News – Change of MGS Executive

Following the resignation of several members of the MGS Executive, the MGS Council held a special meeting on Saturday, October 26. As per the MGS Constitution, the Council meeting appointed an Interim Executive to serve until a Special General Meeting to be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020. This Special meeting will elect Executive officers who will serve until the next Annual General Meeting in June 2020.

Members of the Interim Executive are Gordon McBean, President; Jim Oke, Past President; Virginia Braid, VP Administration; Janice Butcher, VP Communications; Rick McLellan, VP Finance; Aleta Foreman, VP Information Technology; Kelly Southworth, Recording Secretary; and Gloria McNabb, Treasurer.

Members – please mark February 1, 2020 on your calendar, and please consider being nominated to join the MGS Executive or one of the Standing Committees. Details of the MGS governance structure can be found at http://mbgenealogy.com/home/about-us/

 

MGS 2020 Conference Cancelled

The Manitoba Genealogy Society regrets to announce that the 2020 Conference scheduled for June 12-14, 2020 has been cancelled. We wish to thank all the speakers that committed to speak at the Conference and hope that they will be able to re-arrange their schedules. MGS will be taking part in another heritage event to celebrate Manitoba’s 150thAnniversary at a later date. Please watch for further details.

Winnipeg Library Presentations

In the Trenches: Digitized First World War Records 

Thursday, November 7: 10:30 am-12 pm, OR Thursday, November 14: 10:30 am-12 pm 

A hands-on workshop with archivist David Cuthbert on how to a) access Canadian Expeditionary Force service records, b) identify an individual’s military unit, and c) access digitized resources such as war diaries to learn the context of an individual’s service. Basic computer skills required. In partnership with Library and Archives Canada. 

Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.


Writing Your Family History 

Thursday, November 14: 6:15-8:15 pm 

Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will discuss 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. 

West Kildonan Library, 365 Jefferson Ave., Phone 204-986-4384 to register. Free admission.

NEW RESOURCE – SURNAME INDEX NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

SURNAME INDEX MGS

MGS now has a searchable quick reference index to surnames of family history holdings available in the Manitoba Genealogical Society (MGS) Resource Centre.

These family histories have been donated to the MGS by researchers and provide a valuable source of genealogical information. They have been catalogued and patrons using the MGS website can search the online catalogue (KOHA) at  On-Line KOHA to find out more about these family histories as well as all the MGS library holdings.  Note – This surname list is not complete and does not reflect all the information on these and other families contained within other books, online databases and other resources of the MGS Resource Centre.

You can find the link to this index by visiting our Resource page at http://mbgenealogy.com/resources/

We encourage all patrons to call the MGS Resource Centre at 204-783-9139 to find out the hours of opening and to seek assistance from one of our volunteers.

FROM GALICIA TO BROOKLANDS – MANITOBA, CANADA

October 2019 Meeting Notice

East European Genealogical Society

FROM GALICIA TO BROOKLANDS – MANITOBA, CANADA

Presentation by

Stuart Fedak

The next step in eastern European genealogy after confirming your ancestral village(s) is to target your search. Professional genealogists; the internet; user groups; and Facebook open up many sources for non-traditional information. Sometimes the best resource can be boots on the ground. In this presentation Stuart Fedak will demonstrate how confirming the ancestral village(s) quickly opened up traditional and non-traditional sources of family and ancestral village history. Finally, he will lead you on a quick cultural trip to Ukraine with a visit to the ancestral village(s) of his grandparents.

Stuart Fedak will demonstrate how confirming the ancestral village(s) opened up traditional and non-traditional sources of family and ancestral village history.

WHEN:    Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00 PM

WHERE:  Thomson Funeral Home

669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba

(Free, well-lit parking lot on Sherbrook side of building)

Please Bring Interested Family and Friends

VISITORS WELCOME

For more information contact: http://www.eegsociety.org

 

FREE RESEARCH ASSISTANCE FOR NON-MEMBERS

Once again we will be offering two spots each day for non-members to receive free research help at MGS on the following third Thursday of the months stipulated below. Applicants must apply to             research@mbgenealogy.com , providing their e-mail address for communication. The sessions last from 1 pm to 3 pm. on the following days:

Oct. 17/19
Nov. 21/19
Jan. 16/20
Feb. 20/20
Mar. 19/20
Apr. 16/20
May 21/20

We will confirm by email if you have been assigned one of the spots. Share this post with your family and friends!

Note: MGS members can receive assistance with their research anytime the Library is open.