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Genealogy Fair

Thank you to everyone who took part in our the 2016 Genealogy Fair!

The next genealogy fair will be held in Spring 2018 at Central Library.

Details to be posted in early 2018.


2016 Genealogy Fair

Our 5th annual Genealogy Fair was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016. 

The agenda and speakers from the event are posted below. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Keynote address

Jen Baldwin

Jen Baldwin: "The Spirit of the Next Generation"

9:30 am - Theatre, Lower Level

Learn about genealogy's next generation and how genealogists of all ages can connect through a common passion for family history, preservation of the past and learning from one another.

Jen Baldwin has been working in professional genealogy since 2010. She is currently Data Licensing Manager, North America for FindMyPast; and is a host of #genchat, where “Genealogy meets social collaboration” on Twitter. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy and social media related topics, and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two, on PBS. She is also a founding member of the Next Gen Genealogy Network

Find My PastWe would like to thank FindMyPast for their generous support of the KPL Genealogy Fair and Jen’s appearance as our keynote speaker.

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

Ruth Burkholder

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

Steve Fulton

OGS Resources

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

Kathryn Lake Hogan

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

Linda Corupe

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

Carolyn McNeil

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

Lynn Palermo

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

Sandra Joyce

As Luck Would Have It: Researching British Home Children

With Sandra Joyce, author and British Home Child Group International

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

Tammy Tipler Priolo

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

Laureen Harder Gissing

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

Christine Woodcock

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

Jodi Jerome

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

Kae Elgie and Phil Elsworthy

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


Vendors and Exhibitors

Be sure to check out the following vendors and exhibitors at the Genealogy Fair. Browse exhibits, talk to experts about resources, shop and find those ancestors!

Archives of Ontario
Mennonite Archives of Ontario
University of Waterloo
Wilfred Laurier University
City of Kitchener Archives
Wellington County Museum & Archives
Region of Waterloo Archives
Waterloo Region Generations
Waterloo Public Library
Region of Waterloo Library
Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives
Waterloo Historical Society
Ontario Genealogical Society (Provincial)
Halton-Peel Branch - Ontario Genealogical Society
Hamilton Branch - Ontario Genealogical Society
Oxford Branch - Ontario Genealogical Society
Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community
Armchair Genealogist
Photo Organizing Services
M is for Memories
Genealogy Tours of Scotland
Looking 4 Ancestors
The Ancestor Investigator
British Home Child Group International
Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario
Bruce & Grey Branch OGS
All Canadian Books
Kitchener Public Library