The Annual Southwest Branch Heritage Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 1 in Brandon. It is always a great event. Please see poster for more details.
Please note that the Menus of the MGS website are presently being re-organized so you may have some difficulty in finding the information that you are looking for. During a previous re-organization of the website, not all information pertaining to MGS was included in the Menus at the top of the Home Page. Some of it remained in the “Site Map” at the bottom of the Page. So if you can’t find something, please check the Site Map. Specifically, the Menus for Resources and Cemeteries are more easily found through the Site Map.
We are working hard to complete the re-organization as soon as possible, so please bear with us. Thank you for your understanding.
“Chortitza Mennonite Gravestone Project in Ukraine” by Werner Toews, author of “Sketches from Siberia”
Wednesday February 19, 2020. 7:00 pm.
Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.
The village of Chortitza — now part of the city of Zaporizhia, on the Dnieper River — was the first and largest settlement of Mennonites in Ukraine, founded in 1789 at the invitation of Russian Empress Catherine II. The recent demolition of an abandoned building in the city has uncovered a foundation that incorporates more than a hundred gravestones taken from a Mennonite cemetery destroyed by the former Soviet Union in the 1930s. The restoration of the stones, some of them old enough to commemorate original founders of the community, is being spearheaded by a young Ukrainian historian, Max Shtatsky. The forced exodus of Mennonites from the area in 1943 brought many descendants of the Chortitza colonists to Canada, with the majority settling in Manitoba.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/
Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. (MGS) is presently processing official donation receipts for the 2019 taxation year. MGS will distribute receipts to donors by email (or regular mail for those without email) by February 29, 2020 in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com. Your donation has been very much appreciated. Thank you!
A very successful Special General Meeting was held on Saturday, February 1 with 32 members in attendance. A new MGS Executive was elected as follows:
President Chris Irwin (from Belmont MB)
VP Administration Vacant
VP Communications Janice Butcher
VP Finance Vacant
VP Information Technology Aleta Foreman
2 Members-at-Large Laurie Green, Shaun Hobson
Past President Gord McBean, Jim Oke (not elected – by virtue of previous position)
After the General Meeting the Executive met and appointed Angela Fiebelkorn to serve as Treasurer. Note that the Secretary and two Executive positions are still vacant on the 10-person Executive. We need to fill these positions ASAP. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please contact the President at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Archives of Manitoba is inviting all Manitobans to help create their 2020 exhibit, in honour of Manitoba’s 150thAnniversary as a province. You can choose something from the Archives ofManitoba’s holdings and tell themwhy it matters. They may feature your submissions on their blog, through social media, or in their exhibit at the Archives. For more information – https://www.gov.mb.ca/yourarchives/index.html
Discover Your Roots
Wednesday, February 19: 10:30 am -12:30 pm. UK/Ireland Resources
Wednesday, February 26: 10:30 am -12:30 pm. Canada/U.S. Resources
Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will demonstrate websites that have census information, vital statistics and directories for family history research. She will also present information on free software available to genealogists and resources specific to national and ethnic groups. Basic computer and internet skills required.
Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.
“How to read and understand old documents” by Elizabeth Briggs
Friday, February 21. 10 am – noon.
An introduction to early writing materials and styles from the 1500s to the 1900s, coping with phonetic spelling, contractions and abbreviations, Roman numerals and old British currency.
FEES: CRM Members $20, Guests $25
101-1075 Portage Ave., Winnipeg.
For more information and to register – https://www.crm.mb.ca/
Southwest Branch meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Crocus Plains School Room 102, 7:30pm.
February 5: Webinar – Informational DNA presentation and discussion with Blaine Bettinger.
March 4: AGM plus speaker Sharon Simms: “Family History bookmaking with Blurb”.
April 1: Heritage Dinner at Knox United Church. Speaker – Karen Chrest, Manitoba 150 Committee.
May 6: WWI and WWII research. Sharing by people who have done research in the area
June 3: A pot luck supper and tour of historical attractions in the area. More information to follow.
Saturday, February 1, 10:00 am
MGS Library/Resource Centre
The primary purpose of this meeting is to elect members to serve on the MGS Executive. The following positions are available:
- VP Administration
- VP Communications
- VP Finance
- VP Information Technology
- Two Members at Large
Urgent – Call for Nominations
We are seeking nominations for the above positions. We need people to serve. Please consider being nominated yourself or nominating someone else (with their permission). Nominations, using the attached form, should be forwarded to email@example.com
Other Volunteer Opportunities.
There are many volunteer opportunities with MGS. If interested in learning about these opportunities please reply to the above address.