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Genealogy Fair

Aaron T. Francis headshot

Kitchener Public Library is organizing its eighth annual Genealogy Fair on Saturday, November 4, 2023. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Library. It is open to the public, with no admission charge. No registration is required to attend the Fair or any of the workshops.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Aaron T. Francis, curator of the digital archive, Vintage Black Canada, will be our keynote speaker! Francis will talk about his work documenting his Jamaican family heritage. Aaron's keynote address starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Theatre.

Event details


Speakers

Schedule may be subject to change.

9:30 a.m.
Keynote address: "From Ghana to the Grand River: A Jamaican Family Genealogy"
Aaron T. Francis

10:45 a.m.
"Discover the Truer Story of the Land Where Your Ancestors Settled"
Kae Elgie

"Uncover Your Family History at Waterloo Public Library"
Jenna Hazzard

11 a.m.
"Help! How Do I Start My Family Tree? Genealogy for Beginners"
Karen Ball-Pyatt

"What's in a Name? Cultural Conventions"
Paula Crooks

1 p.m.
"Researching Your Black Ancestors"
Peggy Plet

1:15 p.m.
"S.O.S. Save, Share and Organize Your Memories for Future Family"
Carolyn McNeil

"Ancestors in Uniform: Militiamen and their Families in Waterloo County"
Len Curchin

2:30 p.m.
"Researching Your British Home Child"
Dan Oatman

"Quick Start to Writing Your Ancestors Biographies Using Life Announcements"
Tammy Tipler-Priolo


Exhibitors

 

Close Reading logo

Close Reading Indexing and Editing

Family Search logo

Family Search

Fountain Street logo

Fountain Street Press

Ginger Snaps logo

Ginger Snaps Photo Management

Guelph Public Library logo

Guelph Public Library

Home Children Canada logo

Home Children Canada

Kitchener Public Library logo

Kitchener Public Library, Grace Schmidt Room of Local History

Royal Highland Fusiliers Regimental Trust logo

Len Curchin, Regimental Trust

London and Middlesex Branch, The Ontario Genealogical Society

London and Middlesex Branch, The Ontario Genealogical Society

Maryhill Historical Society

Maryhill Historical Society

Memories Matter Forever

Memories Matter Forever

Peggy Plet logo

Peggy Plet

Oxford County Archives

Oxford County Archives

Oxford County Branch of Ontario Ancestors

Oxford County Branch of Ontario Ancestors

Stroll Walking Tours logo

Stroll Walking Tours

Waterloo Historical Society logo

Waterloo Historical Society

Waterloo Public Library

Waterloo Public Library

Wellington County Branch logo

Wellington County Branch of Ontario Ancestors

Wellington County Museum and Archives

Wellington County Museum and Archives

Wilfrid Laurier University Archives logo

Wilfrid Laurier Archives and Special Collections


Door prizes

Door prize draw begins at 12:30 p.m. All prizes must be claimed in-person at the Genealogy Fair. 

Many thanks to the generosity of our exhibitors and the following companies that have donated door prizes.

Find My Past logo

Find My Past

Legacy Family Tree Software logo

Legacy Family Tree Software

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

My Heritage logo

My Heritage