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 branches located throughout the province.
MGS has some unique information on people who have lived in Manitoba (cemetery indexes, obituaries, BMDs - births, marriages, deaths, family history and local history books, etc.) but we also can assist researchers with ancestors and descendents from other Canadian provinces and other countries – United States, Great Britain, Ireland and others.
MGS Resource Highlights
Located in Winnipeg, MGS has over 10,000 items (books, indexes, maps, periodicals, microfiche, etc.), access to ancestry.com, newspaper archives, and many reference resources.
Online Library Catalogue - KOHA
The Library/Resource Centre has produced an online catalogue of all books and reference material held in the library, searchable by title, author and keyword. You can search from home or at the Library. Click on the link below.
MANI (MAnitoba Name Index)
Online database that can search all MGS indexes at the same time.
The MGS Library/Resource Centre will remain closed on Wednesday evenings until mid-March.
Library Culling of Books
The MGS Library Committee is beginning a process of culling some books from our collection. The books to be discarded are being offered first to MGS members. As they progress with the process of downsizing, the Committee will be making lists of books that will be offered to MGS members first. The lists will be posted on the MGS web-site for one month. If no member has requested a book by the end of one month, it will offered to another organization. For the first list of books, click on the following link List of Books .
Sign up for MANI now!!
MANI (the MAnitoba Names Index) is now available to all current MGS members. It allows online access to MGS indexes from home. Some indexes are still being added and eventually there will be over 1.5 million indexed items in MANI. To use MANI, members have to first register online. Be sure to choose a username and password that you can remember. As fast as our volunteers can process your request you will have access to all of the indexes available in-house at the MGS Library. To register, click on the MANI icon below or go to the web site at http://mani.mbgenealogy.com/
World War I News
Index of Manitoba Soldiers killed in WWI
The Archives of Manitoba has created an electronic index of some Manitoba soldiers killed in WWI. This index was generated from a series of cards created by the Government of Manitoba for the purpose of documenting Manitoba casualties. The original index was made during and after the war but was not a complete record. As a result, this electronic index is also not a complete list of Manitobans killed in WWI. Interested individuals can search the index for persons of interest, and if found, go to the digital record. The index is fully keyword searchable, making it easy to narrow down by community or other keywords, in addition to names.
Each of the 1092 cards contains information on an individual soldier, including name, rank, battalion, date of death, and may also include personal information such as community of residence and next of kin. Some have an obituary glued to them. To access the index, consult the following web-site: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/ww1_resources/ww1_soldier_index_about.html
Geographical features to be named after Fallen Soldiers
About 7,000 Manitobans died in the First World War, but the province only has names for 1,092 of them in its archives. The known casualties from the First World War will be commemorated with their names on land features. The province is asking families to check to see whether a relative from the First World War is missing from the list – see link above. If so, families should notify the Lands Branch of MB Conservation so it can reconstruct its list. http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/lands_branch/geo_names/index.html
Publication available about war dead (WWII) already commemorated - "A Place of Honour" http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/lands_branch/geo_names/honour-e/index.html
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 and Institutional memberships are available to suit different interests.
MGS Quick Links
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