Recently I was helping a good friend with his research, and wanted to find some local resources available online. A few days later our copy of Relatively Speaking – the journal of the Alberta Genealogical Society – arrived and my wife pointed out a website recommended in an article!
The website is http://manitobia.ca/content/en – and no, that is not a typo! It is Manitobia! – and there is free access to all the information!
What will you find there? There are five sections: books, newspapers, maps, photographs, and K-12 Schools.
I first went to the books section hoping that I might find a few digital books . . . and I was very pleased to see that this was a collection of digitized local histories – and then I looked down the list of places and it went on and on – there are 167 place with local histories! I really wish I could find some Manitoba ancestors! And some of the places have more than book! These are full books in pdf format! It might take a little time to download a book onto the screen but you can right click and save a copy.
You will have a similar good time exploring the newspaper, map and photo sections, but I wondered what there was in the K-12 School section . . . It is organized by some interesting historical themes including Immigration and Settlement.
All in all a great site! I wonder if someone would loan me an ancestor from Manitoba?
Are there similar resources for Alberta? Come back next week and find out!