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Genealogy Fair

Our 7th Annual Genealogy Fair took place on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Thank you to everybody who participated!

Presentations that took place throughout the day are listed below.

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

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Karen Ball-Pyatt

Karen Ball-Pyatt

Local History Librarian, Grace Schmidt Room, Kitchener Public Library

Workshop: DNA 101: Getting Started with Autosomal DNA


Marian Roes

Marian Roes

Author of Mennonite Funeral and Burial Traditions

Workshop: Writing, Researching and Self-Publishing Mennonite Funeral and Burial Traditions – Yes! I Would Do It Again!


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Jess Posgate

Jess Posgate

Our Digital World

Workshop: Finding Your Family History Using Our Digital World


Lori Ofcheski

Lori Oschefski

British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association

Workshop: Researching Your British Home Children Ancestors


LUNCH BREAK 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Be sure to visit the exhibits and demonstrations in the Central Library reading lounge!

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Joanna Rickert-Hall

Joanna Rickert-Hall

Author of Waterloo You Never Knew: Life on the Margins

Workshop: Back Door History: Genealogy Research Hacks


Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

Principal Conservator, Book and Paper Conservation Services

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


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Vito Giovannetti
Christopher Grafos

Vito Giovannetti

CEO of Treasured, Inc.


Christopher Grafos


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


Tammy Tipler Priolo

Tammy Tipler-Priolo

The Ancestor Investigator

Workshop: Genealogy as a Therapeutic Tool



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
Region of Waterloo Library
University of Waterloo - Special Collections
Waterloo Historical Society
Waterloo Public Library
Waterloo You Never Knew
Wellington County Museum & Archives
Woodside National Historic Site