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 email@example.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.
Together we understand how your family history is a healthy, calming, fascinating outlet of discovery, now more than ever. Our dedicated volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to create research resources for your genealogical benefit. While we cannot safely convene in person right now, MGS members are actively volunteering from home.
Manitoba Genealogical Society (MGS) is a provincial charitable organization celebrating over 40 years, contributing to family history services and our valuable heritage community.
Thank you to all those who have, and continue to support us. On #GivingTuesdayNow we ask that you donate to MGS. Your donation will not only help us with these services but also with some of our ongoing expenses during this time.
Your support is appreciated. To donate – On the Home Page http://mbgenealogy.com/ click on the Donate button at the top of the page.
MGS is wondering how you are getting along during this difficult time. We hope that you and your families are keeping well.
Many MGS members and non-members may be interested to know that Services are still available even though the MGS Library/Resource Centre is closed. Here is a list of the Services that continue to be provided by MGS:
Membership Purchases and Renewals
You may use MANI to pay for memberships or you can mail in your membership form and fees to the MGS office. A volunteer will be processing them “in isolation”. MGS is offering a 1-month grace period to ensure access to MANI is not disrupted due to late processing of a renewal. Consult the website for information http://mbgenealogy.com/membership/.
Although the Library is closed for volunteer research help at the MGS Library, MGS Paid Research Services are continuing. You can order either the MGS Research Package ($60 for MGS members and $75 for non-members) or the Single Source Search (fee of $10.00 per source). Please address all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consult the website for information at http://mbgenealogy.com/services/research-assistance/
MANI (MAnitoba Names Index)
Our Member’s only online database MANI has over one million indexed records, some linking to additional information and digital copies of local history books. MGS members can activate their MANI account and search these record indexes. A new and growing feature in MANI is “Source Search” where you can find what sources exist on several topics: Local Histories, Churches, Newspapers, Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. Consult the website for information http://mani.mbgenealogy.com
Many volunteers are still working hard at entering data into the MANI database. If you have some extra time on your hands, why not volunteer to assist with this project? Email email@example.com
MANI Online Store – Cemetery Transcriptions
You can purchase digital copies of Cemetery Transcriptions and MGS publications through the E-store. Digital pdf copies will be emailed to ensure that you receive them quickly at no charge. Cemetery searches and the e-store can also be used by non-members. Click on the MGS Online Store icon on Home page or https://mani.mbgenealogy.com/store/index.php
KOHA Library Search
You can check out the holdings at the MGS Library – http://koha-opac.bole.ca
The June issue of Generations will be published.
Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, the MGS Executive has made the decision to close the MGS Library/Resource Centre, effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform you when the Library will re-open. We will use our website, Facebook page, email, and MANI to continue to keep in contact with our members and clients. We wish you well as we all move through this difficult time.
Please note that the Menus of the MGS website are presently being re-organized so you may have some difficulty in finding the information that you are looking for. During a previous re-organization of the website, not all information pertaining to MGS was included in the Menus at the top of the Home Page. Some of it remained in the “Site Map” at the bottom of the Page. So if you can’t find something, please check the Site Map. Specifically, the Menus for Resources and Cemeteries are more easily found through the Site Map.
We are working hard to complete the re-organization as soon as possible, so please bear with us. Thank you for your understanding.
Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. (MGS) is presently processing official donation receipts for the 2019 taxation year. MGS will distribute receipts to donors by email (or regular mail for those without email) by February 29, 2020 in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your donation has been very much appreciated. Thank you!
A very successful Special General Meeting was held on Saturday, February 1 with 32 members in attendance. A new MGS Executive was elected as follows:
President Chris Irwin (from Belmont MB)
VP Administration Vacant
VP Communications Janice Butcher
VP Finance Vacant
VP Information Technology Aleta Foreman
2 Members-at-Large Laurie Green, Shaun Hobson
Past President Gord McBean, Jim Oke (not elected – by virtue of previous position)
After the General Meeting the Executive met and appointed Angela Fiebelkorn to serve as Treasurer. Note that the Secretary and two Executive positions are still vacant on the 10-person Executive. We need to fill these positions ASAP. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please contact the President at email@example.com
Saturday, February 1, 10:00 am
MGS Library/Resource Centre
The primary purpose of this meeting is to elect members to serve on the MGS Executive. The following positions are available:
- VP Administration
- VP Communications
- VP Finance
- VP Information Technology
- Two Members at Large
Urgent – Call for Nominations
We are seeking nominations for the above positions. We need people to serve. Please consider being nominated yourself or nominating someone else (with their permission). Nominations, using the attached form, should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Volunteer Opportunities.
There are many volunteer opportunities with MGS. If interested in learning about these opportunities please reply to the above address.
Southwest Branch Christmas Potluck Dinner
Crocus Gardens Leisure Centre, 1030 Queens Ave., Brandon
Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 pm
Southeast/ Winnipeg Branch Christmas Sharing
MGS Resource Centre
Monday, December 9, 7:00 pm
MGS Annual Volunteer Christmas Luncheon
MGS Resource Centre
Saturday, December 14, 11:30 am