In honour of the 100th anniversary of the battle for Vimy Ridge, UM Archives will host “Voices From Vimy: Manitobans on the Ridge” from April 11 – June 30. The display features letters, postcards and other records of Manitobans who fought on the Ridge.
The exhibit opens at 7:00 pm on April 11 with guest presentations by Tyyne Petrowski and Andrea Martin. UM Archives is located on the 3rd Floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/
“Identifying WW1 Uniforms from Old Photographs” by Dave M. Olinyk.
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.
You’ve just opened a box full of your grandparents’ old photographs and some of them are of soldiers wearing odd uniforms. Who are they? Dave started his exploration of WW1 uniforms after opening his Baba’s box of old photos. Recently several EEGS members have asked for his help identifying soldier’s uniforms in their old photos. Dave will share his knowledge in identifying uniforms for most World War 1 combatants. For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx
Open House at Archives of Manitoba to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, Wednesday, April 12 from 1:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-9:00 pm, 200 Vaughan St., Winnipeg. Please note that there will be disruptions to public service on April 12 due to the open house. https://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/pdfs/event_2017-04-12_vimy_ridge.pdf
Southwest Branch has been working hard on designing their new website and the results are fantastic. Take a look at http://www.swmanitobagenealogy.ca/
“Celebrating our Roots” and 28th Annual Heritage Dinner
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Knox United Church, 18th & Victoria Ave, Brandon MB
Program description and registration form available below
Registration WKSP Dinner 2017 – email
MGS has launched a new initiative – gift certificates that can be used for MGS memberships, branch memberships and/or research services. What a great gift to give the genealogist in your family or a friend. Starting April 1 you can purchase a gift certificate in person at the MGS Library or by mail (send MGS a cheque for the desired amount at Unit E, 1045 St. James St., Winnipeg MB, R3H1B1 and the certificate will be mailed to you). We are working towards purchases by Paypal or bank e-transfers in the future.
The following books are available free of charge from the MGS Library.
|Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland
||v. Ben Bloxham
|The Book of Irish Families Great and Small
|Genealogy to Go! (War of 1812)
|Raising the Standard (History of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (1886-1986)
||William A. Neville
|Handbook for Genealogists
|Meyer’s Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada
||Mary K. Meyer
|The Library of Congress: A Guide to Genealogical & Historical Research
||James C. Neagles
|Ballymoney Old Church Graveyard
|Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (3rd ed.)
|London A – Z street atlas and index
|The Family Tree Detective
||Colin D. Rogers
|Finding Your Ancestors in English Quebec
|In Search of your European Roots
|Early Marriage Records of New Brunswick
|The Local Historian’s Encyclopedia (2nd ed.)
|Mini Dictionary for Research in Foreign Genealogical Records, vol. 1 (Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway & Sweden)
|Your Family Tree
|New Cousins: How to Trace Living Descendants of your Ancestors
|Orkney Guide Book (3rd ed.)
|Miscellaneous research outlines (Wales, USA, New York, Scotland, Sweden, Polish, Ireland, Latin America, Norway, Iceland, Germany, French, Danish, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Saskatchewan, Quebec, Australia, New Zealand)
“The Ancestor Hunt” website has free Newspaper Research Links for all Canadian provinces and territories, and all USA states. Go to this link for this great newspaper resource. http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspaper-research-links.html
This excellent website is devoted to descendants of early explorers, fur traders and settlers who first inhabited the great Northwest Territory or Rupert’s Land, and more particularly the region of the Red River of the North. Your host, Gary Still, was born in 1939 in Selkirk, MB, and raised in the adjoining community known as Mapleton or Old England.
“My hobby of genealogy began with me tracing my own ancestors, but soon grew to include many of my friends and neighbours. Over the period of almost half a century I gradually amassed a large database of information about the ancestry of virtually everyone I knew”.
The website has an Ancestor Index with a link (red underlined) to Family Pages featuring individual families (or topics) with links to other related families or topics wherever possible.
St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and people of Welsh ancestry celebrate their ancestral country and culture on his day, March 1st. The MGS Library has a number of books relating to Welsh ancestry and the Welsh in Canada:
- “In Search of the Red Dragon: the Welsh in Canada” by Carol Bennett (1985).
- “Strangers from a Secret Land : the Voyages of the Brig Albion and the Founding of the First Welsh Settlements in Canada” by Peter Thomas (1986).
For some interesting reading on the early years of Icelandic settlement in Manitoba, look at the following books from the MGS Library:
- “Nyja Island: Saga of the journey to New Iceland” by Gudjon Arngrimsson (2000).
- “The new Icelanders: a North American community” edited by David Arnason & Vincent Arnason (1994).