Category Archives: General News

Manitoba Day at Manitoba Museum

Manitoba Genealogy Society will not be participating in a
Celebration of Manitoba’s 147th Birthday due to illness!
Manitoba Museum, Saturday, May 12, 11 am – 5 pm.
Highlights include:

  • FREE ADMISSION to the Museum Galleries, Science Gallery, and Planetarium all day long!
  • ATTEND the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Science Fair in Alloway Hall
  • ENJOY the“It’s the Small Things” Scavenger Hunt in the Museum Galleries, chance to win a prize
  • INVESTIGATE the new“Unlocked: Stories of the Interlake” exhibit in the Upper Parklands Gallery
  • VISIT the Parks Canada booth for a chance to picture yourself at a National Park
  • WITNESS historical re-enactors of La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and Forces of Lord Selkirk
  • WATCH the formal program with greetings from dignitaries at 3 pm in Alloway Hall
  • FREE cake and coffee at 3:30 pm in Alloway Hall

Announcing the Virtual Genealogical Society

The Virtual Genealogical Society is a global organization serving family history enthusiasts of all levels, geared towards those:
– whose circumstances make it difficult to attend local genealogical society meetings
– who prefer online presentations, special interest groups (SIGs), conferences, and socializing
– with an interest in connecting, networking, and mentoring with global genealogists
The Virtual Genealogical Society began with the recognition that many family history enthusiasts are merging technology and globalization in their genealogical pursuits. We aim to provide a forum for genealogists to connect, network, and mentor with genealogists around the world through monthly meetings online, webinars, social networking, annual conferences, and in-person meet-ups at conferences, institutes and events around the world. 

Membership is just $20 per year and provides:
– 24/7 access to Members-Only section of website
– Recorded monthly webinars by nationally-known speakers
– Webinar handouts
– Live chat with featured speakers in members-only Facebook group
– Fillable PDF forms for family history research
– Digitized monthly newsletter
– Eligibility for prizes offered during monthly webinars and annual virtual conference
– Access to Special Interest Group (SIG) discussions and handout
– Discount on annual virtual conference registration cost
 – Discounts on genealogy software, databases, publications and products
– Members-only Facebook group for networking, mentoring, and socializing 

The Virtual Genealogical Society encourages all members to continue joining the genealogical societies in their local area and/or in the area where their ancestors lived. These societies can provide additional benefits that include:
– Access to their local database of records and indexes
– Mentorship from society members with expertise in local records and repositories
– Field trips to area repositories 

The Virtual Genealogical Society will be hosting a three-day virtual conference from November 1-3, 2019. Confirmed presenters are listed on our website:
For more information, contact us at or visit 

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“A Journey to Ancestral Lands”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg. Presentation by Lisa Haji Abbasi.
EEGS member Lisa will share her personal journey to the land of her ancestors throughout Poland and Ukraine, providing a glimpse into their past. From staying with a local family, to experiencing the life, culture, food and hardships firsthand, to sharing highlights from various villages and landmarks. She will also explain the importance of successful planning to get the most out of your ancestral journey of a lifetime. For more information –

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

Dating and Identifying Old Family Photos
Many family photos feature unidentified people – we think they must be relatives, but are not sure who they are. In this workshop, learn simple tricks and techniques to help identify when a photo was taken. Combine that information with your knowledge of family history to put names to the faces in the photograph. Bring one or two photos to the workshop or use sample photos provided. Presenter – Kelly Southworth of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.
Thursday, April 5: 6:30-8:30 pm
St. James-Assiniboia Library, 1910 Portage Ave. Phone 204-986-3424 to register. Free admission.

Writing Your Family History
Elizabeth Briggs covers how to plan for writing your family history book, what resources and documents to use, the kind of content that should be included, and how to create questionnaires. She also includes tips for interviewing relatives to gather the best information.
Saturday, April 14: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Charleswood Library, 6-4910 Roblin Blvd. Phone 204-986-3072 to register. Free admission.

Winnipeg Public Library Presentation

Beginning Genealogy

Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society will introduce 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.
Saturday, March 17: 2-4 pm, Part 1: The Basics
Saturday, March 24: 2-4 pm, Part 2: Finding Information
Fort Garry Library, 1360 Pembina Hwy. Phone 204-986-4918 to register. Free admission.

Ukrainian Genealogy Virtual Conference

Online Workshop for anyone with Ukranian ancestors – March 17, 2018.

  • Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research by Tadeusz Piłat (Poland)
  • Introduction to Ukrainian Genealogy by Justin Houser (Pennsylvania)
  • Introduction to DNA and Genetic Genealogy by Paul Woodbury (Utah)
  • A Historical Overview of Ukraine by Michael Andrec (New Jersey)