Local society hosting genealogical conference

Raissa Tetanish
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Gwen King (left) and Marney Gilroy look over registration for the Genealogy Conference hosted by the Cumberland County Genealogical Society from Aug. 19 to 21. The conference will feature a number of guest speakers this year, including David Allen Lambert from Boston, MA, and George F. Sanborn Jr. from Charlottetown, PEI. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - For three straight days this month, residents will have a chance to learn about genealogy.

The Cumberland County Genealogical Society is hosting a conference at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church from Aug. 19 to 21.

"Genealogy is something a lot of people enjoy," said Susan Hill, with the local genealogy society.

Hill said the last conference the local organization hosted, which was two years ago, saw people attend from all across Canada, including British Columbia and Ontario, and Boston and Chicago.

"It gives people a chance to meet and work with other genealogists and compare notes," added Gwen King, who will be talking about the do's and don'ts of genealogy research.

Along with guest speakers, the conference will feature book sales and vendor tables, as well as a chance for people to gather information on their own personal history.

During the conference, the society's centre will be open if participants want to do any research.

"We also have a new integrated cemetery system. We have digitized and used GPS for every known cemetery in Cumberland County with gravestones," Gilroy added.

With the system, many have pictures of the headstones as well as its location. Some also have the full obituary from when the person died.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit the society's website at www.ccgs.ednet.ns.ca, or call (902) 661-7278.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Genealogical Society, United Church

Geographic location: AMHERST, Canada, British Columbia Ontario Boston Chicago Cumberland County

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