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University of Manitoba Archives – Vimy Ridge Exhibit

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the battle for Vimy Ridge, UM Archives will host “Voices From Vimy: Manitobans on the Ridge” from April 11 – June 30. The display features letters, postcards and other records of Manitobans who fought on the Ridge.
The exhibit opens at 7:00 pm on April 11 with guest presentations by Tyyne Petrowski and Andrea Martin.  UM Archives is located on the 3rd Floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. 

Eastern European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Identifying WW1 Uniforms from Old Photographs” by Dave M. Olinyk.
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.

You’ve just opened a box full of your grandparents’ old photographs and some of them are of soldiers wearing odd uniforms. Who are they? Dave started his exploration of WW1 uniforms after opening his Baba’s box of old photos. Recently several EEGS members have asked for his help identifying soldier’s uniforms in their old photos. Dave will share his knowledge in identifying uniforms for most World War 1 combatants. For more information check out website at

**NEW – MGS Gift Certificates

MGS has launched a new initiative – gift certificates that can be used for MGS memberships, branch memberships and/or research services. What a great gift to give the genealogist in your family or a friend. Starting April 1 you can purchase a gift certificate in person at the MGS Library or by mail (send MGS a cheque for the desired amount at Unit E, 1045 St. James St., Winnipeg MB, R3H1B1 and the certificate will be mailed to you). We are working towards purchases by Paypal or bank e-transfers in the future.

MGS Library News

St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and people of Welsh ancestry celebrate their ancestral country and culture on his day, March 1st.  The MGS Library has a number of books relating to Welsh ancestry and the Welsh in Canada:

  • “In Search of the Red Dragon: the Welsh in Canada” by Carol Bennett (1985).
  • “Strangers from a Secret Land : the Voyages of the Brig Albion and the Founding of the First Welsh Settlements in Canada” by Peter Thomas (1986).

For some interesting reading on the early years of Icelandic settlement in Manitoba, look at the following books from the MGS Library:

  • “Nyja Island: Saga of the journey to New Iceland” by Gudjon Arngrimsson (2000).
  • “The new Icelanders: a North American community” edited by David Arnason & Vincent Arnason (1994).

From Talk to Table at the Manitoba Museum

Sundays February 19 to March 5, 2017 – 3:00 to 5:00 PM

The Manitoba Museum will be holding Sunday afternoon highlight tours of their new exhibition, Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History, followed by a trip to the Peg Beer Company. Space is limited. Tickets $30 ($25 for Museum members) includes supper.

The museum is located at 190 Rupert Avenue Winnipeg
phone: (204) 956-2830

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