The Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. (MGS) is one of ten provincial genealogical organizations that endeavours to promote genealogical research and the writing of family histories. It is a registered charity formed in 1976 and incorporated in 1982. The main objectives of MGS are:
- To assist researchers in doing their genealogical research.
- To collect and preserve Manitoba genealogical and historical records/materials.
- To foster education in genealogical research through Society workshops, seminars and publications.
MGS has five local branches spread throughout the province.
MGS has some unique information on people who have lived in Manitoba (cemetery indexes, obituaries, BMDs - births, marriages, deaths, etc.) but we also can assist researchers with ancestors and descendents in other Canadian provinces and other countries – primarily United States, Great Britain, and Ireland.
Annual General Meeting
The MGS Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 am in the Library/Resource Center. The meeting included the 2015 Annual Reports, passing of motions re constitutional changes, election of Executive officers, and presentation of MGS awards. The following members were elected for one-year terms: President - Jim Oke, VP Finance - Rick Mclellan, VP Communications - Janice Butcher. Two officers had completed four years in their positions so could not be re-elected. However, due to changes in the MGS constitution the Executive appointed Ginny Braid as VP Administration and Gord McBean as VP Information Technology for one-year terms. The Treasurer and Secretary are always appointed by the Executive - Linda Wray and Pat Sundmark were appointed respectively. The Florence Cox Award was awarded to David Jenkins and the Jonasson Award was awarded to Irma Sozansky. Congratulations to you both.
Red River Heritage Fair
MGS participated in the Red River Heritage Fair held on May 7, 2015 where students from Grades 4 – 9 displayed their school history projects. MGS sponsored an award for the best Family History project. Janice Butcher volunteered to be the judge for our award. The winners were Gillian Besko and Grace Scott from St. Mary’s High School. Their project was on the Grosse Île quarantine station for the Port of Québec from 1832 to 1937, located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. At the time, the island was the main point of entry for Irish immigrants coming to Canada. The great grandmother of one of the students had been quarantined at Grosse Île and the students presented genealogical evidence of her ancestors and descendents. Other prize winners can be found at http://www.redriverheritage.ca and more information on Gross Île can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grosse_Isle,_Quebec .
Manitoba Adoption Records
Manitoba is opening birth records related to adoption. Read the news release. http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=30552. The changes to The Adoption Act and The Vital Statistics Act will allow for more openness with respect to birth records related to adoption. Adult adoptees and birth parents can access birth record information and protect their information.
The new legislation is expected to come into effect in June 2015. Manitoba’s new legislation will allow adoptees and birth parents to access available identifying information. It will also allow them to keep their information confidential if they wish.
Please visit the MGS Events Page for more information on upcoming events.
Membership Information, Questions and Benefits
Membership in the Society is open to all those interested in researching family history. Individual, Associate, Institutional and Corporate memberships are available to suit different interests.
MGS Quick Links
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