Monthly Archives: April 2016

MGS – 40th AGM

Manitoba Genealogical Society 40th AGM
June 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

The Northwest Law Enforcement Academy, 200- 1821 Wellington Avenue

Click on the links below to download the location and parking map as well as the registration form:



• Presentation: The Tragedy at Patterson Lake, Gwen Pedersen speaker
• Catered luncheon: Supplied by Food for Thought
Cost: $20.00 for lunch

Registration required –
PLEASE Register by May 20, 2016
(Doors open at 9:30)
Acknowledgement of registration will be made by e-mail or phone
Receipts to be picked up at the AGM

Geographical features to be named after Fallen Soldiers

About 7,000 Manitobans died in the First World War, but the province only has names for 1,092 of them in its archives. The known casualties from the First World War will be commemorated with their names on land features. The province is asking families to check to see whether a relative from the First World War is missing from the list – see link above. If so, families should notify the Lands Branch of MB Conservation so it can reconstruct its list.

Publication available about war dead (WWII) already commemorated – “A Place of Honour”

Index of Manitoba Soldiers killed in WWI

The Archives of Manitoba has created an electronic index of some Manitoba soldiers killed in WWI. This index was generated from a series of cards created by the Government of Manitoba for the purpose of documenting Manitoba casualties. The original index was made during and after the war but was not a complete record. As a result, this electronic index is also not a complete list of Manitobans killed in WWI. Interested individuals can search the index for persons of interest, and if found, go to the digital record. The index is fully keyword searchable, making it easy to narrow down by community or other keywords, in addition to names.

Each of the 1092 cards contains information on an individual soldier, including name, rank, battalion, date of death, and may also include personal information such as community of residence and next of kin. Some have an obituary glued to them. To access the index, consult the following web-site:

DAUPHIN BRANCH OF MGS – April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

Our next meeting will be on April 21st at 7:00 P.M. at the Dauphin Family History Center. Dean Durston will give a presentation from the Dauphin Pioneer’s Assoc. This will be a very informative evening.

For your information: Members of the Dauphin Pioneer’s Assoc. are families of the settlers that came to the Dauphin district before the Canadian Northern Railway was opened to Dauphin in 1896. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary, as an organization, this year. Some of our Branch members are families of these settlers. It will be a very interesting evening as many people do not know who the first settlers were.

Dauphin Pioneer’s Association – Facebook

Swan Valley Branch

Sadly MGS has learned of the closing of the Swan Valley Branch due to declining membership. The branch started in 1988 with Glen McKenzie as the first president. Eric Neufeld became the president in 1992 and has remained president ever since, a time span of 24 years. Donna Fox has served as branch secretary since its beginning and Helen Ellingson has been the branch treasurer since 1993. Both Eric Neufeld and Donna Fox have received the Eric Jonasson Award from MGS.

One of the main contributions of the Swan Valley Branch was preparing and submitting to MGS annual indexes of obituaries from the Swan Valley “Star and Times” newspaper. Helen Ellingson did much of this work from 1983 – 2014, with assistance from Donna Fox. The Branch also prepared cemetery transcriptions, held monthly meetings, and had a small library in the Swan River Library, including books and an early settlers’ map. The Branch will be holding a meeting on April 12 to wrap up their affairs. Some books will be donated to the Swan River Library and some to the MGS Library.

MGS will miss the Swan Valley Branch and its members. It feels like we have lost a branch off of our “family tree”. Former Branch members are invited to continue with the MB Genealogical Society to receive the many benefits of membership including free access to the new MANI database for searching ancestors, borrowing privileges by mail from the MGS Library, and copies of the journal “Generations”.