“Ancestral Bridges” 2011 Washington State Genealogical Society Conference

The TriCity Genealogical Society (TCGS) was founded in May 1961 and just celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Besides providing genealogical services to its members, TCGS is a member of the Washington State Genealogical Society (WSGS), a quasi-parent to many similar societies across the state. Those services include camaraderie with common interests; educational classes, our publications containing genealogy facts and publications from organizations across the United States, an outstanding genealogy library partnered with the LDS Church, field trips, monthly meetings, and society management opportunities. Each year, a member society from Washington, hosts the WSGS Annual Board Meeting, Recognition Awards, and Genealogy Conference. This September 16 & 17, 2011, TCGS will host those activities for WSGS.

The venue is at the Richland Baptist Church, 1632 George Washington Way, Richland. Activities Friday night (16th) start at 5:00 PM and include Dinner at 6:30 PM followed directly by a presentation entitled “Social Networking for Genealogists” from the Featured Speaker, Patricia Walls Stamm, CG[1] (Certified Genealogist); CGL (Certified Genealogist Lecturer), and the National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) Education Manager. She comes to us from St. Louis, MO, where she is the Education Chairperson for the St. Louis Genealogical Society.

All details can be seen at: http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wsgs2011 including specifics about registration, which opened May 16.

Activities for Saturday, September 17 start at 7:30 AM with the conference actually kicking off at 8:30 AM. Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, NGS’s Education Manager, will present “Death Has Many Faces” in the morning and two more lectures in the afternoon: “Elements of a Useful Research Road Map” and “Discovering Our Ancestors’ Neighborhood.”

TCGS has arranged for other recognized speakers from surrounding organizations and societies to present fifteen (15) additional genealogy topics, from which to choose three (3) that ignites your interest.

Vendors, for your shopping pleasure, will be available during “spare time,” and specifically Friday night, 5 – 6:30 PM, Saturday, 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Lunchtime and other break periods. Vendors planned include: Leland Meitzler’s Family Roots Publishing Co. with traveling book store, NARA, USD of 1812, Legacy, Roots Magic, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, DAR, CREHST Museum and Franklin Co. Hist. Museum

Register at the Conference Website http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wsgs2011 before August 1 for the best prices. Click on either PayPal to pay electronically, or click to obtain the paper Registration Form; fill it out and mail in. Both methods mention a special deal for Out-of-Town Conference attendees. Reserve a seat (limit of 43) on a “first-come-first-served” basis on a tour of the Historical B-Reactor at Hanford Reservation, from 10:30 AM -2:30 PM Friday.

[1] “CG”, “Certified Genealogist”, and “CGL”, “Certified Genealogist Lecturer” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and are used under license by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations. The board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.


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