Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Muncie To Host GenFest 2012

The seventh annual Genfest will be held at the Muncie Public Library on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. Genfest is a free genealogy festival that brings together historians, research access, networking opportunities, programs, and vendors to those who are charting their family trees.

The library will be open to serve genealogists attending Genfest from 8 am until 5 pm on both days and will also have vendors on display who can help attendees with information and other needs specific to those conducting family research. All of the library's computers will be dedicated for genealogy research.

Free seminars at the event will help history hunters in their research and cover other topics such as how to care for heirloom textiles that have been passed down through generations. Most of the events of GenFest are free, except for an exclusive Friday evening dinner and preview tour of the Civil War Exhibit at Minnetrista. The cost for that event is $20 per person and reservations for the dinner must be received by Monday, June 11.

For more information, including how to register (which will aid in planning) and directions, visit http://www.munpl.org/default.asp?PageIndex=833 or contact Beth Kroehler - phone (765)741-5159.

ABOUT GENFEST: In 2005, Muncie Public Library hosted the first ever Genfest, which was created and planned by local genealogist researcher Shirley Pearson. Since then, the event has been hosted by other libraries and organizations and held at different locations throughout the state. Researchers travel from all over the country to participate.

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