This week Amy Johnson Crow has us write about a Valentine.
The article I found about my husband’s 2nd great grandfather fits the bill. Gottlieb Wiesner was born in Poland in 1858. It seems according to the news article from the Winnipeg newspaper that he was in the army before immigrating to Canada with his wife and family.
The Wiesner family settled to life on their homestead near Steinbach, Manitoba and more children arrived.
In 1925 Gottlieb’s wife Paulina Schinkel passed away, and Gottlieb reunited with a girlfriend from his past.
Johanna and Gottlieb were married in 1926 when he was 66 years old. They spent two years as husband and wife when Gottlieb passed away. He is buried in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Steinbach.
Don’t you just love old newspapers and stories like these!
This photo has been captioned as Gottlieb and Paulina but I have often wondered if it is actually a picture of Gottlieb with his second wife Johanna.
92 years ago there was a census taken in Western Canada, and it is due to be released this year. The 1926 census covered the Western Provinces of Canada; Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The census was taken on June 1, 1926, more information on the census can be found on the Government of Canada website.
Wikipedia reports the population of Canada in 1926 was 9,451,000, but it doesn’t state what the population was in those three provinces.
I am still looking for the information that was asked in this census. I also have not been able to uncover the release date for the census.
In preparation, I am creating a list of surnames and places that will be of interest for my family history.
My search will include the following surnames:
Harrop – Balcarres, Saskatchewan, Alberta & Manitoba
Stewart – Yorkton, Saskatchewan
McRae – Alberta
My husband’s family –
Greber – Saskatchewan
Hawkesworth – Alberta
Hodgson – Saskatchewan
Schinkle – Manitoba
Schielke – Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Whitman – Saskatchewan & Alberta
Wiesner – Saskatchewan & Manitoba
And who knows who else will show up once I begin hunting!
Do you think it will be indexed upon release or shortly thereafter? I checked the Library and Archives website but I didn’t find any mention of the release date or if there is an indexing project in place.
I would recommend in preparation for the census release creating your own list, and share it!
Who will you be searching for?