Getting Started: Genealogical Societies

For the novice family historian, the greatest single source of help and encouragement is often a genealogical society. Most provinces and larger cities have genealogical societies, where members meet regularly to learn and discuss methodology and to share experiences and information. Often the society has a library and several experts in particular aspects of the field. In addition, genealogical societies host websites, publish newsletters, and organize symposiums, which provide substantial and useful information and resources for their members.

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) was formed in 1969 by a group of people interested in promoting the study of family history, preserving heritage documents and collecting materials for the study of this discipline. Today the Society has branches throughout the province and members scattered throughout the world, the largest genealogical lending library in Canada and a professional certification program.

Two excellent research tools, Tracing Your Ancestors in Saskatchewan: A Guide to the Records and How to Use Them, and Tracing Your Aboriginal Ancestors in the Prairie Provinces, are available for purchase from the Society. These publications contain comprehensive reviews of genealogical sources, and are highly recommended for novice and experienced family historians alike.

Information about the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, its programs and services, and useful links to other family history sites are available at www.saskgenealogy.com. Researchers may contact the SGS library at the following address:

Saskatchewan Genealogical Library
1870 Lorne Street
Post Office Box 1894
Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3E1

Tel. (306) 780-9207
Fax (306) 781-6021

saskgenealogy@sasktel.net

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) genealogical libraries, with five locations in Saskatchewan, are very useful sources of information. A collection of standard reference books and indexes of names, places and subjects may  be consulted there. Microfilm copies of original genealogical record sources from around the world may be borrowed from the vast collection in the Church's main library in Salt Lake City. An individual does not need to be a member of the Church to make use of its facilities. It is best to arrange for a personal visit to discuss research objectives since staff is unable to undertake research projects for individuals. More information can be obtained from:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Saskatchewan Family History Centres
555 Sangster Blvd., Regina SK Tel. (306) 543-2782
1429-10th Street East, Saskatoon SK Tel. (306) 343-6060
820-1st Street West, Kindersley SK Tel. (306) 463-3201
15 West Park Drive, Moose Jaw, SK Tel. (306) 692-3246
452-30 Street East, Prince Albert SK Tel. (306) 763-7874

Family history records may also be searched online at the FamilySearch.org website operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Other Genealogical and Historical Societies

Historical and genealogical societies and resource centres exist which are dedicated to family history research related to specific groups, including the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, the Eastern European Genealogical Society,  and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Genealogical and Archive Centre.  Contact information for these and other organizations may be found on the Internet.