In This Issue...
Language is part of the lifeblood of any culture, and in this issue we take a journey through AGS members’ experiences translating and exploring ancestral texts beyond their mother tongue. Other stories relate the prospects, and obstacles, for immigrants who came to Alberta seeking new opportunities over the past century.
Jean-Yves Vanier-Verbeek recounts how he helped a fellow AGS member uncover the remarkable story of one of her French ancestors,
while Ging Wei Wong explores the punitive law that became known as Canada’s Chinese Exclusion Act, and the resilience of Chinese Canadians who faced isolation, discrimination and more as they settled across Canada.
Bill Anhorn shares his research into the Josephburg Trail that was integral to Galacian Germans’ settlement in western Canada, while Karen Wheale details the discovery of her great grandfather’s tragic death as a firefighter in Montreal and the translation that helped her confirm the bittersweet conclusion for his widow.
Miriam Roberts explores her Welsh roots through translations and a tour to Nebraska, while Leroy Koop shares how he helped a Swedish genealogist trace the records of a 19th century immigrant to Wetaskiwin and Colleen Murray covers the Irish who came to western Canada after the great potato famine.
The life of Richard “Dick” Nash and his many contributions to the Alberta Genealogical Society is shared by Pam Forsyth, while Lynne Duigou celebrates the life of AGS co-founder Frank Easton in his obituary.
This month’s Youth Write On contributor, Ryder Prezekop, showcases his great grandparents’ journey to Smoky Lake County from Poland.
And for those looking for some reasons to celebrate, Denise Daubert has researched upcoming centennials in the province, along with a selection of stats of historical interest.
The trials of past century immigrants and their fortitude in overcoming them are truly a testament to Alberta’s diverse and resilient peoples. Enjoy their stories in our debut issue of 2024.
Kate Wilson, Editor