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Get tips on family and historical research at History Festival on Saturday



Newspapers are often a good source for family research

Newspapers are often a good source for family research.

Ever want to know more about your ancestors or about the town you grew up in? Would you like to have the skills to methodically search newspaper and government records to know more about your relatives and the times in which they lived?

This year’s Treasure Coast History Festival will share resources to help you find the information you are seeking. The festival is sponsoring a session at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, "Save Your History," in the Black Box of the Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce. The session is free and admission is on a first-come basis. It will feature this panel of experts:

• Genealogist and history consultant Pam Cooper, former supervisor of the Archive Center (Florida and local history) & Genealogy at the Indian River County Main Library. Cooper will give a presentation on genealogical research and discuss how Indian River County digitized its historical records.

• Adam Neal, editor of Treasure Coast Newspapers. An award-winning editor and investigative journalist, Neal will talk about his company’s progress on digitizing the newspaper archives of the Indian River Press Journal, the St. Lucie News Tribune and the Stuart News. He will also be available to offer research advice.

• Nancy Bennett, director of the St. Lucie County Regional History Center. Bennett will talk about the historical resources and various collections at the History Center available for research.

The session will be hosted by Gregory Enns, publisher of Indian River Magazine, presenting sponsor of the festival, and chairman of the Treasure Coast History Festival.

The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Second Street in Fort Pierce between Depot Drive and Orange Avenue. To find out more about the festival see http://www.indianrivermag.com/news/historyfestival2019.html or email enns@indianrivermag.com.