Manitoba Biographies

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

A biography is an oral or written history of a person's life. In a written biography you may find the individual's birth, marriage, and death information as well as the names of their parents, children, or other family members. Additionally information may be found to narrow the search for homestead records and immigration records such as passenger lists. From the dates in the biography, it can be determined which census to peruse for additional information. Use the information contained in a biography carefully because there may be inaccuracies.

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Thousands of biographies have been written about specific individuals. Copies may be at local historical societies and libraries. Lists of published individual biographies are available at your public library.

Don't forget to try searching the library for biographical books Surname Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under the individual's name. Also contact other family members for unpublished life histories they may know of.

Thousands of brief biographical sketches have been collected and published in local history books. These collections most often include biographies of early settlers and prominent or well-known citizens of a particular rural municipality, village, school district or town. The Family History Library has acquired some community local history books. Other almanacs feature biographical sketches of prominent persons such as scientists, writers, artists, or other vocations.

Digitization Projects[edit | edit source]

  • The University of Manitoba has undertaken the task of digitizing local history books at Manitobia: Digital Resources on Manitoba History available in English and French.
  • Virtual Manitoba has placed a virtual Manitoba collection online; the Manitoba local history book bibliography, which is a listing of local history books by geographic location.

Manitoba Legislative Library[edit | edit source]

The library has a large collection of local and family histories. These histories are from municipalities and communities throughout the province. They are accessible through the library catalogue.

FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

Collections of biographies at the Family History Library are generally listed in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under one of the following:

Digitized Books[edit | edit source]

  • Local histories frequently include biographical sketches of early and prominent settlers. Many histories are no longer under copyright and can be found in the following online, digitized book collections. Search with keywords "History" and "the name of your locality" (state, county, or town).

Provincial and Municipal Sources[edit | edit source]

The public and university libraries have collections of local history books. The information services departments carry indexes of national and regional compilations of biographical material, Who's Who. The librarians can assist you in finding additional biographical sources listed in such bibliographies as:

Local Sources[edit | edit source]

Local history books may be purchased from the local historical society which compiled the volume or by contacting the rural municipality administrator for more information. Biographical collections submitted to local history societies by family members. These books may also contain cemetery transcriptions and those who served in the great wars. The information in these books includes both those residents who are prominent and the local resident and may not be available in any other source.

Local libraries and historical societies usually collect biographies and histories about local residents. Directories have been published indexing the bibliographical information of these books, and there are a few bibliographies using these sources published online. Additionally, Our Roots Nos Racines has received permission to publish a few online. Similarly in some cases, local communities and rural municipalities have placed their books online if they are not going into re-print.

Important Websites[edit | edit source]