3rd Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair Set for September 26th
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 3rd Annual Ancestry Fair to be held at the Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem. The event will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 9am-5pm and is free and open to the public! This event will feature free 15 minute consultations, photo reconstruction seminars and workshops with a wide variety of topics.
Lectures will highlight: 19th Century Naturalizations, Finding Quaker records, Genealogy Research in German and Researching Irish Ancestors. Four workshops will be held with topics including Revolutionary War-era Ancestry, a “How To” Get Started class, Scrapbooking and information about How and Why to Join the Daughters of the American Revolution.
About the Lectures & Speakers:
A total of four lectures will be held throughout the day. The speakers and schedule are as follows:
10:00am “19th Century Naturalizations” by Jefferson M. Moak. Moak currently the senior archivist at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Branch of the National Archives and Records Administration and a board member (and former Vice-President) of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Previous to his employment at NARA, he worked at the Philadelphia City Archives for 15 years. He is known for his work in indexing naturalizations from the city and county courts of Philadelphia, especially the Philadelphia County District Court and Common Pleas Court. He also compiled "Street Name Changes of Philadelphia" which originally appeared in 1996. He is also considered by some to be a fairly competent genealogist, serving as Registrar for the Pennsylvania Society, Sons of the Revolution since 2000 and as the Registrar for the General Society, Sons of the Revolution from 2000-2006.
1:00pm – “Were your ancestors friends? Finding and using their Quaker records” by Kay Haviland Freilich. Quakers left an abundance of records that are readily available to today’s family historians. Understanding the types of records, how to use them, and where to find them will help trace Society of Friends ancestors. Kay Haviland Freilich, Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, author of Research in Pennsylvania and verifying genealogist for the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, is a current trustee and former president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and winner of the 2009 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest.
2:30pm– “Introduction to Genealogy Research in German”by Thilo Agthe. Agthe has been researching his family's roots for over 10 years. Thilo has traveled extensively in Germany to visit archives and churches and has a great deal of hands-on experience in German research. He is the founder and webmaster of Onlineprojekt Gefallenendenkmäler (www.denkmalprojekt.org), a German-language website that collects names from German war memorials, casualty lists and military cemeteries for use by genealogists. As of August 2009, the website has collected over 1.1 million names. Born in Germany and living in New Jersey, Thilo practices intellectual property law in New York. The class will provide an introduction to common and useful sources, strategies and helpful hints for those who are starting out researching their ancestors in Germany, including discussions of the challenges of researching in Germany, beginning with a brief summary of resources to help researchers find the locality where their German ancestors came from and of particularly useful genealogical recourses in Germany and at the LDS. The talk will also feature an in-depth discussion of what researchers need to know about German history, the particulars of German laws (particularly the data protection regime) that make research that much more complicated, and how to get the most out of trips to Germany to research on-site at archives and churches.
4:00pm - “Researching Your Irish Ancestors” by Susan KoelbleCG. Koelble is a professional researcher, author, and lecturer. She is co-owner of the Genealogical Publishing Company, Bare Roots Publishing. She was a member of the Board of Directors of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania for eight years and has been a councilor for GSP’s popular Summer Camp Series. She currently volunteers at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
For more information, please contact the Bucks County Visitors Center at 215 639 0300 or The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania www.genpa.org
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 9am until 5p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.
Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x. 231