“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.
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The next step in eastern European genealogy after confirming your ancestral village(s) is to target your search. Professional genealogists; the internet; user groups; and Facebook open up many sources for non-traditional information. Sometimes the best resource can be boots on the ground. In this presentation Stuart Fedak will demonstrate how confirming the ancestral village(s) quickly opened up traditional and non-traditional sources of family and ancestral village history. Finally, he will lead you on a quick cultural trip to Ukraine with a visit to the ancestral village(s) of his grandparents.
Stuart Fedak will demonstrate how confirming the ancestral village(s) opened up traditional and non-traditional sources of family and ancestral village history.
WHEN: Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00 PM
WHERE: Thomson Funeral Home
669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba
(Free, well-lit parking lot on Sherbrook side of building)
Once again we will be offering two spots each day for non-members to receive free research help at MGS on the following third Thursday of the months stipulated below. Applicants must apply to firstname.lastname@example.org , providing their e-mail address for communication. The sessions last from 1 pm to 3 pm. on the following days:
Oct. 17/19 Nov. 21/19 Jan. 16/20 Feb. 20/20 Mar. 19/20 Apr. 16/20 May 21/20
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Note: MGS members can receive assistance with their research anytime the Library is open.
The Centre du Patrimoine, located at 340 Provencher Blvd, is the primary institution in Manitoba promoting Franco-Manitoban and Métis heritage. Gilles LeSage will introduce us to their facilities and collections.
We meet at the Centre at 7:00 PM. If you plan to attend, please contact the Branch by Thursday June 6th so that we can let them know how many to expect.
MGS is in the running for this new award: “BEST NEW PARTICIPANT AWARD”.
Show your support by inviting friends and family to come see what we are all about and remember to vote. Every vote counts and the more votes for MGS the better. Online voting will continue until June 1st! We are counting on YOU!
Reminder to all members of MGS that our Annual General Meeting will be held at the MGS Resource Centre, Unit E, 1045 St. James St., Winnipeg, MB on June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am. All members with a valid membership as at that date are welcome to attend.
Elections will take place at the AGM for the following positions:
Vice President – Administration
Vice President – Finance
Vice President – Information Technology
Vice-President – Communications
Member-at-Large (2 positions)
Nominations remain open and may be submitted to Mona Phillip at email@example.com on or before the 25th of May 2019. If you have questions about any of the positions, please contact Mona. Members in good standing may submit their own name for consideration. If nominating another member, please ensure you have their consent.
“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.
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