The first Northwest Florida Family History Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 3 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 339 Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Register is at the Family History Center at the same address in Fort Walton Beach, online or on Facebook. The event is free.
One of the presenters for the History Fair is Kay Rudolph, who has served in the Navarre area Family History Center since 2012. Rudolph, who is proficient in reading and writing in Spanish and has trained in the Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy, will speak from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. She has also conducted extensive research on families in the Deep South.
Her personal family search has centered in the New England states and New York, and she has documented several family lines to their immigrant ancestors arriving in the Americas as early as the 17th century and as recently as the 20th century. Through her volunteer work she has researched families across the U.S and the Caribbean.
Rudolph’s website, pastinsight.com/, is a treasure trove of information. She will help people discover how to turn their family tree into powerful research tools.
Dr. Noah Converse, another presenter at the fair, will teach a class in DNA — Understanding the Basics of Using DNA Information. He is a resident of Niceville, received an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a medical degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. Converse served a neurosurgical residency at Ohio University/Ohio Health in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently working as a board certified neurosurgeon at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Converse and his wife Valerie have been married for 18 years and have seven children, ages 3-18.
His course will explore the basics of using DNA tests for genealogical purposes. It will introduce the participants to some of the benefits and also some of the areas to be aware of/concerned about when using the DNA tests and reference material that is becoming widely available today. The goal of the course will be to help each participant have a basic understanding of the constraints they should place on their use of DNA experiences and what additional information would be helpful for them in the following classes on this topic.