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As school children we learn this poem by John McCrae including the origin and meaning behind it.  As adults, in our busy lives, we may forget the meaning, and the reasons why so many may have sacrificed all for the greater good.  Let us take the time to honor those who sacrificed for our freedoms, some we  may know personally, but for the greater many that may go unnamed we honor them too.  Those who  have served and are still with us require our respect, and in so doing we can do our part to keep them safe and well, by  following COVID-19 health guidelines.  UNTIL WE CAN MEET AGAIN.  Stay safe.


MGS Resource Centre Closure to Public – October 19, 2020

Due to the Winnipeg Region moving to Code ORANGE  status or restricted level on the  COVID-19 pandemic response system, the Manitoba Genealogical Society Resource Centre has been closed to the public as of October 19, 2020.  A decision to reopen the centre will be addressed as new information from Manitoba Government is provided.

All on line services will continue during the closure.  Many processes will continue remotely or by individual volunteers as was the process during the spring closure.

STAY SAFE! We’ll see you again soon.


The Manitoba Genealogical Society held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday,  September 26, 2020.  The AGM, usually held in June, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently in its second phase of spread.  The AGM was held at the NorthWest Law Enforcement Academy in Winnipeg with limited in person attendance and with a larger group of members attending remotely via Callbridge.  Thank you to  the NorthWest Law Enforcement Academy for making this available to MGS.  All present, in person or remote, had the opportunity to comment and vote. It was a successful meeting, under the present conditions, and the following Executive Officers were elected or appointed:

PRESIDENT:                                                       Chris Irwin
PAST PRESIDENT:                                           Gord McBean
VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:            David Farmer (new)
VP COMMUNICATIONS:                                Angela Fiebelkorn (new)
MEMBER-AT-LARGE:                                      Shaun Hobson
MEMBER-AT-LARGE:                                     Wanda Korman
TREASURER:                                                    Gloria McNabb

The following Executive positions remain unfilled:

At the MGS Council meeting held September 26, 2020 at 1 PM, the following Chairs were appointed:

Membership Services:                                  Aleta Foreman
Office Coordination:                                      Pamela Pina
Research:                                                           Jim Rutherford
Education and Outreach:                            Bill Curtis (incumbent)
Publicity:                                                           Daryl Dumanski (incumbent)
Social Media:                                                   Janice Butcher (incumbent)
Fundraising:                                                     Judith Roe (incumbent)
MANI Management/Operations               Gord McBean (incumbent)

The following appointed positions remain unfilled:

Special Projects
Generations Journal:                                Deferred to next Executive meeting
Grants and Applications
Computer and network support  –      An IT team of 4 technical volunteers are in place, supervised by  G. McBean

If you feel you have some expertise in any of the above vacant positions, we would welcome your volunteer application.  Check out our volunteer page for more information –


DATE:                   SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
TIME:                   10:00 A.M.
LOCATION:         Northwest Law Enforcement Academy
Suite 200 – 1821 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg
North side of Wellington, entrance door beside  Subway Restaurant
Advance Registration required for in person attendance (limited seating)
Contact: for more information

The Manitoba Genealogical Society will hold its annual meeting this coming Saturday, September 26, 2020.  This meeting is constitutionally held in June of each year but due to the circumstances of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions for holding large group events, the meeting was postponed until restrictions were relaxed.  The Executive of the MGS has therefore decided to hold the meeting in the fall, so that a new Executive could be nominated and approved for the 2020-2021 year.  The end of September was agreed upon to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Although some of the COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed somewhat, it will still be necessary to limit the numbers in attendance in person to approximately 20 persons.  We have arranged for other members to attend the meeting remotely via CallBridge system.  You can attend via smart phone, computer or tablet.  An invitation has been sent to members this month with instructions on how to join in.  If you are a member in good standing and did not receive an invitation by email and you wish to attend remotely, please contact with your name and member number and an email will be sent to you.

It has been a very challenging year during this 2019-2020 Year with many changes within the Executive, choosing an Interim Executive, then a temporary executive, and then the COVID-19 pandemic impacting on our volunteer resources and our ability to provide support for our members and other visitors who are researching their family histories for themselves or on behalf of others. We are so grateful for our volunteers, our most valuable “original source”.

The MGS Council last met in person in January of 2020.  Due to the pandemic the Council has not been able or scheduled to meet.  The 2019-2020 Council will hold their first meeting since January the afternoon of September 26, 2020 after the AGM has concluded.  It is at this time a new Council will be selected / appointed.


Nominations presented and selection process for the following EXECUTIVE POSITIONS will be conducted during the AGM:

Vice President Administration
Vice President Finance
Vice President Communications
Vice President Information Technology
Member-At-Large #1
Member-At-Large #2

Past President
Recording Secretary

Membership Services
Office Coordination
Special Projects
Education and Outreach
Social Media
Grants and Applications
Computer and Network Support
MANI Management/ Operations



Doors Open Winnipeg – September 12, 2020

Manitoba Genealogical Society had hoped to participate in Winnipeg’s Doors Open Event (with precautions) rescheduled from May to this coming September.  Unfortunately, due to the current status of the COVID-19 situation and the amount of planning involved in holding such an event in the MGS Resource Centre, it was decided to postpone this event.

On Line New and Renewal Membership Payments UPDATE

There are technical difficulties with on line  registration and/or payments for new and renewals of MGS Memberships through PayPal.  Currently the process on the MANI ( page does not transfer the user to the PayPal payment page.  This  issue is being worked on at present.  We will update you once this has been corrected.  Thank you for your patience and your continued support.

MGS ANNUAL MEETING – September 26, 2020


The annual general meeting of the Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. usually held early in June but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  To comply with provincial regulations for group gatherings, we have arranged to hold the meeting in a  larger space at the North West Law Enforcement Academy located at 200-1821 Wellington Avenue.  In person attendance will still be limited according to provincial guidelines; other members, both out of town and in town, who would like to participate may join the meeting remotely.  Instructions on how to connect to the meeting remotely (via Callbridge) will be sent to members closer to the date of the meeting.

Following the AGM, a meeting of the MGS Council will be held at the same location on Wellington Avenue.  Council Officers are encouraged to attend in person, but may attend remotely if desired.

In the meantime, as an MGS member, if you know you plan to attend the annual meeting remotely, you may send an email message to to be placed on the attendance list and further instructions will be emailed to you.

Thank you to our members for your support and patience during these challenging times.  Thank you to our volunteers who have assisted MGS in continuing to be able to support our members in their personal genealogical research.


The MGS Resource Centre is re-opening to members and the public on July 7th at 10 a.m. after a long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the Guidelines as set out by the Province of Manitoba to safely reopen with precautions put in place for our volunteers and for our visitors. The Centre will be limited to 4 visitors per day in addition to our volunteers who will be on site to provide instructions and ensure proper sanitizing and distancing is followed.  It is recommended you bring a mask to wear inside the centre.  You will be permitted to bring your own laptop or IPAD, however will be required to sanitize these items upon entry and on exit.  Otherwise you will be restricted to one computer workstation during your visit.  Because of these restrictions it is recommended that you call the centre (204-783-9139) in advance if you plan to visit.


Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. – Unit E – 1045 St. James Street

Following a very long closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the decision to re-open the MGS Resource Centre to volunteers, members and visitors was approved at the meeting of the MGS Executive in June 2020. This decision was made carefully, taking into consideration the Guidelines set out by the Province of Manitoba for re-opening of businesses including not-for-profit organizations. Manitoba-Restoring Safe Services

The Manitoba Genealogical Society is very grateful for your patience and support during this difficult period of time. We would like you to be assured that although our Resource Centre has been closed, our dedicated volunteers have continued to work behind the scenes, our volunteers working remotely from home continuing to add new information to MANI (Members Only Index), or coming into the closed Centre once weekly to monitor/process new mail, and/or monitor and respond to new email messages. Our researchers continued to work on their projects remotely from home and respond to inquiries related to research.


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Of course, although we will be opening July 7th it will be necessary to follow the Province of Manitoba Guidelines for re-opening to the public.  Access to the Centre will be limited.  Members and patrons who wish to visit the MGS Resource Centre should call the MGS Centre (204-783-9139) in advance to arrange a scheduled time to visit.  Only 4 appointments will be scheduled on each of the 3 days.  The Province encourages all volunteers, members, patrons and visitors to use the screening information in the self-screening tool before leaving home to visit the centre. (Self-Screening Tool)  Volunteers who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (such as cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulty) should stay home and anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact Health Links at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.

During your visit the following regulations will be implemented:

  • Before being allowed to access the MGS Resource Centre all visitors will be verbally screened at the front counter about COVID-19 symptoms before proceeding further into the centre.  Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to proceed.
  • All persons entering the Resource Centre must use the sanitizer provided at the time of entry and also when exiting.  Washrooms are available and recommended hand washing  before exiting the washroom.
  • Wearing face masks will continue to be strongly recommended.
  • Personal teaching or other assistance from on site volunteers will be impacted,  to comply with necessary safe distancing.
  • Personal laptops/IPADS will be allowed in the centre  but restricted to the large conference table in the middle of the room and will be spaced according to current restrictions.  Laptops/IPADs will be required to be sanitized on entry to the centre as well as before exiting the centre.
  • If requiring a Resource Centre computer to do research, volunteers, members or patrons will be assigned to one computer for the duration of their visit and stations will be sanitized after use.  It is recommended you bring your own pen/pencil but one can be provided and will be sanitized after use.
  • Books and other material obtained for research/reading must be returned to the book return receptacle at the front desk for sanitizing and re-shelving.

If you have questions or concerns about this re-opening, do not hesitate to call us at 204-783-9139 or leave us your comments at the bottom of this post. Thank you for your continued interest and support!

Great Canadian Giving Challenge is Here! June 1 to 30, 2020


The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us through or qualifies MGS to win $20,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win! #GivingChallengeCA

As a Registered Charity, MGS qualifies for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Every $ you donate to MGS through Canada Helps  in June qualifies us to win $20,000! Details here: #GivingChallengeCA

Click on the link below to join the challenge  and help MGS win!