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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

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.

Metis Genealogy

Tuesday, May 31 – Winnipeg Libraries Presentation

Gilles Lesage and Janet La France of the Centre du Patrimoine, Société historique de Saint-Boniface, presented the various resources available to anyone interested in researching their Métis ancestry. These resources included census data and records kept in archives and genealogical societies. St. John’s Library, 500 Salter St. 6:15 – 7:15 pm. Phone 204-986-4689 to register. Free admission.