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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

Book Launch: Gordon Goldsborough “Abandoned Manitoba”

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 pm. McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Launch of “Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators”.—-Book-Launch#.WAktHTKZPjB

Travel with Gordon Goldsborough from Rapid City School to Mallard Lodge to Union Stockyards and many places in between. This book looks at abandoned historical sites around Manitoba, describing their features, what caused them to be abandoned, and what they tell us about the history of the province. Gordon also publishes “Historic Sites of Manitoba” on the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) website, which presents descriptions and GPS locations for over 950 Manitoba cemeteries. E.g. Each entry has a link to the MGS cemetery transcripts page

Dauphin Branch News

Seminar – Saturday, October 15

The Dauphin Branch of MGS is hosting a seminar on a) Family Research using Google and b) an update on DNA technology on Saturday, October 15th, 10 am – 3 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 Kirby Ave. E., Dauphin, MB. The guest speaker will be Bill Curtis, MGS Education and Outreach Coordinator. Cost is $25.00 including lunch. Please pre-register at 204-638-3228. The seminar is open to everyone.  Sponsor:  Zaplitny – Zamrykut Accounting.

Bench Donation

In September 2015 the Dauphin Branch donated a bench to the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin. It provides a place where people can sit and enjoy the peace of our cemetery and reminisce about their loved ones buried there. Many people have been seen sitting there, reading or just looking around. The donation was reported in the Dauphin Herald and people have contacted the Dauphin Branch about how they could do the same for a cemetery they visited.


More Winnipeg City Libraries Presentations

The Forgotten History of Rooster Town

Tuesday, October 11, 7-8 pm. In 1901, seventeen Métis families moved into shanties in the bush and grassland in Fort Rouge (Grant Park area) in southwest Winnipeg. Occasionally joined by non-Métis households, “Rooster Town” survived for five decades until dismantled by the City of Winnipeg in the late 1950s. Based on detailed genealogical work, mapping, and the reconstruction of individual and family histories, Dr. Evelyn Peters provides a brief history of Rooster Town and provides evidence to challenge the myths and distortions that were created by news reports of the time about its inhabitants. Dr. Peters’ research focus has been First Nations and Métis people in cities. Millenium Library, Buchwald Room, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

New Iceland in Manitoba’s Early History

Tuesday, October 25, 7-8 pm. Dr. Ryan Eyford discusses the history of New Iceland, an area of Icelandic settlers on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, with special emphasis on relations between Icelandic immigrants and their Indigenous neighbours. Dr. Eyford is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Henderson Library, 1-1050 Henderson Hwy. Phone 204-986-4314 to register. Free admission.

 “Tombstone Tales”

Thursday, October 27, 7-8 pm. Genealogist Kathy Stokes gives a brief history of tombstones and grave markers: where they began, what materials were used, styles and how they have changed over the centuries. Photos of Manitoba tombstones will be used to discover information on the types of Biblical verses or poetry used. Kathy is a past President of the Manitoba Genealogical Society and is currently Chair of Special Projects for that organization. West End Library, 999 Sargent Ave. Phone 204-986-4677 to register. Free admission.

Winnipeg Libraries Presentations

Introduction to Genealogy – Mondays, September 12 and 26: 6-8 pm.

Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs shows how to trace your family tree using family and public records. You’ll learn the types of genealogical resources, how to record your information and be introduced to selected websites and online internet so ware. This workshop is in two parts. Westwood Library, 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4742 to register. Free admission.

 Writing Your Family History – Tuesday, September 27: 6-8 pm

Elizabeth Briggs explains 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 make questionnaires and interview your relatives to gather the best information. Pembina Trail Library, 2714 Pembina Hwy. Phone 204-986-4369 to register. Free admission.


MGS Open House – MB Culture Days

The MGS annual Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1 in conjunction with MB Culture Days from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. at the MGS Library/Resource Centre. This event is published on the Culture Days web-site and will be included in the printed program.

Discover your past! Join MGS in exploring “genealogy” and family history. For beginners, our interactive Open House will introduce you to genealogy and will provide: assistance to begin your family search, a tour of our Library/Resource Center, and activities for children. For current genealogists we will have an introduction to our online database MANI with 1.5 million records of Manitoba names. We will also have a “problem corner” to help solve roadblocks in your family search. Join us for a look back into your family history.