A Message from Western Michigan Genealogical Society President Don Bryant:

Distractions and urgent issues are a part of life in 2009. 1954 was a different time, but certainly not without its own controversial and turbulent events. President Eisenhower signed into law the new social security bill. Race-based segregation in schools was declared unconstitutional. Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama and the phrase “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. Important issues and events will always take place in every lifetime.

Let’s not forget what it is we’re all about as genealogists. As we celebrate our society’s 55th year, let’s remember that we’re all about family – our people, their personalities, their lives and stories. The program for this year’s anniversary celebration and full day seminar should lighten our hearts and enlighten our minds to our ancestors’ experiences. Let’s use this time to regenerate our energy for the pursuit of our family histories, gain knowledge of new tools and methods, but also have some good old-fashioned fun!

Make your plans now for the Anniversary Banquet with The Genealogy Guys at the beautiful Prince Conference Center on Friday, November 6th. On Saturday the 7th enjoy a day of interesting and innovative topics presented by Drew Smith and George G Morgan. Participate in a live podcast of The Genealogy Guys. The planning committee has worked to prepare an outstanding value for attendees. We are offering $10.00 vouchers good towards WMGS Sales Table purchases or 2010 WMGS membership dues to all members who register and attend.

I look forward to your participation and know you won’t be disappointed!

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