Why should you become an MGS member? There are lots of reasons!
Our members share the love of genealogy, history and how they connect these to their own family stories. Our members love to share and are open to helping new members make their own discoveries. Our members are one of our most valuable assets.
“Very many thanks to you and your fellow volunteers. Keep up the great work!”
Members have online access to the MGS searchable database – MANI (MAnitoba Name Index).
Members have online access to the KOHA database – search for indexed material available within the MGS Resource Centre. Borrow books, CDs etcetera.
Members have unlimited access to the MGS Resource Centre during open hours where you can access all of the resource material, and use the computer workstations to access Ancestry.com, NewspaperArchives.com and the cemetery index.
Benefits of MGS Membership
- Unlimited access to the MGS Library/Resource Centre – borrow books, CDs, etc.
- Free access to: Ancestry.com, NewspaperArchive.com, Cemetery indexes, while at the MGS Resource Centre
- Web-access to MGS online search database – MANI (MAnitoba Name Index)
- Receive MGS journal (Generations) four times per year
- Updated information on MGS web-site, Facebook page, and Twitter
- Seminars, workshops, and planned excursions (e.g. Salt Lake City)
- Assistance with research: a) casual and b) paid – reduced fee for members
- Sharing of knowledge and expertise
- Opportunity to join one of four local branches
- Friends with similar interests
Categories of MGS Members
- Individual members – those who receive all the benefits listed above, plus have voting privileges at MGS meetings and the right to hold elected and appointed office in the Society.
- Associate member – those who reside at the same address as an Individual Member. They have all the privileges of Individual Members except the right to receive Generations.
- Institutional members – are libraries, societies and other similar organizations. Institutional Membership entitles the subscriber to receive the Society’s journal during the paid membership year. The institution may also designate one or two representatives to make use of the Library/Resource Centre.
MGS Membership Fees
Individual – $50.00 Associate – $20 Institutional – $50
- Branch fees are listed on the Membership Form , on branch websites and in your “My Account” section part of the MANI membership module if you have activated your MANI account.
- For members of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, take advantage of discounted MGS membership fees($5.00). To receive the MGS discount, submit proof of OGS or SGS membership to MGS.
Join / Renew Membership
Memberships can either be paid online through MANI (MAnitoba Name Index), by mail, or in person at the MGS Library/Resource Centre.
MANI, the MGS members-only website, enables membership payments with PayPal or credit card. All MGS members are automatically approved for a MANI account. Find out more about MANI.
New Memberships – 2 Payment Options
- New members can join MGS and create an account in MANI at the same time. Click on the REGISTER link at the top right of the MANI homepage.
- OR new members can print and complete the Membership Form and mail to MGS enclosing the appropriate payment or drop off at the Library/Resource Centre.
Renewing Memberships – 2 Payment Options
- Members can use MANI to pay for membership renewals online.
- Log in to MANI
- Click on Account Information. A page will appear giving personal information on your membership. You can update the information if you wish.
- To renew your membership, click on Purchase/Renewal at the top of the page.
- A new page will appear with two options: a) Purchase credits and b) Memberships: Complete the membership form by clicking the appropriate boxes. e.g. Individual member, branch membership.
- Click on Purchase. You will be taken to the payment page. You can either pay by PayPal or credit card.
- Members without a MANI account can create one and then pay online by following the instructions in #1 above.
- OR members can print and complete the Membership Form and mail to MGS enclosing the appropriate payment, or drop off at the Library/Resource Centre.
Donations to MGS
Many members wish to make a donation to MGS at the same time as paying their membership fees.
There are three options for donating to MGS:
- If joining or renewing through MANI, you can use the DONATION buttons at the end of the registration/renewal form. The amount will be added to your total purchase.
- You can donate online anytime by clicking on the “Donate” button on the Home Page. You will be taken to the PayPal website, where you can select your donation amount in a secure environment.
- If you are mailing in a printed membership form, you can add a donation to the total amount that you are submitting.
Conditions of Membership
A condition of your membership in the Society is that you agree to your name, address, email address and membership number being held on a computer database. This is essential for administrative purposes and will be used by the Society only for such purposes.
Our connection for online payment is through a secure connection using PayPal. It does not require a PayPal account and allows you to use a variety of credit cards to complete the transaction without the need to create a PayPal account. However, having a PayPal account requires less information to be entered each time, as it is stored in the PayPal system. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can use credit or debit.