All posts by Janice Butcher

East European Genealogy Society Event

Dinner and Annual Family History “Show and Tell”

Thursday, December 13, 6:00 pm.
You’re invited to bring stories, photos, books, or documents to share. “All you can eat” Ukrainian Buffet Dinner ($17.00 Cash). Location – Spikes Grill, Lower Level of Princess Hotel, 202 Bond St.
Pre-registration required by Dec. 9 (pay at the dinner). Send e-mail to or leave a message at 204-989-3292.

The Kenora (Ontario) Great War Project

In 2012, three community organizations in Kenora, Ontario joined forces on a project which became known as The Kenora Great War Project. The three partners – the Ancestor Seekers of Kenora (ASK), the Lake of the Woods Museum and the Kenora Public Library – pooled their resources, their expertise and their knowledge to tell the story of Kenora’s involvement in World War I.

Click on this link for more information about the project. 

Kenora Public Library offers genealogy resources –

Ancestry Seekers of Kenora meets once a month. Contact Library for information.

Southeast & Winnipeg Branch Presentations

Presentations are held at the MGS Library/Resource Centre, 1045 St. James St. at 7:00 pm. Free for SE/Winnipeg Branch members and $5 for non-members. Branch membership fee is $12 for MGS members.

Monday, November 5

1000 Love Letters Home from a WWII Veteran. By Len Van Roon
Len is a 96-year-old World War II veteran. While overseas he wrote over 1000 love letters home to his sweetheart. On his return they wed. She kept all his letters. Len bought a camera in London and took it to the front. He mailed the film home along with his letters.He still has these pictures as well as other memorabilia from the war. Len is a very interesting, articulate storyteller.

Monday, November 26

Using Excel spreadsheets to organize and analyze genealogical research.
by Gordon McBean

Gord will discuss what to do with a large amount of information that needs to be organized and analyzed. Spreadsheet software enables the sorting of data in multiple ways to look for patterns, etc. It also helps create genealogy forms, printing them as fill-in blanks or typing information directly into the form. Spreadsheets can turn research logs, indexes, and other information into organized information.

 “The World Remembers 1918”

 Winnipeg Millennium Library

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, the Winnipeg Millennium Library is hosting “The World Remembers” in the Local History Room until Nov. 11. This organization electronically displays names of soldiers who died in WW1 both online and in host sites, like the Millennium Library.
The display of the names of those killed in 1918 (plus official war deaths from 1919- 22 from wounds or diseases they contracted in the war) commenced Sept. 12 and will conclude Nov. 11.  More than 1,003,000 names of soldiers who lost their lives from Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States and several other countries will appear.
The displays will run for 11.5 hours each day. Each name will be programmed to appear at a precise day, hour and minute. To find a specific name use the “Search The Names” function on the site – 

To learn more about WW1, check out the accompanying book display in the Local History Room of the Library.

New Book – “More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails, and Ruins”

By Gordon Goldsborough
A full-colour, richly illustrated book that looks at abandoned sites around Manitoba, describing their features, what caused them to be abandoned, and what they tell us about the history of the province.
Based on a regular feature on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show, Gordon’s first book “Abandoned Manitoba was a runaway success in 2016, becoming the top-selling, non-fiction book of the year in Manitoba. Scientist and historian Gordon Goldsborough returns with more compelling abandoned sites from across Manitoba. Armed with a drone and a deep curiosity about local history, Gordon had more stories to share than could fit into one book. Adventure into abandoned quarries, dance halls, and more.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Finding Google Genealogy Information” by Bill Curtis

Wed., October 17, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave.
Once you have a basic understanding of the process of researching your familyhistory, you will want to know where to find more information. Some of thatinformation is “hidden” on the internet.Google is one of the best tools available to find it, but getting millions of “hits”during a search is not helpful. This session will show ways to “dig out” theinformation that applies to your own specific family.Google can also help you find libraries and archives that contain information not on the internet. The key to using Google successfully for genealogy, is understanding how it works.
For more information check out website