The History Community in Chautauqua County is alive and growing. On Saturday, April 30, the Fenton History Center hosted a Genealogy Conference and History Fair at the Fluvanna Community Church. It was a great opportunity for the participants to attend classes, visit the vendors, and network with one another. We were delighted to welcome 16 Historical Societies, Museums, a Genealogy Research Specialist and a Photo Restoration Specialist.
The program opened with Pam Brown, Panama and Town of Harmony Historian, speaking on the importance of local History Societies and how we can support them. The conference participants were then treated to classes in Research for Beginners, Research Using Newspaper Websites, School and Adoption Records, Local Records in New York State, Using Archives to do Research, Caring for Photos and Documents, Proper Citation of Your Resources, Cemetery Records and Resources, DNA101 and DNA 201, Organization of Your Research, Using Family Search, and Finding Your Female Ancestors, Ancestry for Beginners and Ancestry for Intermediates.
It was a great opportunity for those interested in History and Genealogy to spend time learning new skills and resources and was made possible in part by our sponsors, Kolstee Media, Crown Street Roasters, Rodgers Land Surveying, Memorial Photo, and Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation. With the arrival of Spring, the Museums and Historical Societies will be opening their doors to welcome you. Plan to take a peek at what Chautauqua County has to offer.