Explore Family History in Canton October 21st


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silas write houseA series of six lectures will be featured at the upcoming Local History and Genealogy Fair being held at the SLCHA Museum and Archives, 3 East Main Street, Canton from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 21. The schedule will include topics which should be of interest to both local history and genealogical researchers.

At 10 am, a panel of local researchers will hold a round table discussion on Beginning to Research Your Family Tree; at 11 am, a presentation will be held by a representative of Witherbee & Whalen, Canton, on cleaning and repairing cemetery monuments as well as a look at that firm’s history in Canton; at noon, Town Historian and Registrar will talk about the role of those offices to assist researchers looking for information on their ancestors; at 1 pm, Chuck Henry of the NNYLN will explain research methods using the New York State Historic Newspapers website; at 2 pm, a workshop will be held on Internet Genealogy and doing online research, led by an experienced local researcher; and at 3 pm, a discussion of the recent interest in DNA tests and their role in genealogy will be held.

In addition to the featured lectures, the Local History and Genealogy Fair will offer networking opportunities with many local history and genealogy groups. Among those who will be on hand with information and displays are representatives of local government, Town Historians, Jefferson County research groups, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and from across the border, United Empire Loyalists.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association and St. Lawrence Valley Genealogical Society, co-hosts of this event, this event which is free and open to the public. For more information about the fair, contact the Historical Association at (315) 386-8133 or email info@slcha.org.

Photo of Silas Write House courtesy St. Lawrence County Historical Association.

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