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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.
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
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 CanadianHeadstones.com and the virtual Waterloo Region Branch.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Vendors and Exhibitors
Several vendors and exhibitors took part in the Genealogy Fair, hosting exhibits and offering expert advice.