Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 Family History Fair!

Linda Serna in the middle of her presentation
Every year the Orange County Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center puts on a Family History Fair.  Each year it gets better and better.

If you are into Family History, as I am, and even if you're not, there was something or someone to spark your interest and excitement for family history research at this fair.

This year's fair was held the day before Easter, so it wasn't perhaps as well attended as I've seen in the past, but there were still at least 500 people there.  It's a free, all-day event that is well worth attending.

Janet Hovorka
Keynote Speaker Janet Hovorka got everything off to a great start with a wonderful presentation about the joys of family history research which she titled, "Creating a Culture of Family History in Your Family and Your Home".

One of the tidbits she shared was how excited her 14 year-old son became about family history when he found ancient Norse warrior Thor on his family tree!  That was just one of many fun stories that were told throughout the day.

The Orange County Stake Center
The fair was held at the Orange County Stake Center.  It was packed, as usual.

The O.C. Family History Library
The Orange County Stake Family History Library has a knowledgeable staff and a very busy core group of patrons and volunteers that make this fair possible each year.

This year, I met several friends at the fair.  Not only was Lisa there, but my co-worker and friend Danika and her lovely mom Ruth.  Danika is an avid genealogist.  I enjoy hearing her stories about her escapades in ferreting out her family lines. She has become quite the researcher.

There always seems to be some rather miraculous happenings when people start digging into their family history.  It's as if, say many researchers, these people just want to be found.  And they are helping from the other side of the veil.

Danika and her mom, Ruth
One of the many highlights of the day was Gary Shumway's insights into everyday life in Colonial America.  I enjoyed that very much.  History and Family History are inseparably intertwined, you know.
Gary Shumway, PhD
If you are interested in Family History, think about attending the fair next April.  Believe me, it is time well spent!

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