Archive for October, 2009

More Door Prizes

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The UPS delivery today turned up another package from

So in addition to the 1 year World Deluxe Membership to we also now have

  • Family Tree Maker 2010, including a free 2 week trial to
  • a copy of The Official Guide to by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG and Tana Pedersen Lord published 2007
  • a copy of Finding Answers in US Census Records by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Matthew Wright.



Monday, October 26th, 2009

We’re happy to be having 2 vendors from South Bend, Indiana with us :

In addition Wanda, Lisa and Jan of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society Sales Table will be present with their wares.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will have a table, with computer showing FamilySearch Indexing, and maybe New Family Search

Grand Rapids Public Library will have a table and display of the range of historical items contained in the Grand Rapids Public Library’s collection.

Door Prizes Update

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Added more Door Prizes to the list today:

  • a copy of Evidence Explained – Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills – provided by Western Michigan Genealogical Society
  • a copy of Trace Your Roots with DNA – Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner – provided by Western Michigan Genealogical Society
  • a $25 Gift Certificate to be used at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society Sales Table – provided by the WMGS Sales Table
  • Door prizes from Fun Stuff for Genealogists – provided by Bev of  Fun Stuff for Genealogists
  • A Door Prize from Michiana History Publications – provided by John of  Michiana History Publications

You won’t win if you’re not there, so if you haven’t already registered, increase your odds dramatically by registering for the Seminar today.

Door Prizes

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

An update to the list of Door Prizes that some lucky attendees at the Seminar will win…

We have

This list will be updated as more items are finalised.

THANK YOU to the above companies for their generosity in making these Door Prizes availalbe.

Bring A Friend to see The Guys

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

About 80 genealogists have registered so far for the Got Ancestors full day seminar featuring the Genealogy Guys on November 7th at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids.

Here’s another recession fighting opportunity. If you’re already registered for the conference and invite a friend to register, have them use a code of:

BringAFriend YourLastName YourRegistrationNumber

You can get a $5 voucher for each friend you get to register. Each of your friends will get a $5 discount on their registration! If you’re not already registered and want to do this, register yourself online first and then pass your details to the other person/people you want to bring with you so they can register online and get the discount.

Any questions, please contact the Seminar organizers at

Don’t forget the 55th Anniversary Banquet on Friday, November 6th

Registration Deadline Extended

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

We have extended the deadline for early registrations. This was to have expired on Thursday 15 October, but has now been extended.

Hurry and register now – this extension can’t last forever.

The Genealogy Guys are Coming!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, co-hosts of “The Genealogy Guys Podcast,” are coming to Western Michigan on November 6th and 7th to speak at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s 55th Anniversary Conference.

“We’re glad to be coming to Grand Rapids next month,” says Drew. George is happy to be returning. He owned a home in Cass County in the 1980s and loves Michigan. “I can’t wait to see Grand Rapids again!” he says.

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a banquet on Friday evening, November 6th. George and Drew will be presenting a very special talk for the banquet. The all-day seminar, titled “Got Ancestors?! Guydes to Genealogical Research” will be held on Saturday, November 7th, at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, beginning at 9:00 AM and continuing until 4:30 PM.

The Genealogy Guys are well-known genealogical experts, authors, columnists, and popular speakers all over the U.S., in Canada, and in the U.K. “The society has selected three of my most popular talks,” says George. “Bring ‘em back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile, addresses creating and using timelines to get past brick walls and to produce biographical outlines for one or more ancestors. I’ve used this methodology time after time to help break through genealogical roadblocks, and it really works.” He will present a session called The Genealogist as CSI in which he compares genealogical methods with those used by crime scene investigators, such as those shown on the CBS television shows. George is also a master on-site researcher, and he will share his expertise with you in his lecture, Planning a Very Successful Genealogical Research Trip.

Drew is a reference librarian at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also is a recognized expert in the use of technology in family history research. He says of his lecture, The Family History in Your Cells: Using DNA for Genealogical Research, “Many people are intimidated by using DNA testing as a research tool. They don’t understand the basics and how genetics can be used in our genealogy. My goal in this session is to make it understandable, and to explain how researchers can share test results with one another to help make important family connections.”  He’ll remove the mystery of creating and maintaining a blog in Dear Diary: Today I Made a Great Discovery. And if you want to learn about difference genealogical database software programs, he’ll share up-to-date comparisons of the most popular Windows programs in Kicking the Tires of Popular Genealogy Software.

“One of the things that Drew and I love doing is recording a free genealogy program each week called The Genealogy Guys Podcast,” George says. “We’ve been recording these for over 4 years and have over 185 episodes available online for people to listen to. We’re excited to be recording a LIVE podcast episode at the seminar.”

“We’ve done this a number of times at live society events, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Little Rock earlier this fall,” says Drew. “It’s great to take questions from the people in the audience. They challenge us and we do our best to provide ideas and suggestions for their research.”

George and Drew are revved up to come to Grand Rapids to share information and to talk with you.

5 Weeks to Go

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

It’s now less than 5 weeks until the “Got Ancestors?! – Guydes To Genealogical Research” seminar on 7 November.

We’re looking forward to a great couple of days as we celebrate WMGS’ 55th Anniversary with a banquet and Awards Ceremony in the evening on Friday 6 November, and then an all day Seminar on Saturday 7 November.

George G Morgan and Drew Smith are looking forward to coming to West Michigan, so lets make sure we turn out in great numbers to see and hear what they’ve got to teach us.