Monthly Archives: May 2018

2018 Annual General Meeting


  1. Reports from the Executive and Standing Committee Chairs
  2. Approval of Financial Statements
  3. Approval of MGS Constitution Revisions* (will affect election of executive)
  4. Report of Nominations Committee – Election of Officers for 2018-19
  5. Presentation of Volunteer Awards: Eric Jonasson, Florence Cox, & Joan Whiston

Proposed Constitution Changes – Summary

  1. Add 2 Members-at-Large to Executive
  2. Add 2 new Standing Committees-Social Media, MANI Operations & Management

Please see document outlining proposed revisions.

Call for Nominations – Executive Positions

  1. Elected Positions
    These incumbents’ 3-year terms have expired:
  • VP Administration
  • VP Communications
  • VP Finance
  • VP Information Technology (presently vacant)
  1. New positions (if Constitution revisions are approved)
    2 Members-at-Large

Note: Elected positions are 1-year terms, renewable for 3 terms

  1. Appointed Positions– we need expressions of interest for:
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please see Job Descriptions for list of duties.

Call for Expressions of Interest – Standing Committees

MGS is completely operated by VOLUNTEERS. We presently have many hard-working program volunteers but fewer administrative volunteers. We need 13 Standing CommitteeChairsto keep MGS running. MANY of the current committee chairs have served in their positions for many years. We need some NEW people to take on leadership roles.
Note: These positions are not elected by the membership but are appointed by the MGS Executive. In order to do that, we need to know who is willing to serve. How about YOU?
Here is a complete list of the 13 Standing Committee Chairs, separated into 4 departments that correspond to their respective Vice President.

            Administration Department

Library            Research

Membership Services      Special Projects

Office Coordination Vacant

      Communication Department

Education and Outreach      Publicity

Journal      *Social Media (new)

             Finance Department

Fundraising      Grants and Applications Vacant

      Information Technology Department

Computer and Network Operations Vacant

*MANI Management and Operation (new)

Please see Job Descriptions for list of duties.

Winnipeg Public Library Presentation

Wednesday, May 30: 6:30-8:30 pm
Even if you can’t read French, researching French Canadian ancestry can be easier than you think. For most people, French Canadian ancestry can be traced back fairly easily due to records that were well documented and preserved.
The workshop will explore church records, répertoire (indexes), various databases (free and subscription) and ‘DIT’ names. Free. Registration required.

100-131 Provencher Boulevard
Phone, visit or go online at to register.

Presented by Jayne Paradis, founding member of the Manitoba Genealogy Society and active Society volunteer for the last twenty years.


Manitoba Day at Manitoba Museum

Manitoba Genealogy Society will not be participating in a
Celebration of Manitoba’s 147th Birthday due to illness!
Manitoba Museum, Saturday, May 12, 11 am – 5 pm.
Highlights include:

  • FREE ADMISSION to the Museum Galleries, Science Gallery, and Planetarium all day long!
  • ATTEND the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Science Fair in Alloway Hall
  • ENJOY the“It’s the Small Things” Scavenger Hunt in the Museum Galleries, chance to win a prize
  • INVESTIGATE the new“Unlocked: Stories of the Interlake” exhibit in the Upper Parklands Gallery
  • VISIT the Parks Canada booth for a chance to picture yourself at a National Park
  • WITNESS historical re-enactors of La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and Forces of Lord Selkirk
  • WATCH the formal program with greetings from dignitaries at 3 pm in Alloway Hall
  • FREE cake and coffee at 3:30 pm in Alloway Hall