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Norfolk County Archives to Host Genealogy Symposium

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The Genealogy Symposium, hosted by Norfolk County Archives, is back.

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After the inaugural event in 2019, the symposium has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic.

The second annual symposium will be held September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Eva Brook Donly Museum Archives, 109 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe.

Featured are three guest speakers, Melanie McLennan, Jennifer Robertson and Fraiser Dunford, whose topics range from preservation to how to use municipal records.

The event will also include a book sale, refreshments and a workshop with conservator Emily Benedict on caring for heirlooms.

“We want to inform the public of the resources we have for people to come and do their ancestry and genealogy research,” said records assistant Kathy Snively. “Then we’d like them to learn that there are other ways to search, sometimes you hit a dead end, but these speakers will offer tips and tricks and show them the other online resources”

Snively said people had the opportunity to ask questions.

Tickets are $20. They can be purchased at the Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Wednesday, or online at

Snively said the symposium is an opportunity for the archives to let the public know about its services.

“We are a resource center for research,” she says.

She commended the work done by the archives volunteers.

“We have a great volunteer base,” she said. “So if someone is looking for an opportunity, there’s always work to be done.”