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
MAPMAKER: PHILIP TURNOR IN RUPERT’S LAND IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT”
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 hbca@gov.mb.ca.
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.
https://uofrpress.ca/Books/M/Mapmaker

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

East European Genealogy
Saturday, October 21: 2-4 pm
Members of the East European Genealogical Society will discuss resources available for beginner genealogists of Ukrainian, Polish and German ancestry and how to access them. Both printed and online resources will be covered.
Westwood Library. 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4744 to register. Free admission.

 Internet Genealogy
North America & Eastern Europe – Wed., October 25: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
U.K & Ireland – Wed., November 1: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Elizabeth Briggs demonstrates basic websites covering census information, vital statistics and directories. She will also present information on free software available to genealogists, as well as resources specific to national and ethnic groups. This program is hands-on using computers. Basic computer and internet skills required.
Millennium Library, Computer Training Lab, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Lesser-known Resources to Determine your Ancestral Village”
by Chris Bukoski. Wed., September 20, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.
Chris will discuss lesser-known resources that could be used to identify your ancestral village, as well as provide the location of these records. Many times the village names are distorted; how to determine the proper spelling will be addressed. A critical piece of the puzzle is finding the parish name and Chris will discuss gazetteers and other sources that will aid in this process.
For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx

EEGS Sept 20, 2017 Meeting Notice – PDF

Winnipeg Public Library Presentation

DNA and Genealogy
Saturday, September 23: 2-4 pm

Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how? Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society will give you a basic understanding of DNA testing. The session will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. It will cover topics such as finding living relatives today, and how far back you might be able to trace your family.
Louis Riel Library. 1168 Dakota St. Phone 204-986-4568 to register. Free admission.

New Genealogy Resource Guide

A U.S. organization has just published an online “Genealogy Resource Guide” including the following topics:

1. Introduction   2. The Practical Importance of Genealogy   3. History of Genealogy

4. Getting Started   5. Types of Records   6. Reliability of Sources   7. Tools for Your Search

8. Genealogical Societies   9. Professional Genealogists   10. DNA Testing   11. Quick Links

This resource will be very valuable for both beginning  and experienced genealogists. It can be found at http://backgroundchecks.org/public-records/the-genealogy-resource-guide.

 

 

Upcoming MGS Outreach Activities

MGS will be hosting informational and promotional displays at two events this summer, organized by MGS Outreach Chair, Bill Curtis. Volunteers are needed at both events to help inform the public about MGS. If you can volunteer for a couple of hours, please email: billcurtiswpg@hotmail.com You may know of other events that would be appropriate for MGS to attend. If so, let Bill now. We are always looking for opportunities.

Manitoba Highland Gathering

Saturday/Sunday June 24-25, Legacy Park, East Selkirk, R.M. of St. Clements, Hwy. 59 and PR # 212. http://manitobahighlandgathering.org/home/

Folklorama – Pavilion of Scotland

Sunday, August 13 to Saturday, August 19, Glenwood Community Club, 27 Overton St. https://www.folklorama.ca

Many of our volunteers have worked tirelessly at these events for many years (some as many as 40 years). It is time to add some new people to our volunteer pool.