Take the opportunity to visit this exhibit, in Winnipeg until Sun., Nov. 5. In addition, a play “Journey of a Lifetime”, presented by BMO Financial Group, runs 11 am & 1 pm on Friday, and 1 pm & 3 pm on the weekend. Admission to play is included with regular admission. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
One of the oldest cemeteries in Manitoba is calling on members of the McKenzie family to help restore a historical gravesite. Shirley McGimpsey from Dauphin Branch alerted MGS about this news item – her fourth great grandparents are buried in the plot. If you know any of this McKenzie family. please let them know.
The Koha web address is still temporarily changed to koha-opac.bole.ca The icon on the main page does not work. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to get it fixed.
This website from Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri presents a great deal of information about general genealogy and many valuable links to resources. Although most of the resources listed are from the United States, Canadian researchers will also find the website very useful. Sample topics:
- What Is the Difference Between Family History and Genealogy?
- Ten Effective Strategies on How to Build a Family Tree:
- What Is Genealogical Research? This guide outlines what constitutes genealogical research.
- Online maps
David Obee’s Website provides an excellent list of genealogy resources for every Canadian province.
How to Read Old Documents
Saturday, October 28: 2-4 pm
Elizabeth Briggs presents techniques to read and understand writing from the nineteenth century and earlier. Census returns, church records, wills, and government documents will be used as examples. Participants should bring a pen or pencil and writing paper.
Windsor Park Library, 955 Cottonwood Rd. Phone 204-986-4949 to register. Free admission.
Remembrance Week: Manitoba’s Commemorative Names Program
Monday, November 6: 7-8 pm
Since 1955, the Geographical Names Board of Canada used the names of wartime casualties to identify features required for mapping and resource development. Manitoba’s Provincial Toponymist Des Kappel will discuss places in Manitoba that have been named in honour of our fallen. You will also learn about the resources available for finding information about the people behind the names.
Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
To commemorate the Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Camp Hughes Military Training Site is located 10 km west of Carberry on Hwy #1, turn South at Junction of Hwy #351 and follow the signs.
Experience a day in the life of the soldiers who trained at this Military Training Camp in 1916…the same soldiers who helped capture Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. This site is one of the few places in the world (and the only place in North America) where trench works of the time remain in existence. It’s been designated both a Provincial Heritage Site and a National Historic Site of Canada. Over ten thousand metres of trenches exist; including an enemy trench system and a “No Man’s Land”. Presenters in period uniforms will guide tours of the trench system and even encourage visitors to go “Over the Top” in a simulated trench assault. Each tour will be an hour in duration beginning at 1200 hrs with the last tour starting at 1500 hrs. Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles and wear sturdy hiking footwear and suitable attire for the weather conditions.
Barbara Mitchell, the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, and University of Regina Press cordially invite you to celebrate a book launch for
“MAPMAKER: PHILIP TURNOR IN RUPERT’S LAND IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT”
by Barbara Mitchell
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Archives of Manitoba, 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Please RSVP (204) 945-4949 or email@example.com.
Philip Turnor was the first inland surveyor for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the man who taught the explorers David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. Between 1778 and 1792, Turnor and his guides travelled over 15,000 miles by canoe and foot to produce ten maps, which laid the foundation for all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Yet until now, Turnor has remained a lesser known figure. In Mapmaker, Turnor’s inaugural biography, Barbara Mitchell brings this surveyor to life, while also discovering her own ancestry as one of thousands of descendants of Turnor and his Cree wife.
East European Genealogy
Saturday, October 21: 2-4 pm
Members of the East European Genealogical Society will discuss resources available for beginner genealogists of Ukrainian, Polish and German ancestry and how to access them. Both printed and online resources will be covered.
Westwood Library. 66 Allard Ave. Phone 204-986-4744 to register. Free admission.
North America & Eastern Europe – Wed., October 25: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
U.K & Ireland – Wed., November 1: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Elizabeth Briggs demonstrates 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.
Millennium Library, Computer Training Lab, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.