Family History Fair

AARCH sponsors an annual African American Family History Fair where individuals, families, schools, churches and other organizations present table displays of photographs, documents, and artifacts. The fair features access to a variety of resources, giving you the opportunity to:

  • Research your ancestors, with expert assistance from the LDS Family History Center.
  • Trace your heritage and build your family tree.
  • Learn the history of Frederick County’s African American families, churches, and community organizations.

Did you know that Maryland State Archives has published wonderful guidance on how you might begin researching your family history? Read it here.

The most recent African American Family History Fair was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Frederick. We opened the fair with a keynote address by Elizabeth Comer, secretary of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, who gave an update on recent happenings at the Catoctin Furnace burial site.

The fair is free and all are welcome. To reserve a display table or for more information, please contact AARCH @

Here are some photos from the Fair.