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Book Launch – Mapping Rupert’s Land

Barbara Mitchell, the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, and University of Regina Press cordially invite you to celebrate a book launch for
by Barbara Mitchell
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Archives of Manitoba, 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Please RSVP (204) 945-4949 or
Philip Turnor was the first inland surveyor for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the man who taught the explorers David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. Between 1778 and 1792, Turnor and his guides travelled over 15,000 miles by canoe and foot to produce ten maps, which laid the foundation for all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Yet until now, Turnor has remained a lesser known figure. In Mapmaker, Turnor’s inaugural biography, Barbara Mitchell brings this surveyor to life, while also discovering her own ancestry as one of thousands of descendants of Turnor and his Cree wife.

New Manitoba family history book “The Stalwart Brydons” 

Authors: descendents James Brydon and Diane Brydon.
: 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.

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