Heritage Manitoba has developed some guides that will help researchers working on specific types of research projects. The Historic Resources Branch of Manitoba has graciously allowed us to present here some of the very useful guides developed for this kind of work.
There are approximately 2,000 local histories that have been developed over the past 60 years, and a handful of new ones and updated versions are developed every year.
These resources are a major legacy, and also an important source for anyone pursuing a Manitoba research project that focuses on a community.
There are two resources that a group or community should consult when they are considering the development of a local history:
- A Guide to the Study of Manitoba Local History
- This essential guide, by eminent Manitoba historians Gerald Friesen and Barry Potyondi, was published in 1981 by the University of Manitoba Press. The nearly 200 pages provide expert guidance on key subjects and sources.
- Manitobia website at http://manitobia.ca/content/en
- The Manitobia website provides the opportunity to review other local histories (via searchable pdf formats) and compare approaches and ideas. The site currently features nearly 250 volumes.