Family History Fest is returning to Jamestown for its third year

JAMESTOWN — This event was attended by hundreds of local and regional residents last year. Participants enjoyed the level of instruction and free resources made available to help them research their family history, otherwise known as genealogy.

Those who have pondered where and when their grandparents first came to America, or who may wonder if they might be a son or daughter of the American Revolution, are encouraged to attend the Family History Fest of 2017.

The Family History Fest of 2017 will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 851 Forest Ave, Jamestown. This annual gathering is sponsored locally by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While The Family History Fest will take place inside a church, proselytizing is expressly prohibited. This enables individuals of all faiths and walks of life to attend, free from any commitment or ecclesiastical concerns. The focus will be squarely on helping new and experienced family history researchers gain a greater understanding of the family history tools available to them.

The event is free and includes free classes, free parking, free admission, and a free light luncheon for those interested. Registration is not required, but participants should come prepared to take plenty of notes while being trained by genealogical experts assembled from throughout the tristate region; with some instructors traveling hundreds of miles to impart their expertise.

Everyone 12 and older is welcome; including walk-ins the day of the event. Some of the classes are enhanced by participants bringing their own laptop or device. Free WiFi is available.

To learn more and view workshop schedules and descriptions, visit The Family History Fest’s website at Registration is not required, but organizers request that in order to aid in planning, participants visit the website prior to the event and select classes they are interested in attending.

Out of respect for host’s standards, it is requested that participants do not use any alcohol, coffee, tea, or tobacco on church property.