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Now for 2019?!

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Save the Date!! This year’s Got Ancestors?! seminar will be on Saturday 12 October at The Salvation Army Kroc Center on South Division Ave.

Michael D. Lacopo DVM

Michael D. Lacopo DVM

Our speaker is Michael D. Lacopo DVM. Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.

Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists and new findings!

Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession.

He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.

Michael’s interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.

In addition to his story-telling and educational blog, Michael’s presence can be found online at www.Roots4U.com, or for more up-to-date lecture and research information, at his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Roots4U.

Crisis Averted – More Space Available

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Update to yesterday’s announcement that we had reached the capacity of the room…

I’ve been to the venue this morning, and we can add another 21 (or 42 if need be) places into the room for attendees to this year’s Got Ancestors?! So then what did you do? DNA! seminar with Your Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore.

So registration is back open again, and don’t worry – everyone will still be able to sit on a chair at a table.

See you on the 13th of October!

Room Full – A Happy? Problem

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

As at 3:30PM on Wednesday 3 October we have suspended registrations for the 2018 Got Ancestors?! Seminar with CeCe Moore – we have reached the capacity of the room when it is set up in “Classroom Style” with people seated at tables.

We are checking for possible other seating arrangements that might get some more people into the room, and hope to know about this tomorrow (Thursday 4 October), but for now Registrations are suspended.

I will accumulate a wait list on a first come, first served basis. If you want to be added to the wait list to be advised if more capacity is available, please send an eMail to Seminar@GotAncestors.com.

Investigating Cold Case Murders From Her Couch

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

The video linked here is from the Today Show, and features our October 13 Speaker, CeCe Moore talking about some of the recent cold case murders she has solved using genetic genealogy and traditional genealogy to point investigators in the right direction.

CeCe Moore with Megan Kelly on the Today Show

CeCe Moore with Megan Kelly on the Today Show

You can register online for our Seminar at http://GotAncestors.com/registration/ The seminar runs from 8:30am to 4:45pm on Saturday, October 13th 2018.

This Year’s Title

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The title of this year’s seminar So then what did you do? DNA! comes from a scene in one of last season’s episodes of Finding Your Roots where Dr Henry Louis Gates Jr and CeCe Moore are discussing the research, and Dr Gates asks CeCe Moore what the next step would be.

So then what did you do? DNA!

So then what did you do? DNA! Image provided by CeCe Moore.

Online Registration is now available at http://GotAncestors.com/registration/ 

There will be a few days delay in getting the paper registration ready, but please use the online system if you’re reading this.

Ready for 2018…

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Your Genetic Genealogist – CeCe Moore

We’re delighted to announce that the speaker for Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s 2018 Got Ancestors?! Seminar is Your Genetic Genealogist – CeCe Moore.

CeCe Moore is well known for her appearances as the genetic genealogy consultant on television series like Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as well as on other TV shows where she has appeared as a genetic genealogy expert.

She is a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, and is a co-founder of the Institutor Genetic Genealogy.

You can find her blog at Your Genetic Genealogist and follow her on Facebook

We will again be at The Salvation Army Kroc Center on south Division Avenue.

This will be CeCe’s first visit to Michigan, so save the date – Saturday, 13 October 2018 for a great day of learning.

Today is the Day

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL arrived in Grand Rapids on Thursday evening, and today we’ve had a great day visiting downtown to check out the venues of NGS 2018 being held in Grand Rapids, a visit to the giant horse at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and then out to the lakeshore to see Lake Michigan.

Registration is now closed, however you can still attend tomorrow’s seminar with Judy. Just come to The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 8:30 and you can register there on the spot for $49. You will need to provide your own lunch now as it’s too late to take any more orders.

Door Prizes 2017

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Thanks to generous support from the genealogy industry we have a great line up of Door Prizes for the Got Ancestors?! – Legal Matters! seminar this coming Saturday.

The prizes include:

  1. A 1 year membership to Fold3.com – donated by Fold3.com part of Ancestry.com;
  2. A 1 year membership to Newspapers.com – donated by Newspapers.com – part of Ancestry.com;
  3. A 6 month World Explorer membership in Ancestry.com – donated by Ancestry.com;
  4. A DNA test kit – donated by MyHeritage.com;
  5. A 1 year PremiumPlus + Data membership to MyHeritage.com – donated by MyHeritage.com;
  6. A 1 year PremiumPlus + Data membership to MyHeritage.com – donated by MyHeritage.com;
  7. A 1 year World Membership in FindMyPast.com – donated by FindMyPast.com;
  8. A copy of Family Tree Maker 2017 software – donated by Family Tree Maker;
  9. A $25 Gift Certificate to the Western Michigan Genealogical Society Sales Table – donated by Western Michigan Genealogical Society;

You can’t win if you don’t attend!!!!

It’s not too late to register yet – still a couple of days – and if you register by Friday 13th October evening you’ll still be able to order a lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company. See the Registration link on the right of this page, or click here.

Here We Go Again…

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Registration is now open for our 2017 Annual Seminar Got Ancestors?! – Legal Matters! with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 

You can register online here (preferred), or download the form from here to fill it out and mail it in with payment.

We’re back at The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 2500 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids MI 49507 for 2017.

This year you can either bring your own lunch to eat, or we will be having boxed lunches catered in by Grand Traverse Pie Company for $11 each – make your choice when you register.

See You There

#gotancestors2017 

We’re Excited to Announce…

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG , CGL

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG , CGL

We’re excited to announce that the speaker for this year’s Got Ancestors?! 2017 Western Michigan Genealogical Society Annual Seminar is The Legal Genealogist – Judy G Russell, JD, CG , CGL.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Judy to The Grand Rapids Salvation Army Kroc Center on South Division Avenue.