MGS Library / Resource Centre Closure

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.

SE/Winnipeg Branch March-April Program Changes

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.

East European G. S. Presentation CANCELLED!

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/

Southwest Branch AGM

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
President:                       Vacant
Vice President:              Linda Earl
Member-at-Large:        Barry Reilly
Secretary:                        Vacant
Treasurer:                        Jan Ross
Anyone willing to become involved in the Executive, please contact Laura Crookshanks.

Reorganization of MGS Website

Please note that the Menus of the MGS website are presently being re-organized so you may have some difficulty in finding the information that you are looking for. During a previous re-organization of the website, not all information pertaining to MGS was included in the Menus at the top of the Home Page. Some of it remained in the “Site Map” at the bottom of the Page. So if you can’t find something, please check the Site Map. Specifically, the Menus for Resources and Cemeteries are more easily found through the Site Map.

We are working hard to complete the re-organization as soon as possible, so please bear with us. Thank you for your understanding.

East European Genealogical Society Presentation

“Chortitza Mennonite Gravestone Project in Ukraine” by Werner Toews, author of “Sketches from Siberia”
Wednesday February 19, 2020. 7:00 pm.
Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg.

The village of Chortitza — now part of the city of Zaporizhia, on the Dnieper River — was the first and largest settlement of Mennonites in Ukraine, founded in 1789 at the invitation of Russian Empress Catherine II. The recent demolition of an abandoned building in the city has uncovered a foundation that incorporates more than a hundred gravestones taken from a Mennonite cemetery destroyed by the former Soviet Union in the 1930s. The restoration of the stones, some of them old enough to commemorate original founders of the community, is being spearheaded by a young Ukrainian historian, Max Shtatsky. The forced exodus of Mennonites from the area in 1943 brought many descendants of the Chortitza colonists to Canada, with the majority settling in Manitoba.
For more information check out the EEGS website at http://eegsociety.org/Home.aspxand Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eegsociety/

Notice re Receipts for MGS Charitable Donations

Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. (MGS) is presently processing official donation receipts for the 2019 taxation year.  MGS will distribute receipts to donors by email (or regular mail for those without email) by February 29, 2020 in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements.  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact treasurer@mbgenealogy.com. Your donation has been very much appreciated. Thank you!

Report on MGS Special General Meeting

A very successful Special General Meeting was held on Saturday, February 1 with 32 members in attendance. A new MGS Executive was elected as follows:

President                          Chris Irwin (from Belmont MB)
VP Administration         Vacant
VP Communications    Janice Butcher
VP Finance                        Vacant
VP Information Technology    Aleta Foreman
2 Members-at-Large      Laurie Green, Shaun Hobson
Past President              Gord McBean, Jim Oke (not elected – by virtue of previous position)

After the General Meeting the Executive met and appointed Angela Fiebelkorn to serve as Treasurer. Note that the Secretary and two Executive positions are still vacant on the 10-person Executive. We need to fill these positions ASAP. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please contact the President at president@mbgenealogy.com

 

Archives of Manitoba 2020 Exhibit

The Archives of Manitoba is inviting all Manitobans to help create their 2020 exhibit, in honour of Manitoba’s 150thAnniversary as a province. You can choose something from the Archives ofManitoba’s holdings and tell themwhy it matters. They may feature your submissions on their blog, through social media, or in their exhibit at the Archives. For more information – https://www.gov.mb.ca/yourarchives/index.html