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Family roots the focus of fair

11/6/2013

Special to the HDN

PHILLIPSBURG -- The Phillips County Genealogical Society and the Phillipsburg Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have joined to host a Family History Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the LDS Chapel, 620 S. Seventh, Phillipsburg. You need not be a member of either group in order to attend, and there is no charge. The public is invited, beginners are welcome, as well as experienced genealogy researchers. Bring any information you already have, or what you know, and there will be a person to help take you to the next step or to find more information.

Thfair is focusing on a 10-plus county area. In Kansas, that includes Rooks, Osborne, Graham, Norton, Decatur, Phillips and Smith counties. The Nebraska counties of Franklin, Harlan and Phelps.

Fair organizers have invited county organizations and libraries to bring lists and other information about their major genealogical resources and collections to distribute to those attending the fair. If your organization or club wasn't contacted personally and you would like to participate, please bring lists and information of your collections to share. There is so much genealogical and historical information in many local organizations that could be of benefit to many researchers. For example, one county genealogical society has a listing of 52 cemeteries with their locations. One library has all their newspapers' obituaries for 133 years -- all available for the public to use.

Among their resources, the Phillipsburg Church Family History Library has access to millions of genealogical and family history documents from their giant library in Salt Lake City. They offer free use of their six computers, including Ancestry.com and other premium sites at no charge to the patron. Millions of microfilms are available from the Salt Lake City library. All persons interested in learning more about the origins of their family are invited to come and receive help from our trained consultants.

The goal of the event is to get people together to share what information is available locally, and to encourage people to learn more about their heritage. Everybody is welcome.

For more information, call (785) 543-7912, (785) 543-7914 or (308) 470-0321.