Take the opportunity to visit this exhibit, in Winnipeg until Sun., Nov. 5. In addition, a play “Journey of a Lifetime”, presented by BMO Financial Group, runs 11 am & 1 pm on Friday, and 1 pm & 3 pm on the weekend. Admission to play is included with regular admission. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
One of the oldest cemeteries in Manitoba is calling on members of the McKenzie family to help restore a historical gravesite. Shirley McGimpsey from Dauphin Branch alerted MGS about this news item – her fourth great grandparents are buried in the plot. If you know any of this McKenzie family. please let them know.
This website from Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri presents a great deal of information about general genealogy and many valuable links to resources. Although most of the resources listed are from the United States, Canadian researchers will also find the website very useful. Sample topics:
- What Is the Difference Between Family History and Genealogy?
- Ten Effective Strategies on How to Build a Family Tree:
- What Is Genealogical Research? This guide outlines what constitutes genealogical research.
- Online maps
David Obee’s Website provides an excellent list of genealogy resources for every Canadian province.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
To commemorate the Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Camp Hughes Military Training Site is located 10 km west of Carberry on Hwy #1, turn South at Junction of Hwy #351 and follow the signs.
Experience a day in the life of the soldiers who trained at this Military Training Camp in 1916…the same soldiers who helped capture Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. This site is one of the few places in the world (and the only place in North America) where trench works of the time remain in existence. It’s been designated both a Provincial Heritage Site and a National Historic Site of Canada. Over ten thousand metres of trenches exist; including an enemy trench system and a “No Man’s Land”. Presenters in period uniforms will guide tours of the trench system and even encourage visitors to go “Over the Top” in a simulated trench assault. Each tour will be an hour in duration beginning at 1200 hrs with the last tour starting at 1500 hrs. Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles and wear sturdy hiking footwear and suitable attire for the weather conditions.
East European Genealogy
Saturday, October 21: 2-4 pm
Members of the East European Genealogical Society will discuss resources available for beginner genealogists of Ukrainian, Polish and German ancestry and how to access them. Both printed and online resources will be covered.
Westwood Library. 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4744 to register. Free admission.
North America & Eastern Europe – Wed., October 25: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
U.K & Ireland – Wed., November 1: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Elizabeth Briggs demonstrates 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.
Millennium Library, Computer Training Lab, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.
“Lesser-known Resources to Determine your Ancestral Village”
by Chris Bukoski. Wed., September 20, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.
Chris will discuss lesser-known resources that could be used to identify your ancestral village, as well as provide the location of these records. Many times the village names are distorted; how to determine the proper spelling will be addressed. A critical piece of the puzzle is finding the parish name and Chris will discuss gazetteers and other sources that will aid in this process.
For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx
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.
A U.S. organization has just published an online “Genealogy Resource Guide” including the following topics:
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.