Learning more about family history in Danville

Local LDS stake hosts 'Discovery Day' to spur enthusiasm in genealogy

Hundreds of San Ramon Valley residents gathered to learn more about their genealogical background and how to preserve their family history going forward at a recent event hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Danville Stake, according to organizers.

The stake's inaugural "Family Discovery Day" focused on helping people "discover more about who they are and where they come from" while also aiming to "ignite the passion of strengthening family ties, past, present and future," according to Janelle Wyatt, public affairs media liaison for the Danville Stake.

The March 5 event, open to residents of all backgrounds and ages, featured volunteers from local genealogical societies, interactive activities and educational assistance for those hoping to continue pursuing and preserving their family histories, Wyatt said.

"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," she added.

"Family Discovery Day" was also geared toward helping children and teenagers develop a passion for family-history research, and more than 30 young Scouts attended the event to work on earning their genealogy merit badges, according to Wyatt.

The keynote speaker was Linda Bailey, past director of the Danville Stake Family History Center who currently works in the Oakland Family History Library.

Bailey encouraged attendees to find a new enthusiasm for their family background by sharing "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," Wyatt said.

Organizers hope "Family Discovery Day" will become an annual event at the Danville Stake Family History Center on Stone Valley Road, according to Wyatt.

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