State Library Hosts Family History Fair Aug. 11 for ‘2nd Saturdays’

[This press release comes from Rebecca Hyman of our sister organization the State Library of North Carolina.]

State Library Hosts Family History Fair Aug. 11 for ‘2nd Saturdays’

As part of the popular 2nd Saturdays program, the State Library’s Government and Heritage Library will host its very first Family History Fair, featuring speakers, exhibitors, and genealogy experts, on Saturday, Aug. 11.  The free event, which is also part of the State Library’s ongoing 200th birthday celebration, will be held in the Department of Cultural Resources Building, 109 E. Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Family History Fair will provide information and guidance for experienced family history researchers and beginners alike.  Children can learn what life was life in the 18th century, and enjoy a special children’s family history activity book.

Nearly 20 exhibitors and activities for all ages will fill the lobby of the building. Speakers and exhibitors include Library staff, genealogy professionals, State Archives staff and local family history organizations.  Click here to see a list of exhibitors. For more information call (919) 807-7450.

Featured Presentation and Activities include:

  • “We Have Stories to Tell: Family and Personal Stories” by Sylvia Payne, B.A. Sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholars Program.  11 a.m.
  • “Exploring the North Carolina Digital Collections: Tips and Tricks for Genealogists and Historians,” by Lisa Gregory, Digital Collections Manager, Digital Information Management Program, Government and Heritage Library. 1 p.m.
  • “Ask the Genealogist!” The N.C. Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be available for free 15 minute research consultations. This service is on a first-come first-served basis. There will also be a German translator on hand to help decipher old German handwriting.
  • North Carolina Family Records Scanning Station. Visitors can bring North Carolina family Bibles and brief genealogies and letters to be scanned to be part of the N.C. Family Records Online Collection.  For questions, contact Druscie Simpson with the State Archives at (919) 807-7319.

About the State Library of North Carolina

The State Library of North Carolina builds the capacity of all libraries across the state, develops and supports access to genealogy and other specialized collections, and provides resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit   For more about 2nd Saturdays, and other events, visit

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