The Family Roots pilot has been completed. 30-40 seniors were connected in amazing ways!
Our new pilot program in which senior volunteers are trained in genealogy, and then partnered with isolated seniors.
SIRCH’s Family Roots Reveal Night, “Family Secrets, Deceptions and Astonishing Truths” took place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Haliburton Highlands Museum. Read more about this event.
Minden Times (February 28, 2020): Seniors find friendship in Family Roots project
This pilot project trained volunteers in genealogy research as well as informing them of the many community resources that are available for seniors.
Volunteers were then matched with seniors who may be more isolated. In the process of researching their family trees and getting together as a group to talk about it, those seniors felt more connected, and many found family members they didn’t know about. They were also connected with other community resources that can help them.
Family Roots was made possible by a grant from the Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program. It is supported by the Haliburton Highlands Museum, and Haliburton Highlands CARP Chapter 54.