Just a reminder that our Spring seminar is just around the corner . . . have you registered yet? If you haven’t, time is running out!
On Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th the Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society will be holding its annual Spring Seminar. This year we have invited the professional genealogist, Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M. to be our speaker.
Friday evening’s topic is:
TOP TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN OVER THREE DECADES OF GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
Join your speaker on a trip down Memory Lane and share his tales of serendipity, woe, discovery, and frustration… with a touch of humor. Put away your notebooks and prepare to nod in agreement at things only fellow genealogists would understand!
Saturday’s topics are:
MORE THAN THE CENSUS – OUR FAMILIES DID EXIST WITHIN THOSE TEN-YEAR INTERVALS!
This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years! If you don’t look harder, you won’t find them.
GERMAN GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET: BEYOND THE BASICS
The Internet age has brought genealogy to our fingertips over the last two decades, and subsequently we can find our German ancestors easier. But it still takes some digging and some know-how. This lecture will discuss some online sites that all German genealogists should be aware of. American sites will be covered, but a strong concentration on lesser used German sites will be discussed, as we are missing vital clues by not being truly “international” in our Internet research endeavors!
INCORPORATING SOCIAL HISTORY INTO YOUR RESEARCH
Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must-read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.
“SHE CAME FROM NOWHERE . . .” – A CASE STUDY APPROACH TO A DIFFICULT GENEALOGICAL PROBLEM
This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as employing a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.” One need not have Virginia ancestors to see the Genealogical Proof Standard at work!
As usual, we will be having our used book sale. This year, we were lucky to receive a large donation of books from private libraries. I understand there is quite the selection of books on just about any topic you can think of. And best of all, they are priced to sell!
The Spring Seminar will again be held at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Tacoma (253-383-0146). If you would like to stay at the La Quinta a limited number of rooms will be made available at the discounted price. Please note, this offer is only available until April 5th and only through the above phone number. Also be sure to identify yourself as a conference attendee when reserving a room.
Jane Irish Nelson, TPCGS Seminar Co-Chair