FAQ’s

 

Out of respect for our host’s standards, we respectfully request that you do not use any alcohol, coffee, tea or tobacco on the Church property.

  1.  When and where is the upcoming Finding Your Roots Fair?  October 19, 2019, 1424 Maple Road Williamsville, NY  14224.
  2. Is it really free?  Yes the conference is FREE.  The only cost to you may be the optional lunch-for which we suggest a $5 donation.  The breakfast snack is free.
  3. What is the  new “Mama Said” thing all about?  We want to have a fun way for you to share what you learned from your mother, grandmother or even great grandmother.  We are inviting attendees to send us pithy (short and to the point) quotes, sayings or life lessons which will be included into a unique video presentation at the FAIR. An Ancestry DNA kit will be awarded at the end of the day to one of the entries.  The winning entry will be randomly drawn from all entries.  See the “Mama Said” tab for more information and details on how to enter.
  4. What’s the Story Booth all about?  The Story Booth is a new feature this year where you can come to a specially set up space and tell a story of you, your ancestor or other family members and save an audio copy of it forever in FamilySearch.  Each person will have 15 minutes in the booth and we will have hosts attending the booth to guide you through the process.
  5. What about the Scanning Room?  Each year we offer a service for attendees to learn how to convert old photos and slides to digital form.  You can either come in and observe or schedule 15 minutes with a scanning host who will guide you in how to use a special machine that will convert your photos and slides to digital form.  You will need to bring your own slides and an SD card.  an estimated 100 photos or slides can be done in 15 minutes.  Scheduling is done at the door on the day of the event in the East foyer welcome table.
  6. Balloon Drop and Prizes: Every year we try to have elements of fun because we feel family history is a blast! That is why  we give away unique prizes at the end of the day. This year balloons in the balloon drop will have numbers on them.  If your number matches a prize- it’s yours! We have decided that everyone will be given a chance to get a numbered balloon before we announce the winners- so if you’re not as agile as you once were- and couldn’t get to the balloons before other attendees could- no worries- this year, you’ll have the same opportunity to win as anyone.
  7. Do I have to REGISTER? Registration is very encouraged but we are still not requiring it for attendance.  Registration helps us plan a better day for you and our lunch committee really appreciates having a good idea of how many lunches to prepare.  (The email you provide at registration will never be given out or sold to anyone, any company,  anytime, at all- period.  We may send you a reminder email as we get closer to the event and one next year for informational purposes only.) Official Registration is now open on our registration page.  If you would like to receive notifications and updates throughout the year please email us at [email protected] with your name and email address.
  8. What time is the conference? Starting at 9:00 AM you can register for tours of our Family History Center, sign up for time in the Story Booth or the Scanning Demonstration.  Also at 9am you can sign up for a free FamilySearch account and enjoy our free breakfast snack (muffins, juice, pastries).  The plenary keynote session begins at 9:25 AM and classes begin at 10:00 AM.  One hour classes run in four consecutive periods with a lunch break after the first two periods.  The last session ends at 3:45 PM.
  9. Do I have to stay all day?  No, you are welcome to come and go throughout the day.
  10. What about parking?  There is plenty of free parking surrounding the church.  Overflow parking can be accommodated in the parking lot at the school next door.
  11. What about Lunch?  We offer a great lunch with sandwiches- usually beef, ham and turkey- chips, cookies, some veggies and more (every year it is a little different).  Lunch is available with a suggested $5 donation which is informally collected at the lunch period.  We cannot accommodate dietary special needs for vegetarian, gluten free or other requests but you are very welcome to bring your own lunch.
  12. Handicap Parking and Entrances?  Yes there are three entrances that are handicap accessible.  The two front entrances have no stairs, a cut sidewalk and marked handicap parking.  There is also the same type handicap entrance in the back of the building.  The side entrances have stairs with railings.  The building is on one level and the rooms and halls are able to accommodate wheelchairs.
  13. Where and when can I sign up for a free FamilySearch account?  You can come to the Family History Center during open hours.  For information about Family History Centers and to find the closest to your location visit: https://familysearch.org/locations
  14.   Where is the nearest Family History Center to me? For information about Family History Centers and to find the closest to your location visit: https://familysearch.org/locations

 

Questions? Comments? Glowing Complements? Please email us at buffalofamilyhistory@gmail.com