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Pagosa to host Family History Fair

With America’s renewed interest in genealogy and family history research, the timing of a Family History Fair in Pagosa will be very welcome indeed.

On Saturday, Aug. 14, the public will be able to learn techniques and “how to’s” for researching family roots. This year’s Family History Fair will feature two lectures by Barbara Becker Meehan, MLIS, CGSM, professional genealogist, researcher, librarian and speaker from Tulsa, Okla. Meehan’s lectures will include: “Information Overload: Organizing Your Genealogy Work” and “How To Be A Power Hitter: Improve Your Online Searching Skills.”

There will be four other lectures by local researchers, including a special two part lecture titled “Genealogy 101: Getting Started and Using the Family History Center,” as well as,“Irish Family History Research” and “Tracing Your Family’s Medical History.”

The one-day event is to be held at the local Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1879 Majestic Drive (behind Ponderosa Lumber), and is being cosponsored by the Family History Center and the Archuleta County Genealogical Society.

The program begins with check-in at 9 a.m., concludes at 4:30 p.m., and includes the five lectures, lunch and an exhibition of family history and genealogy related displays.

The Family History Fair is open to the public and is complimentary, but will be limited to 100 participants. Those interested in attending must pre-register by contacting Sharron Oldham, director of the Family History Center, at 264-5063, sharronleol@gmail.com, or Barbara Ford, vice- president of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society, at 264-2625, beford43@gmail.com.

Featured lecturer Barbara Becker Meehan has conducted genealogical research on a commission basis since 1993, was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 1998, has given national lectures at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ conferences, as well as many other conferences around the country. She has completed the Intermediate and Advanced Methodology courses at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Meehan has presented programs for several years at the Tulsa City-County Library’s Genealogy Center, as well as, for the past 15years teaching a five week genealogy class each fall for the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church’s School of Continuing Education. Additionally, she has taught genealogy research at Tulsa Community College.

The Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints offers access to a multitude of resources for the genealogical explorer. Visitors and genealogical workers have access to one of the largest data bases of information in the world as it relates to ancestry. These resources continue to grow on a daily basis with volunteers all over the world indexing various sources of data. And the good news is it’s free. The Family History Center is open to all in our community and trained consultants are available to assist in the hunt for one’s heritage. The center’s operating hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Archuleta County Genealogical Society is made up of a group of members with a shared interest in family history research. “The purpose of this Society is to provide a central source to which all people may look for guidance in the preservation of their heritage and family traditions. To this extent, the Society seeks to honor and perpetuate the memory of those who have gone before and to pass this legacy to generations yet to be born.” Guests are always welcome at the Archuleta County Genealogical Society which meets at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Community United Methodist Church.