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The next National Genealogical Society Family History Conference will be right here in Grand Rapids. As the local host society, the Western Michigan Genealogical Society has been preparing in various ways – planning for promotion, assisting NGS staff with local arrangements, and recruiting volunteers. One of our values is partnering with people and organizations from […]

A few months ago I posted about my reason for attending a National Genealogy Conference, this is a follow-up to that post. In May I had the opportunity to attend the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now, I am even more excited about the 2018 Family History Conference which will be […]

Saturday, 09 Sep 2017  Kris Rzepczynski Naturalization Records Online!: The Archives of Michigan & FamilySearch  The Archives of Michigan and FamilySearch are partnering to digitize hundreds of thousands of Michigan naturalization records. With the assistance of the Michigan Genealogical Council and researchers like you, the index will ultimately be made available at both FamilySearch and […]

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

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

The biggest breakthrough of my genealogy life happened at a national conference in Fort Wayne many, many years ago.  I had enjoyed the conference  thoroughly, but found that  it was necessary for me to leave a little early on the last day.  Reluctantly I wandered through the vendors hall one last time and came upon […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]