MGS Volunteer Award Nominations

Two annual awards have been presented at the AGM for many years. In 2017 a new award was approved by the Executive – the Joan Whiston Volunteer Award (in memory of Joan’s service as Past President). Thus nominations will be received for the following three awards:

  • Eric Jonasson Award of Merit
  • Florence Cox Volunteer Service Award
  • Joan Whiston Volunteer Award

Click here for the Awards nomination form – Nomination Form -Awards. Completed nominations can be sent to the Awards Selection Committee chaired by Jim Rutherford, rutherfo@mts.net. One or more MGS members are required to sign each nomination.
A detailed description of the Awards and a list of past recipients can be found at http://mbgenealogy.com/volunteering/

 

 

Presentation by Genealogist David Obee

MGS is very fortunate to have David Obee present before our AGM on June 3. Non-members are invited to this presentation free of charge. David is a very well known genealogist and presenter who has written several books. Details on his career can be found at http://www.daveobee.com
            David’s topic will be “Decoding the Dash: Build the Stories of Their Lives.” Grave markers often show birth and death dates, with a dash in between the two dates. Those dates are usually the least interesting aspects of a person’s life, because it is what is in between that counts. Lives are not measured by start and end dates; if so, they would have no meaning. This session uses examples to show what might happen when we start digging on the Internet, on the standard family history sites and beyond, and then dive into records in archives and libraries. It is easier than ever to tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

 

Eastern European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Resources of the Eastern European Genealogical Society”
Workshop by EEGS members.

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 pm. University of Winnipeg Library ( 5 floor), 515 Portage Ave.

The EEGS Library Collection will be reviewed and various maps will be made available for members to peruse. There will be a round table discussion that will provide an opportunity for members to become familiar with our Library Collection, as well as network with some of our more seasoned family historians and discuss their family history challenges. For more information check out website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx

EEGS Meeting – May 17, 2017 for MGS

New at Winnipeg Public Libraries – Canada Newspaper Archive

Free for Winnipeg Library cardholders – access to Canada Newspaper Archive (1872 – 2016)

Includes newspapers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland. Sign in with your Winnipeg Library card number and PIN on the Library homepage and then click on “Databases”. Under the Subject menu, scroll to Newspapers. Five databases will appear – click on Newspaper Archive and the “Canada Newspaper Archive” will appear. You can then choose the province and city/town that you want to search. You can either browse newspapers by date or search for individual names.
For people from other cities your public library may also subscribe to Canada Newspaper Archive. Check it out because this is a wonderful free resource. http://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/az.php

Four Presentations on “The Stalwart Brydons”

  • Tuesday, May 30 at Portage la Prairie Regional Library, 40B Royal Road N, 6:30 pm.
  • Wed., May 31 at Brandon Public Library, Unit 1 – 710 Rosser Ave., 4:00 pm.
  • Thurs., June 1 at Neepawa Public Library, 7:00 pm.
  • Monday, June 5 at MGS Library, Winnipeg, 7:00 pm.

Dianne Brydon and her father James Brydon, PhD, recently published their family history “The Stalwart Brydons: From Scotland to Galt to Portage la Prairie, A Family History of 100 Years in Canada”. Jim grew up in Portage La Prairie and attended the U of M before moving to Ottawa to work as a soil chemist. He applied a scientist’s rigour to his family history research, begun over 30 years ago before the web or digitization made hunting down documents easy. When Dianne retired in 2013 from her job overseeing public outreach on Parliament Hill, Jim asked her to put her MA in Historical Geography to use and help him finish the book. Dianne subsequently found documentary evidence that refuted many of the stories in family lore and fleshed out others that were unknown.

MGS Library Books and Periodicals to Give Away

  1. The MGS Resource Centre has several books to give away. Donations are welcomed.
  • Atlas: Canadian Railways (1991)
  • The Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Saskatchewan 1892-1975 (Doell)
  • Bunclody Community 1879-1970
  • Family history in Prince Edward Island (1981)
  • Hamlyn Boys’ and Girls’ Atlas (1975, 1984)
  • Hammond Headline World Atlas (1983)
  • Manitoba Place Names (n.d.)
  • Moments 77 (Red River Community College)
  • The Origin and Meaning of Place Names in Canada (1930)
  • The Projector Year End Review 1972-73
  • Red River Community College (1990)
  • R.C.C. Students’ Association Yearbook (1976)
  • Sixteenth Century Maps Relating to Canada (1956)
  • Steinbach Mennonite Church 50th anniversary
  • The Surnames of Wales (Rowlands) (1996)
  • Tomorrow’s Past: A Century of Manitoba Teachers (n.d.)
  • Van Nostrand Atlas of the World (1961)
  • Winnipeg and Area Atlas (2001)
  • Winnipeg in Maps: 1816-1972 (1975)

2. Back issues of several periodicals:

  • Complete set 1987-2001 of The Genealogist (Journal of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society founded 1973 in New Hampshire)

Miscellaneous issues (mostly late 1980s and early 1990s) of the following:

  • Canoma, vol. 7 no. 1, 1981 (Ottawa, Energy, Mines & Resources)
  • Cousins et Cousins (NWT Canadian/French Heritage Center, Minneapolis Geneal.)
  • Lost in Canada? (Canadian-American Genealogical Journal)
  • The Heritage Press (Red River Valley Heritage Society, Minnesota)
  • Chez Nous (La Societe Canadienne-Francaise du Minnesota)
  • Nouvelles Villes Jumelles (La Societe Canadienne-Francaise du Minnesota)

“Jane’s Walk” – Walking Tour of Elmwood Cemetery

Sunday, May 7, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Meet at cemetery gates located at the northern end of the Disraeli Freeway (on Beatrice St., near 88 Hespeler Ave.) Led by Wendi Oryniak.
This tour is part of Jane’s Walks which are free, locally organized walking tours, where people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Elmwood Cemetery has been considered a premier burial ground for residents of Winnipeg and its surrounding communities. Situated in a residential neighbourhood, its 38 acres are embraced by the banks of the Red River. There are more than 57,000 people buried in Elmwood Cemetery, making it one of the largest cemeteries in Winnipeg. The tour of the cemetery grounds will include the burial sites of some 20 memorable Manitobans.
For more information on the walk – http://janeswalk.org/canada/winnipeg/elmwood-cemetery/
For more information on the Elmwood Cemetery – http://historicelmwoodcemetery.ca

MB Day Celebration at MB Museum

Saturday, May 6, Alloway Hall, 10 am – 5 pm

MGS will be participating in this arts, culture and heritage fair along with many other community organizations. This is a great opportunity for MGS to inform the general public about our Society. Please join us. Free admission to the MB Museum Galleries, Science Gallery and Planetarium, special educational programming and activities throughout the day, Birthday cake (Manitoba’s 147th) and other refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. For more information on activities, click on the link.
https://manitobamuseum.ca/main/event/manitoba-day-2017/

Winnipeg Public Library Presentations

Discover Your Roots Genealogy Online

Canada/US: Tuesday, May 23: 6-8 pm; British/Irish: Thursday, May 25: 6-8 pm Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will demonstrate features of 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.
Pembina Trail Library. 2724 Pembina Hwy. Phone 204-986-4369 to register. Free admission.

Genealogist-in-Residence

Saturday, May 27: 30 minute appointments from 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Are you interested in researching your family tree but not sure where to start? Are you stumped and need help with a particular genealogical question? Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will provide one-on-one consultations to help in your research with guidance on steps to take, and where to find the resources you need at the library or other institutions. Participants must register in advance for their free 30-minute session. Space is limited.
Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Meeting Room 1. Phone 204-986-6450 to register.

Canada 150, Manitoba 147

Monday, June 19: 7-8 pm
Why was the new country of Canada created? Easterners cite reasons including British weariness, American dangers, colonial quarrels, and the potential of steam power. But what about the roles of Indigenous peoples, the North, and British Columbia and the western interior? Did Manitoba choose to join, or was it pushed to take this step? Author Gerald Friesen challenges established ideas on the foundation of Canada and how Canada came to be. Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium. 251 Donald St. Free admission.