Beautiful Plains Branch
Contact: Leonard Kaspick
3rd Wednesday of each month at Access 2 Books on Mountain Ave.
President: Hector Swanson, Vice President: Vacant
Publicity: Leonard Kaspick & Ruth Dorling Kaspick
Newsletter: Carol Bray
Secretary: Norma Forsman
Treasurer: Victor Deacon
In the summer of 2006 we started transcribing the grave stones at Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa and this was complete as of September 2006. With the help of a grant, we had a database developed to enter all this data. The entering of this data has been complete for some time and we were in the next stage of merging our data with the Lot, Block, and Range from data provided by the Town of Neepawa Administration Office. Norma Forsman has done a lot of work and is now 95% complete with only some crosschecking left to do. In addition, we have to include any new burials that have taken place since the original transcriptions were done in 2006. From then on it should not be too difficult to update this project every 6 months.
Eventually we will be sharing this data with MGS so that others who have connections to the Neepawa area from their past or present can have access for doing their research.
We have a growing library of excellent resources for our members and the public to do research. We have been fortunate to have had community history books and articles donated from several different sources as well as we have made an effort to try and purchase some of these books whenever we could get them at a reasonable cost. At this stage, we have a fair number of history books that cover our immediate area so that we can accommodate any search requests from both our members and the public at large.
Actually, for a while, our library was growing faster than we were able to document what resources we really had available. Several months ago, one of our members, Maxine Woodcock, stepped up to the challenge and decided to do the job properly by sorting all our material into categories. Maxine has classified each book with a Dewey Decimal number as well as an Accession number. She is now in the process of cataloguing all these items and entering them into a database along with index cards. Maxine has done a remarkable job and at this stage is nearly 90% complete. Not doubt this will make searching for the correct source much easier for all of us.
People are welcome to visit our Branch anytime, Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, providing we have prior notice so that one of our members can be on hand to assist you. We will be glad to help research your family and a small fee will be required from non-Beautiful Plains Genealogy members. This will go towards improving our library selection. If some advanced research would be required, we could recommend one of our Genealogy Researchers to be contracted to assist with your project.
In February we put up some posters around Neepawa advising the public that someone would be available every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm to help them with any genealogy questions they might have. Unfortunately it did not go over as well as we hoped.
Available on CD
Occasionally we have had requests from people for the early Neepawa history book Neepawa Land of Plenty. These are difficult to find and very expensive when they do turn up. We have the next best thing; we have had the book put on DVD. It is available to anyone interested for $40.00. Also we have now added two other community history books on DVD format, which are The Beautiful Plains Story, the second Neepawa history book as well as Brookdale Manitoba History Book. These can be purchased for $40.00 each as well.
About a year ago, we had someone drop off several boxes of Neepawa newspapers going back to about 1980. A paper cutting project was arranged over several evenings so that all articles pertaining to births, marriages, deaths and family reunions were snipped out and saved. Again, Norma Forsman, along with some of our other volunteers took on the monumental task of placing these articles on pages so that they could be photo copied and put in 3 ring binders. This process is now complete and she is in the next stage of indexing these pages for easy access.