History Made!

Above: Sharing Stories: Jim and Mary Jean read while Dr. Carlisle talks to young David, 1941. (SPRA 399.01.43)

Archives staff and volunteers shared ideas and suggestions with guests keen to learn their history and to preserve their family stories. Two families shared their family stories with us in our pop-up sound booth surrounded by images from the South Peace Region’s past. We were delighted to hear how families interact with each other, where they like to spend their holiday time, and their special family traditions.

Whether through sound recordings, scrapbooks, letters, or handwritten memoirs, family stories provide rich and diverse information and images about how people lived in the past. These new oral histories will be a great boon to researchers of the future looking back to see how we lived our lives today. Thanks to the two families who shared their stories, we now have an additional resource to add to the South Peace Regional Archives Sound Recording collection.

Archivist Josephine Sallis ready to record family stories in front of the SPRA pop up sound booth.

Wanna Make History?

Image: William Innes in his home, using a radio set, ca. 1930 (SPRA

Make your mark on history. Visit the Archives Sound Booth in the Grande Prairie Museum on Sunday, February 18 between 1:00 and 4:00 to tell the story of your family. An Archives member will provide participants with an audio recorder and interview prompts. Your family story will be preserved in the South Peace Regional Archives and available for future generations. Limited interview times are available. Visit the Archives information table early to book your time!

Warm & Fuzzy Animal Tales

Gene & Rudy Croken with their dog, ca. 1925

Gene & Rudy Croken with their dog, ca. 1925

I’ve picked these three unusual stories this week because of all the various ones I have found in the papers, these create the most vivid images in my mind.  It’s pretty hilarious to picture a hen sitting on two piglets!  The other two are the kind where you just have to say “awww!”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ August 28, 1931

Grande Prairie Herald ~ August 28, 1931

Northern Tribune ~ May 12, 1938

Northern Tribune ~ May 12, 1938

Grande Prairie Herald ~ March 7, 1930

Grande Prairie Herald ~ March 7, 1930

Discover Your Family History

Family History Day 2016

Grande Prairie (February 20, 2016)


The  fourth annual Family History Day will take place on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Grande Prairie Public Library (9839-103 Avenue).

This event is being co-hosted by three organizations who offer assistance for finding family history. The Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society (GPAGS) has “genies” on standby every Wednesday night at the library, and maintains a website for obituaries and cemeteries in the area. Grande Prairie Public Library (GPPL) houses a large collection of local history books and microfilms of local newspapers dating back to 1913; and offers visitors free access to Ancestry.ca. South Peace Regional Archives (SPRA) provides access to textual records, photographs, maps and newspapers for this area which may include information on your family.

“There are so many resources to discover your family history in this digital age,” says SPRA Director Mary Nutting. “On Family History Day we are offering ten workshops, including Levels I and II Genealogy, conducting Oral Histories, Finding Family History in Archives, and training in using websites such as Family Search (free) and Ancestry.ca (free at the library). We are also presenting webinars on writing Ancestor Profiles, using Facebook for genealogy, Tips on how to use Google for genealogy, and how DNA testing can help your family history; and have experienced on-site genealogists and archivists with access to many online and print tools to assist you in discovering your family’s origins and story.”

“Workshops are for both beginners and experienced family history researchers,” adds genealogist Jean Gray. “My experience is that you learn at least one new thing at every workshop you go to.”

A new addition to this year’s program is a “Who Do You Think You Are?” presentation using research on local celebrities done by local genealogists. I wonder what exciting discoveries they will reveal?

If you have ever wanted to know more about your family history, drop in to Family History Day at the Grande Prairie Public Library on February 20th. Admission is free, so come discover your family history!

Mr. Al Bromling, president of the Grande Prairie Genealogy Society, is available for interviews at 780-882-7671 or abromling@gmail.com.

For more information phone 780-830-5105 or visit www.southpeacearchives.org .


Researching Your Family History

Have you thought about exploring your family tree? Or have started and have hit a road block? The South Peace Regional Archives has partnered with the Grande Prairie Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society to bring to you a free workshop focusing on your family tree.

There will be classes that will help you further your research, compile it into a story as well we will show you how to preserve special documents or photographs. With that in mind we have printers on-hand to walk you through the process of publishing your family book so it can be shared with a wider audience.

We are very excited to have vendors who will be giving demos of their products. Shop the Hound has the Flip-Pal Scanner which is a wonder for scanning those old photos, there will be scrapbooking tables, preservation supplies, demonstrations, and displays.

Grab a friend, come to the Golden Age Centre on Feb. 17th and start climbing your family tree!

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Upcoming Event

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South Peace Regional Archives and the Grande Prairie & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society are happy to announce our annual Family History Day. Taking place at the Golden Age Center in Grande Prairie on February 17, 2014.

FREE  workshops.

Featuring –

Creating Your Family Story with the option to bring in an item/document and share what you know about it.
Hands-on Preservation – bring in an album, photo or document and we will help show you how best to preserve it.
Making the Right Choices for Your Book Project *presented by Friesens: History Book Division.

We will also have genealogists and archivists available on site to assist you with any research questions.

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