DesBrisay Museum to host Family History and Genealogy Day

- 25 July 2012 in arts

DesBrisay Museum will host a Family History and Genealogy Day on September 15.

The full-day event will include morning presentations on resources for researching family history, and an afternoon Show and Tell. The day will wrap up with a walking tour of Brookside Cemetery, a municipal heritage site.

Presenters include Deborah Trask, author and expert in using gravestones as resources for research; Joan Dawson, who has written extensively about early mapping in the Maritimes; Barb Cullen from Parkdale-Maplewood Museum, who will talk about their Memories Not Forgotten oral history project; and Joan Parks-Hubley from South Shore Genealogical Society, who will talk about intergenerational research. Wrapping up the morning, Dawn Josey, a visual artist, will show how to turn research into artwork.

Pam Wile from the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) will moderate the afternoon Show and Tell session. Attendees are invited to take 10 minutes to talk about their research and share books, heritage scrapbooks or other heirlooms that would interest genealogists.

Several displays will be on hand, including GANS with publications, handouts and research tips, and Fort Point Museum's "German Name Game."

For those new to genealogy research, DesBrisay Museum's curator, Linda Bedford, will guide you through the research centre and its multitude of resources.

Wrapping up the afternoon, local archivist and historian Peter Oickle will lead the group on a walking tour of Brookside Cemetery, a multi-denominational cemetery which has recently been given municipal heritage status.

Registration forms are available at DesBrisay Museum, at Wile Carding Mill or on DesBrisay Museum's website,

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