Kansas Ancestor Fair Oct. 20

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is cosponsoring the third annual Kansas Ancestor Fair, 9:30am–3:30pm Saturday, October 20, at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 S.W. 6th Ave.  Doors open at 9am and classes start at 10am.

This free event is held in celebration of Family History Month and features informational displays by local heritage, historical, and lineage groups. Instructional seminars on a variety of family history topics will also be presented. No preregistration is required. A food vendor will be available on the grounds during the event.

The Kansas Ancestor Fair is designed to encourage interest in family heritage and to highlight resources available in northeast Kansas to assist those who are interested in learning more about their family history. This year’s event includes a representative from Ancestry.com who will present sessions on Beginning Genealogy, researching vital records on Ancestry.com, and researching military records using Fold3 with an emphasis on Civil War records. Representatives from the National Archives Central Plains Branch in Kansas City, Missouri, will present sessions on “Coming to America: Ship Passenger Arrival Lists” and “Township, Section, Range: Looking at Land Records.”

The event is cosponsored by the Kansas Historical Society, the Topeka Genealogical Society, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and the Topeka Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For more information, call 785-272-8681 or visit www.ksancestorfair.org.

text provided by the Kansas Historical Society

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room/Genealogy. Her start at TSCPL came as a genealogy researcher soon after the Baker Genealogy Center opened in November 2007. In early 2009, she became a Genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at TSCPL. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December 2011. One of her favorite times of year is when the Topeka Room is decked out for the holidays.