Submitted by Lorraine (Dreger) Yackulic
Lorraine (Dreger) Yackulic is the author of the STEP BACK IN TIME! series—three historical travel guides covering German heritage in Alberta. Volume I, Northern Alberta, was published earlier this year. This 550-page book is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Volume II (Central Alberta) and Volume III (Southern Alberta) will be available in 2013.
In addition, Lorraine is compiling material for a dual research guide in DVD format, entitled: FOUNDING FAMILIES of ALBERTA (1885-August 31, 1905), Stalwart Peasants in Sheepskin Coats and FIRST FAMILIES OF ALBERTA (September 1, 1905-1915), Tillers of the Soil. This DVD chronicles the contributions of early German immigrants from Galicia, Poland, and Volhynia, who transformed the wild, untamed North West Territories into the prosperous province of Alberta. Lorraine’s grandfather was Friedrich Dreger, who immigrated to Canada in the 1890s, settling at first in southern Manitoba and then homesteading in the Woking area in the late 1920s. Her parents were Herman & Minnie Dreger.
From Volume I of An Historical Travel Guide for Albertans of German Heritage by Lorraine Dreger Yackulic:
Think back to the days of the early German pioneers in Alberta.
Remember: the places named after them; the settlements they built; and the family names they left behind.
Enjoy touring Alberta by touching base with early locales of significance to you and your family.
Look for the footprint your German ancestors may have left behind.