Webinars

Free Manitoba Genealogy Webinar Series

The webinar series runs every Wednesday from Jan 27 to Mar 31, 2021 from 7 pm – 9 pm.  In addition there are two Super Saturdays—Sat, Feb 20, and Mar 20, 2021 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Attend one session, or attend all!  Manitobans and MGS members attend for free.

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Upcoming Webinars

Treasures in your Archives. How archives are organized differently than a library and what you need to know about using archives.

Treasures in your Archives. How archives are organized differently than a library and what you need to know about using archives. There are many archives in Manitoba, both big and small. This webinar will highlight some of the amazing archives and their collections in Manitoba.

A Panel and Question and Answer session will look at Manitoba records.

Presenter: David Cuthburt, President Association of Manitoba Archives.

Presenter’s Bio:

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It’s about drawing from the work of other people, including those who were gathering information or jotting down observations a century ago

Crowdsourcing Your Family Research

Are you stuck? Get help from others — sometimes, in surprising ways. The word “crowdsourcing” might be new, but the concept has been around for decades. It’s all about drawing from the work of other people, including those who were gathering information or jotting down observations a century or more ago. The Internet makes this easier than ever before, but you will need to look beyond basic genealogical sources.

Presenter: David Obee

Presenter’s Bio: Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.

He is Editor and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.

He was a member of the services consultation committee at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa for four years. He is also a former member of the board of Canada’s History Society, which publishes Canada’s History, the magazine formerly known as The Beaver, and Kayak, which is a history magazine for children, as well as related websites.

Dave is a columnist for Internet Genealogy magazine and Your Genealogy Today magazine, formerly Family Chronicle. Dave has also written about family history for Canada’s History as well as Your Family Tree in the United Kingdom.

In 2012, Dave published Counting Canada: A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census. Dave is also the author of Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records, published in 2010. He wrote Making the News, published by the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of the newspaper. It is a comprehensive history of Vancouver Island, drawn from old newspapers. Dave is also the co-author (with Sherry Irvine) of Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, published by Ancestry in 2007.

A complete list of genealogy sessions is on Dave’s schedule page. This site also has more about Dave’s topics. There is also information on Dave’s books.

He has been researching his own family history since 1978, when he took a continuing education course through Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. After puttering about for a few years, he started making real progress with the guidance of Rena Derricott at the Family History Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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The MGS Research Team – who we are and how do we do what we do. With decades of experience amongst them they perform for a fee research.

NOTE: Time change to 9:45 – 10:45

The team will introduce themselves individually with a brief comment on how they got involved at MGS research and then a general discussion on how they can help people with their research. They will highlight sources at MGS and cover other sources of Manitoba information. Many problems arrise during research such as with how many names are distorted at customs as well as the process of transcribing records into indexes. These are a group of very experienced researchers with a wealth of knowledge. See the MGS research webpage for more information at https://mbgenealogy.com/services/research-assistance/

Presenter: MGS research committee members

Presenter’s Bio: The MGS Research Team – provides research for a fee. Clients from around the world and MGS members benefit from the knowledge and experience of the team.

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Home Home on the Range – To the Prairies and the Rocky Mountain -Understanding Homestead records and immigration to Manitoba

Home Home on the Range for My Family in Manitoba

Using my family as a case study this session will go through how I found my ancestors homestead in southern Manitoba and see what it looks like today. We will go through the following steps:

• Find the Homestead records

• Figure out what the homestead records is saying

• Find the latitude and longitude.

• Find the location, center and four corners on Google maps.

Presenter: Lianne Kruger

Presenter’s Bio: Lianne Kruger, is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in Canada, homesteading for U.S. and Canada, video recording family history, and using technology in all aspects of genealogy. She is a member of the board and communication director for mitoYDNA.org. She is on the Ancestry.ca advisory board and is the webmaster, database and social media chair for Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS). She previously served six years as 1st VP of AGS and President of Red Deer Branch. She earned the AGS President’s award in 2020.

She earned a computer degree and has taught computer software courses since 1982. She has recently earned a certificate and Associate degree in Family History from Brigham Young University Idaho.

Lianne is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars including RootsTech, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree Webinars, FamilyRoots, THE Genealogy Show (UK), Vivid-Pix, Ontario Ancestors, and BIFHSGO. She has had articles published in BYU Studies Quarterly, FamilySearch, Ancestry, LDSTech, SK Translations, ISBGFH, and AGS Relatively Speaking. Lianne is a member of Associate of Professional Genealogists, Vivid-Pix, AGS, Ontario Ancestors, and National Genealogical Society. 

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#15 – Beginning Genealogy 2 – Searching Resources in Different Countries: vital statistics, census, church records, in Canada, Manitoba

This is part two of a two part webinar on beginning genealogy skills. Whether you are just starting or you are looking to refresh your research and organization skills you will benefit from this webinar.

#15 – Beginning Genealogy 2 – Searching Resources in Different Countries: vital statistics, census, church records, Resources in Canada, Manitoba, etc.

Presenter: Elizabeth Briggs

Presenter’s Bio: Elizabeth was born and educated in Glamorgan, South Wales. She trained as a teacher in England and continued her post secondary education in Canada. She holds B.Sc., B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees.

Elizabeth has researched her own genealogy since 1976. She attended courses in Canada, Brigham Young University in Utah and the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. Elizabeth enjoys genealogy and likes to combine this research with her skills as a teacher. Elizabeth has written or co-authored several books related to genealogy and family history.

Elizabeth Briggs is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.

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#16 – DNA

#16 – DNA

More details will be posted soon.

DNA More details will be posted soon.

Presenter: David Obee

Presenter’s Bio: Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.

He is Editor and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972. His complete bio is available at his website at http://www.daveobee.com/bio.html

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Details will be posted soon

Details will be posted soon

Presenter: Glen Wright

Presenter’s Bio: Glenn Wright (from Ottawa) was born and educated in Toronto, Ontario. Following graduation from the University of Toronto, he worked as a researcher for Pierre Berton before joining the Public Archives of Canada in 1975. During his public service career that spanned more than 30 years, Glenn worked as an archivist (Library and Archives Canada), historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP.  Glenn is a past president of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). He is a frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events. Though he covers several genealogy topics of interest he is especially interested in researching military ancestors.

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Social Media! Those who did not discover it before, have probably started using it during the COVID shutdown. Come and learn how to use it.

Research and Share the Social Media Way

Social media can be used to help genealogists in four areas: research your family line, learn general genealogical tips and tricks, share information with others and meet distant relatives. Discover examples of these four areas within six free platforms along with the pros and cons of each. The platforms we will discuss are:

• Facebook

• Twitter

• Pinterest

• YouTube

• Blogs

• Instagram

Social Media! Those who did not discover it before, have probably started using it during the COVID shutdown. There are so many ways genealogists can use social media platforms to research, crowd source and share family history.

This webinar will be a one hour presentation and then a panel discussion for the second hour. This will be the last webinar in the series so it allows us to discuss and wrap up the series. The presenter, Lianne Kruger, will be part of the panel as there will be questions from her presentation.

Presenter: Lianne Kruger

Presenter’s Bio: Lianne Kruger, is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in Canada, homesteading for U.S. and Canada, video recording family history, and using technology in all aspects of genealogy. She is a member of the board and communication director for mitoYDNA.org. She is on the Ancestry.ca advisory board and is the webmaster, database and social media chair for Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS). She previously served six years as 1st VP of AGS and President of Red Deer Branch. She earned the AGS President’s award in 2020.

She earned a computer degree and has taught computer software courses since 1982. She has recently earned a certificate and Associate degree in Family History from Brigham Young University Idaho.

Lianne is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars including RootsTech, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree Webinars, FamilyRoots, THE Genealogy Show (UK), Vivid-Pix, Ontario Ancestors, and BIFHSGO. She has had articles published in BYU Studies Quarterly, FamilySearch, Ancestry, LDSTech, SK Translations, ISBGFH, and AGS Relatively Speaking. Lianne is a member of Associate of Professional Genealogists, Vivid-Pix, AGS, Ontario Ancestors, and National Genealogical Society. 

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