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.
MGS Open House
The MGS annual Open House will once again be held in conjunction with MB Culture Days on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Check out the Culture Day web-site (http://culturedays.ca/en/2015-activities/view/55c26c25-92f4-495f-8120-60854c4a89be) and the printed program which is published in mid-September. Discover your past! Join MGS in exploring “genealogy” and family history. For beginners, our interactive Open House will introduce you to genealogy and will provide: assistance to begin your family search, a tour of our Library/Resource Center, and activities for children. For current genealogists we will have an introduction to our new online database MANI with 1.5 million records of Manitoba names. We will also have a “problem corner” to help solve roadblocks in your family search. Join us for a look back into your own family history.
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.
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 came into effect on June 15, 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
Click for Cemetery Transcription Price List | MGS Research Assistance | KOHA - MGS Online Catalogue | Dauphin Branch | Southwest Branch | Southeast and Winnipeg Branch | Beautiful Plains Branch | Swan Valley Branch | Generations
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