Have a local history or genealogy question? We are happy to provide you with suggestions for your research. We are also able to complete some searching for you. Examples of searches we conduct are: obituary clippings from select Winnipeg and Manitoba newspapers; city directories listings; Manitoba birth, death and marriage information (as publicly available), census data. *Please note: we may limit the amount of searching we undertake.
From books to online archives, newspaper clippings to historical postcards, Red River to the Winnipeg General Strike, local history associations, museums and more, we hope this Guide supports and inspires your research.
A genealogy site comprising billions of records in over 4,000 databases from Canada, United States, United Kingdom and other European countries. Both beginners and expert researchers can access census, vital, court, church and immigration records, in addition to historical maps and local histories.
This online database contains more than 2 million historical pages from the Winnipeg Free Press and all its earlier titles, such as the Manitoba Free Press. Dating back to 1874, the pages are fully searchable by name, keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content, research your family history, or simply read about a person or event of interest.
This database contains entire digitized collection of the Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg local paper from 1890-1980. Fully searchable by keywords and dates, this is an excellent resource for local events and personalities not covered in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Discover the stories of the past with NewspaperArchive.com, the world's largest online newspaper archive. Search the archives of a wide variety of newspapers from across Canada, including newspapers from 32 communities in Manitoba. Coverage includes Winnipeg Free Press (1872-2016), Brandon Sun (1884-2016), Dauphin Herald (1899-2014), Steinbach Carillon (1946-2014), Portage La Prairie Leader (1946-1961) and many more.
This vast website contains several databases useful for genealogist. It includes census, immigration, land (including Metis scrip records) and military information about both world wars. For those just starting out, it includes a useful "What to do First" guide to help you along.
Cyndi's List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 20 years and with more than a quarter of million links, this is the single greatest links site.. Cyndi's List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.
The Manitoba Genealogical Society is the umbrella genealogical organization in Manitoba whose mission is to assist individuals from all backgrounds with their family research and to collect and preserve genealogical resources. Their Winnipeg branch has a library over 10,000 items (books, indexes, maps, periodicals, microfiche, etc.), access to ancestry.com, newspaper archives, and many reference resources and volunteers that offer assistance to researchers. The MGS Library/Resource Centre has produced an online catalogue of all books and reference material held in the library, called KOHA searchable by title, author and keyword that is accessible to all.
A wealth of information about the social, political and economic development of Winnipeg, as well as its natural and built environments, is available at the City of Winnipeg Archives, including records for all twelve municipalities that amalgamated in 1971 to form the current City of Winnipeg.
The Centre du patrimoine houses the most important archival collections documenting francophone presence in Western Canada beginning in the 1730s, and offers research services for researches interested in Metis or French-Canadian ancestry.
The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is dedicated to promoting the hobby of genealogy within the Jewish Historical Society through lectures, workshops and library facilities. Their database of newspaper articles include over 18,000 genealogy-related references.