Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Manitoba Genealogical Society Conference

This year the Ontario Genealogical Society celebrated it's 50th Anniversary with a Conference in May, and now the Manitoba Genealogical Society is celebrating it's 35th Anniversary with a Conference in September.

"It's All Relative" will be held Friday Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 at the Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Ave. in St. James in Winnipeg. You can register now at the early bird fee of $100.00 if you do so before August 31st.

On Friday evening, there will be a lecture given by Jim Blanchard "The Role of the Family", and Dave Obee will be giving a talk “The Search for Frank Liddell: A Case Study” to close out the evening.

There will be a full day of lectures on Saturday, as well as a Marketplace.

To register, please go to

Community Heritage and Family History Blog

In a blog that the Calgary Public Library has called the Community Heritage and Family History Blog, there are posts on The Story of the Big Ditch, City Hall Celebrates its 100th Anniversary, What's in a name?, Calgary, Alberta in 1962, and Islands in the Stream - Heritage Roundtable to name a few.

While you are there you can also go to Calgary Public Library’s Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library.

At their site, they have the Alison Jackson Photography Collection, Postcards from the Past, and the Judith Umbach Photography Collection.

You can go to

Guysborough Historical Society

On Saturday, July 16, 2011, the Guysborough Historical Society, in Guysborough, Nova Scotia will host a reception at the Old Court House Museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Research Centre.

The Research Center houses many genealogical items such as births, deaths, marriages, baptisms from Boylston, Canso, Guysborough, Manchester, Melford, New Harbour and Whitehead. There is a large selection of books and reference materials such as census records (1817, 1838, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901), and books such as A.C. Jost’s Guysborough Sketches and Essays, John Grant’s Historic Guysborough, and Christopher Cook’s Along the Streets of Guysborough.

The Guysborough Historical Society also offers genealogical research services for a fee of $10.00 plus copying charges ($.25 per page), and they also offer free self-directed research for members.

The renovations to the basement at the Old Court House Museum and development of the interpretive panels were made possible with funding from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Nova Scotia Office of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

Visit their website at