Category Archives: General News

The Kenora (Ontario) Great War Project

In 2012, three community organizations in Kenora, Ontario joined forces on a project which became known as The Kenora Great War Project. The three partners – the Ancestor Seekers of Kenora (ASK), the Lake of the Woods Museum and the Kenora Public Library – pooled their resources, their expertise and their knowledge to tell the story of Kenora’s involvement in World War I.

Click on this link for more information about the project. 

Kenora Public Library offers genealogy resources –

Ancestry Seekers of Kenora meets once a month. Contact Library for information.

 “The World Remembers 1918”

 Winnipeg Millennium Library

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, the Winnipeg Millennium Library is hosting “The World Remembers” in the Local History Room until Nov. 11. This organization electronically displays names of soldiers who died in WW1 both online and in host sites, like the Millennium Library.
The display of the names of those killed in 1918 (plus official war deaths from 1919- 22 from wounds or diseases they contracted in the war) commenced Sept. 12 and will conclude Nov. 11.  More than 1,003,000 names of soldiers who lost their lives from Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States and several other countries will appear.
The displays will run for 11.5 hours each day. Each name will be programmed to appear at a precise day, hour and minute. To find a specific name use the “Search The Names” function on the site – 

To learn more about WW1, check out the accompanying book display in the Local History Room of the Library.

New Book – “More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails, and Ruins”

By Gordon Goldsborough
A full-colour, richly illustrated book that looks at abandoned sites around Manitoba, describing their features, what caused them to be abandoned, and what they tell us about the history of the province.
Based on a regular feature on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show, Gordon’s first book “Abandoned Manitoba was a runaway success in 2016, becoming the top-selling, non-fiction book of the year in Manitoba. Scientist and historian Gordon Goldsborough returns with more compelling abandoned sites from across Manitoba. Armed with a drone and a deep curiosity about local history, Gordon had more stories to share than could fit into one book. Adventure into abandoned quarries, dance halls, and more.

Creative Retirement (CRM) Presentations

Presentations at 101-1075 Portage Avenue

Fees: CRM members $15, guests $20.

Friday, November 9, 10 am – noon
Hands on Internet Genealogy: England and Wales

Friday, November 16, 10 am – noon
Hands on Internet Genealogy: Scotland and England

Friday, November 23 & 30, 10 am – noon
Using the Family Search Website

Friday, November 23 & 30, 1 – 3 pm
Genealogy: Continental European Edition

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Beginning Genealogy”
by Chris Bukoski, Marni Domolewski & Lisa Haji Abbasi
Wed., September 19, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave.

Do you know where to start your research? Join our presenters as they discuss a variety of local, provincial, and national resources to help flesh out your family tree.Added benefits to examining these records in detail include the identity of ancestral villages, more knowledge of your family history and a glimpse into the lives of your ancestors.

For more information check out website

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

Introduction to Genealogy
Part one: Thursday, Sept. 13: 6:30-8:15 pm
Part two: Thursday, Sept. 20: 6:30-8:15 pm
Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will show you how to trace your family tree using family and public records. Learn about the different types of genealogical resources, how to record your information, and get introduced to selected websites and online software.
St. Vital Library, 6 Fermor Ave. Phone 204-986-5628 to register. Free admission.

Research Gateway “Our World”: Historical Newspapers and Periodicals
Wednesday, September 19: 12:30-1:30 pm
Librarian Louis-Philippe Bujold will guide you through historical newspapers and publications from the U.S. and U.K. such as e Times, e Telegraph, and the Picture Post. Our World is a great resource for both researchers and casual readers alike.
Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

 Breaking Brick Walls: Overcoming Barriers in Your Genealogy Research.
Saturday, Sept. 22: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will discuss strategies to use when encountering situations such as missing or incorrect information in official records and unexpected changes in family names. Learn about researching familiar records from a different perspective, and looking for new clues to help with research.
River Heights Library, 1520 Corydon Ave. Phone 204-986-4936 to register. Free admission.

Information Guide
For great resources on local history and genealogy, check out the Guide at

Update of Manitoba Online Historical Newspapers

The Blog “The Ancestor Hunt” has published a list of Manitoba Online Historical Newspapers. Well worth a read. Here is a list of some of the sources available – click on link:

Manitobia Newspapers 1859 – present

Peel’s Prairie Provinces – Newspapers 1871-1897

University of Manitoba Libraries Digital Newspapers

Winnipeg Sun Archive (Sun Media Newspapers in MB Archive) (in library only)…/manitoba-online-historical…