Genealogy Fair 2018

Have you taken the plunge into the DNA pool yet?

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DNA Strings – pixabay.com (dna-1811955_1920) by qimono

With the Genealogy Fair on the horizon, I’ve been thinking a lot about how genealogy research and interactions have changed with the introduction of DNA testing.  No longer are we isolated branches of families, but a giant interconnection of cousins and kin. Despite the advances of science and DNA testing, the fundamentals of good research, solid sources, and documentation remain unchanged in genealogy. DNA testing has made the fundamentals critically important in working out relationships and connections.

About two years ago, I took the plunge into the genetic pool via DNA testing through Ancestry DNA and FamilyTreeDNA.  My first motivation to test was to  break the brick wall that I  encountered with researching my Dad’s line – generations of tailors in North Devon, all named John or William Ball. As I worked on my Mom’s line, I realized that DNA might help to solve the mystery of my maternal great-grandfather – someone who never quite fit the genealogical record left behind – and whose identity was clouded in snippets of stories surrounding my grandmother’s birth in England just before the end of the Great War and her subsequent adoption by a Canadian soldier and his British war-bride. I’ve also recently come across the ‘ultimate genealogical nightmare’, on my Mom’s line: a Brown marrying a Smith, the perennial conundrum of the common surname. DNA will hopefully help me chip away at these mysteries.

While DNA autosomal testing hasn’t led me to immediate quick answers, it has made me rethink family. For me, it is no longer defined as a narrow single branch, but interrelated and intertwining branches of cousins, half-relations and the occasional misattributed parentage event (where a parent(s) of record is not the actual biological parent). New matches lead to questions of  ‘how am I related to them?’, a more critical view of records and family trees, and rethinking and retesting my past assumptions about my own family and research. Although, truth be told, I may not be farther ahead on solving the mysteries, but I have made all sorts of discoveries on many family branches and have opened up new avenues of research.

DNA testing can open up a world fraught with challenges – family secrets may be uncovered, lives changed, and unknown relationships revealed. The task of handling those delicate revelations is the tricky part, but it’s the connections that make us family – the good, the bad and the ugly truths that are part of life.

This year’s KPL Genealogy Fair offers something for everyone – whether you are knee-deep in a traditional search through records, databases and family trees, dipping your toe into the genetic pool for the first time or are, like me, looking at pages of DNA matches and wondering, who is the most recent common ancestor.

So join us on 21 April 2018 to discover your roots at the KPL Genealogy Fair! It’s a day-long free event at Central. No registration is required. Doors open at 9am and our keynote speaker, Mags Gaulden, of Grandma’s Genes, will talk about the power of genetic genealogy to connect us all at 9:30am in the Theatre on the lower level. Stay for the day, attend workshops, and connect with local area archives, libraries and genealogical societies that can help you grow your family tree!

Thanks to Ancestry.caFind My PastMyHeritage for the donation of prizes for the Genealogy Fair! Make sure that you fill out a ballot for your chance to win!

I’d like thank the Walper Hotel for generously providing Mag Gaulden’s accommodation and the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation for their financial support of this event.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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Are You Ready for the 6th KPL Genealogy Fair?

Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair 2018

Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair 2018

I am extremely happy to announce that the slate of speakers, workshops and participants for the 6th Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair is now available on our fair webpage. The Fair will be held on Saturday 21 April 2018 at Central from 9am to 3pm. It’s a free event and no registration is required.

If you are thinking of taking the dip into the DNA pool to help breakthrough your genealogy brickwalls, this event is for you! This year, we are exploring genetic genealogy and the new opportunities that DNA testing offers.

And, if you are not into DNA testing, no worries! We have other workshops to help you in your genealogy journey – like British Home Children, writing your family history, land records research, finding 20th century Canadian ancestors and much more!

This year, we are also offering a family album scrapbooking workshop for your kids and grand-kids in the Grace Schmidt Room at noon  (Children in Grades 4 and up). Bring in some favourite family photos and we’ll supply the mixed media materials. Why not pass along your love of genealogy to the next generation?

Are you ready to learn, share, grow and take your genealogy further? Then join us for the 6th KPL Genealogy Fair on 21 April 2018! Be sure to check the fair webpage often for updates. The schedule for the day will be posted in mid-April.

Accommodations for Mags generously provided by the Walper Hotel

Walper Hotel

Thanks to the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation for their financial support of this event.

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Looking forward to seeing you at the fair!

Cheers, Karen

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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 (www.grandmasgenes.com) 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 genealogyfair@kpl.org and we’ll get one to you!

Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Karen

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