History comes alive at the Orillia Public Library
A sample of one of the historic photos that will be on display at the Family History Festival as part of Doors Open/Culture Days at the Orillia Public Library. SUBMITTED PHOTO
On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., more than a dozen genealogy experts will be coming together for the Family History Festival as part of Doors Open/Culture Days.
Whether you are just starting to research your family tree or have been working on it for years, stop by the library and get some good ideas. Find out tricks for searching online databases like Ancestry.com and Family Search, learn how to write family history stories and scrapbook priceless photos. Discover if your ancestor fought in the War of 1812, was a soldier in the First World War, or came to Canada as a British Home Child.
Several groups will be on site, including the Orillia Heritage Committee, the British Home Child Advocacy and Research Association and Family History Simplified. Authors Marcel Rousseau and Catherine Ashton will be on hand, as well as William Leslie, Fred Blair, Geraldine Barnard and Mark Cadeau, who will share their knowledge and experience to help you try to find that missing clue to get you to the next generation in your tree.
If your ancestors lived in the Orillia area, visit the Local History Room on the second floor. Staff member Betty Sears will be there to help find information on your local ancestors. The room will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and contains archives, books, photos and much more.
There will be activities for the entire family, including an Olde Tyme Photo Booth. Dress up in period clothing and have your photo taken in our green screen photo booth, while standing in front of a historic Orillia photo. Cost is $5 for each 8x10 photo.
The Family History Festival will take place in the main lobby of the Orillia Public Library and is free.