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Thank you to everyone who took part in our 5th annual Genealogy Fair!
The fair was held on Saturday, November 5 at Central Library, with excellent guest speakers and many unique and informative vendors and exhibits. We hope you enjoyed it!
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.
We 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
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
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!