Manitoba Local, School, Church, and Organization Histories (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 ($).

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories have been published in Manitoba for a long period of time. Many were published to celebrate a significant anniversary for the community or the province. These histories serve as an excellent resource to learn what churches, schools, cemeteries, businesses, newspapers and organizations have existed in the community. Many have a brief history about the earliest settlers along with maps to show the owners of the land from the first owner to the owner when the history was written. Another section may list the names and pictures of those who have served or where killed while in the military. The family history section is the largest part of the book.

School, Church, and Organization Histories[edit | edit source]

These histories were usually published to mark a particular anniversary for the group. They should not be over looked because they often list the teachers, pastors, and those who served in the various offices. Biographies and pictures sometimes are included in these small booklets.

Availability[edit | edit source]

A large collection of local histories is found in the Manitoba Legislative Library. Early histories could be found on microfiche in the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions collection or the Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953 collection. The smaller histories can be found in local and school libraries, the local church or church archives or among the organization records.


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