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.
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.
NEW DIRECTIONS – A Genealogical Seminar
Presented by Southeast and Winnipeg Branch of MGS
Saturday, October 19, 2013; 8:00 am to 3:45 pm
Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
The Keynote Presenter will be Mrs. Robin D. Shimpa whose topic is: “Crossing the Border – Minnesota and North Dakota to Manitoba – and back.” This presentation will illustrate the migration pattern between Canada and the United States, specifically the province of Manitoba and the states of Minnesota and North Dakota.
Our second presenter will be Mr. Louis Kessler who will be speaking on “Ideas and More Ideas for Your Genealogy Society." If you need ideas, this is where to find them.
(Details and presenter biographies are in the Registration Brochure.)
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 2012-2013 the Branch is running two SIGs.
The Computer SIG meets the 4th Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Topics have ranged from new gadgets to interesting web pages to keeping your computer running smoothly.
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 through the year from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Do you wish to receive Southeast and Winnipeg Branch News via email?
The Southeast and Winnipeg Branch communicates to its members through an E-Zine and an email distribution system. These are distributed through an email service provider. To receive future meeting notices, the electronic version of the Branch Newsletter and other information, members (and other interested persons) must register and activate an account with our email service provider using the form and process shown below. View past copies of these communications. The company we have chosen guarantees that no other individuals or organizations will have access to this mailing list. It will only be used for Southeast and Winnipeg Branch communications.
If you wish to subscribe to the E-Zine, click here to send an email to the editor. Be sure to include your name, MGS membership number and whether you are a member of the Southeast and Winnipeg Branch. You can unsubscribe or change your email address using the same procedure, or by following the link at the bottom of the E-Zine.
Southeast and Winnipeg Branch Executive 2012 - 2013 Term
President: Virginia Braid (Acting)
1st Vice-President: Vacant
2nd Vice-President: Jim Oke
Secretary: Susan Thorpe
Treasurer: Susan Wellman
Past President: Virginia Braid
Councillor: Sheila Woods
Councillor: Katharine Schulz
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.
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.
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. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the resources at the centre. Interested parties can send us an email.
Note Takers Wanted
We have had several requests to include notes from presentations in the E-Zine. Several members cannot make meetings on Monday nights while others don't travel at night anymore 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.
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 April 2013