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‘I have family who don’t know half of this’

Hosts of Family History Fair this weekend present genealogy to Santa Clarita city manager

Posted: January 24, 2013 5:44 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2013 5:44 p.m.

Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin received a special gift of family history on Thursday from a delegation representing the Santa Clarita Valley Family History and Technology Fair.

Kevin Large, director of the Valencia Family History Center, presented Striplin with a thick, blue, three-ring binder of information that featured generations of Striplin’s family.

“I think it is a great opportunity to learn more about where my family came from,” said Striplin. “I mentioned this to my father a couple of weeks ago and he is excited as I am, if not more so, to find out about our family.”

Striplin said he was very appreciative of the information provided by the SCV Family History Center.

“I have family who don’t know half of this information,” he said. “To go back five generations is very impressive.”

The Family History Center will host the SCV Family History and Technology Fair 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The free event will feature classes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on subjects ranging from “How to Start Your Search” to “Beginning Korean Family History.”

Other courses include “Self-publish Your Family History,” “Digital/Traditional Scrapbooking” and “How to Search and Save Digital Records.”

Patricia Hanrion, co-chairwoman, said the event is free and open to the community.

“We are all about families,” she said. “We invite the community family to come and research their ancestors and learn their family history.”

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar also attended the presentation of the family history to Striplin.

Large of the Valencia Family History Center had previously researched Kellar’s history and discovered that he and the mayor were distantly related.

The Family History Fair will also include genealogy films, success stories, roundtable discussions and workshops.

“People are fascinated with where they come from,” said David Huffaker, co-chairman of the event. “This is a great opportunity to find out what we have at the center.”

Participants can sign up for classes at

The Valencia Family History Center is located at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia.
(661) 287-5590




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