Monthly Archives: February 2017

University of Manitoba Archives Resource

The Prairie Immigration Experience

This website is a collection of nearly 15,000 digitized archival documents, including diaries, correspondence, photographs, and audio and video recordings from the holdings of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections and the University of Saskatchewan Archives. These archival records detail the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants of varied nationalities and ethnicities who came to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in search of a better way of life.
These digitized items have been organized according to their relevant nationality or ethnic group and archival fonds. When you click on the title of a particular fonds you will be presented with a description of the digitized material from that fonds and a link to the digitized items.

Winnipeg Public Libraries Presentations

Writing Your Family History

Saturday, April 1: 2-4 pm.
Elizabeth Briggs covers planning 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.
Westwood Library. 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4744 to register. Free admission.

 British Genealogy

Monday, April 3: 6-8 pm.
Learn about the resources and organizations available to trace your ancestry back to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will cover print as well as internet resources. Charleswood Library. 6-4910 Roblin Blvd. Phone 204-986-3069 to register. Free admission.

 DNA and Genealogy

Saturday, April 8: 2-4 pm
Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how? Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society covers the basics of DNA testing and genealogy. e session will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. He will cover topics such as finding living relatives today and how far back you might be able to trace your family. Louis Riel Library. 1168 Dakota St. Phone 204-986-4568 to register. Free admission.

 Beginning Genealogy

Part 1: Saturday, April 22: 1-3 pm Part 2: Saturday, April 29: 1-3 pm
Bill Curtis introduces the basics of genealogical research. In Part 1, you will be a family history detective and find clues in a case study. Using these clues, you will learn how to overcome roadblocks to reach your goals. In Part 2, you will learn where to find personal information about individual ancestors both on and off the Internet.
River Heights Library. 1520 Corydon Ave. Phone 204-986-4934 to register. Free admission.



From Talk to Table at the Manitoba Museum

Sundays February 19 to March 5, 2017 – 3:00 to 5:00 PM

The Manitoba Museum will be holding Sunday afternoon highlight tours of their new exhibition, Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History, followed by a trip to the Peg Beer Company. Space is limited. Tickets $30 ($25 for Museum members) includes supper.

The museum is located at 190 Rupert Avenue Winnipeg
phone: (204) 956-2830

Southwest Branch Workshop “Celebrating Our Roots”

The Southwest Branch Workshop “Celebrating Our Roots” will be held on  Saturday, April 22 at Knox United Church, Brandon MB. Their annual Heritage Dinner will be held following the workshop. Guest speaker will be Gordon Goldsborough who will present on “Abandoned Manitoba”. Details on speakers are included in the following poster. Watch for more information on their website

MANI Update

Improvements continue to be made to MANI (MAnitoba Names Index). Gordon McBean, VP Information Technology, has written a newsletter to inform MGS members about the changes. Non-members will be interested in the benefits of using MANI and may consider becoming an MGS member in order to gain access to MANI. Read the newsletter here.  2017 MANI newsletter

Eastern European Genealogical Society Presentation

“The L’viv Archive (Ukraine) Experience: A First-hand Account”by Brian Lenius. Wed., February 15, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave.
The Central State Historical Archive in L’viv, Ukraine is one of the most important archives for Galicia (Poland and Ukraine). It is also one of the oldest and largest archives in Europe, having been transformed from the Bernardine Monastery to a state archive by the Austrian Emperor in 1784. It houses over 1 million files stored on 13 kilometres of shelving. For more information check out website