Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Online Registration Now Available for 2009 WSGS State Conference

Online registration is now available for the 2009 Washington State Genealogical Society's State Conference, to be held September 11 - 13 at the world-famous Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington. This conference will feature Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak as our main speaker. You can register for your classes AND pay for them using a debit or credit card or your Paypal account.

To register online, go to this page. If you need more information before deciding what you'd like to participate in, you can see details about Saturday's sessions and instructors here, and peruse a brochure with information about Friday and Sunday's activities here. Every meal featured is a Davenport-quality gourmet meal combined with the privilege of hearing Megan speak.

Using the online registration and payment option may be a new experience for some, so I've provided the following tutorial.

1. After you complete the online registration form, click the Submit Registration button at the bottom of the page:


2. A page will load that will confirm your registration and list a copy of the confirmation e-mail which will be sent to you:


3. At the bottom of the confirmation page will be the following. Click on the "Proceed to Payment Page" link:


4. You will then be brought to the Payment Page, where you can confirm the choices you've made:


5. At the bottom of this page, click View Cart:


6. When you view your shopping cart, you can change quantities, remove items, return to add more items, or if you're ready, proceed to checkout to complete payment:


7. On the next page, you will be prompted to either log in to your Paypal account (if you already have one) or click Continue to add a debit or credit card to submit payment. Although I already have a Paypal account, I decided to click Continue to proceed. The process was much smoother than signing in to my Paypal account, and I recommend taking this course for a quicker, smoother transaction:

8. Fill out the online form to add your debit or credit card. Click the yellow button at the bottom of the form to complete the process. An e-mail will be sent to you from Paypal confirming your transaction.


Using Paypal is a safe, convenient, and speedy process. I have used Paypal for many years for various online purchases without any trouble, including purchasing my Subaru via Ebay about 10 years ago!

However, if you prefer to register and pay by mail (checks only), you can download and print the registration form here and mail it to the address listed on the form.

If you are looking for accommodations, the historic and grand Davenport Hotel is offering discounts to conference attendees. Enjoy the conference in style, knowing you are walking the same floors as "royalty, kings of industry, captains of commerce, stars of stage and screen and nearly every American President of the 20th Century."

Do you have a spouse or friend accompanying you who is not interested in genealogy? Do you have some extra time on your hand and would like to know what activities are available in Spokane? Download the local activities brochure here.

For general information (parking, special offers, tours, directions, etc.), see our General Information page here (there are currently text errors on this page, which will be addressed shortly).

We look forward to seeing you in September!

2 comments:

MJW said...

How long are the tours? Is it possible to do all three?

Miriam said...

The longest will be 3 hours. Unfortunately, you can only choose one because they all start at 1:00 PM.

I'm not certain, but the walking tour will probably be the shortest...perhaps an hour?