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October 9th, 2015

Got Ancestors?! 2015 – We’re Here! – Now What? is here!!

D. Joshua Taylor is on his way from California to Michigan, and (hopefully) everything is set with The Salvation Army Kroc Center for another GREAT event in our series of Annual Seminars.

See this page for details if you decide at the last minute you still want to attend.

It’s going to be a GREAT weekend.



Registrations Now Open

August 20th, 2015

Online registration for Got Ancestors?! 2015: We’re Here! — Now What? with D. Joshua Taylor is now open online at

We’re excited to have Josh come to Grand Rapids this year and are looking forward to his presentations on Friday evening 9th October and Saturday 10th October.

You can see the schedule here.

Remember we have a new venue this year – we are at The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 2500 South Division Avenue – just north of 28th St.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Got Ancestors?! 2015 We’re Here! — Now What?

July 3rd, 2015
D Joshua Taylor

D Joshua Taylor

Planning for the 2015 Got Ancestors?! seminar with D. Joshua Taylor is well underway, and we hope to announce the topics and other details here in the early days of July 2015.

One major change for this year is the venue – we are NOT at the Prince Conference Centre at Calvin College this year – a scheduling conflict has seen us move the event to The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 2500 S Division Ave – just north of 28th Street.

There is plenty of free parking at their modern new venue.

Keep watching here for further updates on topics and registration.

WMGS 60th Anniversary Seminar

October 11th, 2014

The WMGS 60th Anniversary Seminar is underway with Dick Eastman as our featured speaker. Dick was last with us in 2004 when we celebrated 50 years, so it’s fitting that he’s back 10 years later as we turn 60.

Started out with a visit to Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park for lunch and a look at a giant horse.

Friday evening was our 60th anniversary banquet. Lisa Christensen handled the flower decorations for the banquet table centrepieces and created the DNA strands out of beads to accompany Dick’s after dinner talk “Putting the Genes in Genealogy”.

Below are some pictures of the goings on so far on Friday and Saturday.



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And it’s there

August 16th, 2014

Details about this year’s Got Ancestors?!: 60 Years! – Are We There Yet? seminar with Dick Eastman are now available here on the Got Ancestors?! website. You can see the schedule of talks we’ve chosen, and register online for what will be another great seminar as WMGS celebrates its 60th Anniversary.

We look forward to see YOU there!

We’re Nearly There…

August 13th, 2014

We have been working on the Registration Flyer and Online Registration system.

We are very close to being able to open the registration online and start the distribution of the flyer with details of this year’s seminar – GotAncestors?!: 60 Years! – Are We There Yet?

We’re looking forward to celebrating our 60th Anniversary with another great seminar with Dick Eastman who also attended our 50th Anniversary in 2004.

Watch this space and save the dates 10-11 October 2014

Ready for Another Year? – Save the Dates!

October 18th, 2013

We had a GREAT Seminar with Thomas MacEntee.

Now we’re looking forward to next year. 2014 will be Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s 60th Anniversary, so quite the occasion.

We’ve lined up a great speaker for next year – Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy News, so save these dates NOW so that you don’t have a conflict next year.

  • Friday Night 10 October 2014
  • Saturday 11 October 2014

Mark Your Calendars and we’ll see you there!!!

Are YOU Having Fun Yet?!

October 4th, 2013

Attention Procrastinators… ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET?! Don’t miss the chance to attend this year’s Annual GotAncestors?! 2013 Seminar with Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Ninja. If you need a boost, new ideas, or just need to be re-energized, this program will please you. We intend to have FUN on Friday night and all day Saturday, October 11 & 12 at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids. Go to for complete schedule, information and registration form. Registrations will be accepted through Saturday, October 5.

We’ve lined up another great array of door prizes again this year, and something new – a “Tech Basket Raffle”. See this post for details

Door Prizes that YOU Could Win

October 2nd, 2013

We have some great door prizes lined up this year, AND something new – a “Tech Basket Raffle”. The list currently includes the following:

From we have

  • TWO certificates for a free one year FULL PremiumPlus with Data membership to

From we have

  • A 12 Month World Subscription to

From Saving Memories Forever we have

  • THREE certificates for a free one year membership in

From we have

  • TWO certificates for a free one year membership in Family Heirloom Exchange
  • a voucher that can be exchanged at his Sales booth for either an 11 x 14 color map or a genealogy wall chart.
  • a voucher that can be exchanged at their Sales booth for a Tee Shirt.

From Western Michigan Genealogical Society we have:

  • a voucher for $25 that can be used towards a purchase at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society sales table

From we have

  • a ONE year membership in the website

From we have

  • a ONE year membership in the website

From we have

  • a ONE year World Deluxe membership in the website



A “Tech Basket Raffle“. We’re putting together a Tech Basket Raffle that will include at least the following Tech Items:

  • an LG Slim Portable Blue Ray Writer – generously donated by M-Disc
  • a 10 pack of “1,000 year M-Discs” for the M-Disc writer – generously donated by M-Disc
  • a 4GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive – provided by WMGS
  • an iPad folio case – generously donated by

Tickets for this raffle will be $5 each.

More prizes will be announced here as they are confirmed.


Remember – you can’t win if you’re not going to be there!!!

Online Registration Now Available

August 22nd, 2013

Online registration for Got Ancestors?! Are You Having Fun Yet?! is now available. If you register before 23 September it’s only $59 for both Friday evening and all day Saturday including light desserts on Friday evening, and lunch and snacks on Saturday.

Click here to open the online registration form to complete your registration online.

Looking forward to seeing YOU there!!