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We are excited to announce our 6th annual Genealogy Fair!
Saturday, April 21 from 9am to 3pm
The agenda and speakers for the event will be posted below as details are finalized.
Mags Gaulden of Grandma’s Genes is our keynote speaker and will kickstart our day with her insights into how genetic genealogy connects us all.
Mark your calendars for this exciting event!
Lectures and Workshops
Lectures and workshops will begin following the Keynote address.
The schedule of lectures and workshops has been updated and is posted below.
Printer-friendly: Genealogy Fair Program 2016 (pdf)
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Leaving Your Family Behind: Sharing with Future Generations
With Ruth Burkholder, professional genealogist
Learn how to prepare and share your family stories and heirlooms with the next generation.
10:45 am - Meeting Room A
With Steve Fulton, UE, Ontario Genealogical Society
Learn about the resources available from the OGS, and how the OGS can help you.
10:45 am - Meeting Room D/E
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maximizing the Library and Archives Canada Website
With Kathryn Lake Hogan, Looking4Ancestors
Get the most out of the Library and Archives Canada website, find what you’re looking for, and access the records you need.
11:00 am - Meeting Room C
Snakes and Ladders: Genealogy Pitfalls and Strategies to Overcome Them
With Linda Corupe, UE
Common pitfalls (snakes) in genealogy research, and strategies (ladders) to overcome them.
11:00 am - Theatre
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Digitizing Your Heritage Photographs and Documents
With Carolyn McNeil, Photo Organizing Services
Learn how to digitize your heritage photos and documents and preserve them for future generations.
12:45 pm - Meeting Room C
Skeletons in the Closet: Writing Your Family History Secrets
With Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist
Find out how to overcome obstacles in writing about family history secrets, and tips to encourage relatives to cooperate and share.
12:45 pm - Theatre
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
As Luck Would Have It: Researching British Home Children
Learn how a combination of luck and research led Sandra to discover her family, separated for 90 years by the British Child Migrant Scheme, and the resources of the British Home Child Group International.
1:00 pm - Meeting Room D/E
Tracking Your Elusive Aboriginal Ancestors
With Tammy Tipler-Priolo, The Ancestor Investigator
Discover how to begin your journey tracking down your aboriginal ancestors, and the pitfalls along the way.
1:00 pm - Meeting Room A
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Amish and Mennonite Genealogy in Waterloo Region: A Road Map
With Laureen Harder-Gissing, Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Learn about the peculiarities of Amish and Mennonite history, their roots in Europe and the United States, and the resources available to help your research in Waterloo Region.
2:15 pm - Theatre
Search Your Roots: Discover Your Scottish Heritage
With Christine Woodcock, Genealogy Tours of Scotland
Get started on the right path in researching your Scottish ancestry, as well as how to make the most of your research.
2:15 pm - Meeting Room C
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Digital Sleuthing to Find Family Roots
With Jodi Jerome, local history cataloguer, Region of Waterloo Library
Explore digital tools available to family historians trying to follow the trail of their ancestors.
2:30 pm - Meeting Room D/E
Working with Land Registry Records to Discover Your Ancestors
With Kae Elgie and Phil Elsworthy, heritage property researchers
Learn how to work with land registry records to discover about your ancestors.
2:30 pm - Meeting Room A