TECHNICAL AND OTHER DIFFICULTIES

Doors Open Winnipeg – September 12, 2020

Manitoba Genealogical Society had hoped to participate in Winnipeg’s Doors Open Event (with precautions) rescheduled from May to this coming September.  Unfortunately, due to the current status of the COVID-19 situation and the amount of planning involved in holding such an event in the MGS Resource Centre, it was decided to postpone this event.

On Line New and Renewal Membership Payments UPDATE

There are technical difficulties with on line  registration and/or payments for new and renewals of MGS Memberships through PayPal.  Currently the process on the MANI (mani.mbgenealogy.com) page does not transfer the user to the PayPal payment page.  This  issue is being worked on at present.  We will update you once this has been corrected.  Thank you for your patience and your continued support.

MGS ANNUAL MEETING – September 26, 2020

MANITOBA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY INC. NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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 contact@mbgenealogy.com 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.

RESOURCE CENTRE REOPENING JULY 7, 2020!

The MGS Resource Centre is re-opening to members and the public on July 7th at 10 a.m. after a long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the Guidelines as set out by the Province of Manitoba to safely reopen with precautions put in place for our volunteers and for our visitors. The Centre will be limited to 4 visitors per day in addition to our volunteers who will be on site to provide instructions and ensure proper sanitizing and distancing is followed.  It is recommended you bring a mask to wear inside the centre.  You will be permitted to bring your own laptop or IPAD, however will be required to sanitize these items upon entry and on exit.  Otherwise you will be restricted to one computer workstation during your visit.  Because of these restrictions it is recommended that you call the centre (204-783-9139) in advance if you plan to visit.

WE ARE RE-OPENING – JULY 7, 2020!

Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. – Unit E – 1045 St. James Street

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!

Great Canadian Giving Challenge is Here! June 1 to 30, 2020

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!

 

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.

Samples of Genealogical Resources from the Internet

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.
http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?page_id=10169

Learning from Home – Ideas from “Writing my Past” blog.
Videos, webinars, blogs and podcasts.

https://writingmypast.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/learning-from-home-videos-webinars-blogs-podcasts-and-more/?fbclid=IwAR3WSHmLW5tWY8_9z4huLPWL7XchVVE8xt5gdp0xQlveCRvT0PYx5hR_8uo

 

National Volunteer Week April 19 – 25, 2020

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:
https://volunteer.ca/vdemo/Campaigns_DOCS/NVW%202020/NVW2020Campaign%20Introduction_E.pdf

News from the Southwest Branch

‼️ 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 webmeeting@mbgenealogy.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