Category Archives: Southeast and Winnipeg Branch News

Southeast & Winnipeg Branch Presentations

Presentations are held at the MGS Library/Resource Centre, 1045 St. James St. at 7:00 pm. Free for SE/Winnipeg Branch members and $5 for non-members. Branch membership fee is $12 for MGS members.

Monday, November 5

1000 Love Letters Home from a WWII Veteran. By Len Van Roon
Len is a 96-year-old World War II veteran. While overseas he wrote over 1000 love letters home to his sweetheart. On his return they wed. She kept all his letters. Len bought a camera in London and took it to the front. He mailed the film home along with his letters.He still has these pictures as well as other memorabilia from the war. Len is a very interesting, articulate storyteller.

Monday, November 26

Using Excel spreadsheets to organize and analyze genealogical research.
by Gordon McBean

Gord will discuss what to do with a large amount of information that needs to be organized and analyzed. Spreadsheet software enables the sorting of data in multiple ways to look for patterns, etc. It also helps create genealogy forms, printing them as fill-in blanks or typing information directly into the form. Spreadsheets can turn research logs, indexes, and other information into organized information.

Southeast & Winnipeg Branch September Presentations

All presentations are held at the MGS Library/Resource Centre, 1045 St. James St. at 7:00 pm. Free for SE/Winnipeg Branch members and $5 for non-members of the Branch. Branch membership fee is $12.

Monday, September 10
British Home Children by Judy Labossière
Judy will discuss how and why children were separated from their families to be sent to Canada and how they were treated, including the story of Bob’s grandfather’s family.Ten percent of the current Canadian population are descendants of the Home Children, although many are still unaware of their heritage. Do you have a similar story?

Monday, September 24
Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era by Barbara Lange
Barbara’s second anthology, “Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era”, captures the summers of the first half of the 20th century, when trains transported people to beaches on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. And the clickety-clack of the rails, the wail of a whistle, and cinders in children’s eyes were the norm. She will share stories from this book.

New Manitoba family history book “The Stalwart Brydons” 

Authors: descendents James Brydon and Diane Brydon.
Synopsis
: Robert Brydon and Janet Young scraped together the fare for their family to escape poverty in the Scotland Borders and came to Canada in the 1820s in search of a better life. With their four sons and their two daughters, they carved out a life in the woods along the Grand River south of Galt. They became the first Brydons in their family to own the land they farmed. Today Robert and Janet’s descendants number over 1000 in North America. Many of their grandchildren, some of whom came to be known as the Stalwart Brydons, heeded the call of rich farmland in Manitoba and began the settlement process once more, in the Beautiful Plains of Neepawa and Portage La Prairie during the 1870s to the 1920s. This is the story of their struggles and their successes, pieced together using information from censuses, assessments, land records, maps, newspapers, journals, church records, wills, military service records, photographs and a variety of published information. Many images are included in the book. An extensive, annotated list of sources will be helpful to genealogists searching for records in the Scottish Borders, Galt or Manitoba.
Two upcoming presentations by author Diane Brydon:
1. Thursday, June 1, 5:30 pm – Beautiful Plains Branch. Neepawa Library (280 Davidson St.)
2. Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm – Southeast/Winnipeg Branch. MGS Library/Resource Centre
This book is available for loan at the MGS Library, the MB Legislative Library and for sale at McNally-Robinson Book Store in Winnipeg.