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.
Facebook for Canadian Genealogy
This document prepared by Gail Dever of Genealogy a la Carte, is a list of more than 1,000 Facebook groups and pages that can help genealogists research their ancestors who lived in Canada.
Learning from Home – Ideas from “Writing my Past” blog.
Videos, webinars, blogs and podcasts.
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:
‼️ Upon receiving notification from the City of Brandon that access has been denied to Crocus Plains High School for our May meeting, the Executive has also decided to cancel the pot luck supper and tour event scheduled for June.‼️
❗️We plan to carry on Branch activities again in September and will keep you posted. ❗️
✅In case you weren’t aware, there are lots of free genealogy webinars being offered online from various groups. For example, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offering a free webinar each day in April to non-members.
✅MGS is also offering a free Virtual Presentation “Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually by Gord McBean” on April 13 at 7:00. You can register at email@example.com by April 11. See the MGS website for more information.
✅Webinars help to pass time and also provide a great learning opportunity for all of us. Stay safe and we will see you in September
The webinar presentation “Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually” by Gord McBean will be held on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. Since we are still in the testing phase, this presentation will be offered to MGS members only, and is FREE to all MGS members. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 11 and include your MGS member number. Here is a preview:
Travelling Back to the Old Community – Virtually
Tools and techniques will be presented that let people explore places they may never visit in person. Given the current environment, we can travel without leaving home.
It is easy to locate current places, including small towns, libraries, cemeteries, and churches and visit those places with StreetView. Historic map overlays let us look at what was there. Using Mashup we can combine multiple sources to experience Community Walks, TripperMap and create our own map with MapBuilder.
For details of this webinar presentation and updates on the status of future presentations, please watch the Branch website page at http://mbgenealogy.com/branches/southeast-and-winnipeg-branch/
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.