Ways Of Acquiring MGS Cemetery Transcripts
- Become an MGS member which gives you access to MANI (MAnitoba Name Index). MANI can search the database for all names contained in our cemetery indexes.
- Visit the MGS Library/Resource Centre (free for MGS members, $10 daily fee for non-members). The indexes are available electronically on the computers at the library and as paper copies. Copies of most cemetery transcriptions may be purchased through MGS. Volunteers can assist you to locate a particular transcript.
- Order copies of transcripts or indexes by mail or email – more details below.
Process of Transcribing Cemeteries
Many MGS volunteers have spent countless hours over the years transcribing and indexing monumental inscriptions for about 1400 cemeteries in Manitoba. Since 1978, volunteers from the Manitoba Genealogical Society have visited over 1400 cemeteries in Manitoba. They recorded the exact inscriptions on every tombstone in each cemetery (name, birth / death date, and any other wording). This is called transcribing in genealogical terms. Copies of these transcriptions are stored at the MGS Resource Centre. They may be viewed by MGS members without charge, and by others upon payment of a daily research fee. Copies of most cemetery transcriptions may be purchased through the MGS. The remainder of this page describes how to locate and order a particular cemetery transcript.
Many Manitoba cemetery names are generic in nature and often do not adequately describe the area they serve. Thus the MGS has indexed its cemetery transcriptions by the name of the Manitoba Rural Municipality (or RM) in which the cemetery is located, and in a few cases by the city name (e.g., Brandon and Winnipeg). A knowledge of which RM a particular town, village, or homestead is located in is needed to locate a cemetery. Note also that individuals were sometimes interred in a cemetery other than in the RM in which they resided. Finally, in some cases, transcripts of several smaller and/or co-located cemeteries have been combined into one item for purposes of indexing and sale.
Master list of all Transcribed Cemeteries
A master index of the name of all transcribed cemeteries is maintained at the MGS Resource Centre which may also be of assistance in selecting the desired cemetery transcript.
The list of transcribed cemeteries is available by clicking here:
MGS Cemetery Price List
The listings are presented in five columns as follows:
- MGS Cemetery Reference Number
- Name of cemetery (including colloquial name if applicable)
- Year cemetery was transcribed
- Number of pages in transcription
- Cost to purchase including copying, handling, and postage (GST is not applicable).
E.g. The following entry from RM of Minitonas:
“346 Dunkinville Anglican, aka Grahamville 1988 7 $2.50″ means that 1) transcript #346, of 2) the Dunkinville Anglican Cemetery, also known as the Grahamville Cemetery, located in the RM of Minitonas, 3 ) was transcribed in 1988, 4) consists of seven pages and 5) is available at a cost of $2.50.
To proceed, print the Cemetery Transcript Order Form. Complete the form and mail it with the applicable payment to MGS Research Services, Unit E-1045 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B1. We regret that electronic submission is NOT possible at this time. Due to the volume of requests and volunteer workload, cemetery transcript orders may take up to 2 weeks for processing.
Please do not send cash through the mail. Always use traceable forms of payment.