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Genealogy fair is good for beginners

If you have ancestors, or even relatives, you can learn how to explore their histories at the 2019 National Genealogy Day Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Johnson County’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th St., Overland Park.

The fair is presented by the Johnson County Genealogical Society.

National Genealogy Day is observed annually on Saturday of the first full week of March. This year, for the first time, the JCGS is hosting the resource fair to share the abundance of tools and skill ready to help library users explore their family history.

Anyone can attend the event free of charge. Stations and activities will be set up around the Central Library. Registration is encouraged to ensure ample supplies and kits. Register online at jocolibrary.org/research/genealogy or call 913-826-4600.

“This is an easy way for genealogy beginners to get the lay of the land,” JCGS board member Marsha Bennett said. “If you’re wondering how to get started in your research, I think this is a great event for you!”

The society also recommends the event for teachers and students working on Family Tree assignments.

Here are some of the activities at the resource fair:

• Tours of the library’s genealogy section

• Get one-on-one help from Society members in our Learning Lab

• Pick up a free Genealogy Starter Kit with forms and information

• Visit genealogy group exhibits; learn about genealogy software programs; and see Fruits of their Research displays with examples of family histories, pedigree charts, stories and scrapbooks.

Membership in the Johnson County Genealogical Society is not required to attend. Learn more about JCGS by visiting jcgsks.org.