2nd Annual Ancestry Fair Set for Last Weekend in September at the Bucks County Visitors Center

(Bucks County, PA) Discover your roots in Bucks County! The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau and The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania are excited to announce its 2nd Annual Ancestry Fair to be held at the Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem. The event will be held on Saturday, September 27th 9am-5pm and Sunday, September 28th 9am-3pm and is free and open to the public! This event will feature vendors, seminars and workshops to showcase how to research, scrapbooking and photo restoration. Lectures will be held daily and will highlight: Organizing Genealogical Research, Female Ancestors, Revolutionary War, Preservation and Cataloging, Utilizing City Directories and Census Information. Two workshops will be held each day and include a Beginner’s Instruction to learn how to get started. Other workshops will be provided by Revolutionary War by the David Library and Preservation and Cataloging by the Historical Society of PA. Conifer’s Image LLC will be on hand to offer photo restoration and conversion. Bring in your family photo and have it reprinted for your scrapbook page!

About the Lectures & Speakers:

A total of five lectures will be held throughout both days. Speakers will include:
“Census Records” Lecture on Saturday at 10am. Jeff Moak: Senior Archivist at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Branch of the National Archives and Records Administration and a board member of the Genealogical Society of PA (GSP). He is known for his work in indexing naturalizations from the city and county courts.

“Wherever Did I Put It?” - Organizing Genealogical Research Lecture on Saturday at 1pm. Carol Sheaffer: President of Central Jersey Genealogical Club and on the Board of Directors of GSP and numerous others. She has 25 years experience in genealogical research with focus on Central and Souther NJ, Philadelphia, Lancaster and surrounding counties in PA. Nancy Feryok: Past Librarian and Treasurer of the Central Jersey Genealogical Club. She has over ten years experience in genealogical research with a special interest in Northern New Jersey and New York City.

“Researching Your Revolutionary War Era Ancestor at the David Library” Lecture on Saturday at 1pmKathie Ludwig and Greg Johnson: Kathie and Greg comprise the reading room staff of the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing.

“City Directories” Lecture on Saturday at 3pmSusan Koelble: A professional researcher, author and lecturer. She was a board member of the Genealogical Society of PA for eight years and has been a councilor for GSP’s popular Summer Camp Series. She is the co-owner of the Genealogical Publishing Company, Bare Roots Publishing. She currently volunteers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

“Don’t Forget the Ladies- Female Ancestors” Lecture on Sunday at 10am. Nancy Nelson: Membership Chair of Central Jersey Genealogical Club and is also the Secretary of The General Forman Chaper, DAR and Registrar of The Philadelphia Chapter of United Daughters of The Confederacy. She has twenty five years experience in genealogical research throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, Lancaster and surrounding counties.

Carol Sheaffer: President of Central Jersey Genealogical Club and on the Board of Directors of GSP and numerous others including Nat’l Genealogical Society, NY Genealogical and Biographical Society, Daughters of Union Veterans of The Civil War and Trenton Historical Society.

“Beginning Genealogy” Lecture on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 1pm.Karen Higgins: Member of the Association of the Professional Genealogists, NGS, GSP, HSP and the Chester County Historical Society. She has been doing genealogy research for over twenty years with considerable experience in Finland and Northern Germany.

“Oral History: Easy Techniques for Getting Started” Lecture on Sunday at 1pmMary Louise Fitzpatrick: Professional genealogist who lives in the Philadelphia area where she researches, writes, and lectures. While a Philadelphia native, she also regularly travels to New England and Salt Lake City to do research. She specializes in German, Irish, and Scotch-Irish research and is working on certification.

Michelle Greco
Public Relations, Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x. 231

About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau

The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. . For more information on BCCVB activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from operating on summer hours from 8:30a.m until 5:30 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.