Manitoba Genealogical and Historical Societies (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Manitoba Ancestors  by Laura Hanowski. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Manitoba Genealogical Society and Branches

Manitoba Genealogical Society (MGS)
Unit E, 1045 S. James Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1B1
Telephone: (204) 783- 9139

The Resource Centre Hours*: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm Wednesday evenings: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm From October through May: Sundays: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • The Resource Centre is staffed by volunteers so visitors are encouraged to phone ahead to confirm the Resource Centre’s status.

Dauphin Branch, MGS

37- 6th Avenue SE Dauphin
Manitoba R7N 2SC

Winnipeg Branch, MGS Unit E

1045 St. James Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1B1

South West Branch, MGS

327 Kirklady Dr.
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 0C3

Swan Valley Branch, MGS

P.O. Box 6
Swan River, Manitoba R0L 1Z0
Telephone: (204) 734-2170

East European Genealogical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 2536
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4A7
Telephone: (204) 989-3292

Manitoba Branch, The United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada

120 Eugenie Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0X7
Telephone: (204) 489-7180

Société Historique de Saint-Boniface

340 boulevard Provencher Saint-Boniface, Manitoba R2H 0G7
Telephone: (204) 233-4888

Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre

184 Alexander Avenue East
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0L6
Telephone: (204) 942- 0218
Email: ucec@mb.sympatico,ca

Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society

600 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 0M5

A composite index at this site is made up of the heads of households in the Mennonite church records of the Bergthal Gemeinde (community), Chortitzer Gemeinde, Reinlaender Gemeinde, Sommerfilder Gemeinde and Kleine Gemeinde.

Mennonite Heritage Centre

600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 0M5
Telephone: (204) 669-6575

The Centre has records relating to Russian Mennonites in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Russia. Records of religious communities predominate.


  • Resources for Canadian Mennonite Studies: An Inventory and Guide to Archival Holdings at the Mennonite Heritage Centre. Winnipeg: Mennonite Heritage Centre, 1988.

The Genealogical Institute of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Suite C 140-123 Doncaster Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3N 2B2
Telephone: (204) 477-7460
The genealogical institute has extensive records of Jewish communities, organizations and individuals in Western Canada. The birth, marriage and burial records 1907-1871 for Shaarey Zedek synagogue are available for loan from the Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba Historical Society

61 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1N7
Telephone: (204) 947-0559

Metis Resource Centre

506 - 63 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1G4
Telephone: (204) 956-7767

Key Web Pages of Value to Manitoba Researchers

Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM) began by placing pre-1900 Canadian pamphlets, monographs, serials, annuals and periodicals on microfiche. In 1994 this was extended to include those published between 1900 and 1994. Can be searched online. Copies of the microfiche are available for sale or can be viewed at major libraries.


  • Gilchrist, J. Brian and Clifford Duxbury Collier, compilers. Genealogy and Local History to 1900: A Bibliography Selected From the Catalogue of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM) genealogie et histoire locale d’avant 1900: une bibliographie tiree du catalogue de l’institut canadien de microreproductions historiques (ICMH). Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, 1995.

Peel’s Prairie Provinces

This website has been developed by the University of Alberta to enable one to access the resources found in A Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953 and Peel’s Bibliography of the Canadian Prairies. Copies of the microfiche are available for sale or can be viewed at major libraries. Digitised images for some of the items are now found online.


  • Peel, Bruce Braden. A Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1973.
  • Ingles, Ernie B. and N. Merrill Distad, editors, A Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Book Sellers

The following book sellers have copies of most of the books that are referred to in this guide.


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