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Have you always wanted to research your family history but didn't know where to start?  Do you have a box of old family photos and don't know what to do with them?  Do you want to pass down your family heritage to your children and grandchildren?

The Festival Genealogy Club's mission is to provide an organized framework under which residents may engage in research and gain knowledge. Members have all levels of experience. Visit a club meeting as a guest or jump right in and join.

Joining requires filling out a membership application including the annual dues (check only, please). A link to the online form is on this page. Please complete the online New Member Survey to help us get to know your experience. Membership forms can also be found in the Chartered Clubs binder at the Members Services Desk in the Sage Center.

Examples of topics that we discuss:

  • Using the internet for research

  • Organizing your findings

  • DNA testing

  • Documenting your research

  • A member talks about an overseas trip to meet relatives

  • How to write family stories

  • Comparison of genealogy software


                           UPCOMING EVENTS                     


Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

 "Genealogy after You're Gone"

presented by Cathy Gallagher

3:00 - 4:30 pm

Sage Center, Celebration Hall

                            Mentoring Workshop 

Friday, May 24th 2024

SUMMER Workshops:

6/14,  7/12,  8/9,  9/13

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Sage Center, Willow Room

 Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

                   Family Tree Maker SIG Meeting

                             Thursday, June 20, 2024

                             and every 3rd Thursday

                                 1:00 -3:00 PM

                          Sage Center, Willow Room

                         FamilySearch SIG Meeting

                              Friday, June 21, 2024

                               and every 3rd Friday

                                   1:00 -3:00 PM

                           Sage Center, Willow Room

                        Ancestor Story SIG Meeting

                              Monday, October 28, 2024                     

                                  1:00 - 3:00 pm

                     Sage Center, Mulberry-Sable Room


See the CALENDAR Tab for Future Event Dates, Times and Location OR for an Overview of all regularly scheduled Meetings/Workshops - Click Here


Please note that all bold and underlined items are links which you may click on to view.

Federal Census Highlights 

Researching for Lineage Organizations

Researching Obituaries (sources and tips)

Online State Resources (from Family Tree Magazine)

Using (tips on how to perform searches)


Research forms

  • Contains links to free forms that can be used to organize your genealogy research, including family group sheets, research logs and pedigree chart

Family History Research Wiki at

  • Provides research strategies and resources.



Gayle Klein

Byron Maynes
Vice President


June Gifford


Linda O'Hara


Steering Committee

Kathi Clay, Paul Burrill,

Kirsi Dahl, Dave Komassa

Thursday Tips

Janice Milan, Past President

Click here to view the  By-Laws

Click here for:

Membership Application pdf

or see "Sign Up" tab above. Please complete the New Member Survey also.

Click here to make comments or suggestions about website


We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month October through May at 3:00 pm in Celebration Hall at the Sage Center


2nd and 4th Friday of the month October through May, 1 - 4:00 pm in Willow Room

Once per month June - Sept (check calendar)



These groups focus on a specific topic or tool. Ask for more information at a club meeting or workshop.


All handouts and presentation materials can be found under the Members Only tab.​

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