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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”.

Scottish Genealogy Symposium

Henderson Library, 1050 Henderson Hwy, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Presenter – Christine Woodcock. Admission: Morning only $25, afternoon only $30, Full day $45 (includes copy of book and free credits to ScotlandsPeople). For more information e-mail To register, go to . Do NOT phone the Henderson Library. You can register for morning only, afternoon only or for the full day.

Library Culling of Books

The MGS Library Committee is beginning a process of culling some books from our collection. The books to be discarded are being offered first to MGS members. As they progress with the process of downsizing, the Committee will be making lists of books that will be offered to MGS members first. The lists will be posted on the MGS web-site for one month. If no member has requested a book by the end of one month, it will offered to another organization. For the first list of books, click on the following link: List of Books .

Sign up for MANI now!!

MANI (the MAnitoba Names Index) is now available to all current MGS members. It allows online access to MGS indexes from home. Some indexes are still being added and eventually there will be over 1.5 million indexed items in MANI. To use MANI, members have to first register online. Be sure to choose a username and password that you can remember. As fast as our volunteers can process your request you will have access to all of the indexes available in-house at the MGS Library. To register, click on the MANI icon below or go to the web site at