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Mississippi State University Libraries, MSU Computer Science, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, and Mississippi College are represented by the speakers for the 2006 GenFair in June.

In its eighth year, the MSU GenFair celebrates family heritage with presentations and discussions led by local and national genealogists.

As Special Collections Librarian at Mississippi College for the past two years, Kristi Robinson manages the MC Archives and the Mississppi Baptist Historical Commission Library. A graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A. in history) and Mississippi State University (M.A. in history), Robinson's GenFair presentation will be based on using church records for genealogy research.

Mona Vance, Archives and Manuscript Librarian at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, will present her research on oral histories. A graduate of Mississippi University for Women (B.S. in communications & public relations), Vance is working on her thesis in public history via the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

MSU Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Edwin Ellis has been researching his family for almost ten years, continuing work begun by his mother. A member of the National Genealogical Society, Ellis has traveled as far from home as Germany gathering information for his family tree. Ellis's presentation is entitled "Union Soldier Pension Applications: A Case Study."

An archivist with the Mississippi State University Libraries since 1983, Michael B. Ballard is coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center at Mitchell Memorial Library. He is co-founder and director of the Civil War Historians Western Theater and is co-founder of the Golden Triangle Civil War Round Table of Starkville. Ballard's "Digging Up Civil War Ancestors" is the opening presentation of the GenFair.

Sponsored by the MSU Libraries, the Clay County Genealogical Society, and the Oktibbeha and Choctaw County Historical and Genealogical Societies, this year’s GenFair will be held on Saturday, June 24th at Mitchell Memorial Library on the MSU campus, beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m.Tours of the MSU archives, the speakers' presentations, and opportunities for further research will follow until 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the GenFair is free but limited to 100 participants. A boxed lunch is available for request before noon on June 8th at a purchase price of $8.

Anyone interested in pre-registering and reserving a boxed lunch for this year’s Fair is encouraged to contact Beth Jackson at 662.325.0813. For information about the 2006 GenFair—including online pre-registration—and about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/workshops/genealogy/.

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