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Genealogy Fair

Join us on Saturday November 2, 2019 for the 7th Genealogy Fair at Central Library.

Doors open at 9am, and the day wraps up at 3:30 pm. All events are free with no registration required.

Keynote Address

9:30 am, Central Library Theatre

Melanie McLennan

Melanie McLennan

We’re kicking off the day with Melanie McLennan of Ancestral Tapestry.

Hear how she was able to break through her Irish genealogy brick wall with genetic genealogy and DNA.


Genealogy Workshops

A full schedule of workshop times and locations will be posted the week of October 28th.

Presenters and topics include:


Tammy Tipler Priolo

Tammy Tipler-Priolo

The Ancestor Investigator

Workshop: Genealogy as a Therapeutic Tool


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Jess Posgate

Our Digital World

Workshop: Finding Your Family History Using Our Digital World


Lori Ofcheski

Lori Ofcheski

British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association

Workshop: Researching Your British Home Children


Joanna Rickert-Hall

Joanna Rickert-Hall

Author of Waterloo You Never Knew: Life on the Margins

Workshop: Back Door History: Genealogy Research Hacks


Marian Roes

Marian Roes

Author of Mennonite Funeral and Burial Traditions

Workshop: How to Self-Publish a Heritage Book


Vito Giovannetti
Christopher Grafos

Vito Giovannetti

CEO of Treasured, Inc.


Christopher Grafos


Workshop: From One Generation to Another: Bridging the Generation Gap in Genealogy


Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

Principal Conservator, Book and Paper Conservation Services

Workshop: Preserving the Past: Preservation and Conservation of Archival and Family Collections


Karen Ball-Pyatt

Karen Ball-Pyatt

Local History Librarian, Grace Schmidt Room, Kitchener Public Library

Workshop: DNA 101: Finding Family with Autosomal DNA



Information may be subject to change. Check back often for the latest updates.


Exhibits and Demonstrations

Archives of Ontario
British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association
Cambridge City Archives
City of Kitchener Archives
Guelph Public Library
Kitchener Public Library
Laurier Archives
London Public Library
Maryhill Historical Society
MiDesigns Photo Restoration
National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Ontario Ancestors - Halton-Peel Branch
Ontario Ancestors - Oxford County Branch
Ontario Ancestors - Wellington County Branch
Our Digital World
Photo Organizing Services
Red Handprint Publishing
Region of Waterloo Library
University of Waterloo - Special Collections
Waterloo Historical Society
Waterloo Public Library
Wellington County Museum & Archives
Woodside National Historic Site