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TECHNICAL AND OTHER DIFFICULTIES

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 (mani.mbgenealogy.com) 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

MANITOBA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY INC. NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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 contact@mbgenealogy.com 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.

Samples of Genealogical Resources from the Internet

Facebook for Canadian Genealogy

This document prepared by Gail Dever of Genealogy a la Carte, is a list of more than 1,000 Facebook groups and pages that can help genealogists research their ancestors who lived in Canada.
http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?page_id=10169

Learning from Home – Ideas from “Writing my Past” blog.
Videos, webinars, blogs and podcasts.

https://writingmypast.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/learning-from-home-videos-webinars-blogs-podcasts-and-more/?fbclid=IwAR3WSHmLW5tWY8_9z4huLPWL7XchVVE8xt5gdp0xQlveCRvT0PYx5hR_8uo

 

East European G. S. Presentation CANCELLED!

NOTE: This presentation has been CANCELLED!
“Supplement your story: Cummins maps and Aerial photos” by Marni Domolewski
Wednesday March 18, 2020. 7:00 pm.
Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave. Winnipeg.

Cummins maps and aerial photos are two useful resources a genealogist can use to supplement their family history. Marni will explore Cummins maps, a series of land ownership maps from Manitoba created by the Cummins Map Company. This map series is a useful resource for locating a homestead with a legal description. She will also highlight the Air Photo Library of Manitoba, a library housed in Winnipeg that contains 1 million Manitoba land photos. These photos can be used to illustrate how a homestead property developed over the years.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/

Archives of Manitoba 2020 Exhibit

The Archives of Manitoba is inviting all Manitobans to help create their 2020 exhibit, in honour of Manitoba’s 150thAnniversary as a province. You can choose something from the Archives ofManitoba’s holdings and tell themwhy it matters. They may feature your submissions on their blog, through social media, or in their exhibit at the Archives. For more information – https://www.gov.mb.ca/yourarchives/index.html

Winnipeg Library Presentations

Discover Your Roots
Wednesday, February 19: 10:30 am -12:30 pm. UK/Ireland Resources
Wednesday, February 26: 10:30 am -12:30 pm. Canada/U.S. Resources

Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will demonstrate websites that have census information, vital statistics and directories for family history research. She will also present information on free software available to genealogists and resources specific to national and ethnic groups. Basic computer and internet skills required.

Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.

Creative Retirement MB Presentation

“How to read and understand old documents” by Elizabeth Briggs
Friday, February 21. 10 am – noon.

An introduction to early writing materials and styles from the 1500s to the 1900s, coping with phonetic spelling, contractions and abbreviations, Roman numerals and old British currency.

FEES: CRM Members $20, Guests $25
101-1075 Portage Ave., Winnipeg.
For more information and to register – https://www.crm.mb.ca/

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Land Records And Property Maps: Cadastral Surveys of Galicia” by Brian J. Lenius, President Emeritus of EEGS

Wednesday January 15, 2020. 7:00 PM

Cadastral maps and records are an excellent family history source for Ukrainian, Polish, German, and Jewish researchers. Brian will examine the three land surveys of the Austrian Empire. The first two surveys, known as the Josefinian (1785-88) and Franciscan (1819-1820) Cadastres, had no maps, but included useful family history information such as names, house numbers, parcel sizes, and taxes. The third survey, known as the Stabile Cadastre (1817-1860s), included the same information, but also detailed maps showing individual houses, barns, gardens, and churches. Brian has conducted research on cadastral maps and records for 30 years including 23 research trips (1994-2019) to Poland and Ukraine.

Thomson Funeral Home (meet in chapel), 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.

For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/

 

 

Winnipeg Library Presentations

In the Trenches: Digitized First World War Records 

Thursday, November 7: 10:30 am-12 pm, OR Thursday, November 14: 10:30 am-12 pm 

A hands-on workshop with archivist David Cuthbert on how to a) access Canadian Expeditionary Force service records, b) identify an individual’s military unit, and c) access digitized resources such as war diaries to learn the context of an individual’s service. Basic computer skills required. In partnership with Library and Archives Canada. 

Millennium Library, 251 Donald St. Phone 204-986-6450 to register. Free admission.


Writing Your Family History 

Thursday, November 14: 6:15-8:15 pm 

Genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will discuss how to plan for writing your family history book, what resources and documents to use, the kind of content that should be included, and how to make questionnaires and interview your relatives to gather the best information. 

West Kildonan Library, 365 Jefferson Ave., Phone 204-986-4384 to register. Free admission.