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Free genealogy conference and heritage celebration

National speakers Kathleen Brandt and Dan Debenham will present keynote addresses for Identity Quest. Brandt is an international genealogist and private investigator. She did research for Who do you think you are? and PBS Find your roots. Brandt has extensive experience in DNA analysis, international and national documentation research, free color research, military records research, slave research, and Irish, Swedish and German records.

Debenham is the creator and host of Relative race, the award-winning family history-based reality competition program, now in its 9th season. People from all over the country are rushing to find their new parents, even in Topeka!

Regional Presenters Course

Representatives of historical societies will be available to help you learn more about your heritage through one-on-one consultations. Classes will include a DNA lesson track to help you learn how DNA works. You can learn how to use the various tools AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, DNA Painter and GedMatch.

Sign people around the tree.Other courses will cover genealogy tools for researching your family tree, writing family histories, scanning photos, conducting oral histories, and learning how to use FamilySearch. Genealogy and historical societies will teach you about orphan trains, Mayflower descendants, daughters of the American Revolution, exodusters, and Irish, Mexican, Swedish, and Native American history and culture. Visit the Identity Quest Webpage for a full list of presenters.

Heritage fairs

mario campo

Sunday will be marked by heritage celebrations with music, art, dance and cultural activities. Watch performances by the Driscoll Dancers, flautist Mario Campo, hammered dulcimer player John Reb and the Boys of the Prairie Celtic Roots Band! You can also participate in 3 sessions of heritage trades on Saturday and 2 sessions on Sunday. Crafts will include Kente cloth sheets, native bread bracelets and origami tigers.