Saturday, June 3 at the Northwest Law Enforcement Academy, 200-1821 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg. The meeting will include the 2016-17 Annual Reports, approval of financial statements, election of Executive officers, and presentation of MGS awards.

  • Executive officers to be elected annually at the AGM for 1-year terms include President, VP Administration, VP Communications, VP Finance, and VP Information Technology. The Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the MGS Executive at the first executive meeting after the AGM. The Past President completes the 8-member executive.

Schedule for June 3 Meeting:

  • 9:30 Meet and Greet – opportunity to talk with David Obee and browse his books for sale
  • 10:00 Presentation by David Obee (more information below). MGS non-members are invited to attend at no charge.
  • 11:15 MGS AGM

MGS Volunteer Award Nominations

Two annual awards have been presented at the AGM for many years. In 2017 a new award was approved by the Executive – the Joan Whiston Volunteer Award (in memory of Joan’s service as Past President). Thus nominations will be received for the following three awards:

  • Eric Jonasson Award of Merit
  • Florence Cox Volunteer Service Award
  • Joan Whiston Volunteer Award

A detailed description of the Awards and a list of past recipients can be found at http://mbgenealogy.com/volunteering/

Presentation by Genealogist David Obee

MGS is very fortunate to have David Obee present before our AGM on June 3. Non-members are invited to this presentation free of charge. David is a very well known genealogist and presenter who has written several books. Details on his career can be found at http://www.daveobee.com
            David’s topic “Decoding the Dash: Build the Stories of Their Lives.” Grave markers often show birth and death dates, with a dash in between the two dates. Those dates are usually the least interesting aspects of a person’s life, because it is what is in between that counts. Lives are not measured by start and end dates; if so, they would have no meaning. This session uses examples to show what might happen when we start digging on the Internet, on the standard family history sites and beyond, and then dive into records in archives and libraries. It is easier than ever to tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.