2015 WSGS Annual Conference

2015 WSGS Annual Conference

Strategies and Visions for the Future

With David Rencher

June 27, 2015

Quality Inn and Conference Center

1700 Canyon Road

Ellensburg, Washington

Who is David Rencher?

Certified Genealogist

Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch

Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society

Past-President of Federation of Genealogical Societies

Irish course coordinator fna dinstructor for Samford University

Accredited Genealogist with ICAPGen in Irish research

Professional Genealogist since 1977

BA in Family and Local History

He has a vision and he knows the future.

2015 Conference Schedule

Friday, June 26

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Early Registration at Quality Inn

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Open House at Kittitas County Genealogical Society Library

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Computer Lab and Legacy webinars at Quality Inn

Saturday, June 27

8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration at Quality Inn

8:45 am – 9:00 am Introduction

9:00 am – 10:00 am Coming Forward, Descendent Research – Methodologies, records, sources and tools on how to organize massive amounts of records are described during this comprehensive descendant research project discussion

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break and Browse Vendors

10:30 am – 11:30 am FamilySearch Future and Vision – Learn where FamilySearch is headed and what to expect from FamilySearch.org.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch and WSGS Annual Meeting and Awards

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Digital Projects & Programs of FamillySearch – Get more detailed information about projects and programs coming to FamilySearch.org from its Chief Genealogical Officer.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Break and Browse Vendors

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Strategies for Irish Research 1500 to 1800 – Irish research can be difficult. Learn how to overcome obstacles in Irish research that can also help you with other difficult research hurdles.

Things to do in Ellensburg while you enjoy your Friday night stay:

Barn Quilt Tour – Many area barns are painted with images of quilts. Taking the tour is a nice way to get off the “main drag” and see some really beautiful scenery. Maps can be found online at barnquiltswashington.org

Central Washington Branch of the Washington Archives – Located at 400 E University Way. Tours of the building will be available from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday, June 26.

Computer Lab – Bring your research in Gedcom format on a flash drive and test drive various genealogical programs in a computer lab at the conference site. Legacy webinars will also be available for viewing.

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Library – Located at 413 N Main Street will have an Open House. You are invited to meet local genealogists and research in their library.

Register Now!

Register online and use PayPal to pay your Registration Fees or complete the following form and mail to

Washington State Genealogical Society, 1901 South 12th Avenue, Union Gap WA 98903

Registration of $55.00 includes Friday and Saturday events and a “Brown Bag” lunch. Coffee, tea, and water available all day.






Number of Registrants: X $55.00 = $

Include check make payable to WSGS with Registration Form.

All lunches include chips, fruit/vegetable, and a cookie. Circle number of desired lunch:

1. Dill Chicken Salad with tomato and greens on a croissant.

2. Grilled Caesar Chicken Wrap with lettuce and parmesan.

3. Smoked Turkey and Swiss with lettuce and tomato on whole wheat.

4. Roast Beef with cream cheese on sourdough.

5. Vegetarian Sandwich with spinach, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, avocado and cream cheese on white.

6. Ham and Cheddar with spicy mustard and lettuce on rye.

7. Albacore Tuna with lettuce on ciabatta bread.

8. The Classic. Turkey, ham, bacon and Swiss on whole wheat.