KPL Genealogy Fair 2018

Drum Roll Please! Announcing KPL’s 6th Annual Genealogy Fair Keynote Speaker

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Mags Gaulden, 2018 Keynote Speaker, KPL 6th Annual Genealogy Fair

I am very happy to announce that Mags Gaulden of Grandma’s Genes ( will be our keynote speaker at KPL’s 6th Annual Genealogy Fair!   Mags is a professional genealogist and co-founder of Grandma’s Genes, based in Ottawa. She specializes in genetic genealogy, working with people who want to further their family knowledge using DNA – the newest frontier in genealogy research and family tree building. Having grown up surrounded by family historians, Mags was primed to become a genealogist. Following her graduation from Columbia College,  she began to work her own genealogy as a “hobby”.  Her “hobby” eventually led her to a leader role with WikiTree where she currently leads the DNA Project as well as, The Canadian History, Ontario and British Columbia, United Empire Loyalist, British Home Children, US Southern Colonies  and First Peoples of the World projects. She is the group administrator for the WikiTree and Global Family Reunion DNA and The McElmoyle Family Tree DNA Projects.

Remember to mark your calendars for the KPL Genealogy Fair being held on Saturday 21 April 2018 at the Central Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener!

Applications for speakers, exhibitors and vendors will be going out next week. If you would like to receive an application, please email us at and we’ll get one to you!

Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Karen


Decoding your genetic past

Cover of The Juggler's Children by Carolyn Abraham

I’ve been reading the book, The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham and am finding it hard to put down.  Abraham skilfully recounts her Anglo-Indian family background and the legends & lore that surround the identity her great-grandfathers, a hero who died young and a scoundrel who disappeared. She explains the science behind DNA testing and how it revealed the truths about her family background.

While I’m intrigued about DNA testing, I still wonder if it would add anything substantial to my genealogy that I don’t already know (my family is from the British Isles). I love sharing my genealogy research with others, but am hesitant about entrusting my DNA information to a private company. And there are privacy and ethical issues connected to the use of that information by third parties.  How do you feel about DNA testing and genealogy? Have you tried it? Intrigued by the idea?

I am going to try to catch the Introduction to Genetic Genealogy presentation by  Sue Fenn of Family History Alive on Saturday 2 November 2013 at 2:30pm at the KPL Genealogy Fair.  “Information is knowledge” as they say…