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News from the Southwest Branch

‼️ Upon receiving notification from the City of Brandon that access has been denied to Crocus Plains High School for our May meeting, the Executive has also decided to cancel the pot luck supper and tour event scheduled for June.‼️

❗️We plan to carry on Branch activities again in September and will keep you posted. ❗️

In case you weren’t aware, there are lots of free genealogy webinars being offered online from various groups. For example, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offering a free webinar each day in April to non-members.

MGS is also offering a free Virtual Presentation “Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually by Gord McBean” on April 13 at 7:00. You can register at webmeeting@mbgenealogy.com by April 11. See the MGS website for more information.

Webinars help to pass time and also provide a great learning opportunity for all of us. Stay safe and we will see you in September

Southeast/Winnipeg Branch Webinar Presentation

The webinar presentation “Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually” by Gord McBean will be held on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. Since we are still in the testing phase, this presentation will be offered to MGS members only, and is FREE to all MGS members. To register, email webmeeting@mbgenealogy.com by April 11 and include your MGS member number. Here is a preview:

Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually
Tools and techniques will be presented that let people explore places they may never visit in person. Given the current environment, we can travel without leaving home.
It is easy to locate current places, including small towns, libraries, cemeteries, and churches and visit those places with StreetView. Historic map overlays let us look at what was there. Using Mashup we can combine multiple sources to experience Community Walks, TripperMap and create our own map with MapBuilder.

For details of this webinar presentation and updates on the status of future presentations, please watch the Branch website page at http://mbgenealogy.com/branches/southeast-and-winnipeg-branch/

Notice – MGS Services Still Available

MGS is wondering how you are getting along during this difficult time. We hope that you and your families are keeping well.
Many MGS members and non-members may be interested to know that Services are still available even though the MGS Library/Resource Centre is closed. Here is a list of the Services that continue to be provided by MGS:

Membership Purchases and Renewals
You may use MANI to pay for memberships or you can mail in your membership form and fees to the MGS office. A volunteer will be processing them “in isolation”. MGS is offering a 1-month grace period to ensure access to MANI is not disrupted due to late processing of a renewal. Consult the website for information http://mbgenealogy.com/membership/.

Research Services
Although the Library is closed for volunteer research help at the MGS Library, MGS Paid Research Services are continuing. You can order either the MGS Research Package ($60 for MGS members and $75 for non-members) or the Single Source Search (fee of $10.00 per source). Please address all inquiries to research@mbgenealogy.com. Consult the website for information at http://mbgenealogy.com/services/research-assistance/

MANI (MAnitoba Names Index)
Our Member’s only online database MANI has over one million indexed records, some linking to additional information and digital copies of local history books. MGS members can activate their MANI account and search these record indexes. A new and growing feature in MANI is “Source Search” where you can find what sources exist on several topics: Local Histories, Churches, Newspapers, Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. Consult the website for information http://mani.mbgenealogy.com

Many volunteers are still working hard at entering data into the MANI database. If you have some extra time on your hands, why not volunteer to assist with this project? Email mani@mbgenealogy.com

MANI Online Store – Cemetery Transcriptions
You can purchase digital copies of Cemetery Transcriptions and MGS publications through the E-store. Digital pdf copies will be emailed to ensure that you receive them quickly at no charge. Cemetery searches and the e-store can also be used by non-members. Click on the MGS Online Store icon on Home page or https://mani.mbgenealogy.com/store/index.php

KOHA Library Search
You can check out the holdings at the MGS Library – http://koha-opac.bole.ca

Generations Journal
The June issue of Generations will be published.

 

 

 

MGS Library / Resource Centre Closure

Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, the MGS Executive has made the decision to close the MGS Library/Resource Centre, effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform you when the Library will re-open. We will use our website, Facebook page, email, and MANI to continue to keep in contact with our members and clients. We wish you well as we all move through this difficult time.

SE/Winnipeg Branch March-April Program Changes

The Southeast/Winnipeg Branch of MGS has made the decision, based on recommendations made by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Province, to limit social contact and to maintain social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are therefore taking measures to help protect our members and public visitors, out of an abundance of caution.

There will be no presentations at the MGS Resource Centre before mid-April, when we will reassess the situation. Jessica Landry’s March 23rd presentation has been rescheduled for June 8th. Gord McBean’s presentation on April 13th will be offered as a Webinar only.

Please check the MGS website and the Southeast/Winnipeg Branch webpage for details and updates.

East European G. S. Presentation CANCELLED!

NOTE: This presentation has been CANCELLED!
“Supplement your story: Cummins maps and Aerial photos” by Marni Domolewski
Wednesday March 18, 2020. 7:00 pm.
Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave. Winnipeg.

Cummins maps and aerial photos are two useful resources a genealogist can use to supplement their family history. Marni will explore Cummins maps, a series of land ownership maps from Manitoba created by the Cummins Map Company. This map series is a useful resource for locating a homestead with a legal description. She will also highlight the Air Photo Library of Manitoba, a library housed in Winnipeg that contains 1 million Manitoba land photos. These photos can be used to illustrate how a homestead property developed over the years.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/

Southwest Branch AGM

The Southwest Branch Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 4 at Crocus Plains High School in Brandon. The following Executive members were elected:

Past President:             George Mackay
President:                       Vacant
Vice President:              Linda Earl
Member-at-Large:        Barry Reilly
Secretary:                        Vacant
Treasurer:                        Jan Ross
Anyone willing to become involved in the Executive, please contact Laura Crookshanks.

Reorganization of MGS Website

Please note that the Menus of the MGS website are presently being re-organized so you may have some difficulty in finding the information that you are looking for. During a previous re-organization of the website, not all information pertaining to MGS was included in the Menus at the top of the Home Page. Some of it remained in the “Site Map” at the bottom of the Page. So if you can’t find something, please check the Site Map. Specifically, the Menus for Resources and Cemeteries are more easily found through the Site Map.

We are working hard to complete the re-organization as soon as possible, so please bear with us. Thank you for your understanding.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Chortitza Mennonite Gravestone Project in Ukraine” by Werner Toews, author of “Sketches from Siberia”
Wednesday February 19, 2020. 7:00 pm.
Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.

The village of Chortitza — now part of the city of Zaporizhia, on the Dnieper River — was the first and largest settlement of Mennonites in Ukraine, founded in 1789 at the invitation of Russian Empress Catherine II. The recent demolition of an abandoned building in the city has uncovered a foundation that incorporates more than a hundred gravestones taken from a Mennonite cemetery destroyed by the former Soviet Union in the 1930s. The restoration of the stones, some of them old enough to commemorate original founders of the community, is being spearheaded by a young Ukrainian historian, Max Shtatsky. The forced exodus of Mennonites from the area in 1943 brought many descendants of the Chortitza colonists to Canada, with the majority settling in Manitoba.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/