52 Ancestors: Week 40 – Harvesting on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces

Week 40 of 52 Ancestors has the prompt \”harvest\”. One of the biggest reasons for migration to Canada and then west across the country was the chance to own land and farm. So this post I decided to take a look at what a search using \”harvest\” on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces would turn up.

I\’ve mentioned what a great resource this website is in the past. It\’s a partnership between several different corporations, institutions, and the Canadian government. The site focuses on Western Canada research, and has a variety of material that would interest genealogists and historians.

When I did a search on their site using the word \”harvest\”, I got some really interesting results. I\’ve broken the results into their four categories of records.

Bibliography

http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/search/?search=raw&pageNumber=1&field=body&rawQuery=harvest&index=peelbib

A search of he bibliography section resulted in 1838 publications. Just click on the link of the publication, and then just to the right of the title you\’ll see FlipBook view. Click on that, and it will open a new window to look through the publication. I found some real gems in this section:

Newspapers

http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/search/?search=raw&pageNumber=1&field=body&rawQuery=harvest&index=newspapers

The search through newspapers resulted in 41,393 hits. Don\’t be daunted though. By using the filters at the right of the screen, you can narrow the search. As you can see from the screen shot above, you can narrow by date, year published, language, and/or by publication. Here\’ a sampling of some of the interesting things I found

Photographs
http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/search/?search=raw&pageNumber=1&field=body&rawQuery=harvest&index=postcards
 The website has 129 photographs tagged with the word \”harvest\”. Here\’s a few I saw:

http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/postcards/PC004662.html

http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/postcards/PC003233.html
http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/postcards/PC004448.html

Maps
I received no hits for \”harvest\” in their maps section. However, when I used the search word \”farm\”, I got some results. here\’s an interesting one of St. Bruno farm in Alberta, about 1926

http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/maps/M000565.html

3 thoughts on “52 Ancestors: Week 40 – Harvesting on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces

  1. Love this! I have many paternal Canadian ancestors who lived in Ontario, but one of my maternal Michigan ancestral families spent a summer in Saskatchewan in the early 1910s working on a farm. My great-great-grandmother and her daughters, including my great-grandmother, cooked for the threshers, and my great-great-grandfather and his sons worked out in the fields. I am going to have to see what the search terms \”threshers\” or \”threshing\” will yield in PPP!

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  2. I got lost in the site for a while the last time you mentioned it. Must try the harvest search when I have time as my husband's great-grandfather farmed in AB from 1903-1918… Thanks for another great tip 🙂

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