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Karen Ball
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Librarian, archivist, genealogist and researcher
Librarian, archivist, genealogist and researcher

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Kiss Me ... I'm Irish?
Clover  Source: InspiredImages/Pixabay My DNA results have arrived! The results are much what I expected - very European and British - as I have been finding with my genealogical research. I tested with Ancestry DNA and FamilyTreeDNA. In this post, I'll dea...

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Well, I Did It... Genealogically Speaking
What exactly did I do? I have jumped into the genetic genealogy pool with the purchase of AncestryDNA and FamilyTreeDNA testing kits. After a long break from doing any genealogy research of my own and a super-busy year of work, I decided that I needed to do...

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Wonderful podcast highlighting the #KitchenerPublicLibrary   #oralhistory  collection. Thanks Joe!

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If you are like me, you love postcards – especially old ones. There’s something about the combination of a phototograph, sometimes coloured, and a personal message on the back that intrigues me. It’s a window into a time, relationship or event, that gives…

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As spring finally makes (or rather, another) appearance, I thought that I would share this Easter postcard, which I found in the Kitchener Public Library collection in the Grace Schmidt Room. The simplicity and serenity of the images harkens back to a…

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I am very happy to announce that Jen Baldwin, genealogist, researcher and social media specialist, will be our 5th Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair keynote speaker! Jen has been involved in professional genealogy since 2010, specializing in Western…

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All too often history overlooks certain groups of people in society when retelling our past. When we rely only the history that reflects on our own social, cultural, ethnic or racial group, we fail to learn about and appreciate the complex tapestry of…

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In the sea of red hearts and flowers that Valentines Day has become, I came across this lovely postcard, postmarked 20 February 1914, in the KPL collection. It was sent to Minnetta Stolz,  likely of  Galt, by Irene Schieckoff of Heidelberg. The short…

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Looking to connect with other genealogists, genealogy experts, vendors and enthusiasts? Well, then I have great news for you!  I am thrilled to announce that the 5th Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair will be held on Saturday 5 November 2016 at the…

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Ever since the Grace Schmidt Room re-opened in the  renovated Central Library,  it had been missing something – our Pequegnat Leader grandfather clock. When I started at the Library in 2004, the clock had been a constant presence in the GSR – stately,…
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