Family History Fair Offers Genealogy Resources, Kids Activities

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Interested in exploring your family’s genealogy or taking your kids on a trip back to the 18th century? The State Library’s Government and Heritage Library will lead the way at its first Family History Fair Saturday, Aug. 11, when you’ll learn from speakers, exhibitors and genealogy experts. The free event-designed for experienced family history researchers and beginners-will be held in the Department of Cultural Resources Building at 109 E. Jones Street, in downtown Raleigh, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children will also have a chance to learn what life was like in the 18th century and to enjoy a special children’s family history activity book. The fair-part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources 2nd Saturdays summer program-will host nearly 20 exhibitors and offer activities for all ages. Featured presentations and activities include:

  • “We Have Stories to Tell: Family and Personal Stories” by Sylvia Payne, B.A. Sponsored by the N.C. Humanities Council Road Scholars Program.  11 a.m.
  • “Exploring the North Carolina Digital Collections: Tips and Tricks for Genealogists and Historians,” by Lisa Gregory, Digital Collections Manager, Digital Information Management Program, Government and Heritage Library. 1 p.m.
  • “Ask the Genealogist!” The N.C. Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be available for free 15-minute research consultations. This service is on a first-come first-served basis. There will also be a German translator on hand to help decipher old German handwriting.
  • North Carolina Family Records Scanning Station. Visitors can bring North Carolina family Bibles and brief genealogies and letters to be scanned to be part of the N.C. Family Records Online Collection.  For questions, contact Druscie Simpson with the State Archives at (919) 807-7319.

View the list of exhibitors here. For more information, call (919) 807-7450.

Looking for more fun activities for children?
Visit our Things to Do and Family Fun pages and our Summer Fun Guide for even more events.

Information in this blog provided by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

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