Sunday, May 7, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Meet at cemetery gates located at the northern end of the Disraeli Freeway (on Beatrice St., near 88 Hespeler Ave.) Led by Wendi Oryniak.
This tour is part of Jane’s Walks which are free, locally organized walking tours, where people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Elmwood Cemetery has been considered a premier burial ground for residents of Winnipeg and its surrounding communities. Situated in a residential neighbourhood, its 38 acres are embraced by the banks of the Red River. There are more than 57,000 people buried in Elmwood Cemetery, making it one of the largest cemeteries in Winnipeg. The tour of the cemetery grounds will include the burial sites of some 20 memorable Manitobans.
For more information on the walk – http://janeswalk.org/canada/winnipeg/elmwood-cemetery/
For more information on the Elmwood Cemetery – http://historicelmwoodcemetery.ca
Saturday, May 6, Alloway Hall, 10 am – 5 pm
MGS will be participating in this arts, culture and heritage fair along with many other community organizations. This is a great opportunity for MGS to inform the general public about our Society. Please join us. Free admission to the MB Museum Galleries, Science Gallery and Planetarium, special educational programming and activities throughout the day, Birthday cake (Manitoba’s 147th) and other refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. For more information on activities, click on the link.
Discover Your Roots – Genealogy Online
Canada/US: Tuesday, May 23: 6-8 pm; British/Irish: Thursday, May 25: 6-8 pm Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will demonstrate features of basic websites covering census information, vital statistics and directories. She will also present information on free software available to genealogists, as well as resources specific to national and ethnic groups. This program is hands-on using computers. Basic computer and internet skills required.
Pembina Trail Library. 2724 Pembina Hwy. Phone 204-986-4369 to register. Free admission.
Saturday, May 27: 30 minute appointments from 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Are you interested in researching your family tree but not sure where to start? Are you stumped and need help with a particular genealogical question? Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will provide one-on-one consultations to help in your research with guidance on steps to take, and where to find the resources you need at the library or other institutions. Participants must register in advance for their free 30-minute session. Space is limited.
Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Meeting Room 1. Phone 204-986-6450 to register.
Canada 150, Manitoba 147
Monday, June 19: 7-8 pm
Why was the new country of Canada created? Easterners cite reasons including British weariness, American dangers, colonial quarrels, and the potential of steam power. But what about the roles of Indigenous peoples, the North, and British Columbia and the western interior? Did Manitoba choose to join, or was it pushed to take this step? Author Gerald Friesen challenges established ideas on the foundation of Canada and how Canada came to be. Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium. 251 Donald St. Free admission.
Authors: descendents James Brydon and Diane Brydon.
Synopsis: Robert Brydon and Janet Young scraped together the fare for their family to escape poverty in the Scotland Borders and came to Canada in the 1820s in search of a better life. With their four sons and their two daughters, they carved out a life in the woods along the Grand River south of Galt. They became the first Brydons in their family to own the land they farmed. Today Robert and Janet’s descendants number over 1000 in North America. Many of their grandchildren, some of whom came to be known as the Stalwart Brydons, heeded the call of rich farmland in Manitoba and began the settlement process once more, in the Beautiful Plains of Neepawa and Portage La Prairie during the 1870s to the 1920s. This is the story of their struggles and their successes, pieced together using information from censuses, assessments, land records, maps, newspapers, journals, church records, wills, military service records, photographs and a variety of published information. Many images are included in the book. An extensive, annotated list of sources will be helpful to genealogists searching for records in the Scottish Borders, Galt or Manitoba.
Two upcoming presentations by author Diane Brydon:
1. Thursday, June 1, 5:30 pm – Beautiful Plains Branch. Neepawa Library (280 Davidson St.)
2. Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm – Southeast/Winnipeg Branch. MGS Library/Resource Centre
This book is available for loan at the MGS Library, the MB Legislative Library and for sale at McNally-Robinson Book Store in Winnipeg.
The website “Ancestor Hunter” has an excellent list of MANITOBA ONLINE HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS. This is a MUST READ for any researcher using newspaper sources. They also have a list for every Canadian province and US state.
This website also has an excellent article on tips for reading Historical Newspapers.
A display of school history projects by Grades 4-11 students, will be held on Thursday, May 4 at the Axworthy Recreation Plex – University of Winnipeg (350 Spence St.). For Canada 150, project topics are to reflect the historic aspect of Canada, not the modern and current 21st century world. MGS is once again sponsoring a “Family History Award”. Students are encouraged to work on a family history project to submit to the fair. Students may use the resources at the MGS Library free of charge to research their project. For more information, http://www.redriverheritage.ca/