Family Discovery Day for Geneology

Celebrating Families Across Generations, hundreds of San Ramon Valley residents gathered on Saturday, March 5th , at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Danville Stake Center to participate in the first annual Family Discovery Day.

Helping families, and individuals discover more about who they are and where they come from; avid family historians and genealogists, and specialists from local genealogical societies volunteered their time, talents and resources to assist attendees of all ages become motivated in the active discovery about their personal “roots”.

Hosted by the Danville Stake Family History Center, this free community event was designed to ignite the passion of strengthening family ties—past, present and future.

Those in attendance were invited to browse through booths, exhibits and interactive lectures, picking up handouts and resources addressing research, family reunions, the preservation of photos, keepsakes and memories, and finding ways to share a family’s legacy with children, and grandchildren.

Educational assistance was given to those who wished to learn about technological resources available in research and the compilation of family records.

With families in mind, photo booths, storytelling, crafts and games geared toward the children, helped the young attendees find ways to become excited about their family connections.

Additionally, as budding family historians, over 30 young scouts joined in the activities of the day and embraced the opportunity to work on their Genealogy Merit Badges.

Keynote speaker, Linda Bailey, past director of the Danville Stake Family History Center, currently working in the Oakland Family History Library, mesmerized participants with photos and tales of  historical discoveries about her own grandfather, demonstrating the impact , and the importance of finding and preserving the “stories” of our ancestors for future generations.

Ms Bailey encouraged attendees to take advantage of the event by find personal, and new ways to become engaged in the discovery of their families.

For more information on Family Discovery Day go Or for free personalized assistance in beginning your own family history, visit the Danville Stake Family History Center. 2949 Stone Valley Road, Danville, California.