Southeast and Winnipeg Test


We are a community of genealogical researchers involved in discovering intriguing family histories. Whether your interest lies in building a family tree; tracing ancestors back to past times and events, or finding relatives in your family’s historic homeland, our members can share their experience with you.

We invite you to join us in
what will be a grand adventure!

 Now, more than ever, there are so many great reasons to be part of the
Southeast and Winnipeg Branch. We are confident you will agree!
Please use these buttons to check out all the
great information found on our Branch’s webpages. 

 About our Logo

Our branch logo, represented by the three trees, was given to us to use courtesy of Lynn Roseman, an MGS life member. Lynn’s mother – Mary Catherine (Collishaw) Smith, was the illustrator. Mary was born on August 29, 1925 in New Westminster, BC. She passed away on October 19, 1993 in Toronto, ON.

Mary graduated as a Landscape Architect from the University of Toronto on June 11, 1973, after raising her family. A passionate naturalist and gardener, she introduced the idea of “natural heritage” in conjunction with built heritage, as an active member of the Shade Tree Council of Ontario, the Conservation Council of Ontario, and the Toronto Field Naturalist Association, serving the latter as President from 1982 to 1984. Her illustrations of trees appeared in several publications by these organizations in the 1970s and 1980s.

We proudly display Mary’s artwork to represent our MGS Branch.





We exist to provide opportunities for people interested in family history to share our experiences, help each other, expand our research skills, and have fun!
Our focus is social and educational. We hold 15 to 20 events annually through our Monday Night Genealogy! series. Everyone is welcome to attend!
We will support you to find your family’s stories, wherever in the world they came from.

Please use these buttons below to navigate around our webpages.  There are so many reasons to be part of the Southeast and Winnipeg Branch. We are confident you will agree!

Contact Us

– e-mail:
– phone: 204-783-9139 and leave a message for Southeast and Winnipeg Branch.
Please be patient. We will get back to you, but it may take a few days.
For research services:
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Branch Programs CANCELLED until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the need for social and physical distancing, programs have been cancelled. We will keep you informed about plans for the 2020 / 2021 Programming Schedule as information about the lifting of physical distancing restrictions becomes available from the Province.

Monday Night Genealogy! Series

Click here to view the current Activities Brochure Subject to change—check for updates.
Usually held the 2nd & 4th Monday evenings of the month—September to June 7 to 9 pm
Very brief business meeting followed by Program.  We welcome suggestions for topics and speakers.
Non-members wishing to attend Branch functions are welcome for a nominal fee, and if space is available.
Programs are at the MGS Resource Centre, Unit E -1045 St. James Street (the Brick Plaza), unless otherwise noted.
Program details are announced and updated in the Branch e-Zine, in the MGS Calendar at the right, and in the Branch Activities Brochure.

12 Heads Are Better Than One

The Programs known as 12 Heads are intended to encourage members to help each other with our research.
A volunteer facilitator spends 15-20 minutes introducing the evening’s topic. Then everyone attending has an opportunity to share successes, problem, and experiences, and ask questions. Participation is fun!


A Message from the Southeast & Winnipeg Branch President

April 9, 2020
We certainly are going through trying times. This pandemic will be one that future genealogists will be researching to find out how their ancestors coped.
The Southeast & Winnipeg Branch wants to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time. We are observing health guidelines of social distancing and to that end we have had to postpone our educational programs to the end of June. This means that we will not be having our Annual General Meeting on May 11.
Article VIII.1 of our By-Laws state that we hold our AGM in May, but due to government policies on social distancing, this will not be possible. The Executive proposes, therefore, to have the AGM on Monday September 14, 2020. Until then your present executive will remain in office doing the regular work of the Branch. We considered having the AGM in the summer, but we know if we can begin to socialize again many members will want to spend time at the lake or visiting relatives and friends in other places. We still invite your nominations for executive positions and suggestions of programs for next year. Our year-end financial statement will be until the end of April 2020, but an update on the months following that date will be provided at the AGM.
If anything changes about our decision we will, of course, let you know. Your executive has been able to hold meetings electronically and will be flexible to your needs.
We want to express our good wishes to all our members for good health and for good social interactions using distancing devices such as phones and computers. We hope you are using your time at home for genealogy work, reading, games and just reflecting on the many blessings we have in Canada.
Southeast & Winnipeg Branch (MGS) President, Virginia Braid

Call for Nominations for Branch Executive 2020-2021

Our AGM has been postponed until September, and nominations remain open until August 15, 2020. Please nominate someone to serve on the executive or nominate yourself.

This is also a call for submissions of any petitions.

– Nominations and petitions may be submitted by any Branch member in good standing.
– Nominations and petitions should be in writing and mailed to the Resource Centre to attention of the Southeast and Winnipeg Branch Nomination Committee or emailed to the Branch at

Please indicate whether the nominee has consented to stand.
Click here for the position descriptions.
Click here to download the nomination form.

Serving on the executive is a great way to learn more about the Branch and be involved in planning activities that you would enjoy.


Branch Membership

Membership in the Branch is open to all MGS members for an additional fee of $15.00 per year
Members receive the Branch Newsletter (e-Zine) and may participate in Branch workshops, meetings and field expeditions, hold elected or appointed office, and vote at membership meetings.
Click here to view the Membership Brochure
Click here to view the Branch Bylaws (2013)
To join, complete the application and return with your payment to the address at the top of the form. You can also join through MANI, using PayPal.

2019 – 2020 Southeast and Winnipeg Branch Executive

– President: Virginia Braid
– 1st Vice-President: Vacant
– 2nd Vice-President: Sheila Woods
– Secretary: Kelly Southworth
– Treasurer: Gloria McNabb
– Past President: Vacant
– Councillor: Kathleen Kristjansson
– Councillor: Maureen Corkal
– Councillor: Vacant

Branch Executive Meetings

The Branch Executive usually meets on the last Monday of August and the first Monday of each month from October to June at the MGS Resource Centre. Times are announced each month, and listed in the MGS Calendar, to the right. All members are welcome to attend executive meetings as observers.


Branch activities are our service to members, and the public. We need your help!
Please consider volunteering for one of the opportunities below and help spread the workload.
Further information is available by contacting the Branch.

MGS Resource Centre – Wednesday evenings

The Branch opens and staffs the MGS Library and Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm between Labour Day and the Christmas break, and from mid-March to the end of June.
– Volunteers needed who can commit to work one Wednesday evening/month for a year.
– Spares are also needed to fill in when a regular volunteer is away.
Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the resources at the centre.


This electronic Branch newsletter is published monthly from September to June.
– Volunteer note-takers needed to summarize presentations in the e-Zine.
– Anyone can submit news items of interest to Branch members.
– Associate editor needed, to help with formatting and distribution.

Serve on the Executive, or on a Committee

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Branch and help in planning future educational programs and other activities.
– Click here for more information on executive positions and committees.

Updated April 27, 2020