arthur
ROSE, William Joseph
ROSS, Dave McNicol Harper
ROSS, William Murdoch "Bill"
RYCROFT, Michel Jai "Lolly"
RYMHS, Betty Marie (HALEY)
SAWICH, Brent William
SCHILLING, Joyce ( )
SCHRAM, Julie (CHOWACE)
SCOBIE, Agnes Marvel (MacDONALD)
SEDORE, Myrtle Irene ( )
SEELY, Norman L
SEVERSON, Vera (RUPTASH)
SEWELL, Catherine Francis
SHANKS, Mary ( )
SHARKEY, Richard Joseph "Joe"
SHAW, Arthur Keith
SIMMONS, Elizabeth "Beth" (GOSSEN)
SIPE, Edwarde Allen "Ted"
SIVAK, Joseph Paul
SMITH, Joseph William
SOUTHWICK, Kay (FAIR)
STERR, Evelyn Margaret (BICKNER)
STEVENS, Kathleen Mary ( )
STEWART-BIGGAR, Damien Graham
STRUTTON, James "Jim"
STUBBINGTON, Wayne Fraser
SUTHERLAND, Evelyn Delores (SMALL)
TANSEM, Mae Dorothy "Dora" (NIEBERGALL)
TANSEM, Wallace "Wally"
THIESSEN, Cornelius John
THOMPSON, Robert Harvey "Bob"
THURBER, Willard Garth "Bill"
TOERPER, Minna Margarete (DELFS)
TONE, Vinson Andrew "Andy"
TOSET, Gunvor Christine (HANSON)
TRAPLIN, Vera Carrie (MOORE)
TURNER, Montgomery Alexander "Ted"
TUTTON, Gladys Annette (RAPPEL)
TWA, Hugh Francis
VALOIS, Evelyne Marie Therese (CHOQUETTE)
VAN DELLEN, Archie
van ROOTSELAAR, Nicolaas "Nick"
WAAYENBERG, Daren Dela Cruz
WAGNER, Robert Allan "Bob"
WAKELIN, Robert "Bob"
WALD, Monica Katherine (BEILMAN)
WALKER, Quinton Dallas
WALL, Eleanor Carol (KNIGHT)
WALLAN, Kevin Leslie
WARDILL, Wilfred Harold
WARSABA, Robert "Bob"
WATSON, Isabel Ferguson (GEORGE)
WEARDEN, Robert Harland "Bob"
WEBSTER, Roy "Poppa"
WEEGAR, Earl Lindsay
WEEKS, Howard Ernest
WELCH, Mary Cecile Josephine ( )
WESTAD, Martha (SEBASTIAN)
WHARTON, Agnes Magdalene (PALFY)
WHITEMAN, Kay Noreen
WIEGEL, Victor David
WIENS, Arthur Harold "Art"
WIER, Bonnie May
WILLIAMSON, Ethel (KRIEGER)
WOLD, Alden L
WOLD, Elsie Adeline
WOLD, Inga ( FORSETH)
WONG, Jack Gim Chuck
WORTMAN, Margaret Marie (FERGUSON)[CULSHAW]
WOZNIAK, Barbara Elizabeth (KLUKAS)
YERXA, Mabel Gertrude (ARNOLD)
YOUNG, Richard "Ian"
The obituary index (1978 - 1998) consists of index cards, on which the actual obituary from the "Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune" has been pasted. As well, funeral cards, thank you notices, memorials and notices to creditors & claimants have been included where available. If there were other news articles containing information of the deceased, these have also been collected.
Starting in 1999, only the index has been compiled. Obituaries can be obtained from the microfilms of the Grande Prairie "Daily Herald-Tribune" on file in the Isabel Campbell room of the Grande Prairie Public Library.
This obituary file covers the period from 1978 to the present. Issues of "Heritage Seekers" which contain indexes of these obituaries are:
Vol. 11, Nos. 1,2,3,4 Mar-Dec 1988
Vol 13, No. 2, Jun 1990 1988
Vol 13, No. 3, Sep 1990 1989
Vol 14, No. 1, Mar 1991 1990
Vol 15, No. 1, Mar 1992 1991
Vol 16, No. 1, Mar 1993 1992
Vol 17, No. 1, Mar 1994 1993
Vol 18, No. 1, Mar 1995 1994
Vol 19, No. 1, Mar 1996 1995
Vol 20, No. 2, Jun 1997 1996
Vol 21, No. 2, Jun 1998 1997
Vol 22, No. 1, Mar 1999 1998
Vol 23, No. 2, Jun 2000 1999
Vol 24, No. 2, Jun 2001 2000
Our Research Committee will search any surname for a SASE (self addressed stamped envelop). If copies are requested, you will be notified of the number of entries available and copying costs (approximately $2.00/copy).
Copies of the issues listed here are in the Grande Prairie & District Branch collection in the Isabel Campbell Room at the Grande Prairie Public Library.
The BRITISH COLUMBIA Genealogist - March 2002
~ Meet the Pioneers from the Pioneer Registry, BISHOP/ MacCALLUM/ THORBURN/ PAINTER
Lethbridge "YESTERDAY'S FOOTPRINTS" - April 2002
~ Crematorium Records 1937-1979 Calgary, AB (a description) http://afhs.ab.ca/data/crematorium/index.html
~ Commonwealth War Graves Commission (a description) http://www.cwgc.org/
~ Newspapers on Microfilm at Glenbow Archives (a list - AB, BC, Man, SK)
Calgary "CHINOOK" - April 2002
~ The Census Lawsuit: Memorandum of Law (update on release of further Canadian censuses)
Red Deer "THE TREE CLIMBER" - Feb 2002
~ Those Eligible to Vote at Red Deer's Municipal Election 1937 (a list)
SASKATCHEWAN BULLETIN - Mar 2002
~ Research in Belgium - Part 2
~ Commonwealth War Graves
~ Ranches, Ranchlands & Ranch Owners of the Districts of Assiniaboia & Alberta 1880-1906
Leeds & Grenville Co, ON, "NEWS & VIEWS" - Mar/Apr 2002
~ Persons appearing in Brockville newspaper who left for the Canadian West in 1911 (a list)
~ Finian Raids (list of veterans/survivors)
Niagara Penninsula, ON "NOTES from NIAGARA" - Feb 2002
~ The Ancaster Bloody Assizes of 1814 (many surname lists)
Thunder Bay, ON, "PAST TENTS" - Mar 2002
~ Death Notices in Daily Times-Journal 1953 (a list)
~ Freedom of Information & Privacy Act in Ontario
~ Early Lakehead Subscribers to A Biographical Encyclopedia (a list)
Waterloo Region, ON "OUR WATERLOO KIN" - Winter 2001
~ Waterloo Township 1851 Census (a list H-Ob)
NOVA SCOTIA "Directory of Members and Surname Interests 2001"
PEI Genealogical Society Inc Newsletter - Feb 2002
~ Maritime Strays in the 1901 BC Census (transcript - 22 pages)
PEI Genealogical Society Inc Newsletter - Apr 2002
~ 1871 Census of Colonsay & Oransay (transcript - 20 pages)
FAMILY CHRONICLE Magazine - Mar/Apr 2002
~ Researching Civil War Confederate Records
~ Reason for Surname Changes
~ Researching WWII Veterans
~ Health & Heritage
FAMILY CHRONICLE Magazine - June 2002
~ Tracing Female Ancestors
~ Maximizing your Mileage from the Ellis Island Database
~ Capturing your Family's Oral History
~ 40 Ways to Document Death
~ By Order of the Court
Everton's "GENEALOGICAL HELPER" - Jan/Feb 2002
~ Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor... But they all had to come from somewhere
~ Buried Treasure: Uncover Your Ancestors' Past with Civil War Pension Records
~ The Rail Connection: Finding Your Railroading Ancestors
Everton's "GENEALOGICAL HELPER" - Mar/April 2002
~ Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor... But they all had to come from somewhere.
~ Her Story: Uncovering Women's Lives
The branch was recently treated to an interesting lecture on Ukrainian immigration to Canada by local college professor, Jerry Petryshyn. Although he is not a genealogist, he took the trouble to list some sources for beginning research on Ukrainian ancestors.
1. Genealogy Services- -Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine (located in Lviv) has over 1 million files in more than 800 collections covering the year 1200 - 1939. There are records such as birth, death, marriage (except for WWII), property, military registry. You can visit in person or write to the Archives with your inquiry and receive details about costs, etc. You can also hire a researcher to work on your behalf.
2. Canadian Sources - books
-Galicia and Bukovina: A Research Handbook about Western Ukraine late 19th and 20th Centuries (1990) by John Paul Hinka
-Sources for Researching Ukrainian Family History (1984) by John Paul Hinka and Franaces Swyripa
-How to Research Your Ukrainian Ancestry in Saskatchewan (1986) by Kathryn Szalasznyi
-Finding Your Ukrainian Ancestors (1998) by Muryl A. Geary
3. Canadian Sources - National Archives
-Ukrainian Family History - V.J. Kaye Papers (M G 31-069)
-pioneers who arrived in Canada from Western Ukraine before 1900
-passenger lists, homestead records, naturalization records - finding aid 1409 - also a nominal index
-Central and Eastern Ukrainian immigrants prior to WWI - Li-Ra-Ma Collection (Russian Consular Records) M G 30- E406 also includes Ukrainian immigrants from the Czarist Empire who arrived in Canada shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914
-Enemy Aliens: partial lists found in the R.C.M.P. records (R. G. 18 -Series B) - Vol. 1768 - 1796
-List including surname, POW Number, date of internment and release is available from:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Suite 277, 3044 Bloor St. West Toronto M8X 2Y8
-Nationalization Records for all citizens except records dated between 1854 and 1917 (destroyed) - gives surname, name, date and place of birth, and entry into CanadaSend $5.00 for an Access to Information request form to:
Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Information Management Public Rights Administration 140 Promenade du Portage, 4th Floor Hull, Quebec K1A 1L1
4. Internet -www.archives.ca will get you to the Canadian Archives. Follow the leads and you can search under family name, location in Canada or Ukrainian organizations.
This is a brief summary of his notes. If you want to look at the originals, they will be in my file folder in the AGS cabinet.
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February 5, 2003