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Winnipeg Public Library Presentation

DNA and Genealogy
Saturday, September 23: 2-4 pm

Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how? Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society will give you a basic understanding of DNA testing. The session will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. It will cover topics such as finding living relatives today, and how far back you might be able to trace your family.
Louis Riel Library. 1168 Dakota St. Phone 204-986-4568 to register. Free admission.

New Genealogy Resource Guide

A U.S. organization has just published an online “Genealogy Resource Guide” including the following topics:

1. Introduction   2. The Practical Importance of Genealogy   3. History of Genealogy

4. Getting Started   5. Types of Records   6. Reliability of Sources   7. Tools for Your Search

8. Genealogical Societies   9. Professional Genealogists   10. DNA Testing   11. Quick Links

This resource will be very valuable for both beginning  and experienced genealogists. It can be found at http://backgroundchecks.org/public-records/the-genealogy-resource-guide.

 

 

Eastern European Genealogical Society Presentation

“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

New at Winnipeg Public Libraries – Canada Newspaper Archive

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

“Jane’s Walk” – Walking Tour of Elmwood Cemetery

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

MB Day Celebration at MB Museum

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.
https://manitobamuseum.ca/main/event/manitoba-day-2017/

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

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.

Genealogist-in-Residence

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.

Manitoba Online Historical Newspapers

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.

http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/manitoba-online-historical-newspapers-summry#.WP4kelKZNAZ

This website also has an excellent article on tips for reading Historical Newspapers.

http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/the-one-absolute-best-way-to-find-more-ancestor-articles-in-historic-newspapers-online#.WP4k_FKZNAZ