Hi Claire & others:
I have no connection wih this family, but thought I would mention that Pheasant Forks, SK is in the south-east corner of that huge province (not on most maps, but roughly half-way between capital Regina and the Manitoba-SK border, on the Qu'Appelle (kah-PELL) River (I believe).
SK only became a separate province in 1905 (same as Alberta next door). Before that, as you said, they were part of the North-West Territories. If info is missing from SK archives, you will have to check the National Archives in Ottawa, capital of Canada. Many documents from former territories or unnamed lands are there, not in provincial capitals.
Try contacting the following groups for info:
The National Archives in Ottawa have pre-1901 census records for most provinces (note: Alberta and Sakatchewan were not provinces until 1905; before that, they were the North-West Territories)
Saskatchewan Archives Board
University of Regina
3303 Hillsdale St.
Regina, Sask., S4S 0A2
Telephone: (306) 787-4068
Archives, Saskatoon Office
University of Saskatchewan
Room 91, Murray Building
#3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Sask., S7N 5A4
Telephone: (306) 933-5832
Karen McKeith - firstname.lastname@example.org - wrote Date: October 27, 2000: I can attempt to help you look for things in the local library, for example newspaper clippings of obituaries, etc. All volunteer of course, since I am searching records myself also.
Saskatchewan Genealogy Tips -
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~canada/sask.htmhttp://homepages.rootsweb.com/~canada/sask.htm - was located at - http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/4835/sask/tips.htmlhttp://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/4835/sask/tips.html - a new site as of August 1999 - find lots of information about researching your roots in Saskatchewan from church addresses/phone numbers in Saskatchewan, links to transcribed cemetery transcripts online, Funeral home addresses/phone numbers in Saskatchewan, and much more.
McTaggart, SK was a site for immigrants from Europe to work off passage on local farms, etc.
- http://sss.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3e2ae.htmhttp://sss.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3e2ae.htm - "Life in the New Finland Woods: The History of New Finland, Saskatchewan"
- http://www.saskgenealogy.com/http://www.saskgenealogy.com/ - Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 2nd Floor, 1870 Lorne Street, P.O. Box 1894, Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaS4P 3E1 - Tel: 1-306-780-9207 or Fax: 1-306-781-6021 - The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society welcomes you to our home on the Internet. We provide assistance to residents researching heritage around the world and we promote, encourage and foster the study of genealogical and original research in the Province of Saskatchewan.
These electronic pages and files are for the use of individual researchers, and may not be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by other organizations. Printing the files within by non-commercial individuals and libraries is encouraged, as long as all notices and submitter information is included. Any other use, including copying files to other sites, requires permission from Saskatchewan Genealogical Society.
- http://www.saskgenealogy.com/branches.htmhttp://www.saskgenealogy.com/branches.htm - Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Branch Contacts - includes all contact names and telephone numbers for SK as well as the "border city" of Lloydminster, which is intersected by the SK-AB border.
For information on researching in Saskatchewan try:
- http://www.islandnet.com/~jveinot/cghl/saskatchewan.htmlhttp://www.islandnet.com/~jveinot/cghl/saskatchewan.html -
Saskatchewan Genealogy Society, Provincal Society Headquarters
Saskatchewan Genealogy Society, Swift Current Branch
Death records in Saskatchewan:
Vital Records Dept:
Province of Saskatchewan
1942 Hamilton Street,
CANADA S4P 3V7
Tel: 1-800-548-1179 (might only be toll-free in SK or Canada).
Records are complete from 1920 and sporadic from 1878 to 1919. Before any search will be done there is a form which needs to be filled out and a fee sent in (CAN$25ºº for each name searched whether or not they find anything).
- http://www.advanceplus.com/genealogy/index.htmhttp://www.advanceplus.com/genealogy/index.htm - claims to have the Canadian Census of 1891 books, and genealogical books ranging from Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Regina (Saskatchewan) Newspapers to the RCMP Obituary Index. I would be doubtful about these claims since Saskatchewan, like Alberta next door, was not incorporated as a province of Canada until 1905.
- http://www.advanceplus.com/genealogy/skgazet.htmhttp://www.advanceplus.com/genealogy/skgazet.htm - Changes of Name provides two alphabetical series of names: one by the original name and another by the new name, as they appeared in The Saskatchewan Gazette between 1917 and 1950. This index is auseful genealogical tool for those who have lost contact with relatives moving into the province, where the name changedsubsequent to the move, and for those who, not realizing there has been a change of name, are trying to trace the origins of
their families. Researchers using the index are encouraged to consult the original entries in The Gazette in either office of the Saskatchewan Archives Board, since there is often additional information in the published notices, such as ages of minor children and street addresses for instance, that could not be included in the index. The index was compiled by D'Arcy Hande of the Saskatchewan Archives Board, Debbie Moyer of the Saskatoon Branch (Saskatchewan Genealogical Society), and Rae Chamberlain of the Biggar Branch (Saskatchewan Genealogical Society). ISBN 1-895859-04-2, Copyright (c) 1993.
MAJOR INFO SOURCE: - Look up listings using Canada's phone book - http://canada411.sympatico.ca/eng/person.htmlhttp://canada411.sympatico.ca/eng/person.html - use "Search All" or name of Province.
MAJOR INFO SOURCE: - Can't find the place you are looking for ? An excellent (and easy to use) website where you can locate up to 350,000 current and former placenames in Canada, accessible in French or English, is - http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/english/cgndb.htmlhttp://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/english/cgndb.html - or Home Page at - http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/english/Home.htmlhttp://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/english/Home.html -
MAJOR INFO SOURCE: - REVERSE LOOK-UP GUIDE -
http://www.infospace.com/info.infobel/canada.htmhttp://www.infospace.com/info.infobel/canada.htm - Canada People Finder - slower than "canada411", but with extra options - Reverse Lookup - International People Search - Other Canada Services - Business Finder - Email Addresses - City Guide
GOVERNMENT WEBSITES in CANADA - lots of LINKS to other sites
Newfoundland - http://www.gov.nf.cahttp://www.gov.nf.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Nova Scotia - http://www.gov.ns.cahttp://www.gov.ns.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
New Brunswick - http://www.gov.nb.cahttp://www.gov.nb.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Prince Edward Island - http://www.gov.pe.cahttp://www.gov.pe.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Québec - http://www.gouv.qc.cahttp://www.gouv.qc.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Ontario - http://www.gov.on.cahttp://www.gov.on.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Manitoba - http://www.gov.mb.cahttp://www.gov.mb.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Saskatchewan - http://www.gov.sk.cahttp://www.gov.sk.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Alberta - http://www.gov.ab.cahttp://www.gov.ab.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
British Columbia (general Govt) - http://www.gov.bc.cahttp://www.gov.bc.ca - or
British Columbia Vital Statistics - http://www.bc.archives.gov.bc.cahttp://www.bc.archives.gov.bc.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Northwest Territories - http://www.gov.nt.cahttp://www.gov.nt.ca - births, deaths, marriages,etc.
Yukon Territory - http://www.gov.yk.cahttp://www.gov.yk.ca - births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Nunavut Territory (new territory November 1999) - http://www.nunavut.com/government/english/index.htmlhttp://www.nunavut.com/government/english/index.html -
CANADA GENWEB PROJECT - - http://www.rootsweb.com/~canqc/ressources.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~canqc/ressources.htm - Projet GENWEB du Québec - Page des ressources généalogiques/Resources Page
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/index.htmlhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/index.html -
For postings by province under CANADA GENWEB, try:
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/queryweb/http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/queryweb/ -
The National Archives of Canada - http://www.archives.ca/exec/naweb.dll?fs&020118&e&top&0http://www.archives.ca/exec/naweb.dll?fs&020118&e&top&0 - is a searchable database of IMMIGRATION records from 1925-1935.