Beginning Genealogy Workshop series

The Manitoba Genealogical Society, Inc. (MGS) is holding it’s first of 3 genealogy workshop series.  They will be held in November, 2021, February, 2022, and April, 2022.

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021   7 pm – 9 pm   Beginning Genealogy
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2021   7 pm – 9 pm   Finding Your Genealogy Information
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021  7 pm – 9 pm   DNA Testing in Genealogy Research

Non-members:  $50
Members:  $20

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These classes will be held in the MGS Library/Resource Centre, Unit E – 1045 St. James Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.   These classes will be open to both in-person and online participants.   You will be able to choose how you would like to attend when you register.   Classroom seating is limited to 10 individuals, and will also be on ZOOM.

The option to attend a class in-person will be open to fully-vaccinated individuals only.  Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering their first class.   Government mandated covid-19 procedures apply.   For classes that offer both in-person and online participation, the in-person spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Online classes will be hosted through Zoom Video Conferencing.   To participate you will need:

  • a device with a stable internet connection (computer, laptop, iPad, tablet, etc.)
  • a working microphone and camera (built in or attached to your computer) are recommended

NOTE:  if you do not have these features you may use your phone to dial in to the class, but of course this will provide you with audio only — you will not be able to see any of the visuals.

All classes are shown in Central Daylight Time.

Registration is available on Eventbrite and opens at 1 am on October 9, 2021.

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If you can’t make it this time, circle your calendar for these upcoming sessions.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop Series
Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022  7 pm   Beginning Genealogy
Wednesday, Feb 9, 2022  7 pm   Finding Your Genealogy Information
Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022, 7 pm  DNA Testing in Genealogy Research

Beginning Genealogy Workshop Series
Thursday, April 7, 2022  7 pm      Beginning Genealogy
Thursday, April 14, 2022  7 pm    Finding Your Genealogy Information
Thursday, April 21, 2022  7 pm    DNA Testing in Genealogy Research
NOTE:  Apr 15 is Good Friday

Beginning Genealogy

Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society introduces the basics of genealogical research in this first of a 3-part workshop. In this session, you, along with the rest of the group, will become family history detectives. You will learn how to find, and evaluate clues in actual case studies; helping you develop the skills necessary to pursue your own family history.

Finding Your Genealogy Information

Once you have a basic understanding of the process of researching your family history, you will want to know where to find more information. Some of that information is “hidden” on the internet. Google is one of the best tools available to find it, but getting millions of “hits” during a search is not helpful. This session will show you how to “dig out” the information that applies to your own specific family. Google can also help you find libraries and archives that contain information not on the internet. The key to using google successfully for genealogy, is really understanding how it works.

DNA Testing in Genealogy Research

Are you thinking of doing, or have you done a DNA test? Can DNA testing help solve a family mystery, and if so, how? This session will give you a basic understanding of what DNA testing is, in simple and easy to understand language. It will explain what kinds of DNA tests are available, and what they can and cannot tell you. It will cover topics such as finding living relatives today, and how far back you might be able to trace your family. We will discuss which family members should do a test, and why. We will look at how ethnicity is determined, and discuss the different testing companies. Are you puzzled by your test results? We will also discuss that.

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