Seminar – Saturday, October 15
The Dauphin Branch of MGS is hosting a seminar on a) Family Research using Google and b) an update on DNA technology on Saturday, October 15th, 10 am – 3 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 Kirby Ave. E., Dauphin, MB. The guest speaker will be Bill Curtis, MGS Education and Outreach Coordinator. Cost is $25.00 including lunch. Please pre-register at 204-638-3228. The seminar is open to everyone. Sponsor: Zaplitny – Zamrykut Accounting.
In September 2015 the Dauphin Branch donated a bench to the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin. It provides a place where people can sit and enjoy the peace of our cemetery and reminisce about their loved ones buried there. Many people have been seen sitting there, reading or just looking around. The donation was reported in the Dauphin Herald and people have contacted the Dauphin Branch about how they could do the same for a cemetery they visited.
The Forgotten History of Rooster Town
Tuesday, October 11, 7-8 pm. In 1901, seventeen Métis families moved into shanties in the bush and grassland in Fort Rouge (Grant Park area) in southwest Winnipeg. Occasionally joined by non-Métis households, “Rooster Town” survived for five decades until dismantled by the City of Winnipeg in the late 1950s. Based on detailed genealogical work, mapping, and the reconstruction of individual and family histories, Dr. Evelyn Peters provides a brief history of Rooster Town and provides evidence to challenge the myths and distortions that were created by news reports of the time about its inhabitants. Dr. Peters’ research focus has been First Nations and Métis people in cities. Millenium Library, Buchwald Room, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.
New Iceland in Manitoba’s Early History
Tuesday, October 25, 7-8 pm. Dr. Ryan Eyford discusses the history of New Iceland, an area of Icelandic settlers on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, with special emphasis on relations between Icelandic immigrants and their Indigenous neighbours. Dr. Eyford is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Henderson Library, 1-1050 Henderson Hwy. Phone 204-986-4314 to register. Free admission.
Thursday, October 27, 7-8 pm. Genealogist Kathy Stokes gives a brief history of tombstones and grave markers: where they began, what materials were used, styles and how they have changed over the centuries. Photos of Manitoba tombstones will be used to discover information on the types of Biblical verses or poetry used. Kathy is a past President of the Manitoba Genealogical Society and is currently Chair of Special Projects for that organization. West End Library, 999 Sargent Ave. Phone 204-986-4677 to register. Free admission.
Introduction to Genealogy – Mondays, September 12 and 26: 6-8 pm.
Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs shows how to trace your family tree using family and public records. You’ll learn the types of genealogical resources, how to record your information and be introduced to selected websites and online internet so ware. This workshop is in two parts. Westwood Library, 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4742 to register. Free admission.
Writing Your Family History – Tuesday, September 27: 6-8 pm
Elizabeth Briggs explains how to plan for writing your family history book, what resources and documents to use, the kind of content that should be included, and how to make questionnaires and interview your relatives to gather the best information. Pembina Trail Library, 2714 Pembina Hwy. Phone 204-986-4369 to register. Free admission.
The MGS annual Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1 in conjunction with MB Culture Days from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. at the MGS Library/Resource Centre. This event is published on the Culture Days web-site https://culturedays.ca/en/2016-activities/view/57aca92b-077c-475c-8b94-34744c4a89be and will be included in the printed program.
Discover your past! Join MGS in exploring “genealogy” and family history. For beginners, our interactive Open House will introduce you to genealogy and will provide: assistance to begin your family search, a tour of our Library/Resource Center, and activities for children. For current genealogists we will have an introduction to our online database MANI with 1.5 million records of Manitoba names. We will also have a “problem corner” to help solve roadblocks in your family search. Join us for a look back into your family history.