MGS Resource Centre

The MGS Library and Resource Centre is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Unit E, 1045 St. James Street. This is north of the Polo Park Shopping Centre on the north side of Ellice Avenue. It is tucked in the corner of the L-shaped strip mall across the parking lot from the Brick Furniture store. There is lots of free parking.

 Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed for all stat holidays)
  • Wednesday evenings 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (closed from January to mid-March and for the summer months)

We operate entirely with Volunteers, so it is a good idea to call ahead to make sure we are open. Special opening times may be arranged in advance for school groups or other organizations. If you have any inquiries, please phone 204-783-9139 or check our website.

Online Library Catalogue – KOHA

The MGS Library has produced an online catalogue of all books and reference material held in the library, called KOHA. It is searchable by title, author or keyword. You can search from home or at the Library. KOHA is an open-source Integrated Library System used by many libraries throughout the world.

Access the MGS Library Catalogue. 

Resources Available

  • On-site access (free while in the Library) to:
    • Ancestry – Library Edition
    • Newspaper Archive –   Note our license is for only one user at a time. Includes Winnipeg Free Press.
      A special Thank You to Southeast and Winnipeg Branch of MGS for providing these services at the resource centre.
  • In total, MGS has over 10,000 items (books, microfiche, maps, periodicals, etc.) in the library
  • Periodicals – approximately 60 journals, newsletters etc. from other genealogical organizations
  • MANI – our online database where you can search all MGS indexes at once.
  • Genealogical Handbooks, other reference materials and research aids.
  • Cemetery indexes – transcriptions on tombstones for over 1400 cemeteries throughout Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Crown Lands Registries – index listing land description for major land grants and homesteads.
  • Early Newspaper Obituary Index – births, marriages and deaths found in selected rural Manitoba newspapers 1859 to 1887 and in Winnipeg newspapers from 1859 to mid 1890s.
  • Index to Recent Obituaries in Winnipeg papers – from 1968 to the present, compiled and updated every quarter.
  • Manitoba local and family history books – approximately 900 books.
  • Manitoba Early Censuses – 1870, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916, 1921
  • Henderson Directories – Manitoba addresses and residents from 1876 to 1908, Winnipeg addresses and residents from 1908 to end of publication in 1999.
  • Anglican Marriage, Baptism and Death indexes from over 60 churches from the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Years range from 1813 to 1925.
  • Some Catholic Marriage Indexes – Years range from 1834 to 1982.
  • United Church Archives – marriage, baptism and burial indexes for a large number of Manitoba and N.W. Ontario charges.

Who Can Use the Library/Resource Centre?

MGS members can use the resources in the Library/Resource Centre free of charge. Non-members can use the resources for a daily user fee of $10.00 ($5.00 for Wednesday evening access). Only members may borrow materials.

Borrowing Items

Unless marked as Reference, all books in our library are available for MGS members to borrow. You can borrow up to six books/periodicals or CDs/DVDs at a time for three weeks. Renewals are usually allowed as long as no other member has requested to borrow the same item(s).

Mailing System for Out-of-Winnipeg Members

For members living outside of Winnipeg, MGS has a special low library mailing rate from Canada Post. The cost of postage for two-way delivery (to your home and back to MGS) is extremely reasonable, so do not hesitate to borrow items. Here are some examples of mailing costs from Winnipeg to several Canadian destinations for a large Local History Book (8½” x 11” x 2”) (Estimated total cost both ways):

  • Dauphin. MB                                               $ 0.92 + G.S.T.
  • Brandon, MB                                              $ 0.92 + G.S.T.
  • Yorkton, SK                                                 $ l.49 + G.S.T.
  • Nanaimo, BC                                              $ 3.12 + G.S.T.

Long distance members should contact the library about availability of books and postage costs by e-mailing

Cemetery Transcripts for Sale

Many MGS volunteers have spent countless hours over the years transcribing and indexing monumental inscriptions for about 1400 cemeteries in Manitoba. The indexes are available electronically on the computers at the library and as paper copies. Copies of most cemetery transcriptions may be purchased through MGS. How to locate and order a particular transcript. Contact us at 204-783-9139 or .

Volunteers Needed

The MGS Library provides members the opportunity to share in expanding the Society’s resources, with special emphasis on Manitoba sources. Projects which are available include:

  • Index of obituaries from local newspapers.
  • Index of Anglican Baptisms and Marriages.
  • Index of United Church Sacramental Registers.
  • Index of the Manitoba Census.
  • Cemetery Transcriptions.

Copying Equipment Available

  • We have a black and white photocopier on site – cost is $0.25 per side
  • Copies can also be sent to a printer from any of the computers – $0.25 per side
  • We have a microfilm reader – printer copies available $0.25 each
  • We have a microfilm scanner where scans can be saved to your own device (memory stick) on the attached computer or printed on one of our printers – $0.25 each
  • Scanning of material owned or copyrighted by MGS is same cost as copier – $0.25
  • Documents can be scanned using our photocopier and saved to a memory stick.

Refreshments /Lunch

A lot of material could be damaged by food or beverages, so neither is allowed in the main Library. There is a small lunchroom if you wish to have a coffee break, and a small refrigerator if you want to bring your lunch. Any food or beverages must be consumed in the lunchroom.
Off site, there are several places to eat in the immediate vicinity. There are many restaurants on St. James Street towards Polo Park Shopping Centre.

Contact Us

Email the Library Committee if you have any questions.