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MGS Resource Centre Closure to Public – October 19, 2020

Due to the Winnipeg Region moving to Code ORANGE  status or restricted level on the  COVID-19 pandemic response system, the Manitoba Genealogical Society Resource Centre has been closed to the public as of October 19, 2020.  A decision to reopen the centre will be addressed as new information from Manitoba Government is provided.

All on line services will continue during the closure.  Many processes will continue remotely or by individual volunteers as was the process during the spring closure.

STAY SAFE! We’ll see you again soon.

WANTED – Generations Editor

We are looking for a volunteer editor for the MGS journal called Generations for 2021.

This is a 40+ page journal created in MS Word, and converted to .pdf for publication four times a year.  The editor job description is linked below.  We are looking for a one year commitment starting January, 2021.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in MGS, get to know the members better, and collect and publish family histories, genealogy know-how, and more.  What is your vision of Generations?  Your creativity is welcome here.

Please fill out the volunteer-application-form and either email the form to or mail to MGS, Unit E – 1045 St. James St., Winnipeg, MB, R3H 1B1. Your support is very much appreciated.

Call 204-783-9139 or email if you are have any questions about volunteering – don’t miss the opportunity!


The Manitoba Genealogical Society held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday,  September 26, 2020.  The AGM, usually held in June, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently in its second phase of spread.  The AGM was held at the NorthWest Law Enforcement Academy in Winnipeg with limited in person attendance and with a larger group of members attending remotely via Callbridge.  Thank you to  the NorthWest Law Enforcement Academy for making this available to MGS.  All present, in person or remote, had the opportunity to comment and vote. It was a successful meeting, under the present conditions, and the following Executive Officers were elected or appointed:

PRESIDENT:                                                       Chris Irwin
PAST PRESIDENT:                                           Gord McBean
VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:            David Farmer (new)
VP COMMUNICATIONS:                                Angela Fiebelkorn (new)
MEMBER-AT-LARGE:                                      Shaun Hobson
MEMBER-AT-LARGE:                                     Wanda Korman
TREASURER:                                                    Gloria McNabb

The following Executive positions remain unfilled:

At the MGS Council meeting held September 26, 2020 at 1 PM, the following Chairs were appointed:

Membership Services:                                  Aleta Foreman
Office Coordination:                                      Pamela Pina
Research:                                                           Jim Rutherford
Education and Outreach:                            Bill Curtis (incumbent)
Publicity:                                                           Daryl Dumanski (incumbent)
Social Media:                                                   Janice Butcher (incumbent)
Fundraising:                                                     Judith Roe (incumbent)
MANI Management/Operations               Gord McBean (incumbent)

The following appointed positions remain unfilled:

Special Projects
Generations Journal:                                Deferred to next Executive meeting
Grants and Applications
Computer and network support  –      An IT team of 4 technical volunteers are in place, supervised by  G. McBean

If you feel you have some expertise in any of the above vacant positions, we would welcome your volunteer application.  Check out our volunteer page for more information –


DATE:                   SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
TIME:                   10:00 A.M.
LOCATION:         Northwest Law Enforcement Academy
Suite 200 – 1821 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg
North side of Wellington, entrance door beside  Subway Restaurant
Advance Registration required for in person attendance (limited seating)
Contact: for more information

The Manitoba Genealogical Society will hold its annual meeting this coming Saturday, September 26, 2020.  This meeting is constitutionally held in June of each year but due to the circumstances of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions for holding large group events, the meeting was postponed until restrictions were relaxed.  The Executive of the MGS has therefore decided to hold the meeting in the fall, so that a new Executive could be nominated and approved for the 2020-2021 year.  The end of September was agreed upon to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Although some of the COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed somewhat, it will still be necessary to limit the numbers in attendance in person to approximately 20 persons.  We have arranged for other members to attend the meeting remotely via CallBridge system.  You can attend via smart phone, computer or tablet.  An invitation has been sent to members this month with instructions on how to join in.  If you are a member in good standing and did not receive an invitation by email and you wish to attend remotely, please contact with your name and member number and an email will be sent to you.

It has been a very challenging year during this 2019-2020 Year with many changes within the Executive, choosing an Interim Executive, then a temporary executive, and then the COVID-19 pandemic impacting on our volunteer resources and our ability to provide support for our members and other visitors who are researching their family histories for themselves or on behalf of others. We are so grateful for our volunteers, our most valuable “original source”.

The MGS Council last met in person in January of 2020.  Due to the pandemic the Council has not been able or scheduled to meet.  The 2019-2020 Council will hold their first meeting since January the afternoon of September 26, 2020 after the AGM has concluded.  It is at this time a new Council will be selected / appointed.


Nominations presented and selection process for the following EXECUTIVE POSITIONS will be conducted during the AGM:

Vice President Administration
Vice President Finance
Vice President Communications
Vice President Information Technology
Member-At-Large #1
Member-At-Large #2

Past President
Recording Secretary

Membership Services
Office Coordination
Special Projects
Education and Outreach
Social Media
Grants and Applications
Computer and Network Support
MANI Management/ Operations


MGS ANNUAL MEETING – September 26, 2020


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 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.

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 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

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 Consult the website for information at

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

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 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

KOHA Library Search
You can check out the holdings at the MGS Library –

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 Your donation has been very much appreciated. Thank you!