The gist of things here in my hometown, set within the arcs of things in the wider world, all from my uniquely biased point of view. Feel free to extend the horizons with your comments.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Genealogical records online
Saskatchewan has just announced an online index of birth records from 100 years ago or more. I played with it a little, putting in family names of early settlers, and discovered that the place of birth is often listed as a land description for a farm. However, listing "Arcola" as the place of birth still gave me 150 records. It could be an interesting browse if you have ancestors born around here. I won't find any of my relatives listed, since my parents came to the area in the 1970s. I've become accustomed to being a bit of an outsider, not related to anyone, not connected to the local history in any way. But it was amusing to see the surprise among the students on a hike at Saskairie, when I mentioned that I used to live there when I was a kid. "You lived here?!" I suddenly felt like a local relic.