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Ready for Another Year? – Save the Dates!

Friday, 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?!

Friday, 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 http://gotancestors.com/ for complete schedule, information and registration form. Registrations will be accepted through Saturday, October 5.

DOOR PRIZES
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

Wednesday, 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 MyHeritage.com we have

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

From FindMyPast.com we have

  • A 12 Month World Subscription to FindMyPast.com

From Saving Memories Forever we have

  • THREE certificates for a free one year membership in SavingMemoriesForever.com

From JustaJoy.com we have

  • TWO certificates for a free one year membership in JustaJoy.com 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 Newspapers.com we have

  • a ONE year membership in the website Newspapers.com

From Fold3.com we have

  • a ONE year membership in the website Fold3.com

From Ancestry.com we have

  • a ONE year World Deluxe membership in the website Ancestry.com

 

and NEW THIS YEAR

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 FindMyPast.com

Tickets for this raffle will be $5 each.

More prizes will be announced here as they are confirmed.

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THESE GENEROUS GIFTS.

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

Online Registration Now Available

Thursday, 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!!

2013 Got Ancestors?! Are You Having Fun Yet?! Seminar Topics Announced

Monday, August 19th, 2013

We’e chosen a great lineup of topics for this year’s Got Ancestors?! Are You Having Fun Yet?! seminar.

Thomas MacEntee — will present these sessions:

Friday  11 October 2013 evening

  • Internet Killed the Family History Star: How Technology Has Changed the Face of Genealogy

Saturday 12 October 2013

  • Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching: Researching non-direct relations as well as those friends and neighbors in your ancestors’ network
  • Blog Your Ancestors: Read ’Em, Write ’Em, Find ’Em!
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results: Creating a diagram or flow chart of ideas and concepts
  • 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy: Energize your research and be ready to hit the ground running.

Full details are available on the schedule page here.

We look forward to seeing YOU there.

2013 Got Ancestors?! with Thomas MacEntee

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee

We’re excited to announce that the Speaker at this year’s Got Ancestors?! 2013 will be Thomas MacEntee from Chicago.

Thomas is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of GeneaBloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.

Keep watching this site for updates as we plan the schedule of talks we’ll hear Thomas give us on Friday evening and Saturday.

Save the Date

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

We’re working on plans for this year’s Got Ancestors?! Seminar.

It will be on 11-12 October 2013 at the Prince Conference Center.

Mark this date on your calendar to ensure nothing else gets booked for this date.

Further details will be announced here as they become available.

Door Prizes To Date

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

We have some great door prizes lined up:

From Ancestry.com we have

  • THREE certificates for a free 3 month Ancestry.com World Deluxe Membership

From Fold3.com we have

  • TWO certificates for a free year of membership valued at $80

From the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

  • we have THREE certificates to take a free course valued at up to $89
  • a voucher that can be exchanged at his Sales booth for either an 11 x 14 color map or a genealogy wall chart.
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to the Western Michigan Genealogical Society Sales Table.
  • A Tee Shirt of the winner’s choice.

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THESE GENEROUS GIFTS.

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

Got Ancestors?! 2012 Message from President Don Bryant

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Message from President Don Bryant

2012 marks our fifth consecutive GotAncestors?! annual seminar! This year’s program approaches genealogy from diverse perspectives that highlight ways you might not have thought of to uncover your family’s hidden information. Curt B. Witcher will demonstrate and explain approaches you can take to answer your research question marks – those people in your history who seem to appear out of nowhere only to disappear.

Several years ago, I studied the 1630s Great Migration to New England. Then at one of our previous seminars, I was reminded of another Great Migration – that of the African-American populations from the southern states to the north. Different ethnic groups, but exactly the same concepts are involved when studying migration patterns. Cluster research focuses on ethnic and family origins in order to research family history as a group and is one of the five topics at this year’s seminar.

Mr. Witcher offers his expertise on other subjects. Military records, which exist for practically every generation, provide a key perspective to understanding your ancestors in historical context. Federal population schedules, key components of any family history project, are not the only census records valuable to genealogists. One should not ignore other types of censuses that shed light on areas like agricultural, social, slavery, manufacturing, and mortality. Learn how and where to find new internet resources. Finally, because there are more answers “off-line” than online, learn methodologies and effective ways to use libraries – specifically ACPL. Who better to pose your questions to than the top librarian of one of the best genealogy libraries in the country?

I hope you will join us for the 2012 Got Ancestors?!  seminar. Come with your questions and leave with answers about how to fulfill your genealogy endeavors.

Got Ancestors?! 2012 Seminar Topics

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Friday Evening 12 October 2012

Pain In The Access: Getting More From The Internet For Your Genealogy

Library, archive, government, and GenWeb internet sites have much to offer genealogists if one knows how and where to look–and it is not as complicated or painful as it might first seem. This presentation demonstrates various websites and creative strategies for getting information that is more meaningful from the web, and guides genealogists to using the Internet for more than just hunting for names.

Followed by Dessert & Coffee and Mix & Mingle.


Saturday 13 October 2012

Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

This lecture explores how the idea of “America, the Great Melting Pot” may really be a flawed concept and that identifying the particular ethnic group of one’s ancestor or potential ancestor can pay significant research dividends. Concepts in this lecture include building a historical context for one’s ancestor, studying population clusters, recognizing patterns of all sorts (naming, migration, settlement, etc.), understanding the “push and pull” of migration (i.e. the motivations behind families or individuals migrating), and locating repositories for various ethnic groups.

Boot Camp & Roll Call: An Overview of Military Records and New Sites and Sources For Military Research

This extended session takes an in-depth look at military records, from the earliest times of our country’s history to the present day. Discussed are the five major types of military records; where one can find such documents; the typical data found in sample records; and contents of what one might call other “minor” military records. Then our presenter explores the growing number of consequential websites for military & family history researchers – from bibliographic databases to sites that provide copies of first-hand accounts and images of actual records.

All That Other Stuff!: Other Census Records Beyond The Population Schedules

Learn about the many census schedules that researchers often overlook when using federal population census records. Agricultural, manufacturing, mortality, slave, social and statistical censuses are among the types of census schedules explored in this talk. Using all these schedules in combination with the population schedules provide significant additional information about ones’ ancestors and his/her community.

Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

By providing a detailed description of the holdings of the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library, this lecture folds research methodology into an exploration of the resources of the nation’s second largest genealogical research facility. The presentation considers not only the materials available for research on-site but also how researchers can access data about the collection remotely.


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