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Southeast and Winnipeg Branch

The Winnipeg branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc. was formed in 1979 under the by-laws of the Society to provide opportunities for persons interested in family history in the South eastern area of Manitoba to share experiences, assist one another and expand their research skills. At the Branch Meeting of 18 April 2005, a motion was adopted to formally change the name of the Branch to "The Southeast and Winnipeg Branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society". The purpose of this change is to more accurately reflect the interests and location of Branch members. The objectives of the Southeast and Winnipeg Branch are to work locally for the Society's objectives, namely:

  • collection and preservation of genealogical and historical records and materials;

  • foster education in genealogical research through workshops and seminars; and

  • encourage production of genealogical publications relating especially to Manitoba.

Branch Membership

Membership in the Southeast and Winnipeg Branch is open to all members of the MGS requiring only payment of a small additional fee of $12.00 per year. Members receive the Branch Newsletter and may participate in Branch workshops, meetings and field expeditions.

Non-members wishing to attend Branch functions are welcomed to do so on a space available basis; a nominal fee may be charged.

Click here to view the Membership Brochure in pdf form. To join the Branch, complete the application and mail with your payment to the address at the top of the form, or bring it in to the MGS Resource Centre.

General Membership Meetings and Branch Programs

Membership meetings and Branch programs usually take place on the second Monday evening of the month from September through June at the MGS Library and Resource Centre. A brief business meeting is followed by a formal presentation on a subject of interest to the membership. All presentations will be at the MGS Resource Centre, Unit E -1045 St. James Street (the Brick Plaza) unless otherwise noted. Program details are announced through the Branch newsletter, by telephone, email and in the Branch Activities Brochure.  We welcome ideas for topics and speakers.
Click here to view the latest Activities Brochure in pdf form.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

SIGs are Special Interest Groups that meet on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm at the MGS Library and Resource Centre, Unit E - 1045 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB.  They are formed according to members’ interests and continue as long as people are still interested.  It is not necessary to “join” a SIG – all members are welcome.  If you have ideas for a new SIG, please let us know.
In 2014-2015 the Branch ran one SIG.

12 Heads Are Better Than One

The 12 Heads SIG is intended to allow members to help one another with their research.  A facilitator spends 15-20 minutes introducing the evening’s topic.  Then everyone present has an opportunity to speak, sharing experiences or asking questions.


Staffing the MGS Resource Centre

The Southeast & Winnipeg Branch opens and staffs the MGS Library and Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm between Labour Day and the Christmas break, and from mid-March to the end of June.


Southeast and Winnipeg Branch Executive 2014 - 2015 Term

President: Virginia Braid
1st Vice-President: Susan Wellman
2nd Vice-President: Sheila Woods
Secretary: Kathleen Kristjansson
Treasurer: Susan Thorpe
Past President: Vacant
Councillor: Katharine Schulz
Councillor: Virginia Braun
Councillor: Barbara Becker

Branch Executive Meetings

The Southeast and Winnipeg Branch Executive usually meets on the first Monday of each month (except where indicated) from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the MGS Resource Centre. All members are welcome to attend executive meetings.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Branch has expanded its activities in order to provide better service to its members. In order to continue to grow we need your help too. There are a number of volunteer positions that we need to fill in order to spread the workload. Please consider volunteering for one of the opportunities below.  Further information is available by contacting any member of the Branch Executive - see listing above.

MGS Resource Centre – Wednesday evenings

Volunteer to help keep the MGS Resource Centre open.  You will be paired with another volunteer and your commitment is for one Wednesday evening a month. Spares are also needed to fill in when a regular volunteer is away. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the resources at the centre. Interested parties can send us an email.


The e-Zine is published once a month from September to June.  Several volunteers are needed either on an occasional or ongoing basis.

We have had several requests to include notes from presentations in the E-Zine. Some members cannot make meetings on Monday nights while others don't travel at night any more and would like more information on the presentations. If you take notes, are you willing to share them with fellow members? We know it would be greatly appreciated. Let Sheila Woods  know if you are willing to help out.  If you have news items of interest to Branch members, please send them in. We also need an associate editor to help with composing and sending out the e-Zine.

Contact Us

You can contact the Southeast and Winnipeg Branch by sending an e-mail, or by phoning the Resource Centre at 204-783-9139 and leaving a message for Southeast and Winnipeg Branch.  Please be patient.  We will get back to you, but it may take a few days.

Updated January 2015


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