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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Volunteer Opportunities.
There are many volunteer opportunities with MGS. If interested in learning about these opportunities please reply to the above address.
The Dauphin Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23 at the Family History Centre, 403 Whitmore Ave. W., Dauphin, MB at 7:00 pm. The agenda will include presentations of committee reports, election of officers and discussion of activities for the upcoming year. All are welcome to attend.
“Land Records And Property Maps: Cadastral Surveys of Galicia” by Brian J. Lenius, President Emeritus of EEGS
Wednesday January 15, 2020. 7:00 PM
Cadastral maps and records are an excellent family history source for Ukrainian, Polish, German, and Jewish researchers. Brian will examine the three land surveys of the Austrian Empire. The first two surveys, known as the Josefinian (1785-88) and Franciscan (1819-1820) Cadastres, had no maps, but included useful family history information such as names, house numbers, parcel sizes, and taxes. The third survey, known as the Stabile Cadastre (1817-1860s), included the same information, but also detailed maps showing individual houses, barns, gardens, and churches. Brian has conducted research on cadastral maps and records for 30 years including 23 research trips (1994-2019) to Poland and Ukraine.
Thomson Funeral Home (meet in chapel), 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/
Presentations are held at the MGS Library/Resource Centre, 1045 St. James St. at 7:00 pm. Free for Branch members and $5 for non-members. Branch membership fee is $15.
Monday, January 13
Brick Walls (12 Heads discussion) lead by Sheila Woods.
Monday, January 27
Cornish Churches and Chapels by Jim Oke
Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm
Crocus Plains School, Room 102, Brandon
“Organizing our Genealogical Resources”. Sheila Shearer and Linda Earl will provide information about how they organize the information they have gathered.