Category Archives: South West Manitoba Branch News

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

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.

Southwest Branch Annual Potluck Picnic and Museum Tour Wednesday, June 5

Tour of Beautiful Plains Museum in Neepawa, located at 91 Hamilton Street. The picnic will be held at the Riverside Park.
SW Branch Members and guests wishing to car pool meet at PetroCan Service Station parking lot (1st Street and Hwy #1) by 5:30 pm. Picnic will be at Riverbend Park (about 5 minutes drive from the museum). Tour of Beautiful Plains museum will be at 7:00 pm. Bring a dish for the potluck, lawn chair, plate, utensils and beverage. Members of the Beautiful Plain Branch are invited to join us. For more information or if you are interested in learning about our genealogy society please contact us at

SW Branch Authors’ Presentations

Saturday, October 13, 10 am – pm
Knox United Church, Brandon
Morning presentation  (10 am – 12 pm) – Elinor Chornoboy, author of “Katarina”
Afternoon presentation (1 – 3 pm) – Sharon Simms, author of “The Boulton Blog” and “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”

To register for this terrific event (204-725-0096 or email
SW Branch members $5, non-members $10.

Southwest Branch 40th Anniversary Seminar

“Using Today’s Technology to Unlock Puzzles of the Past”

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9am – 4pm
Knox United Church, 18th & Victoria Ave., Brandon.
Presenters: Dave Obee and Pat Ryan
Seminar Fee – $80 per person /SWB members $70, Lunch included
Registration Deadline – April 13

29th Annual Heritage Dinner 

Knox United Church at 6 pm
Guest Speaker – Dave Obee
Topic – “Crowd Sourcing Your Family Research”
Heritage Dinner tickets $25 per person

Southwest Branch Meeting

Wednesday, April 4 – Meet at Brandon University Library at 7:20 pm.
BU Archivist Emeritus, Tom Mitchell, will present the documentary film: “Wheat City 1900s – Making Modern Brandon”. Following the film, Tom will facilitate discussion and answer questions. In preparation for the evening, check out this link to Tom’s homepage with an account of his third film (2015).