Long-time MGS member, Kathy Stokes, has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion. This award, initiated in 2011, is presented in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society to people who have rendered prolonged, meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of Manitoba’s history and heritage. Awards are presented annually in a ceremony at Government House. This year’s awards were presented on May 11. A red maple tree will be planted in a local park in honour of each of the five 2017 recipients.
Kathy’s citation follows: “Kathy Stokes has been an active member of the Manitoba Genealogical Society since 1976, having served as its President twice, and the Chair of its Special Projects Committee since 1980. She was instrumental in the creation, preservation, and public presentation of transcription records for over 1300 cemeteries throughout Manitoba, and is now helping to transfer this information into an online computer database (MANI). She gives regular seminars on genealogy and has written numerous columns for the Society’s journal, as well as several books on family history in Manitoba. She has also worked with the Fort Garry Historical Society and the Manitoba Heritage Federation. In 2013, her work was recognized with the Lieutenant Governor’s “Make a Difference Community Award.”
Two organizations have been very helpful to MGS over the years in providing obituaries for our records:
- Winnipeg Free Press. For 40 years the Winnipeg Free Press has supplied the Research Committee with copies of their obituary pages so they can be indexed. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/
- Portage la Prairie Regional Library. The Library, courtesy of Librarian Percy Gregoire- Voskampe, has provided obituaries from the Portage Daily Graphic for the years 1929-2015. http://www.portagelibrary.com/
MGS greatly appreciates these contributions to the work that we do.
Saturday, June 3 at the Northwest Law Enforcement Academy, 200-1821 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg. The meeting will include the 2016-17 Annual Reports, approval of financial statements, election of Executive officers, and presentation of MGS awards.
- Executive officers to be elected annually at the AGM for 1-year terms include President, VP Administration, VP Communications, VP Finance, and VP Information Technology. The Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the MGS Executive at the first executive meeting after the AGM. The Past President completes the 8-member executive.
- Click here for a copy Nomination Form – Executive
- Nominations for Executive officers can be sent to the Nominations committee chair, Daryl Dumanski at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline May 29.
Schedule for June 3 Meeting:
- 9:30 Meet and Greet – opportunity to talk with David Obee and browse his books for sale
- 10:00 Presentation by David Obee (more information below). MGS non-members are invited to attend at no charge.
- 11:15 MGS AGM
Two annual awards have been presented at the AGM for many years. In 2017 a new award was approved by the Executive – the Joan Whiston Volunteer Award (in memory of Joan’s service as Past President). Thus nominations will be received for the following three awards:
- Eric Jonasson Award of Merit
- Florence Cox Volunteer Service Award
- Joan Whiston Volunteer Award
Click here for the Awards nomination form – Nomination Form -Awards. Completed nominations can be sent to the Awards Selection Committee chaired by Jim Rutherford, email@example.com. One or more MGS members are required to sign each nomination.
A detailed description of the Awards and a list of past recipients can be found at http://mbgenealogy.com/volunteering/
MGS is very fortunate to have David Obee present before our AGM on June 3. Non-members are invited to this presentation free of charge. David is a very well known genealogist and presenter who has written several books. Details on his career can be found at http://www.daveobee.com
David’s topic will be “Decoding the Dash: Build the Stories of Their Lives.” Grave markers often show birth and death dates, with a dash in between the two dates. Those dates are usually the least interesting aspects of a person’s life, because it is what is in between that counts. Lives are not measured by start and end dates; if so, they would have no meaning. This session uses examples to show what might happen when we start digging on the Internet, on the standard family history sites and beyond, and then dive into records in archives and libraries. It is easier than ever to tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.
“Resources of the Eastern European Genealogical Society”
Workshop by EEGS members.
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm. University of Winnipeg Library ( 5 floor), 515 Portage Ave.
The EEGS Library Collection will be reviewed and various maps will be made available for members to peruse. There will be a round table discussion that will provide an opportunity for members to become familiar with our Library Collection, as well as network with some of our more seasoned family historians and discuss their family history challenges. For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx
EEGS Meeting – May 17, 2017 for MGS
Join Heritage Winnipeg on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 when Winnipeg buildings open their doors for a free public event. A printable program with information for all of the 2017 Doors Open sites and events is available at this link!
Free for Winnipeg Library cardholders – access to Canada Newspaper Archive (1872 – 2016)
Includes newspapers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland. Sign in with your Winnipeg Library card number and PIN on the Library homepage and then click on “Databases”. Under the Subject menu, scroll to Newspapers. Five databases will appear – click on Newspaper Archive and the “Canada Newspaper Archive” will appear. You can then choose the province and city/town that you want to search. You can either browse newspapers by date or search for individual names.
For people from other cities your public library may also subscribe to Canada Newspaper Archive. Check it out because this is a wonderful free resource. http://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/az.php
- Tuesday, May 30 at Portage la Prairie Regional Library, 40B Royal Road N, 6:30 pm.
- Wed., May 31 at Brandon Public Library, Unit 1 – 710 Rosser Ave., 4:00 pm.
- Thurs., June 1 at Neepawa Public Library, 7:00 pm.
- Monday, June 5 at MGS Library, Winnipeg, 7:00 pm.
Dianne Brydon and her father James Brydon, PhD, recently published their family history “The Stalwart Brydons: From Scotland to Galt to Portage la Prairie, A Family History of 100 Years in Canada”. Jim grew up in Portage La Prairie and attended the U of M before moving to Ottawa to work as a soil chemist. He applied a scientist’s rigour to his family history research, begun over 30 years ago before the web or digitization made hunting down documents easy. When Dianne retired in 2013 from her job overseeing public outreach on Parliament Hill, Jim asked her to put her MA in Historical Geography to use and help him finish the book. Dianne subsequently found documentary evidence that refuted many of the stories in family lore and fleshed out others that were unknown.
- The MGS Resource Centre has several books to give away. Donations are welcomed.
- Atlas: Canadian Railways (1991)
- The Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Saskatchewan 1892-1975 (Doell)
- Bunclody Community 1879-1970
- Family history in Prince Edward Island (1981)
- Hamlyn Boys’ and Girls’ Atlas (1975, 1984)
- Hammond Headline World Atlas (1983)
- Manitoba Place Names (n.d.)
- Moments 77 (Red River Community College)
- The Origin and Meaning of Place Names in Canada (1930)
- The Projector Year End Review 1972-73
- Red River Community College (1990)
- R.C.C. Students’ Association Yearbook (1976)
- Sixteenth Century Maps Relating to Canada (1956)
- Steinbach Mennonite Church 50th anniversary
- The Surnames of Wales (Rowlands) (1996)
- Tomorrow’s Past: A Century of Manitoba Teachers (n.d.)
- Van Nostrand Atlas of the World (1961)
- Winnipeg and Area Atlas (2001)
- Winnipeg in Maps: 1816-1972 (1975)
2. Back issues of several periodicals:
- Complete set 1987-2001 of The Genealogist (Journal of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society founded 1973 in New Hampshire)
Miscellaneous issues (mostly late 1980s and early 1990s) of the following:
- Canoma, vol. 7 no. 1, 1981 (Ottawa, Energy, Mines & Resources)
- Cousins et Cousins (NWT Canadian/French Heritage Center, Minneapolis Geneal.)
- Lost in Canada? (Canadian-American Genealogical Journal)
- The Heritage Press (Red River Valley Heritage Society, Minnesota)
- Chez Nous (La Societe Canadienne-Francaise du Minnesota)
- Nouvelles Villes Jumelles (La Societe Canadienne-Francaise du Minnesota)