In line with the premise that “Every life has a story that needs to be told,” the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation and the Warrenton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are hosting a special event focused on discovering and sharing family histories.  

The Fauquier Family History Symposium will beheld on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the LDS Meetinghouse at 585 Fauquier Road, Warrenton, and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Admittance is free and open to the public with registration at 

Presentations will include an introduction to the “Fauquier Poorhouse Project” by Darryl Jenkins, followed by “Researching African American Records” presented by Karen White of the AAHA. David Wardell will discuss a timely subject, “Using Social Media to Gather and Preserve Family Genealogies.” 

There will be a brown bag” lunch break, during which time attendees can visit the exhibits on display elsewhere in the meetinghouse. 

Afternoon presentations will include “Using DNA to Trace Family Roots,” by William Woodward and Dr. Wade Kitchener, and the closing remarks and prayer by Brother Bart Merkley, Warrenton Second Ward of the LDS. 

The interactive exhibits in the meetinghouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and include displays by the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation and the Clifton Institute; “How Family History Work Leads to the Temple,”  describing the Family History Center at the Mormon Temple in Kensington, MD; Monroe Park and the Goldmine Museum; and “A Taste of Fauquier,” where one can sample the many ethnic flavors found in Fauquier homes. 

Also, “Fauquier Historical Figures: John Marshall and John S. Mosby, including a display of gravestone markings; “Family Search Introduction” and how to build your family tree online; and “Learning to Index Family Records,” turning old records into searchable digital files available to all.  

For more information, call Darryl Jenkins at 540-364-6911 

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