Saskatchewan Genealogical Society 2016 Conference

Diving Into the Genealogy Pool
took place on April 15, 16 & 17, 2016
at the
Ramada Plaza Regina, Saskatchewan


Speakers and Session Presented:

Alan Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and research Fellow in Ethnic and Indigenous Policy, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

  • What You Likely Don’t Know About Saskatchewan Settlement
  • Tracing Your Scandinavian Roots
  • In Search of Francophone Origins in Saskatchewan


John Althouse is the third generation member of immigrant families who came to Canada around a century ago. John completed his education in Alberta, receiving degrees in Arts and Education from the University of Alberta. His career consisted of almost thirty-five years of classroom teaching for a major urban school board. In this work, he particularly loved assisting emerging young writers find their voice and the skills necessary to write meaningful and enjoyable pieces. Over the years, he has also enjoyed history especially that related to Canada’s West. He is a member of SGS, MGS, and AGS where he is actively involved in a number of Special Interest Groups, and AHSGR. John believes that it is essential that we all learn and more importantly record the histories of our families, keeping them alive. He has written a number of short genealogy related articles which have appeared in “Relatively Speaking” and the “SGS Bulletin”.

  • The Changing Map of Europe (10:00 a.m. Saturday)
  • But I’m Not a Writer!
  • Searching for Your Volga German Relatives
  • Like Sowing Winter Wheat: Introducing Genealogy to Our Children, Grandchildren and Students


Tammy Tipler-Priolo, BASc, PLCGS resides in Newmarket with her husband and daughter. She was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, graduated from the University of Guelph with a BASc Honours and received her PLCGS with Distinction from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in partnership with FIS University of Toronto.  She has 20+ years experience in the genealogical field, volunteering for the local FHC for nine years, opening her business ‘The Ancestor Investigator’ in 2000, consulting, researching, teaching, writing, publishing, creating and producing genealogy educational workshop tools, attending many seminars, as well as lecturing in Ontario and Internationally on various genealogical topics.

She has written and published two Genealogy motivation books called The Ancestor Whisperer & The Ancestor Whisperer Attic Treasures.  She is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG), Ontario Chapter APG, Ontario Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild and an Advisory Board member. She specializes in Canadian, Ontario, Quebec, Native & French Canadian research with research also conducted in Great Britain, Ireland, USA & Italy.

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  • Plenary: Tips to Prepare You for the Professional Genealogist Experience
  • Ontario Vital Stats
  • The Original People – Looking for the Illusive Aboriginal Ancestor
  • Plenary: Success Using Scotland’s Backdoor to Genealogy


Dale Eisler is a senior policy fellow at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina.  During a 16-year career with the Government of Canada, he served as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Communications in the Privy Council Office., Assistant Deputy Minister with Natural Resources Canada, as well as Assistant Deputy Minister at Finance Canada and Consul General for Canada in Denver, Colorado. He received the federal government’s 2013 Joan Atkinson Award for excellence in the Public Service. Prior to joining the federal government, Dale spent 25 years as a journalist.

  • Anton, A Young Boy, His Friend and the Russian Revolution (Banquet, Saturday evening )


Catherine Holmes is Archivist, Appraisal and Acquisition Unit at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan.  Catherine Holmes has been an archivist at Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan since 2002, beginning in the Reference Unit, and in 2007 moving to the Appraisal and Acquisition Unit. Catherine’s work, as the title suggests, involves appraising government, private and political records, of all media types, to determine their historical, social and economic significance to the history of Saskatchewan. Those records that possess historical significance are then acquired and added to the permanent collection of Provincial Archives.

  • Law and Order PAS


Major (Ret’d) Greg Mulatz graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSA (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture).  He has now retired after 35 years employment with Farm Credit Canada and retired from the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve with the rank of major.  He has been a member of the Royal United Services Institute since 1982 and on the library committee since 2013 and Librarian since January 2015.

  •  Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Library Collection


Christine (Chris) Krismer was born and grew up in the farming community of Sedley, Saskatchewan. Her grandparents, Germans from Russia, came to Canada as young children in 1890.  Chris is a graduate of the College of Home Economics (teaching major) University of Saskatchewan and a retired teacher.  As a certified researcher and instructor, Chris has taught some of the SGS classes and conducted numerous workshops, has given genealogy classes through the Regina Public Library and has taught the certification classes for SGS.  She wrote the Computer Corner column for the SGS Bulletin for many years.  Chris is a member of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), as well as the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) at the University of Bismarck, North Dakota.

She assisted Michael Miller and staff of GRHS with the proofing and updating of the translation of Father Metzger’s book, Historical Sketch of St. Peter’s Parish and the Founding of the Colonies, Rastadt, Kathrinenthal and Speier and the making of the video, Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices: Iron Crosses on the Prairie Plains.

  • Evaluating Sources


Glenn Schwartz is a retired Air Traffic Controller who began his genealogical research in the mid- 1980s out of curiosity about the continuous parade of acquaintances passing through his grandmother’s home. He learned that they all shared a common immigration history from the vicinity of the German village of Zichydorf in today’s Serbia. Further investigation led to several other researchers and to a large community of Zichydorf descendants in Regina and southern Saskatchewan. Glenn was among the founding members of the Zichydorf Village Association in 1996 and has been its president since a few months after inception.

  • The Zichydorf Collection at SGS: Much More Than Just Zichydorf
  • Walk Where Your Ancestors Walked – Genealogical Touring in Europe


Pictures from the Conference




Betty and Trevor Harle manning the Zichydorf display.

Linda Mason asking questions.






Dianne Romphf, Laura Hanowski and Jean Ashcroft attended the conference.