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Family History Fair

Family TreeIn partnership with the Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) , the Family History Fair will be held at our Chatham Branch on Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Join us to tour local history collections, meet with local genealogy groups, explore digital resources and get tips and tricks from genealogy experts. Uncover your family tree for Canada 150!

We've got kid's activities too, so bring the whole family!

Attendees of this fun event could win a DNA Kit or other great door prizes!

Event Schedule:

Time Event

 10:00 am - 11:00 am    

  • Welcome and Opening Speaker Steve Fulton. Steve's talk, Family History Rewind, is a must see for anyone with an interest in genealogy! 

 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Expo
  • Tours of the Kent OGS Family History Library and the McKeough Local History Room
  • Children's Activities - Make a Time Capsule, Make a Family Tree

 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

  • Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition and CKPL Local History Digital Collection
  • Introduction to FindMyPast, FamilySearch and My Heritage

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Door Prizes awarded
  • Keynote Speaker- Angela Churchill.  In her presentation, DNA Basics: What can you learn from DNA testing?, Angela will discuss different types of DNA testing and how it's becoming the hottest tool in family history research.

 Expo Groups:

Bicentennial UEL (United Empire Loyalists)
British Home Children SIG (Special Interest Group)
Buxton Historical Society
Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society
Essex OGS

Fred Osmon
Kent Branch OGS (Ontario Genealogical Society)
Lambton OGS
Ontario Genealogical Society
Tilbury and District Historical Society

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Wallaceburg Museum

Speaker Bios:

Steve Fulton:  

Steve Fulton, UE comes from Niagara where his family has lived for many generations. As a United Empire Loyalist descendant his desire is to share his family's connection to the area. Steve wears many hats within the Ontario Genealogical Society as Vice President, IT Administrator and Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Branch but he really desires to be in the field searching for lost and forgotten cemeteries. As the Treasurer of the Warner family Cemetery, his passion for the protection of cemeteries is most important to him. Steve speaks at local libraries on family history for beginners to advanced researchers.

Steve will be presenting his talk Family History Rewind at 10:00 am. 

Angela Churchill:

Angela began researching her personal family history about 35 years ago. With the assistance of many family members, she has built an extensive family tree. This interest, combined with her research experience while completing her Bachelor of Education in university, led her to begin teaching Genealogy classes at St Clair College.

With the introduction of DNA testing and her background in Human Genetics and Psychology, Angela developed a passion for Genetic Genealogy and currently is the administrator of about 20 DNA kits for family and friends.

Angela uses DNA technology in her genealogical research to confirm family lines and break down brick walls.

Angela will be presenting her talk DNA Basics: What can you learn from DNA testing? at 2:15 pm.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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