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United Empire Loyalist Plaque Dedication – Riverside Cemetery, Dauphin

On Saturday, September 8, 2018 a Plaque Dedication Ceremony was held at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin. It honoured three families from the Dauphin area known to be descended from United Empire Loyalists – McPhee, Scrase and Strang. Riverside is the first cemetery in Manitoba to have one of the plaques installed, donated by the local history group in memory of Margaret Scrase.
The title “United Empire Loyalist” is given to American Loyalists who resettled in British North America during or after the American Revolution. They left behind homes, businesses, developed farms and most of their possessions accumulated during their time in the 13 colonies, to start over as Canada’s first refugees. The Assiniboine Branch of the UELAC is planning more plaque dedications in the coming months.
(Information courtesy of the Dauphin Herald newspaper).
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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.

SW Branch Authors’ Presentations

Saturday, October 13, 10 am – pm
Knox United Church, Brandon
Morning presentation  (10 am – 12 pm) – Elinor Chornoboy, author of “Katarina”
Afternoon presentation (1 – 3 pm) – Sharon Simms, author of “The Boulton Blog” and “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”

To register for this terrific event (204-725-0096 or email
SW Branch members $5, non-members $10.

Southeast & Winnipeg Branch September Presentations

All 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 of the Branch. Branch membership fee is $12.

Monday, September 10
British Home Children by Judy Labossière
Judy will discuss how and why children were separated from their families to be sent to Canada and how they were treated, including the story of Bob’s grandfather’s family.Ten percent of the current Canadian population are descendants of the Home Children, although many are still unaware of their heritage. Do you have a similar story?

Monday, September 24
Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era by Barbara Lange
Barbara’s second anthology, “Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era”, captures the summers of the first half of the 20th century, when trains transported people to beaches on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. And the clickety-clack of the rails, the wail of a whistle, and cinders in children’s eyes were the norm. She will share stories from this book.

Southwest Branch 40th Anniversary Seminar

“Using Today’s Technology to Unlock Puzzles of the Past”

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9am – 4pm
Knox United Church, 18th & Victoria Ave., Brandon.
Presenters: Dave Obee and Pat Ryan
Seminar Fee – $80 per person /SWB members $70, Lunch included
Registration Deadline – April 13

29th Annual Heritage Dinner 

Knox United Church at 6 pm
Guest Speaker – Dave Obee
Topic – “Crowd Sourcing Your Family Research”
Heritage Dinner tickets $25 per person

Southwest Branch Meeting

Wednesday, April 4 – Meet at Brandon University Library at 7:20 pm.
BU Archivist Emeritus, Tom Mitchell, will present the documentary film: “Wheat City 1900s – Making Modern Brandon”. Following the film, Tom will facilitate discussion and answer questions. In preparation for the evening, check out this link to Tom’s homepage with an account of his third film (2015).