Saturday, July 18, 2009

Fantastic Presenters for the WSGS 2009 Conference: Session D

It's been tricky figuring out what sessions to attend at Saturday's classes for the Washington State Genealogical Society's 2009 state conference to be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington on September 11 - 13! There are so many terrific offers that it's hard to decide! Here are the presentations available for Session D, which will take place at 4:15 to 5:15 PM:

Washington's Paper Archives by Lee Pierce

Finding Graves, Cemeteries, and Burials by Karen Kramer Struve

Drawing and Keeping Society Members in an Internet Environment by Steve Baylor

Finding Pasco: A Research Project by Susan Faulkner


Here's some details about the presenters and their presentations to help you make your Session D choice:

Lee Pierce, MA, is the Assistant Archivist of the Washington State Archives, Eastern Regional Branch in Cheney, Washington. While the Eastern Regional Archives is well known for housing the Washington State Digital Archives, there's plenty more to discover in the printed records! The Eastern Regional Branch stores the archives of 11 Eastern Washington counties: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman. Come learn what's available and how to access them! (A tour of the archives is one of the Friday afternoon choices, available for $20. You can sign up when you register for the conference--links at the bottom of this article).

Karen Kramer Struve is a member of the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society and the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, and makes regular presentations in the area to various genealogical groups. Karen will demonstrate how to find graves, cemeteries, and burials online, as well as explain how to find these records offline as well. A good choice no matter in what state (or country) your ancestors are buried!

Steve Baylor is the Past President of the Washington State Genealogical Society. Many societies are growing concerned with the lack of membership and wonder how they can compete with the genealogical resources available on the Internet. Steve brings his unique perspective on this topic. If you want to learn how to keep your society current in a digital age, this session is for you!

Susan Davis Faulkner is a member of the Tri-City Genealogical Society and the author of Early Pasco (to be released by Arcadia Publishing in August 2009). She is also the webmaster of the Washington GenWeb sites for Benton and Franklin Counties. Susan takes us through the process from researching a town to writing a book, advice and skills useful in any genealogical project!

Don't these presentations sound interesting? No matter which choice you make for Session D, I'm sure your mind will be reeling with all the information and knowledge you soak in by the end of this busy, educational day!

Click on the link below to register.

Online Registration
(need help with the online registration? read our tutorial here)

Brochure and Saturday Schedule
(to help you choose your classes and activities)

Mail-in Registration Form
(for those who prefer registering offline)

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