PEI Genealogy Fair 27 April 2019

Join us for our 3rd Annual Genealogy Fair on 27 April 2019.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes to 4:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10 Northridge Parkway, Charlottetown, PEI.

Register at the door, see details below. (Note special request from the venue: No hot beverages on the premises please, thank you for honouring this request.)

See the Agenda and the complete list of ‘Table Topics’ at bottom of this page. 


We have a diverse line up of keynote speakers covering engaging topics with local maritime and universal appeal. This year’s theme is From Whence We Came. 

In celebration of Le Congrès Mondial Acadien / The World Acadian Congress, we will have keynote speaker Bruce Murray speaking on “Acadia in the Eighteenth Century”.   He will have copies of his book available.  “Piau – Journey to the Promised Land” is about the Acadian Leader, Pierre Belliveau (known as Piau) who led hundreds of Acadians into the wilderness to escape the Acadian Expulsion.  Other keynote speakers include: Dan Norris sharing his research on The McGinns of Emyvale – A Monaghan Irish Family; Janet Weinreich-Keall sharing “Usual and Unusual Threads of Adoption, Searching and Finding” encountered in her search for biological parents and siblings; and Ted Lomatski on “There is a Method to this Madness” the evolving tools for studying and recording genealogical information, from card files of the 1970s to computer databases to specialized software to DNA testing today. 

There will be resource tables hosted by genealogists, historians, cultural societies, museum, archives, and individual record keepers from all corners of the Island. We will have a DNA share table where discussions will focus on using DNA test results in your family research. This year we are pleased to be offering a variety of genealogical and historical publications for sale on a cash basis, including the Society’s most recent copies of its PEI cemetery transcript series and other Society publications.  One half hour will be set aside for the Annual General Meeting of the PEI Genealogical Society at the end of the day. 

REGISTRATION AT THE DOOR: For non-members of the Society, there is a fee of $25.00 (Cash or Cheque only) which gives attendees a pass for the genealogical fair.  This fee includes a 2019 membership for the Society which includes its quarterly newsletters, presentations by genealogists and historians, special events until 31 December.  For PEI Genealogical Society members, the fee is $10.00 and students will have free admission.

The day is for everyone interested in tracing their family history, from beginner to expert. Join us in this fantastic opportunity to learn and connect with others. We all have a past. Let’s gather to celebrate “From Whence we Came! 

Contact: Louise Morris at [email protected]    Or: Fred Horne at [email protected] 

2019 AGENDA PEI Genealogy Fair Saturday April 27

Start Time   End Time                              Description

 09:00 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Registration

 09:50 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Honourable Antoinette Perry (Lieutenant-Governor)

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Presentation – Janet Weinreich-Keall – “The Unusual and Usual Threads of Adoption, Searching, and Finding”

11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Presentation – Ted Lomatski – “There is a Method to this Madness!”

11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Table Topics – Visit Resource Tables

12:00 p.m. 01:00 p.m. Lunch / Networking/ Table Topics – Visit Resource Tables

01:00 p.m. 02:00 p.m. Presentation – Dan Norris – “The McGinns of Emyvale – A Monaghan Irish Family”

02:00 p.m. 02:30 p.m. Table Topics – Visit Resource Tables

02:30 p.m. 03:30 p.m. Presentation – Bruce Murray – “Acadia in the 18th Century: ‘PIAU –  Journey to the Promised Land’”

03:30 p.m. 04:00 p.m. PEIGS Annual Meeting

Location reminder: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10 Northridge Parkway, Charlottetown, PEI

Resource Tables have been confirmed for the following:

  • DNA Round Table (share your experience/questions  the DNA process)
  • History of Acadian People
  • Congrès Mondial Acadien
  • PEIGS Publications
  • PEI Cemetery Gravestone Transcripts 
  • Maritime Monument Works
  • PEI Public Archives and Records Office
  • PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation
  • UPEI Robertson Library & Special Collections
  • Acadian Museum of PEI
  • PEI Scottish Settlers Historical Society
  • Glenaladale Heritage Trust
  • Montague Museum
  • Alberton Museum and Genealogy Centre
  • The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island
  • Red – The Island Story Book
  • Stratford Heritage Committee
  • Benevolent Irish Society of Prince Edward Island
  • Ancestry Library Edition At PEI Public Libraries
  • LDS Research Room – Family History Centre
  • New Brunswick Genealogical Society
  • Ancestor Hunters