Our Day at the fair

Our first annual Family History and Genealogy Fair held on Saturday 19th September at St Peter’s Civic Hall, Carmarthen was a great success with over 200 people attending, many of them members. Our patron the Bishop of St David’s the Right Reverend Wyn Evans opened the proceedings and was delighted to meet a couple of members, Cathy and Tom David from Mattoon, a city in Coles County, Illinois. They were not the only overseas members to make it to the Fair as we also welcomed Myrna Crapo from Idaho and her sister Ann Autery from Washington state, Mary and Kevin Piechowski from Canberra, Australia and Dwight Thomas and his family from Pennsylvania. We would like to thank all our exhibitors: The National Archives Kew, The National Library of Wales, Guild of One-Name Studies, British Association for Local History, Haverfordwest Civic Society, Pembroke & Monkton Historical Society, St Marys Church Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire Archives, Pembrokeshire Life Magazine, Ceredigion FHS & Association, Powys FHS, Glamorgan FHS, The Sunderland Trust, Llandovery Historical Society, Pictoral Restore, Visit Ancestral Wales, PLANED & Llyfrau Gwynedd Williams (Second Hand Books). Thanks also to all those who could not attend but sent us leaflets and other goodies to give away to visitors.

A big thank you goes to our speakers who proved to be very popular with our visitors. The speakers being:
Clair Orr from Pembrokeshire Archives who gave an interesting introduction to what they can offer those investigating their family history;
Einion Gruffudd who gave an excellent overview of the project to digitise maps and apportionment documents and to link them to a location on tithe maps of Wales;
Emily Ward-Willis from The National Archives Kew gave a brief introduction to their work, and finally;
Ania Skarzynska who gave a brief overview of the Ceredigion Archive service.

Entry to the Fair was free and people who attended were delighted to meet some very experienced exhibitors and fellow enthusiasts to discuss various aspects of their research. Hopefully we have welcomed some new members to the Society as a direct result of their attending the Fair.
Our raffle was popular and we thank all those who donated prizes, Lamphey Historical Society, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, Beryl Evans, Pembrokeshire Life Magazine, Forces War Records, MyHeritage.com, ABM Publishing Ltd, Visit Ancestral Wales, CAB Search and Haverfordwest Civic Society. Congratulations to all our winners, one of whom was the previously mentioned member from the US, Ann Autery who now has 6 months subscription to Pembrokeshire Life Magazine.

View some Photographs of the event, kindly taken by Charlie Kidd of Preseli Photography They are also in our journal and on our Facebook page.

Lastly but most importantly we must give a big “thank you” to all those members who kindly volunteered their services during the day, without you we could not have run the event, and to those providing the refreshments which kept us all going through the day.

Following on from such a successful day we are very much looking forward to the next Fair which will be held again at St Peter’s Hall, Carmarthen on Saturday, 17th September 2016, when we look forward to welcoming even more members and non members, so put the date in your diary.

Cate Hobbs - Publicity Officer

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