Saturday, May 30, 2015

Learn how to dig for family roots at 6th annual Ancestry Fair

Experts will provide tips for researching family trees at the 6th annual Ancestry Fair on Saturday at the county Visitors Center in Bensalem.

Learn how to dig for family roots at 6th annual Ancestry Fair

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Jan Allen from Old Maps & Prints shows historical maps to attendees at a previous ancestry fair. (Visit Bucks County)

Beginners and those looking to improve their research skills to trace their family trees can get tips at the 6th annual Ancestry Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem.

Karen Higgins of West Chester, who has researched personal genealogy for more than 25 years, will discuss “Beginning Genealogy” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“Using FamilySearch online and using a local Family History Center” will be presented by members of the Doylestown, Morrisville and Philadelphia Metro Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

There also will be representatives of genealogical associations, booksellers and vendors to answer questions.

The fair, sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and Visit Bucks County, is free and open to the public at the Visitors Center on Street Road, in front of Parx Casino.

In addition, genealogist, blogger and author Dick Eastman will discuss four topics throughout the day, for a $45 fee for society members and $55 for non-members. Pre-registration is recommended, with Saturday signups available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Eastman’s talks will be about:

  • Genealogy searching on Google
  • Organizing your research using digital techniques
  • Using Wikis to publish your family history online
  • Using satellite technology to help find cemeteries, roads, and courthouses.

For more information about the fair, call Visit Bucks County at 215-639-0300 or check the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania’s website, To register for Eastman’s talks, go to the society’s website or call 215-545-0391.


About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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