Genealogy fair to cover libraries, Internet, DNA ancestry

Posted April 10, 2015, at 12:58 a.m.

There’s nothing like a genealogy fair to get new family historians started, and to get more experienced ones out of a rut. A gathering on April 25 will combine talks from local speakers with videos from the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City to offer something for everyone. Best of all, it’s free.

The Bangor Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the second Bangor Family History Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at 639 Grandview Ave., on the corner of Grandview and Essex Street.

The opening session will be “Fiddling Ancestors” with James Shupe, a sixth-generation fiddler who will entertain with stories about his ancestors, interspersed with excellent fiddling.

This year, the fair will feature 16 videos from the 2015 RootsTech held in Salt Lake City in February in addition to eight classes presented locally.

The classes presented locally will be:

— “Why Libraries Still Matter in Family History Research,” presented by Elizabeth Stevens, research assistant for local history, genealogy and special collections at Bangor Public Library.

— “Getting Started on Ancestry.com,” with Nina Giordano Brawn, a self-taught freelance genealogist, columnist and lecturer from Dover-Foxcroft who has been using Ancestry since the 1980s.

— “French-Canadian and Acadian Research,” with Marilyn Burton, who has been involved in genealogy and family history for 50 years. She has ancestors from several European countries and has been a teacher for 42 years.

— “Online Digital Newspapers,” with Dale Mower, past president of the Maine Genealogical Society and 2013 recipient of the MGS Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service, current president of Penobscot County Genealogical Society. He is a member of Wassebec Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, New Brunswick Genealogical Society and the Locke Family Association.

— Four classes designed for LDS Church members, but open to all, presented by Justin and Rheanna Dow. Justin Dow is a Maine native who works for FamilySearch International as the Temple Data Administration Manager. He resides in Eagle Mountain, Utah, with his wife, Rheanna, and five children. Rheanna Dow has a great love for people and cultures having grown up all over the world. She is a graduate of the University of Maine. She is a blogger, family history buff and stay-at-home mom.

Attendance is free, but registration is recommended. The registration link is on the “Bangor FHC” page in the FamilySearch Wiki: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Bangor_Maine_Family_History_Center.

Classes at 10:15 a.m. will be:

— “Tracing Your British and Irish Roots with FindMyPast,” a RootsTech video with Elaine Collins.

— “Preserving Our Memories – Using the My Family Booklet and FamilySearch.org,” with Rheanna Dow. This is a great beginner class.

— “The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters,” a RootsTech video with Valeries Elkins.

— “Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins Letters,” a RootsTech video with Amy Archibald.

— “Why Libraries Still Matter in Family History Research,” with Elizabeth Stevens, Bangor Public Library,

— “Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best 10 Stories of Your Life Letters,” a RootsTech video with Alison Taylor. Where do I start? How much do I include? How do I handle sensitive issues? Learn a step-by-step method to make writing a personal history easier and more fun.

Classes beginning at 11:30 a.m. are:

— “Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy,” a RootsTech video with Diahan Southard. Learn the basics of DNA testing.

— “Search in FamilySearch.org – Hinting, Researching and Sourcing,” with Justin Dow. Which source do I use? How do I improve my searching?

— “FamilySearch Family Tree 2014 and Beyond,” a RootsTech video with Ron Tanner.

— “FamilySearch Indexing: It’s a Whole New World!,” a RootsTech video with Scott Flinders, the FamilySearch Indexing product manager.

— “Getting Started on Ancestry.com,” with Nina Brawn. Come learn about the next steps and how to avoid some common errors. Not a subscriber? Get the basics to see if it’s worth it for you. (Ancestry.com is available free on computer at Maine libraries.)

— “Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox,” a RootsTech video with Thomas MacEntee.

Classes at 12:45 p.m. are:

— “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com,” a RootsTech video with Crista Cowan and Juliana Scuzs.

— “Preparing Names for the Temple, Utilizing Descendancy View and Other Tips and Tricks,” with Rheanna Dow.

— “Six Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet,” a RootsTech video with Janet Hovorka. Distinguish the difference between navigating your cousins’ conclusions and actual sources about your family history.

— “Thirty Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without,” a RootsTech video with D. Joshua Taylor.

— “French-Canadian and Acadian Research,” with Marilyn Burton.

— “You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Search. What Next?,” a RootsTech video with Karen Auman.

.Classes at 2 p.m. will be:

— “Map My Ancestors,” a RootsTech video with A.C. Ivory.

— “Family History in Wards and Branches – Help for Consultants and Priesthood Leaders,” with Justin Dow.

— “Finding Your Family On Newspapers.com,” a RootsTech video with Peter Drinkwater.

— “Family History on the Go: Using Phones and Tablet Apps,” a RootsTech video with Rhonna Farrer and Crystal Beutler.

— “Online Digital Newspapers (Version 2.0),” with Dale Mower. Digitization of newspapers is being undertaken by a variety of organizations, making it a challenge to locate those you need. This presentation provides some insights into locating and using a variety of digital newspaper archives, with a focus on those providing free access.

— “What’s New at FamilySearch.org,” a RootsTech video with Devin Ashby.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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