Friday, 20 April 2018

Tomorrow in Ottawa: Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair

All welcome at 101 Centrepointe
Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, Nepean on Saturday, 21 April, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Here's what's happening.

10:00 – 3:00 in the Atrium:  Exhibitors’ Hall
10:00 – 3:00 in the Library 2nd floor, Resource Room: Genealogy specialists on hand to answer your questions!


10:00 – 10:40 in the Chamber:    Discover Your Roots: Getting Started
Have you ever wondered about your family's history?  Where did they come from?  How did they live?  This talk by Barbara Tose and Glenn Wright will help you get started, find information online and organize your results.  It will also tell you where to get help along the way.  Everything you need to get started - all in one place!

10:40 – 11:00 in the Chamber: Finding Your Roots with DNA
The DNA inherited from your parents in trillions of cells of your body has a story to tell.  You've seen the TV ads showing people surprised at their DNA test results and maybe heard people casting doubt on the reliability.  In this short talk by John D Reid find out about the reality of DNA testing, which has revolutionized family history research, its amazing capabilities and its limitations.

11:00 – 11:30 in the Chamber: Question and Answer Session
Genealogists are here to answer your questions!

11:00 – 11:45 in Room 1B: Building and Sharing Your Family Tree
There are many options for building and sharing your family tree: paper or electronic forms, family tree software, online family trees on sites like Ancestry or MyHeritage, and collaborative family tree websites such as WikiTree.  Leanne Cooper explores the key features, pros and cons of each, along with things to consider when making the choice.

11:45 – 12:30 in Room 1B: “I have my DNA results.  What do I do now?”
Your inherited DNA links you to potentially thousands of new cousins - some closer than others.  Susan Courage helps you find out about what you will learn from different DNA tests; how to determine where to start when you get your results back; and the resources and tools available to you to decode the science and apply in practice.

12:30 – 1:00 in Room 1B: Patrimoine familial francophone (en français)
Francine Gougeon, présidente de l’Association du patrimoine familial francophone de l’Ontario (APFFO), qui discutera l’Association et l’importance de préserver le patrimoine familial.

1 :30 – 2 :30 in the Chamber: Ottawa’s Most Lost
Join David McGee, creator of the popular Lost Ottawa Facebook group, for an entertaining tour of the top ten things that people miss in our fair city, as voted by you the people – think malted milks at Freiman’s and you’ve got the idea!

All activities are free. Registration not required.  Offered by the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.

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