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    13th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair is Nov. 9th

    Bucks County Genealogical Society will host the 13th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair on Saturday, November 9th, from 8:30am to 4:00 pm, in the Life Sciences Building at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown.

    The theme this year, “Back to Basics: Researching In Your Neighborhood,” reinforces genealogy’s basic yet important research resources available at our local repositories.

    Speakers are Don Petrille, Bucks County Register of Wills, and Robin Robinson, Recorder of Deeds, who will be presenting the resources at the Bucks County Courthouse.

    State Reference Archivists Aaron McWilliams and Catherine Stearns Medich will speak on the State Archives’ collections in Harrisburg, PA and Trenton, NJ respectively.

    While online databases continue to grow, along with the popularity of Ancestry.com, there are endless records which can only be found, undigitized, in these local repositories.

    They may be on microfilm or bound in books, and feature not only wills and deeds, but vital records, naturalizations, newspapers, and even Supreme Court records.

    The county and state archives also have collections available online, but there is nothing like putting on your gumshoes and accessing original records centuries old that you can often hold in your hands!

    This year’s fair is more intimate and “one-track minded,” with all of the lectures presented in the comfortable auditorium, with time in between for networking and breaks. 

    The registration fee of $45 also includes a continental breakfast and hot buffet lunch, along with coffee and water available all day.

    Admission is by pre-registration only, available with complete information at www.ancestryfair.org.

    Early registration is recommended as seating is limited.

    Last year’s sold-out Fair had featured Investigative Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore with her high-tech programs using DNA for genealogy.

    It is a powerful tool for any genealogist.

    This year’s fair is going back to traditional genealogy, often over-looked or in need of updating, which may just produce that golden record to break a brick wall or grow a new branch.

    Newbie genealogists are encouraged to visit Bucks County Genealogical Society’s beginner’s page at www.bucksgen.org for instructions and resources to create your family tree.

    Then attend the Ancestry Fair for the wealth of information available right in your neighborhood!