Friday, October  24th, 2014 at 2:28 am

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Public Invited to Free Family History and Genealogy Seminar/Workshop

Chino Hills — The seventh annual Chino Valley Family History Fair will be held Saturday, October 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the seminar, which will include classes to help anyone from the beginner to the expert.

 Those attending will learn basic genealogical research techniques and how to use the Internet and other computer sources available. Participants also will see examples of documents needed when conducting their own research. Courses on Hispanic research will be taught in Spanish. The theme of this year’s event is “Seek and Ye Shall Find.” The Chino Valley Family History Center is at 3332 Eucalyptus Avenue (take the 71 Freeway, off of the Grand exit, south on Peyton Ave. to Eucalyptus). Family history and genealogical societies from the Southern California area will set up displays and have volunteers on hand in the Society Hall to answer questions and offer assistance to seminar participants.

 With the advent of the Internet, there has been an explosion of interest in family history as each month some 14 million Americans go on the Web to research their family history. Experts say that in the United States, genealogy is the second most popular hobby next to gardening. It is believed that more that 80 million Americans are actively searching for information about their ancestors.

The Family History Center in your area, staffed by volunteers and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is open year-round to assist with genealogical and family history research. The centers feature high-speed Internet access to accommodate a new generation of Family History enthusiasts. Resources at the centers are always available free of charge.

Believing that families can be united for eternity, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been gathering genealogical records worldwide for more than a century to help in family history research. Today, the Church is the world leader in family history. In addition to making its massive collection of records available to the public at its Salt Lake City library, the Church operates more than 3,400 Family History Centers worldwide to serve anyone interested in researching their family heritage.

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