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Biggar is home to the Biggar Branch Saskatchewan Genealogical Society and its' members are actively involved in preserving and documenting our local heritage. The resources branch members have assembled will assist researchers searching their Biggar roots in Biggar and around the world.

Society members have recorded and indexed cemeteries in the R.M.'s of Biggar and Glenside, and the cemeteries at Landis, Cando and Lett (Rosemount). The Biggar Branch has published a list of births, deaths and marriages from The Independent Biggar, SK for the period 1913 to 1950 and they are available for purchase. Other indexing projects have included: obituaries from The Independent -1984 to 2006, undertaker records, census records, Canadian National Railway seniority lists and early school registers.

The Biggar Branch SGS Resource Center is on the second floor of the Post Office. The center is equipped with reference books ranging from "how-to books" to genealogical directories, and microfiche and fiche readers. The reference collection includes: 1891 Saskatchewan Census Index; 1882 to 1916 Regina Leader Newspaper Indexes; Regina Public Library - Prairie History Room - Local History Catalogue; the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Library Catalogue, provincial and international genealogical directories, indexes compiled by branch members and a reference file to over 2,500 articles/indexes published in genealogical journals that are in the collection. The fiche collection includes: The Family History Library Locality and Surname Catalogues, Family Registry, and sections of the International Genealogical Index (1992).

The Resource Center Biggar Branch SGS is open on meeting nights and special occasions. The Biggar branch holds regular monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at the resource center. Time is set aside for members to share their research experiences and discoveries and help each other in specialized areas of research. Visitors are welcome to attend.

In addition to the branch resource center researchers will welcome the resources that are available at the Biggar Museum and Gallery. The Biggar Museum and Gallery have a fine collection of local history books from the surrounding area containing biographical information on individuals and families. The museum archives has a photograph collection, newspaper clippings, and The Independent, the local newspaper on microfilm beginning in 1913. The museum has reproduced the first newspaper, Biggar World, printed in Biggar, August 1909, which contains valuable biographical information on many of Biggar's first citizens. Also available are finding aids for obtaining on inter-library loan census and other records from the National Archives in Ottawa.

Cemetery, obituary and Town of Biggar census indices compiled by the Biggar Branch SGS are available for viewing at the museum.
Biggar Branch
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Box 1103
Biggar, Saskatchewan, CANADA S0K 0M0

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