“Resources of the Eastern European Genealogical Society”
Workshop by EEGS members.
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm. University of Winnipeg Library ( 5 floor), 515 Portage Ave.
The EEGS Library Collection will be reviewed and various maps will be made available for members to peruse. There will be a round table discussion that will provide an opportunity for members to become familiar with our Library Collection, as well as network with some of our more seasoned family historians and discuss their family history challenges. For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx
EEGS Meeting – May 17, 2017 for MGS
Join Heritage Winnipeg on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 when Winnipeg buildings open their doors for a free public event. A printable program with information for all of the 2017 Doors Open sites and events is available at this link!
Free for Winnipeg Library cardholders – access to Canada Newspaper Archive (1872 – 2016)
Includes newspapers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland. Sign in with your Winnipeg Library card number and PIN on the Library homepage and then click on “Databases”. Under the Subject menu, scroll to Newspapers. Five databases will appear – click on Newspaper Archive and the “Canada Newspaper Archive” will appear. You can then choose the province and city/town that you want to search. You can either browse newspapers by date or search for individual names.
For people from other cities your public library may also subscribe to Canada Newspaper Archive. Check it out because this is a wonderful free resource. http://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/az.php
Sunday, May 7, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Meet at cemetery gates located at the northern end of the Disraeli Freeway (on Beatrice St., near 88 Hespeler Ave.) Led by Wendi Oryniak.
This tour is part of Jane’s Walks which are free, locally organized walking tours, where people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Elmwood Cemetery has been considered a premier burial ground for residents of Winnipeg and its surrounding communities. Situated in a residential neighbourhood, its 38 acres are embraced by the banks of the Red River. There are more than 57,000 people buried in Elmwood Cemetery, making it one of the largest cemeteries in Winnipeg. The tour of the cemetery grounds will include the burial sites of some 20 memorable Manitobans.
For more information on the walk – http://janeswalk.org/canada/winnipeg/elmwood-cemetery/
For more information on the Elmwood Cemetery – http://historicelmwoodcemetery.ca
Saturday, May 6, Alloway Hall, 10 am – 5 pm
MGS will be participating in this arts, culture and heritage fair along with many other community organizations. This is a great opportunity for MGS to inform the general public about our Society. Please join us. Free admission to the MB Museum Galleries, Science Gallery and Planetarium, special educational programming and activities throughout the day, Birthday cake (Manitoba’s 147th) and other refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. For more information on activities, click on the link.
Discover Your Roots – Genealogy Online
Canada/US: Tuesday, May 23: 6-8 pm; British/Irish: Thursday, May 25: 6-8 pm Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will demonstrate features of 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.
Pembina Trail Library. 2724 Pembina Hwy. Phone 204-986-4369 to register. Free admission.
Saturday, May 27: 30 minute appointments from 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Are you interested in researching your family tree but not sure where to start? Are you stumped and need help with a particular genealogical question? Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will provide one-on-one consultations to help in your research with guidance on steps to take, and where to find the resources you need at the library or other institutions. Participants must register in advance for their free 30-minute session. Space is limited.
Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Meeting Room 1. Phone 204-986-6450 to register.
Canada 150, Manitoba 147
Monday, June 19: 7-8 pm
Why was the new country of Canada created? Easterners cite reasons including British weariness, American dangers, colonial quarrels, and the potential of steam power. But what about the roles of Indigenous peoples, the North, and British Columbia and the western interior? Did Manitoba choose to join, or was it pushed to take this step? Author Gerald Friesen challenges established ideas on the foundation of Canada and how Canada came to be. Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium. 251 Donald St. Free admission.
The website “Ancestor Hunter” has an excellent list of MANITOBA ONLINE HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS. This is a MUST READ for any researcher using newspaper sources. They also have a list for every Canadian province and US state.
This website also has an excellent article on tips for reading Historical Newspapers.
A display of school history projects by Grades 4-11 students, will be held on Thursday, May 4 at the Axworthy Recreation Plex – University of Winnipeg (350 Spence St.). For Canada 150, project topics are to reflect the historic aspect of Canada, not the modern and current 21st century world. MGS is once again sponsoring a “Family History Award”. Students are encouraged to work on a family history project to submit to the fair. Students may use the resources at the MGS Library free of charge to research their project. For more information, http://www.redriverheritage.ca/
This excellent website is devoted to descendants of early explorers, fur traders and settlers who first inhabited the great Northwest Territory or Rupert’s Land, and more particularly the region of the Red River of the North. Your host, Gary Still, was born in 1939 in Selkirk, MB, and raised in the adjoining community known as Mapleton or Old England.
“My hobby of genealogy began with me tracing my own ancestors, but soon grew to include many of my friends and neighbours. Over the period of almost half a century I gradually amassed a large database of information about the ancestry of virtually everyone I knew”.
The website has an Ancestor Index with a link (red underlined) to Family Pages featuring individual families (or topics) with links to other related families or topics wherever possible.
Parish Records 101: Galicia
by Lisa Haji Abassi. Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave. You know the name of your ancestral village… now what? Lisa will provide some basic information and tips on reading and understanding Greek and Roman Catholic parish records. She will discuss the importance of consulting a gazetteer before you begin your search for parish records. There will be various examples of vital records and Lisa will explain how to access microfilms and on-line digital records for your village. For more information check out website http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx