Following a very long closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the decision to re-open the MGS Resource Centre to volunteers, members and visitors was approved at the meeting of the MGS Executive in June 2020. This decision was made carefully, taking into consideration the Guidelines set out by the Province of Manitoba for re-opening of businesses including not-for-profit organizations. Manitoba-Restoring Safe Services
The Manitoba Genealogical Society is very grateful for your patience and support during this difficult period of time. We would like you to be assured that although our Resource Centre has been closed, our dedicated volunteers have continued to work behind the scenes, our volunteers working remotely from home continuing to add new information to MANI (Members Only Index), or coming into the closed Centre once weekly to monitor/process new mail, and/or monitor and respond to new email messages. Our researchers continued to work on their projects remotely from home and respond to inquiries related to research.
RESUMED HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Of course, although we will be opening July 7th it will be necessary to follow the Province of Manitoba Guidelines for re-opening to the public. Access to the Centre will be limited. Members and patrons who wish to visit the MGS Resource Centre should call the MGS Centre (204-783-9139) in advance to arrange a scheduled time to visit. Only 4 appointments will be scheduled on each of the 3 days. The Province encourages all volunteers, members, patrons and visitors to use the screening information in the self-screening tool before leaving home to visit the centre. (Self-Screening Tool) Volunteers who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (such as cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulty) should stay home and anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact Health Links at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.
During your visit the following regulations will be implemented:
- Before being allowed to access the MGS Resource Centre all visitors will be verbally screened at the front counter about COVID-19 symptoms before proceeding further into the centre. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to proceed.
- All persons entering the Resource Centre must use the sanitizer provided at the time of entry and also when exiting. Washrooms are available and recommended hand washing before exiting the washroom.
- Wearing face masks will continue to be strongly recommended.
- Personal teaching or other assistance from on site volunteers will be impacted, to comply with necessary safe distancing.
- Personal laptops/IPADS will be allowed in the centre but restricted to the large conference table in the middle of the room and will be spaced according to current restrictions. Laptops/IPADs will be required to be sanitized on entry to the centre as well as before exiting the centre.
- If requiring a Resource Centre computer to do research, volunteers, members or patrons will be assigned to one computer for the duration of their visit and stations will be sanitized after use. It is recommended you bring your own pen/pencil but one can be provided and will be sanitized after use.
- Books and other material obtained for research/reading must be returned to the book return receptacle at the front desk for sanitizing and re-shelving.
If you have questions or concerns about this re-opening, do not hesitate to call us at 204-783-9139 or leave us your comments at the bottom of this post. Thank you for your continued interest and support!
GET CHARITABLE THIS JUNE!
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us through www.canadahelps.org or www.givingchallenge.ca qualifies MGS to win $20,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win! #GivingChallengeCA
As a Registered Charity, MGS qualifies for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!
Every $ you donate to MGS through Canada Helps in June qualifies us to win $20,000! Details here: www.givingchallenge.ca #GivingChallengeCA
Click on the link below to join the challenge and help MGS win!
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!
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.
This is National Volunteer Week. MGS would like to recognize and thank our many volunteers who work tirelessly to help keep MGS running.
Here is part of a message from the National Campaign:
“National Volunteer Week is upon us again and this year’s campaign theme is a celebration of the commitment, dedication and selflessness that are the hallmarks of volunteerism across Canada. The theme is: “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers.” The spirit of volunteerism never tires. This year we encourage you to loudly and proudly applaud volunteers. Without them, so much of what needs to be done, would remain undone”.
The remainder of the message can be found at the following link:
Happy Halloween. Here is a link to the history of Halloween (if you do not know already). History of Halloween
The image below is credited to “Festival Collections”.
SURNAME INDEX MGS
MGS now has a searchable quick reference index to surnames of family history holdings available in the Manitoba Genealogical Society (MGS) Resource Centre.
These family histories have been donated to the MGS by researchers and provide a valuable source of genealogical information. They have been catalogued and patrons using the MGS website can search the online catalogue (KOHA) at On-Line KOHA to find out more about these family histories as well as all the MGS library holdings. Note – This surname list is not complete and does not reflect all the information on these and other families contained within other books, online databases and other resources of the MGS Resource Centre.
You can find the link to this index by visiting our Resource page at http://mbgenealogy.com/resources/
We encourage all patrons to call the MGS Resource Centre at 204-783-9139 to find out the hours of opening and to seek assistance from one of our volunteers.
Once again we will be offering two spots each day for non-members to receive free research help at MGS on the following third Thursday of the months stipulated below. Applicants must apply to email@example.com , providing their e-mail address for communication. The sessions last from 1 pm to 3 pm. on the following days:
We will confirm by email if you have been assigned one of the spots. Share this post with your family and friends!
Note: MGS members can receive assistance with their research anytime the Library is open.
For more information, click on the following link:
Presentations are held at the MGS Library/Resource Centre, 1045 St. James St. at 7:00 pm. Free for SE/Winnipeg Branch members and $5 for non-members. Branch membership fee is $12 for MGS members.
Monday, May 13
“Manitoba Geographical Names Program”
Presenter: Des Kappel
Above presentation will follow immediately after the AGM meeting being held at 7 PM.
Monday, May 27
“Mennonite DNA Project”
Presenter: Glenn Penner