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Dear Saskatchewan GenWeb Enthusiasts,

We come bearing exciting news for those who have journeyed through the corridors of the old Provincial Saskatchewan GenWeb site hosted by Rootsweb and Ancestry. Fear not, for our webpages will not only endure but thrive in a new digital haven!

New Beginnings, Rejuvenated Dedication:

Discover our revamped home at This transition marks the continuation of our unwavering commitment to document the rich history of Saskatchewan. The legacy of the one-room schoolhouses, cemetery headstones, historical maps, and the plethora of placenames will persist.

Navigating History's Landscape:

As we weave through the diversity of Saskatchewan's past, these webpages serve as a compass, guiding you to the closest one-room schoolhouse, a church or cemetery, or the nearest town or Rural Municipality for your genealogical or historical quest.

Patreon: A Beacon of Support:

The heart of this journey lies in the support of our growing Patreon community. With their encouragement, we've secured a new domain and web hosting provider—ensuring that the flame of this service continues to burn bright.

Grow With Us:

Join our Patreon community, become a pillar in our efforts to persist year after year. Your support is not just a contribution; it's a testament to the value of preserving the stories that make Saskatchewan unique.

Visit Our New Webpages:

Explore the evolving Saskatchewan GenWeb at The digital canvas is ready to be painted with the vibrant strokes of history.

Support Us on Patreon:

Behind every webpage update, every historical map scanned, and every record documented, there is a dedicated team of volunteers. If you find our service beneficial, consider supporting us through Patreon. Your contribution ensures that the Saskatchewan GenWeb remains a beacon for historians, genealogists, and the public.

Gratitude to and

We express our deep gratitude to and for providing the foundation upon which this digital tapestry was woven. Now, as we transition, we seek your support in maintaining paid web hosting.

Sustaining a Legacy:

The Saskatchewan GenWeb service has been a cornerstone for those seeking to unravel the past. Today, we invite you to stand with us in ensuring its continued existence for generations to come.

Join Us in This Exciting Chapter:

Visit and witness the renaissance of the Saskatchewan GenWeb. Thank you for being a vital part of our community and for your enduring passion for genealogy and history in our best beloved province of Canada.

Warm regards,

The Saskatchewan GenWeb Volunteer Team

Saskatchewan History and Ethnic Roots

Saskatchewan Ethnic Cultural Network
These links relate to historical information about Saskatchewan and also to its people. As many people emigrated to Saskatchewan, an international genealogy site such as World Gen Web will help locate genealogy resources in other countries. These links included here on this page are ethnic and cultural sites which have some resources or references to the cultural diversity of immigrant and indigenous peoples and settlements in Saskatchewan. To follow up and obtain more information on a specific town or settlement please use the Regional Saskatchewan Gen Web Sites.
To determine the number of people residing in the various Saskatchewan communities in 1901, 1906, 1911, and 1916 please use the 1916 Census Statistics website. This site will also give the population origins or dominant races in the cities of Regina, and Saskatoon and for the province as a whole.
For maps showing ethnic bloc settlements and the various Saskatchewan boundaries (part of North West Territories 1882-1905, and part of Rupert's Land 1667-1882) , the website Atlas of Saskatchewan has selected maps available online from the original book.
Many links refer to immigration to North America: For many immigrants New York or Halifax was just the half-way point. President Lincoln's U.S. Homestead Act was passed in 1862. In 1872, Canada passed the Dominion Lands Act attracting homesteaders to the West. There was migration of homesteaders between America and Canada, however records of immigration from USA into Canada didn't begin until 1908-18.
In the era of Clifford Sifton, Federal Minister of the Interior and Immigration 1896-1905, immigration was promoted by the Dominion of Canada, the Railway companies, and Colonization Companies. These companies would buy up large tracts of land and re-sell them upon advertising to prospective immigrants. Therefore each company would be selling land in a particular area of the North West Territories (Saskatchewan became a province in 1905, so at this time we speak of the NWT). Each Company would also have offices in particular cities, and countries from which they could promote NWT settlement so, therefore, an ethnic settlement pattern would develop.
When discussing applications to homestead a newly arived settler if he was not born on Canadian soil, or in the British Isles, he had to apply for what was called “Naturalization.” In other words you had to agree to give up your foreign citizenship to become a “British Subject.” "Foreign citizenship" meant if you were not from the British Commonwealth—if you were from Austria, Germany, France, the Scandinavian countries, Russia, etc you had to give up this citizenship and agree to become a subject of Great Britain---British Subjects as Canadians were then called. We were a “colony” of England after the Treaty of Paris of 1763 when France gave up its colony-- a Province of Canada to the English.) Candians only became CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY IN 1946 after the canadian Citiazhip Act under the government of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. !! source Terri Lefebvre Prince Heritage Researcher at the City of Yorkton Archives

New Submit new biographies of Saskatchewan pioneers:. This lets you connect with others in your research, it lets us know where you are at now, and where you have Saskatchewan Roots which enables you to meet other genealogists with similar interests while at the same time sharing online Saskatchewan's rich cultural diversity
A mailing list to provide a forum on the genealogy topic Immigrants in Canada is at CANADA-IMMIGRANTS -- .

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