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Genealogy Fair

Thank you to everyone who attended our 6th annual Genealogy Fair!

The event took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Central Library. A summary of presentations and vendors can be found below.

Keynote address

Mags Gaulden

Grandma's Genes

Mags Gaulden: "The Power of Genetic Genealogy"

9:30 am - 10:30 am, Theatre

Join us for Mags' presentation on how genetic genealogy and DNA connects us all. She will look at the bright future of genetic genealogy and how you can use it to grow your family tree. Mags is a professional genealogist specializing in genetic genealogy. As a co-founder of Grandma's Genes in Ottawa, she works with people who want to further their family knowledge using DNA.


Lectures and Workshops

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Steve Fulton

Finding Hidden Secrets in the Databases of the OGS

Steve Fulton, U.E., Vice-President, Ontario Genealogical Society

Locate those hidden genealogical gems in the databases of the Ontario Genealogical Society, including and the virtual Waterloo Region Branch.


Karen Ball-Pyatt

Genealogy 101: Start Your Family History Journey

Karen Ball-Pyatt, Local History Librarian, Kitchener Public Library

Genealogy newbie? Join Karen as she guides you through tips, tricks and resources to get you started on the road to discovering your ancestors.


11 am - 12 pm

Lori Oschefski

Researching Our British Home Children

Lori Oschefski, British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association

Learn about Canada's British Home Children and specific tools for researching your British Home Child ancestors.


Kathryn Hogan

Researching Your 20th Century Canadian Ancestor

Kathryn Lake Hogan, Looking4Ancestors

Discover where to find more recent records that will help add details to your 20th century Canadian family.


12 pm

Get Your Kids or Grandkids Involved!

Join us for Family Album Scrapbooking in the Grace Schmidt Room at 12 pm. Bring in your favourite photos and create a family album! We will supply all of the mixed media materials you need to create your own album.

Grades 4 and up. No registration required.

1 pm - 2 pm

Ruth Burkholder

Abstracts and Registers – Finding Your Way in Land Registry Records

Ruth Burkholder, Professional Genealogist

Master how to navigate Ontario land registry records to discover your ancestors’ properties.


Marion Roes

Uncovering Waterloo County Undertakers: Solving History Mysteries

Marion Roes, Historian

Learn how researching for funeral businesses led Marion to untapped resources for genealogy research and local burial traditions.


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Sherilyn Bell

Ancestry in a Tube

Sherilyn Bell, Genetic Genealogist

Learn what you need to know about DNA basics, testing and chromosomes to get you started in genetic genealogy.


Dianne Brydon

From a Family Tree to a Published Family History

Dianne Brydon, Author of The Stalwart Brydons

Join Dianne as she explores the journey and challenges of family history writing – from lore to fact.



Door Prizes

This year, we gave away two AncestryDNA kits, courtesy of Ancestry, two 1-year Ultimate British and Irish subscriptions, courtesy of FindMyPast, and two MyHeritage DNA kits and annual subscriptions, courtesy of MyHeritage!

IMAGE: AncestryIMAGE: Find My PastIMAGE: MyHeritage


Vendors and Exhibitors

Several vendors and exhibitors took part in the Genealogy Fair, hosting exhibits and offering expert advice.

Archives of Ontario
British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association
City of Kitchener
Guelph Public Library
Halton-Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Hamilton Public Library
Maryhill Historical Society
MyHistorian - Your Story Matters
Ontario Genealogical Society
Oxford County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Photo Organizing Services - Carolyn McNeil
Sherilyn Bell - Genetics & Genealogy
Stalwart Brydons: Dianne & James Emerson Brydon
University of Waterloo
Waterloo Historical Society
Waterloo Public Library
Wellington County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Wellington County Museum & Archives
Wilfrid Laurier University



Accommodations for Mags Gaulden generously provided by the Walper Hotel.

Thanks to the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation for their generous financial support for this event.

IMAGE: Walper HotelIMAGE: Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation