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Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

How to Read Old Documents
Saturday, October 28: 2-4 pm
Elizabeth Briggs presents techniques to read and understand writing from the nineteenth century and earlier. Census returns, church records, wills, and government documents will be used as examples. Participants should bring a pen or pencil and writing paper.
Windsor Park Library, 955 Cottonwood Rd. Phone 204-986-4949 to register. Free admission.

Remembrance Week: Manitoba’s Commemorative Names Program
Monday, November 6: 7-8 pm
Since 1955, the Geographical Names Board of Canada used the names of wartime casualties to identify features required for mapping and resource development. Manitoba’s Provincial Toponymist Des Kappel will discuss places in Manitoba that have been named in honour of our fallen. You will also learn about the resources available for finding information about the people behind the names.
Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

Camp Hughes Heritage Day

Sunday, October 1, 2017
To commemorate the Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Camp Hughes Military Training Site is located 10 km west of Carberry on Hwy #1, turn South at Junction of Hwy #351 and follow the signs.
Experience a day in the life of the soldiers who trained at this Military Training Camp in 1916…the same soldiers who helped capture Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. This site is one of the few places in the world (and the only place in North America) where trench works of the time remain in existence. It’s been designated both a Provincial Heritage Site and a National Historic Site of Canada.  Over ten thousand metres of trenches exist; including an enemy trench system and a “No Man’s Land”.       Presenters in period uniforms will guide tours of the trench system and even encourage visitors to go “Over the Top” in a simulated trench assault. Each tour will be an hour in duration beginning at 1200 hrs with the last tour starting at 1500 hrs. Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles and wear sturdy hiking footwear and suitable attire for the weather conditions.

 

Book Launch – Mapping Rupert’s Land

Barbara Mitchell, the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, and University of Regina Press cordially invite you to celebrate a book launch for
MAPMAKER: PHILIP TURNOR IN RUPERT’S LAND IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT”
by Barbara Mitchell
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Archives of Manitoba, 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Please RSVP (204) 945-4949 or hbca@gov.mb.ca.
Philip Turnor was the first inland surveyor for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the man who taught the explorers David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. Between 1778 and 1792, Turnor and his guides travelled over 15,000 miles by canoe and foot to produce ten maps, which laid the foundation for all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Yet until now, Turnor has remained a lesser known figure. In Mapmaker, Turnor’s inaugural biography, Barbara Mitchell brings this surveyor to life, while also discovering her own ancestry as one of thousands of descendants of Turnor and his Cree wife.
https://uofrpress.ca/Books/M/Mapmaker

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

East European Genealogy
Saturday, October 21: 2-4 pm
Members of the East European Genealogical Society will discuss resources available for beginner genealogists of Ukrainian, Polish and German ancestry and how to access them. Both printed and online resources will be covered.
Westwood Library. 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4744 to register. Free admission.

 Internet Genealogy
North America & Eastern Europe – Wed., October 25: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
U.K & Ireland – Wed., November 1: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Elizabeth Briggs demonstrates 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.
Millennium Library, Computer Training Lab, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Lesser-known Resources to Determine your Ancestral Village”
by Chris Bukoski. Wed., September 20, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.
Chris will discuss lesser-known resources that could be used to identify your ancestral village, as well as provide the location of these records. Many times the village names are distorted; how to determine the proper spelling will be addressed. A critical piece of the puzzle is finding the parish name and Chris will discuss gazetteers and other sources that will aid in this process.
For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx

EEGS Sept 20, 2017 Meeting Notice – PDF

Winnipeg Public Library Presentation

DNA and Genealogy
Saturday, September 23: 2-4 pm

Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how? Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society will give you a basic understanding of DNA testing. The session will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. It will cover topics such as finding living relatives today, and how far back you might be able to trace your family.
Louis Riel Library. 1168 Dakota St. Phone 204-986-4568 to register. Free admission.