About Us

Overview – What MGS has to Offer

Library and Resource Centre

MGS has an extensive Library and Resource Centre located in Winnipeg at Unit E, 1045 St. James Street. It is a self-contained 2400-square foot office space in the corner of a strip mall. It is completely staffed by MGS volunteers. A brief summary of its contents follows:

  • Large collection of books on genealogical research, historical topics, specific regions/countries
  • Local and Family Histories with an emphasis on Manitoba.
  • Maps
  • Periodicals from other societies in Canada and other countries
  • Computers for individual searches

The Library/Resource Centre also provides workspace for research and writing.

Online Library Catalogue – KOHA

The Library/Resource Centre has produced an online catalogue of all books and reference material held in the library, searchable by title, author and keyword. You can search from home or at the Library. Check out the online MGS Library Catalogue.


MANI (Manitoba Name Index) is a large database of unique Manitoba genealogical records that is searchable online.

Development of Unique Manitoba Resources

  • Indexes of transcriptions on tombstones for about 1400 cemeteries throughout Manitoba
  • Early Manitoba newspaper obituary index

MGS Journal (Generations) published quarterly

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Research Assistance

Genealogical Programming

  • Offered by four MGS Branches
  • Bi-annual seminar
  • Promotion of workshops provided by Winnipeg Public Library

Education and Outreach in the Community

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Every year more and more people are discovering the excitement of tracing their family history. The MGS can help you in getting started or furthering your research in this fascinating pastime.

Governance and Administration of MGS

MGS Constitution

The MGS Constitution was originally written in 1976. It has been revised several times with the most recent revision passed at the 2015 AGM. Click here to see a copy of the present Constitution.

A brief description of the governance structure of MGS follows:

MGS Council

The governing body is the MGS Council consisting of officers of the Executive, a representative of each branch, and chairs of standing committees. The Council meets at least twice a year.

MGS Executive

The Executive consists of eight officers: president, past president, VP administration, VP finance, VP information technology, VP communications, recording secretary and treasurer. The Executive directs the affairs of the Society between meetings of Council and usually meets monthly except in July and August.

MGS Departments and Standing Committees

  • Administration Department (chaired by VP Administration)
    • Library
    • Membership Services
    • Research
    • Special Projects
    • Office Coordinator (vacant)
  • Communications Department  (chaired by VP Communications)
    • GenerationsJournal
    • Education and Outreach
    • Publicity
    • Social Media
  • Finance Department  (chaired by VP Finance)
    • Fundraising
    • Grants and Applications
  • Information Technology Department  (chaired by VP Information Technology)
    • Computer and Network Operation
    • “MANI” Management and Operation

Role Responsibilities

Executive Positions
Click here to read the job descriptions of the eight Executive positions.
MGS Executive Role Responsibilities

Standing Committee Chairs
Click here to read the role responsibilities of MGS Departments and Standing Committee Chairs.
MGS Department Role Responsibilities

Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of MGS is from April 1 to March 31 with the Annual General Meeting being held in early June. An annual financial statement is presented at each AGM and may be seen by contacting the President. Click here to see a copy of the 2018 MGS Annual Report.

Awards Received

National Trust for Canada – National Achievement Award 1995

The National Trust for Canada is “a national charity that inspires and leads action to save historic places, and promotes the care and wise use of Canada’s historic environment. Their sites, projects and programs enhance community and quality of life and inspire Canadians to identify, conserve, use, celebrate and value their heritage buildings, landscapes, natural areas and communities for present and future generations”. The Manitoba Genealogical Society won the National Achievement Award in 1995 for the outstanding work of the Special Projects Committee in the transcription of burials in Ukrainian and Polish cemeteries in Manitoba. Recommended by the Manitoba Heritage Foundation.


Funding Acknowledgements


MGS acknowledges, with thanks, the funding provided by the Province of Manitoba, Department of Culture, Heritage and Sport, and the Winnipeg Foundation.


Friesens Corporation              TD Bank

Except for these contributions, MGS is self-funded and relies on volunteers for its operation.