New This Year-FREE Admission for Educational Sessions

(Bucks County, PA) Visit Bucks County and The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania will once again host the Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair. Held at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., this event brings together the region's leading genealogical experts for educational sessions and an expo. New this year, the Ancestry Fair will be completely free and open to the public.

Guest speakers and the session topics include:

Donald Petrille Jr., Esq., Bucks County Register of Wills Commissioner: Update on the most recent preservation and access programs in the Department of Wills

Karen Higgins, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists: Getting Started With Your Family Research

Gerald Vallette, Doylestown FamilySearch: Exploring the New FamilySearch Website

Shamele Jordon, genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer and podcaster: Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogical Research

Karen Morrow, Sue Kellerman & Cheri Banks: The Library of Congress Chronicling America: The Penn State Newspaper Project

Carol Sheaffer, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists: Would I Lie To You...How Our Ancestors Sometimes Lead Us Astray

In between sessions and during a one-hour lunch break, attendees are invited to browse ancestry-related vendors in the Visitor Center's Main Gallery, including:

• Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

• Genealogical Society of New Jersey

• Gen Detective

• National Archive & Records Administration

• Bucks County Genealogical Society

• Historical Society of Bensalem Township

• Doylestown LDS Family History Center

• Haycock Historical Society

• Bucks County Register of Wills

• Central Jersey Genealogy Club

Pre-registration is not required for this free event. For more information, please contact Visit Bucks County at 215-639-0300 or The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania



Jessica Lawlor
Communications Coordinator
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 227

Michelle Greco Falcone
Communications Manager
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 231


About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the VBC is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to the PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.