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News from the Southwest Branch

‼️ Upon receiving notification from the City of Brandon that access has been denied to Crocus Plains High School for our May meeting, the Executive has also decided to cancel the pot luck supper and tour event scheduled for June.‼️

❗️We plan to carry on Branch activities again in September and will keep you posted. ❗️

In case you weren’t aware, there are lots of free genealogy webinars being offered online from various groups. For example, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offering a free webinar each day in April to non-members.

MGS is also offering a free Virtual Presentation “Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually by Gord McBean” on April 13 at 7:00. You can register at by April 11. See the MGS website for more information.

Webinars help to pass time and also provide a great learning opportunity for all of us. Stay safe and we will see you in September

Southeast/Winnipeg Branch Webinar Presentation

The webinar presentation “Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually” by Gord McBean will be held on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. Since we are still in the testing phase, this presentation will be offered to MGS members only, and is FREE to all MGS members. To register, email by April 11 and include your MGS member number. Here is a preview:

Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually
Tools and techniques will be presented that let people explore places they may never visit in person. Given the current environment, we can travel without leaving home.
It is easy to locate current places, including small towns, libraries, cemeteries, and churches and visit those places with StreetView. Historic map overlays let us look at what was there. Using Mashup we can combine multiple sources to experience Community Walks, TripperMap and create our own map with MapBuilder.

For details of this webinar presentation and updates on the status of future presentations, please watch the Branch website page at

SE/Winnipeg Branch March-April Program Changes

The Southeast/Winnipeg Branch of MGS has made the decision, based on recommendations made by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Province, to limit social contact and to maintain social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are therefore taking measures to help protect our members and public visitors, out of an abundance of caution.

There will be no presentations at the MGS Resource Centre before mid-April, when we will reassess the situation. Jessica Landry’s March 23rd presentation has been rescheduled for June 8th. Gord McBean’s presentation on April 13th will be offered as a Webinar only.

Please check the MGS website and the Southeast/Winnipeg Branch webpage for details and updates.

Southwest Branch AGM

The Southwest Branch Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 4 at Crocus Plains High School in Brandon. The following Executive members were elected:

Past President:             George Mackay
President:                       Vacant
Vice President:              Linda Earl
Member-at-Large:        Barry Reilly
Secretary:                        Vacant
Treasurer:                        Jan Ross
Anyone willing to become involved in the Executive, please contact Laura Crookshanks.

2020 Southwest Branch Meetings

Southwest Branch meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Crocus Plains School Room 102, 7:30pm.

February 5:    Webinar – Informational DNA presentation and discussion with Blaine Bettinger.
March 4:           AGM plus speaker Sharon Simms: “Family History bookmaking with Blurb”.
April 1:             Heritage Dinner at Knox United Church. Speaker – Karen Chrest, Manitoba 150 Committee.
May 6:             WWI and WWII research. Sharing by people who have done research in the area
June 3:             A pot luck supper and tour of historical attractions in the area. More information to follow.