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Visiting your ancestor’s homestead.

3 May

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Visiting your ancestor’s homestead.

 

So you have heard that it is delightful to connect with ancestral history and become acquainted with their workplace and living conditions. It is great to experience that area where they walked and homesteaded, and imagine the customs and language of the settlement, what would have been the hard times, and what would have made the joyous times.

It is wise to make a few preliminary preparations before setting sail on your journey and adventure. Contact the local genealogy society, and library, make enquiries at the regional town office and museum. Send a letter of introduction to the reserve head office if your ancestors were part of a First Nations Indian band.

Locate the community church and see if there are any records which can help place branches onto a family tree. Remember to locate the cemetery where your ancestors may be interred on a regional map. Find out the size of your ancestral family on an historic census and imagine the lifestyle in a sodhouse or log cabin.

Post your queries on a genealogy query board and mailing list for the area, and you may get lucky and have a long lost cousin meet you at the airport.

Delve into resources at the National Library and Archives and find out if they served overseas in a war effort which may mean a memorial is standing in the hometown. Look up Metis scrip records or Dominion land grants to help determine place of residence. Read the local history / family biography book to determine which buildings, and places of interest are the same as those your ancestor saw, and which have been designated as historical sites.

Discover the one room schoolhouse which your ancestor attended and visit a museum or restored schoolhouse to see what childhood education was like. See if the building is still standing, or if the history of the school district is commemorated with a heritage marker.

Visiting the local museum will shed light on the lifestyle that your ancestor had. The agricultural implements and tools evolved greatly through the late 1800s to early 1900s. The home furnishings and housekeeping utensils also varied depending on the era.

The contacts you make and information you glean before setting out will be invaluable and provide an amazing vacation, perhaps even the best you ever had as you walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

Compiled by Sask Gen Webmaster Julia Adamson. ©

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The Era of Saskatchewan One Room Schoolhouses

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Where were Saskatchewan Homesteads Located?

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What can be found at the new Saskatchewan Provincial Archives website?

12 Feb

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What can be found at the new Saskatchewan Provincial Archives website?

An amazing repository is now online from the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives featuring over 70,000 webpages and 650,000 digitised items showcasing Saskatchewan’s history.

What can be found on the new website? Now online for example are the archival holdings of court, school, municipal, private donor, political and ministerial records as well as maps and architectural drawings, recorded sounds and miscellaneous exhibits and historical photographs.

This invaluable archival internet resource has a mandate to further digitise the inventory of about 2.2 million documents in the homestead record collection.

Provincial Archivist Linda McIntyre related that, “I am very pleased to launch a new era in how we offer services to researchers within our province and worldwide. Now, more than ever, Saskatchewan’s stories, history, events and treasures are at your fingertips to explore and enjoy.”

“I wouldn’t say it changes everything, but it’s a significant step for us. We work for the Saskatchewan public, but at the same time it’s nice to be able to project out beyond our borders to other people and to Saskatchewanians who may be living in other areas of the world now.” said Curt Campbell, manager of the digital records program and the preservation unit.

Provincial Archives Week 2012 occured February 5 to 11 with celebrations and displays at the Western Development Museum and films showing at the movie theatres.

The website was launched late in the day February 11, 2012. With this new service during it inaugural debut, you may want to try at off peak hours as trouble with connections may indicate that “The website is too busy”.

Read more:

Saskatchewan Provincial Archives

Saskatchewan Gen Web ~ General Archives debriefing, links and contact information

Website brings Sask. Archives into 2012 – The Leader Post

Saskatchewan Archives launches new website

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The Era of Saskatchewan One Room Schoolhouses

Why were Canadian “Last Best West” homesteads created?

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How did pioneers travel to their prairie homesteads?

•How to locate birth, marriage and death certificates in Saskatchewan, Canada

Are there genealogy sites that can compete with Ancestry.com?

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