Southeast & Winnipeg Branch September Presentations

All presentations are held at the MGS Library/Resource Centre, 1045 St. James St. at 7:00 pm. Free for SE/Winnipeg Branch members and $5 for non-members of the Branch. Branch membership fee is $12.

Monday, September 10
British Home Children by Judy Labossière
Judy will discuss how and why children were separated from their families to be sent to Canada and how they were treated, including the story of Bob’s grandfather’s family.Ten percent of the current Canadian population are descendants of the Home Children, although many are still unaware of their heritage. Do you have a similar story?

Monday, September 24
Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era by Barbara Lange
Barbara’s second anthology, “Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era”, captures the summers of the first half of the 20th century, when trains transported people to beaches on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. And the clickety-clack of the rails, the wail of a whistle, and cinders in children’s eyes were the norm. She will share stories from this book.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Beginning Genealogy”
by Chris Bukoski, Marni Domolewski & Lisa Haji Abbasi
Wed., September 19, 7:00 pm. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave.

Do you know where to start your research? Join our presenters as they discuss a variety of local, provincial, and national resources to help flesh out your family tree.Added benefits to examining these records in detail include the identity of ancestral villages, more knowledge of your family history and a glimpse into the lives of your ancestors.

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Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

Introduction to Genealogy
Part one: Thursday, Sept. 13: 6:30-8:15 pm
Part two: Thursday, Sept. 20: 6:30-8:15 pm
Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will show you how to trace your family tree using family and public records. Learn about the different types of genealogical resources, how to record your information, and get introduced to selected websites and online software.
St. Vital Library, 6 Fermor Ave. Phone 204-986-5628 to register. Free admission.

Research Gateway “Our World”: Historical Newspapers and Periodicals
Wednesday, September 19: 12:30-1:30 pm
Librarian Louis-Philippe Bujold will guide you through historical newspapers and publications from the U.S. and U.K. such as e Times, e Telegraph, and the Picture Post. Our World is a great resource for both researchers and casual readers alike.
Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

 Breaking Brick Walls: Overcoming Barriers in Your Genealogy Research.
Saturday, Sept. 22: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will discuss strategies to use when encountering situations such as missing or incorrect information in official records and unexpected changes in family names. Learn about researching familiar records from a different perspective, and looking for new clues to help with research.
River Heights Library, 1520 Corydon Ave. Phone 204-986-4936 to register. Free admission.

Information Guide
For great resources on local history and genealogy, check out the Guide at

Update of Manitoba Online Historical Newspapers

The Blog “The Ancestor Hunt” has published a list of Manitoba Online Historical Newspapers. Well worth a read. Here is a list of some of the sources available – click on link:

Manitobia Newspapers 1859 – present

Peel’s Prairie Provinces – Newspapers 1871-1897

University of Manitoba Libraries Digital Newspapers

Winnipeg Sun Archive (Sun Media Newspapers in MB Archive) (in library only)…/manitoba-online-historical…