Category Archives: MGS News

Giving Tuesday – May 5, 2020

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.

Notice – MGS Services Still Available

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/.

Research Services
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 research@mbgenealogy.com. 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 mani@mbgenealogy.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

Generations Journal
The June issue of Generations will be published.

 

 

 

MGS Library / Resource Centre Closure

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.

Reorganization of MGS Website

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.

Notice re Receipts for MGS Charitable Donations

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 treasurer@mbgenealogy.com. Your donation has been very much appreciated. Thank you!

Report on MGS Special General Meeting

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 president@mbgenealogy.com

 

MGS Special General Meeting – Call for Nominations

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:

  • President
  • 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 nominations@mbgenealogy.com

Other Volunteer Opportunities.
There are many volunteer opportunities with MGS. If interested in learning about these opportunities please reply to the above address.

Upcoming Christmas Events

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

News – Change of MGS Executive

Following the resignation of several members of the MGS Executive, the MGS Council held a special meeting on Saturday, October 26. As per the MGS Constitution, the Council meeting appointed an Interim Executive to serve until a Special General Meeting to be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020. This Special meeting will elect Executive officers who will serve until the next Annual General Meeting in June 2020.

Members of the Interim Executive are Gordon McBean, President; Jim Oke, Past President; Virginia Braid, VP Administration; Janice Butcher, VP Communications; Rick McLellan, VP Finance; Aleta Foreman, VP Information Technology; Kelly Southworth, Recording Secretary; and Gloria McNabb, Treasurer.

Members – please mark February 1, 2020 on your calendar, and please consider being nominated to join the MGS Executive or one of the Standing Committees. Details of the MGS governance structure can be found at http://mbgenealogy.com/home/about-us/