The Genealogy tent at the Festival is open to all who want to find out more about their ancestry. We’ll have experts on-hand to guide you in your searches – whether you are just starting out or need help with a difficult question.


Below are the experts who were at the Festival in 2015

Dwight Radford

Dwight Radford is well versed in Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogical research. He has travelled to Ireland and Northern Ireland many times for clients. One of his specialties is documenting old home sites and interviewing living relatives. Currently, he teaches a beginning and advanced African American Class.

Irish Families

The Irish Roots Cafe is a world leader in Irish genealogy and history, with a monthly audience of over 100,000 listeners. Host Michael O’Laughlin is the worlds most published author in the field of Irish genealogy, including 40 books; hundreds of newsletters; 250 broadcast episodes and 20 videos since 1978.

O’Laughlin produced the first Irish Family history broadcast series in 2006; publishes classic works like the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters and recently completed the 34-book set known for the Irish Families Project.

Franklin County Genealogy and Historical Society

You can visit with representatives from the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society who will help you connect with local sources for research and aid those interested in starting their family history.