Clarification: This event is Saturday, Sept. 21. 

From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, the Frederick Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a family history event at 199 North Place, Frederick. Admission is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker is Michael Turner, a member of the Frederick Stake Presidency and professor of biochemistry at Mount Saint Mary’s University and avid genealogist, who will speak on what’s new and what to look forward to in 2020. At 11 a.m., Mary Mannix, director of the Maryland Room at the C. Burr Artz Library, will present “Your Civil War Ancestors and 20th Century Veterans, A Librarian’s Perspective.” At 1 p.m. Rebecca Koford, a professional genealogist, will present “Records of the American Revolution and the War of 1812.”

Many exhibitors, including professional genealogists, will share their expertise and answer questions on how to find elusive ancestors in North America, Mexico, British Isles, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Norway.

Among the many exhibitors are Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Union Veteran of the Civil War Antietam Camp #3 and the Auxiliary of SUVCW, Carrollton Manor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Frederick Chapter of the DAR, Maryland Room, Heritage Society of Frederick, Historical Society of Carroll County, Carroll County Genealogy Society, Washington County Historical and Genealogy Society, Historical and Genealogy Society of Somerset Pennsylvania, African American Resources Cultural Heritage Society of Frederick, and Frederick County Genealogy Society.

Other exhibits include “Everything You Need to Know About DNA Research,” Jim Bartlett and Andy Hochreiter; Research in Ohio, Roslyn Torella, an experienced genealogist and author; Research in Norway, Steve Jonnes, a professional genealogist; and “Research in Maryland, Eastern Europe and Colonial Research,” Elaine Harvey, professional genealogist.

Also learn more about SAR, DAR, and SUVCW from their local leaders. Learn how to best preserve your family photos and keepsakes, how to index records, and why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples.

The Family History Center will be open with experienced staff to help those who are just beginning their research or have a brick wall to overcome.

One of the highlights of the day is a parade at noon on the church grounds featuring Sergeant Everhart Chapter of SAR, Youth Frederick Town Fife and Drum, SUVCW Antietam Camp #3 and the Auxiliary of SUVCW, and Carrollton Manor and Frederick Chapters of the DAR. Some of the groups will be in period clothing. Many local families will be parading, including children who will be riding on pioneer handcarts.

There will be face painting and other activities for children. Bring your own bagged lunch. Bottled water will be provided.

Interpreters for the deaf will be available. For more information, contact Elaine Harvey, coordinator, at 240-446-5450.

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