Here's the schedule of 2014 Ancestor Fair Mini-Sessions:

9:30 - 10:15 am:  Searching for Those Irish Ancestors, by Barbara Scanlon

Learn about Irish ancestor research: tips, books and websites that you can use for your Irish research. Barbara will show how she has used these resources for her own family history and illustrate how one document can lead to additional information.

10:30 - 11:15 am: Young History Detectives and the Case of the Interesting Ancestor, by Anne Hawkins

Investigators as young as 10 years old can track clues and crack history mysteries in communities and families, building both in the process!  Learn ways to enlarge your family story and/or bring the colorful characters of local history to life by involving young detectives in the hunt for evidence in your classroom, club room, or living room.  Equipping young sleuths helps create legacy and multi-generational bonds... as well as life-long passions for genealogy and local history. And besides, it's great fun!

11:30am - 12:15pm:  Where Immigration Hits the Historical Highway, by Antonio Delgado

Immigration is a dynamic experience that impacts the individual, family, community, and country. With a focus on Mexican immigration to the United States, this presentation will look at the experiences of 19th and 20th- century immigrants and their personal and familial experiences, including the clash of cultures that sometimes occur and the changes in policy over the years.

12:15 - 1:30pm :  Lunch Break and Vendor Table Viewing

1:30 - 2:15 pm:  DNA for Genealogists: Who, What, When & Where, by Kathleen Brandt

Let's unscramble the mystery of using DNA test results. Looking for biological kinships, ancestry origins, Native American or Jewish ancestry? Which test is right for you? Starting with the basics of understanding test options and what to expect, we will explore three case studies illustrating DNA's power to assist in demolishing brick walls.

2:30 - 3:15 pm:  I've Been Working on the Railroad: Kansas State Historical Society Sources on Mexican Labor and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company,  by Lin Fredericksen

In the late 1800s to early 1900s, when the U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Acts and other immigration quotas that limited the availability of Asian and Eastern European immigrant labor, the railroads used Mexicans to offset the resulting labor shortages. They also turned to Mexican labor when shortages developed during both World Wars. The number of Mexicans in Kansas grew to 13,770 in 1920, was reduced to 5,122 during the Great Depression, then increased again because of WWII. Some of these workers eventually moved into permanent jobs with the railroad and established Mexican American communities in Kansas railroad towns. This talk will discuss the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. records at the Kansas State Historical Society related to these workers.

For more information about the speakers, see our "Speakers" page.