Or as I like to call this session… How Not to Let the Genealogists Scare You!
Does this sound familiar?My ancestor, Harris Klein/Kline, livedin various places in Canada, including Morris,Sask., circa 1909. He came to Canadaapprox.1888. Do you have reference material,ie, old directories, that you would be willing tocheck? If not, are you able to direct me tosources? He was a farmer and acarpenter. - Patron from Chicago, Illinois
When “genealogists” approach the reference desk… They often arrive unprepared or only have a short time to do research Think staff can pull up the information from the computer if they just give you a name Give you way too much information all at once (“genealogy ramble”) Don’t know the difference between a library or an archives and don’t know their way around a library (e.g. Dewey system) Don’t understand research methodology or about genealogical resources in general
Steps to Follow for Staff… (reference interview) FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!!! Ask specific questions to narrow down what the patron is looking for (who, where & when) – “What do they need to find out today?” Help them to focus on one family branch at a time Extremely helpful if the patron has the information written down (e.g. variant spellings of the names) Ask where and what they have already looked at Don’t be afraid to ask why they need the records
Family Chronicle’s Record Selection Table www.familychronicle.com/records.html This chart provides an excellent overview of where genealogists can track down specific information!!!
Most Frequently Asked for Records/Materials @ PHR Obituaries/Death notices from the Leader Post (1883 onwards) Newspaper articles Local or church histories Census records Immigration records, especially passenger lists City Directories
Basic Resources to Have in Your Library’s Collection Local history of your community/RM Church/business/family histories Maps of your community Old phone books or directories Local newspaper (print or microfilm) and indexes; also any local clippings on prominent individuals or businesses in your community School yearbooks
Basic Genealogy Handbooks ListSaskatchewan Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors, ed. Laura Hanowski. 3rd edition. Regina, SK: SGS, 2006 Tracing Your Aboriginal Ancestors, ed. Laura Hanowski. Regina, SK: SGS, 2006.
Basic Genealogy Handbooks List Geographic Names of Saskatchewan by Bill Barry. People Places Pub., 2003 Age Shall Not Weary Them by Bill Barry et al. People Places Pub., 2005.Canada Finding Your Canadian Ancestors by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee. Ancestry Publishing, 2007.
Genealogy Magazines SGS Bulletin published by SGS (quarterly) Internet Genealogy published by Moorshead Magazines (bi-monthly) Family Chronicle published by Moorshead Magazines (bi-monthly)
Additionally… Keep in constant contact with all of the applicable community groups that have similar-typed collections or interest Genealogical societies Sask. Genealogical Society www.saskgenealogy.ca (20 branches across the province and one of the largest lending library of local histories in Canada) Archives (local & church) - Sask. Council of Archives & Archivists institutional members: http://sain.scaa.sk.ca/collections/index.php/;repository/bro Museums Historical societies Schools/churches/community groups (e.g. Legion)
Some Basic Programming Ideas… Discovering the library’s resources – Encore/Classic Catalogue, ILL service, newspaper databases, etc. Online genealogical resources Basic information literacy – e.g. how to identify and locate reliable and trustworthy genealogical websites, how to use Google more effectively, etc. Invite a local genealogical chapter/archives/museum to come and talk about their resources**Helpful tip: try to find a suitable day & time that worksfor most of your users. For example, PHR always holdsits genealogy sessions Saturday mornings from 10 amto12 pm from February to May.
Really Useful Genealogy Websites to Know About
Canadian Genealogy Centre (CGC)www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html
Canadian Genealogy Centre (CGC) The Centre includes all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). It offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects in both English and French. Website launched in 2003 and is consistently cited as one of the best free resources for Canadian genealogists
Major Resources found on CGC Federal Census records (1871, 1881, 1901, & 1911 returns) Prairie Census records (1906 & 1916) Marriage bonds (Upper & Lower Canada, 1779-1865) Divorce records (1841-1968) Passenger lists (1865-1922 and 1925-1935) Immigration records (Home Children database, 1869-1930 and Immigrants from China, 1885-1950) Land grants (Western Land Grants, 1870-1930) Military records (Soldiers of the First World War and Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead) City directories (Who Was Where, 1861-1901)
In addition… Site offers a number of useful research guides covering a wide range of topics “how to begin” is especially useful with free downloads of major genealogical charts (pedigree & family group sheet) Search by Topics is also good for specific records such as military and immigration Site also offers virtual exhibits, a Flickr page of historical images, and podcasts
FamilySearch.org Website began in March 1999 and is available on any internet accessible computer Created and maintained by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), better known as the Mormons Site offers over 1 billion records, including census and vital (BMDs) records as well as family histories Free for anyone to use. In some cases, depending on donor, you maybe required to sign in to view the records (note: registration is free!)
Major Canadian Resources found on FamilySearch.org Sask. Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931 Sask. Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954 (**images only!) Sask. Provincial Records, 1879-1987 – Homestead files (**images only!) Federal census records – 1851, 1871-1891 Ontario BMDs – 1869-1937 British Columbia BMDs – 1984-1986**Hint: Make sure you read the description notes for each record/collection set!!!
FamilySearch’s Learning Centre Offers a variety of free online genealogy courses includinghow to begin your genealogy, reading old handwrittendocuments, locating German records, etc.
Additional Websites Saskatchewan GenWeb http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansk/Saskatchewa Canadian GenWeb Project http://www.canadagenweb.org/ Cyndis List http://www.cyndislist.com/ - meta site with a global focus Automated Genealogy http://www.automatedgenealogy.com – Canadian census Our Roots http://ourroots.ca - local histories
Continued… Canadiana http://www.canadiana.ca/en/home - history books Google News http://news.google.com -newspapers, especially Leader Post & Star Phoenix Interment.Net http://www.interment.net/ - cemeteries Find a Grave http://www.findagrave.com – cemeteries Canadian County Atlases http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas - Ontario maps
Staying Up-to Date Prairie History Blog http://www.reginalibrary.ca/prairiehistoryblog/ - Saskatchewan Dick’s Eastman’s Newsletter http://blog.eogn.com/ - global Ancestry Insider http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/ – Ancestry & Family Search websites Genealogy Blog Finder http://blogfinder.genealogue.com/ - global
CLA’s Local History & Genealogy Services Network A new CLA chapter created in 2012 Info about the network can be found on the CLA website: http://tinyurl.com/852jkhv Blog (still in progress): http://cdnlocgen.wordpress.com Membership to the network is free regardless of whether or not you have a CLA membership! First official meeting of the network will be at this year’s CLA Annual Conference in Ottawa