MGS Resource Centre Reopening

Following a very long closure due to the COVID-19 virus, the MGS Executive has made the decision to reopen the MGS Library/Resource Centre.  The Centre will reopen to members and the public on July 7, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The facility will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Of course, precautions will be taken to maintain safety with distancing and it is recommended that visitors wear a mask while inside the Centre.  Visitors may bring their own laptop or IPAD, however these will require sanitizing on entry and exit. Visitors will be required to sanitize on entry/exit and will be restricted to one workstation per person during the visit.  Because of these restrictions there will be a limit of the number of visitors inside the Centre at one time.  Our volunteers will be on site to provide instructions however due to distancing will not be able to provide the usual hands-on assistance.  It is recommended that  you call ahead to the Centre if you plan to visit.  We are beginning a new “normal” and will continue to monitor and adapt as necessary.  Of course, we will continue to use our website, Facebook page, email, and MANI to continue to keep in contact with our members and clients. We wish you well as we all move through these unique times.

Who are we?

The Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. (MGS) is one of several provincial and territorial genealogical organizations that endeavour to promote genealogical research and the writing of family histories. It is a registered charity formed in 1976 and incorporated in 1982. The main objectives of MGS are:

  • To assist researchers in doing their genealogical research.
  • To collect and preserve Manitoba genealogical and historical records/materials.
  • To foster education in genealogical research through Society workshops, seminars and publications.

MGS has four branches located throughout the province.

Click here to learn more about the Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc.


MGS has some unique information on people who have lived in Manitoba (cemetery indexes, obituaries, BMDs – births, marriages, deaths, family history and local history books, etc.) but we also can assist researchers with ancestors and descendants from other Canadian provinces and other countries.

MGS Resource Highlights

Library/Resource Centre

Located in Winnipeg, MGS has over 10,000 items (books, indexes, maps, periodicals, microfiche, etc.), access to ancestry.com, newspaper archives, and many reference resources.

Online Library Catalogue – KOHA

The Library/Resource Centre has produced an online catalogue of all books and reference material held in the library, searchable by title, author and keyword. You can search from home or at the Library .  Click here to go to KOHA.

MANI (MAnitoba Name Index)

MANI is our online database where you can search all MGS indexes at once.  Click here to learn more, or go directly to MANI.