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2017 WMGS Writing Contest Winners to be announced on Saturday, May 6th, at the monthly meeting of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society in the Ryerson Auditorium at the downtown Grand Rapids Library. Winning entries will be included in future issues of Michigana.

This has always been a very useful resource… now getting even better!  This is from the website:

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I signed up to attend the 2017 NGS national conference after having been to a couple of regional WMGS Got Ancestors conferences featuring nationally known speakers. One of the first things that I noticed as a difference between the conferences was the choices continue reading…

Finally – I’m working on my centennial certificate application. What I’ve found is quite surprising! One of my relatives died during childbirth of the oldest child! Then I found another child born with two different names on the same date! I have documentation! Apparently somebody entered invalid information in my genealogy program! Who?!? ME?!? Couldn’t be! continue reading…

I had never thought about attending a National Genealogy Conference until recently, but now I am looking forward to attending the 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am especially excited about the 2018 Family History Conference which will be held in Grand Rapids.

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I’ve heard it said that only about 10 to 20 percent of the genealogical information out there is available online. Yet, that is often the first or maybe the only place that people, myself included, look. I prefer to do my research late at night when there are no distractions. Unfortunately, libraries and other places where records are kept prefer to do business during the day.
Even though the possibilities are limited, I have made several interesting discoveries during my late-night searches. continue reading…

Because I am going to be 80 years old, have never attended a National Genealogy Society convention, and want to see what it’s all about.  Because of my age, it is doubtful I will be around at the next one (if we agree or are asked to hold another one).  So if I don’t take this opportunity now, I may never get another chance!
 
Lucy Read

When I think about attending a national conference the obvious benefits are the classes featuring speakers who are experts in their genealogy niche. I often forget about the benefits of relaxing and talking with other genealogists during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes we talk about where we’re from and where our ancestors came from. Other times we talk about our current research research frustrations. The great thing about these meals is that we are talking with people who are interested in our passion. You’d be surprised by the number of times I have encountered someone who had helpful hints for the areas I was working in. Then, there are the serendipitous encounters like the one I had the morning after Roots Tech had finished. continue reading…

Recently, I heard about the Family tree Webinars hosted by Legacy Family Tree. I decided to check out the offerings and signed up for one called “No No Nannette, What negative evidence is and isn’t” by Judy G. Russell. I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of class this was. If you are seeking more certification level of learning these are a wonderful and FREE resource.
Michelle Timmer

http://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php

The Two Feet of Haynes

Our research, on the recent bus trip to Allen County Public Library by WMGS, was planned to be a team effort between my wife and me. She would identify exactly what we need to look at, and I could fetch it and review. We would focus with accuracy at the exact sources we needed. Shortly after arrival and getting situated, I was handed the slip with what to get and this whispered assignment, “look up Haynes in 929.2.” continue reading…