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.
Manitoba Day Celebration – Saturday May 9
Alloway Hall, MB Museum, 11am – 5 pm
MGS will be participating again this year in this arts, culture and heritage fair along with many other community organizations. This is a great opportunity for MGS to inform the general public about our organization. We need volunteers to staff our table - two volunteers for each hour (12 people could do 1 hour each). If you are available, please contact Bill Curtis (Outreach Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The celebration includes free admission to the Museum Galleries, Science Gallery and Planetarium, special educational programming throughout the day, and a new temporary exhibit featuring fur trade materials from the Hudson Bay Co. and Archaeology collections “Trade: Materials and Ideas in Transition”. Birthday cake (Manitoba’s 145th) and other refreshments will be served later in the day. Why not volunteer for an hour and then take advantage of the free admission?
Notice of MGS Membership Fee Increase
Due to increasing expenses the MGS Executive and Council have determined that the MGS membership fees must be increased in order for us to continue operating our Society. Thus, effective April 1, 2015, the beginning of our new fiscal year, the Individual and Institutional fees will be increased from $40.00 to $50.00 per year. The Associate member fee will remain at $20.00. Branch fees are set by the individual branches. We trust that our loyal membership will understand our financial situation and continue to support the Society. MGS Membership form Effective April 1, 2015
Red River Regional Heritage Fair
The Red River Heritage Fair will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Students from Grades 4 to 11 will be presenting history projects selected from their school fairs. MGS is sponsoring a prize for family history projects and will be assisting to judge those projects. It should be an interesting event to attend. For more information - http://www.redriverheritage.ca/
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.
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