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:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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.
The Southeast/Winnipeg Branch of MGS has made the decision, based on recommendations made by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Province, to limit social contact and to maintain social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are therefore taking measures to help protect our members and public visitors, out of an abundance of caution.
There will be no presentations at the MGS Resource Centre before mid-April, when we will reassess the situation. Jessica Landry’s March 23rd presentation has been rescheduled for June 8th. Gord McBean’s presentation on April 13th will be offered as a Webinar only.
Please check the MGS website and the Southeast/Winnipeg Branch webpage for details and updates.
NOTE: This presentation has been CANCELLED!
“Supplement your story: Cummins maps and Aerial photos” by Marni Domolewski
Wednesday March 18, 2020. 7:00 pm.
Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave. Winnipeg.
Cummins maps and aerial photos are two useful resources a genealogist can use to supplement their family history. Marni will explore Cummins maps, a series of land ownership maps from Manitoba created by the Cummins Map Company. This map series is a useful resource for locating a homestead with a legal description. She will also highlight the Air Photo Library of Manitoba, a library housed in Winnipeg that contains 1 million Manitoba land photos. These photos can be used to illustrate how a homestead property developed over the years.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/
The Southwest Branch Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 4 at Crocus Plains High School in Brandon. The following Executive members were elected:
Past President: George Mackay
Vice President: Linda Earl
Member-at-Large: Barry Reilly
Treasurer: Jan Ross
Anyone willing to become involved in the Executive, please contact Laura Crookshanks.