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Geovana Lopes, 24, is one of many who discovered more about her family at the FamilySearch booth at the 26th Bienal Internacional do Livro de São Paulo, Brazil’s largest book fair.

“When I get home I will continue to include records and encourage my husband to set up his tree too,” she said, after spending about 45 minutes browsing FamilySearch and adding to her family tree with the help of a volunteer.

This was the first time FamilySearch had a booth at the international book fair, which attracted a record audience of 660,000 visitors during the July 2-10 event held at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo. 

Fábio Falcão Lucas, FamilySearch area manager in Brazil, told the Church’s Brazil Newsroom: “The initial purpose of FamilySearch’s participation in the 26th Bienal Internacional do Livro was to help participants write the book of their lives through the free resources and tools we have. We aligned that purpose with the mission of FamilySearch, which is to bring joy to all people as they discover, reunite and connect with their family — past, present and future.”

During the nine-day event, the FamilySearch booth showcased a variety of resources and discovery experiences. Volunteers helped people with family history research and hosted a total of 54 lectures on topics related to ancestry, including “The Origin of Surnames” and “Processes for Portuguese and Italian Citizenship.” Approximately 500 volunteers participated.

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