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Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair / Découvrir ses racines : une foire de généalogie et d’histoire locale

Interested in family history?  Curious about the history of Ottawa?  Drop in to:

  • Enjoy genealogy and local history presentations
  • Meet community organizations in the Exhibitors' Hall
  • Bring your questions for one-on-one consultation with genealogy specialists in the Resource Room

All activities are free. Registration not required.  Offered in partnership with British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).

Presentation Schedule:

10:00 - 10:40 a.m.     Discover Your Roots: Getting Started 

Have you ever wondered about your family's history?  Where did they come from?  How did they live?  This talk will help you get started, find information online and organize your results.  It will also tell you where to get help along the way.  Everything you need to get started - all in one place! 

10:40 - 11:00 a.m.      Finding Your Roots with DNA  

The DNA inherited from your parents in trillions of cells of your body has a story to tell.  You've seen the TV ads showing people surprised at their DNA test results and maybe heard people casting  doubt on the reliability.  In this short talk find out about the reality of DNA testing, which has revolutionized family history research, its amazing capabilities and its limitations.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.       Question and Answer Session

Genealogists are here to answer your questions!

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.        Building and Sharing Your Family Tree

 There are many options for building and sharing your family tree: paper or electronic forms, family tree software, online family trees on sites like Ancestry or MyHeritage, and  collaborative family tree websites such as WikiTree.  Explore the key features, pros and cons of each, along with things to consider when making the choice.

11:45 - 12:30 p.m.       "I have my DNA results.  What do I do now?"

 Your inherited DNA links you to potentially thousands of new cousins - some closer than others.  Find out about what you will learn from different DNA tests; how to determine where to start when you get your results back; and the resources and tools available to you to decode the science and apply in practice.

12:30 - 1:00                  Patrimoine familial francophone (en français)

Francine Gougeon, présidente de l’Association du patrimoine familial francophone de l’Ontario (APFFO), discutera l’Association et l’importance de préserver le patrimoine familial.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.          Lost Ottawa

 Stroll down memory lane with David McGee, founder of the popular Lost Ottawa site, as he regales us with tales of Ottawa landmarks that are no more.







Age group

Adults 50-plus