Category Archives: General News

Eastern European Genealogical Society Presentation

“The L’viv Archive (Ukraine) Experience: A First-hand Account”by Brian Lenius. Wed., February 15, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave.
The Central State Historical Archive in L’viv, Ukraine is one of the most important archives for Galicia (Poland and Ukraine). It is also one of the oldest and largest archives in Europe, having been transformed from the Bernardine Monastery to a state archive by the Austrian Emperor in 1784. It houses over 1 million files stored on 13 kilometres of shelving. For more information check out website

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

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Western Canada at War

Saturday, January 28: 1-2:30 pm

Two presentations will be made by the Manitoba Historical Society on the impacts of the First World War on Manitobans:
Franco-Manitobans and the First World War: Claude de Moissan will examine the impact of the First World War on the Franco-Manitoban community. Discover how Franco-Manitobans reacted to the political and social changes brought upon them during the war, and what role they chose to play on the home front.
Doing their part in splendid style!” First Nations, Metis and Inuit Service in the First World War: Karine Duhamel will speak on examples of service by Indigenous peoples, as well as some of the stereotypes faced in the service. They will look at the extent to which military service was seen as a way to so-called ‘civilize’ people, and what it meant, in very practical terms, for Indigenous peoples and treaty rights.
Bibliotheque de Saint-Boniface. 100-131 Provencher Blvd. Phone 204-986-4330 to register. Free admission.

Manitoba’s Abandoned Past

Monday, January 30: 7-8 pm.

Osborne Library, 625 Osborne St., Phone 204-986-4775 to register. Free admission.

Saturday, February 11: 1-2 pm.

Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register.
Author Gordon Goldsborough will present on a six-year project by the Manitoba Historical Society to map the locations of over 6,000 historic, and mostly abandoned, sites around the province. This work resulted in the new book Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators. Gordon Goldsborough is the Head Researcher, Webmaster, and a Past President of the Manitoba Historical Society, and Production Coordinator & Pageant Editor of Manitoba History magazine.

Internet Genealogy

Tuesday, Feb. 21: 6-8 pm: Great Britain & Ireland. Tuesday, Feb. 28: 6-8 pm: Canada & United States

Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will demonstrate 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 workshop uses computers and the internet. Basic computer skills are required. Register for one or both sessions.
Fort Garry Library, 1360 Pembina Highway, Phone 204-986-4918 to register. Free admission.

Winnipeg Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Resources Information Guide

The Winnipeg Public Library has just launched a great new online Resources Information Guide for genealogy and local history. It is an excellent source for both beginning and experienced genealogists. Tell all your friends about it. It contains:

  • Lists of genealogical databases and organizations that can help in your family research, along with recommended guides explaining various aspects of genealogical research.
  • Lists of recommended books on Manitoba local history and genealogical topics.
  • Information about the Millennium Library’s Local History Room and its collection.

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New Resource – Faces of World War I

David Archer has created a group Facebook page called “Operation Picture Me” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. He is sharing a year-long research project using the Winnipeg Tribune Archives, highlighting the contribution of over 5,000 Winnipeggers/ Manitobans who went to war, including almost 1000 who failed to return home. A major portion of the clippings is about the men, women and sometimes the children of Winnipeg who helped in the war effort. He praises the dedication of the Tribune staff who chronicled the personal stories of Winnipeg at War.

Over 5000 clippings have been uploaded to Facebook, under the group name “Operation Picture Me”. The clippings have been put in albums corresponding to the month and year of publication (except 1914). To help find a family member, an index has been created. To access the group, click on the link You must first request to join the group. You will be sent an email when you have been added and then you can view the site.

New Metis Research Resource

Digital Archive Database Project (DAPD)

Contains over 100,000 transcribed historical documents related to Metis research. View thousands of Métis historical documents, genealogical information, Hudson’s Bay Company records, Church missionary records, and personal Métis accounts. The database is currently offering 109262 records for public and institutional browsing. More information at

Sign up for MANI now!!

MANI (the MAnitoba Names Index) is now available to all current MGS members. It allows online access to MGS indexes from home. Some indexes are still being added and eventually there will be over 1.5 million indexed items in MANI. To use MANI, members have to first register online. Be sure to choose a username and password that you can remember. As fast as our volunteers can process your request you will have access to all of the indexes available in-house at the MGS Library. To register, click on the MANI icon below or go to the web site at