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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.


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.

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

Red River Heritage Fair

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,

New Resource – Red River

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.

Eastern European Genealogical Society Presentation 

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

University of Manitoba Archives Resource

The Prairie Immigration Experience

This website is a collection of nearly 15,000 digitized archival documents, including diaries, correspondence, photographs, and audio and video recordings from the holdings of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections and the University of Saskatchewan Archives. These archival records detail the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants of varied nationalities and ethnicities who came to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in search of a better way of life.
These digitized items have been organized according to their relevant nationality or ethnic group and archival fonds. When you click on the title of a particular fonds you will be presented with a description of the digitized material from that fonds and a link to the digitized items.

Winnipeg Public Libraries Presentations

Writing Your Family History

Saturday, April 1: 2-4 pm.
Elizabeth Briggs covers planning for writing your family history book, what resources and documents to use, the kind of content that should be included, and how to make questionnaires and interview your relatives to gather the best information.
Westwood Library. 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4744 to register. Free admission.

 British Genealogy

Monday, April 3: 6-8 pm.
Learn about the resources and organizations available to trace your ancestry back to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will cover print as well as internet resources. Charleswood Library. 6-4910 Roblin Blvd. Phone 204-986-3069 to register. Free admission.

 DNA and Genealogy

Saturday, April 8: 2-4 pm
Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how? Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society covers the basics of DNA testing and genealogy. e session will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. He 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.

 Beginning Genealogy

Part 1: Saturday, April 22: 1-3 pm Part 2: Saturday, April 29: 1-3 pm
Bill Curtis introduces the basics of genealogical research. In Part 1, you will be a family history detective and find clues in a case study. Using these clues, you will learn how to overcome roadblocks to reach your goals. In Part 2, you will learn where to find personal information about individual ancestors both on and off the Internet.
River Heights Library. 1520 Corydon Ave. Phone 204-986-4934 to register. Free admission.



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