Report on MGS Special General Meeting

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


Archives of Manitoba 2020 Exhibit

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 –

Winnipeg Library Presentations

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.

Creative Retirement MB Presentation

“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 –

2020 Southwest Branch Meetings

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.

MGS Special General Meeting – Call for Nominations

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:

  • President
  • 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

Other Volunteer Opportunities.
There are many volunteer opportunities with MGS. If interested in learning about these opportunities please reply to the above address.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“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 Facebook page at