BOOKS


BOOKS

Saskatchewan became a province in 1905.  During the fiftieth golden anniversary of 1955, the Government of Saskatchewan Department of Education (now the Ministry of Education) contacted all the consolidated and one room schoolhouses across the province with an outline for teachers and pupils to compile a local history book of their community.  Some communities and local history committees additionally compiled and published their own local history book.

This idea was very favourable, and during the 75th anniversary, 1980, numerous communities took part, accepting historical and biographical submissions from their local residents,  During 1980 and 1981, a new round of local history book publications preserved the history of Saskatchewan places and pioneers.

In the 100th anniversary of 2005, community reunions, parades and celebrations, again came together, and if there was demand, further local history books came into publication with updates, and further historical information.

In the online library catalogues which are searchable, discover if your ancestral community has had a book published.  Biographies are either indexed or stories are arranged in the book alphabetically by surname.  It is a treat for the family historian to discover their ancestral line in a local history book.

The original Book Resources page from Saskatchewan Gen Web (This archived edition is the only one available at the present moment as Rootsweb/Ancestry.com is down)

A project undertaken by the University of Calgary has placed local history books online with permission from the local history committees.  The Saskatchewan collection had 364 books online as of spring 2018.  "Our Roots Nos Racines" was the original name and the web site is being changed  to a new platform and at the current moment is partially complete in the transition.

As an example of two provincial books in addition to the local history books on Our Roots Nos Racines are:

Stay tuned for the migration of content.  At the moment only The Story of Saskatchewan and Its Pople Volume III" [index] is online from the triology.

As a guide to the names of the local history books, the Regina Public Library compiled in 1990 "Saskatchewan Local History Directory" [online] which is useful to find a book based on a placename, a rural municipality name, or a one room schoolhouse name.  

NOTE At times books were published under the name of the rural municipality.  Once the placename of the ancestor is ascertained, also discover the name of the Rural Municipality it is located in.  Then search the Saskatchewan local History directory or online library catalogues by BOTH placename and Rural Municipality (RM)

The Saskatchewan Legislative library published a supplement to their first book "Saskatchewan Local Histories at the Legislative LIbrary" though only the Supplement if freely available online 2005-2012 

The University of Alberta has an online digitized library named Peel's Prairie Provinces, search it for transcribed Hendersons' Directories, books abounding on a wealth of subjects, and many Saskatchewan historical resources.  The Henderson's directories were published listing by surname or by street address, the community residents.  Recorded were all the adult names, occupations and addresses.

The Glenbow Museum has placed an extensive amount of their archives and library collection online as it relates to Western Canada.

Check the Saskatchewan collection at Project Gutenberg.org, Project Gutenberg.ca, Internet Archives, google books and other online book digital libraries.  By finding the title in A Saskatchewan library catalogue collection.  PLace the book name in your favourite online search engine, and see if the book is digitized online locally by the local history committee, or by a book digitizing outfit.  When a book is digitized it can be searched by pressing the control Key at the same time as the key "F".  Type in the word being searched and press enter.

The Estevan Public Library placed online digitally the complete book Land of Hope by Clara Hoffer and F.H. Kaban.

University of Alberta, Peel's Prairie Provinces placed online the book "Detailed report upon all claims to land and right to participate in the North-West half-breed grant by settlers along the South Saskatchewan and vicinity west of range 26, W. 2nd meridian: Being the settlements commonly known as St. Louis de Langevin, St. Laurent or Batoche, and Duck Lake."

The Village of Glen Ewen has placed online Furrow to the Future Oxbow and Glen Ewen Volume oneandVolume Two


Would you like to place a link to your Saskatchewan online book website here?

Email a brief description of a database, a group of pictures, or maps, anything else you have dedicated to Saskatchewan digitized books.  If approved as an Saskatchewan Gen Web Special Project, a link & description will be on this site, and we will contact you.

Julia Adamson saskgenweb AT yahoo.com

Saskatchewan Gen Web Project



Sask Gen Web is part of the Canada Gen Web Project There had been thousands and thousands of resources transcribed or photographed and uploaded to the internet on the  Saskatchewan Gen Web Rootsweb https://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansk pages.  From cemeteries, to public domain books and historical maps, ancestral biographies, family trees, and much, much more.  See why Ancestry/Rootsweb has taken all the original pages of data off line and read a news account of why Ancestry/Rootsweb pages are offline 

Please check periodically at  Saskatchewan Gen Web Rootsweb https://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansk to see if the original web page is back online


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