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

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 Libraries

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 of MGS

MGS Constitution

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

MGS Council

A brief description of the governance structure of MGS follows. 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.

Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of MGS is from April 1 to March 31 with the AGM 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 2016 MGS Annual Report.

Funding Acknowledgements

Grants

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

Sponsors

Friesens Corporation              TD Bank

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