Thursday, July 09, 2009

Spokane: 11-13 Sept conference

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from fellow geneablogger Miriam Robbins Midkiff concerning the 2009 Eastern Washington Genealogical Society's annual conference. Please address all inquiries to

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is proud to host the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society's 2009 State Conference at the historic Davenport Hotel on September 11 - 13 in Spokane, Washington.

The principal speaker will be well-known author, speaker, and genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, who will give four presentations over the weekend. There will also be four one-hour sessions with four presenters each that participants can choose to attend on Saturday, as well as free Beginners' Genealogy classes, and a choice of three tours to local archives and historical sites.Those who are interested can check out:

Ol' Myrt checked out the schedule and discovered that the topics of Megan's presentations:

  • Find that obituary! Online newspaper research
    The last couple of years have given us an amazing array of searchable online newspaper resources - both historical and contemporary (and some of them even digitized). Come learn how to tap into this treasure trove of information - especially those elusive and detail-filled obituaries. (special Friday session)
  • Trace your roots with DNA
    "Genetealogy" (the marriage of genetics and genealogy) is graduating from pioneering research to standard practive. But what is it exactly and how can we use it to further our genealogical endeavors. Megan discusses her own and others' experience launching and managing a DNA project. (Saturday)
  • Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for finding your lost loved ones
    Connecting with living relatives has become important to many family historians. This presentation covers proven techniques for tracing 20th century friends and relatives from the past to the present. (Saturday)
  • Beyond Y-DNA: Your genetic genealogy options.
    Surnames studies using Y-DNA tests are a popular and obvious application of genetic testing for genealogical purposes, but are you aware of your other options? Come learn about mtDNA, SNP, BioGeographical and ethnic tests, as well as the Sorenson Project, and determine if one or more of them is right for you. (special Sunday session.)

During Megan's Saturday talks, no other presentations will be given. However, while she is taking a break, a total of 8 additional morning classes and eight afternoon classes will be presented including:

  • Scenes from Washington - Dale Soden, Ph.D.
  • FamilySearch Just Got Better - Margie Beldin
    Wikis, Labs and Resources Oh My!
  • Black Research in the Pacific Northwest - Pat Bayonne-Johnson
    What resources are there and where?
  • Online Query Databases - Jerri McCoy
    How to find and use them.
  • CCC in the Pacific Northwest - Dale Soden, Ph.D.
  • Traveling Light with an IPAQ - Gordy Stuve
    An all-in-one genealogist's dream tool.
  • Scandinavian Research in the Pacific Northwest - Lois Thomason
    What resources are there and where?
  • NEHGS Datebases - Sue Richart
    Founded in 1847, more and more of their collections are going online.
  • The Revolt of the Genealogist: Records, Records, Records - Jerry Handfield
    Our State Archivist speaks out
  • RootsMagic Genealogy Program - Bruce Buzbee
    Learn about this wonderful program
  • Eugenics: The Misuse of Genealogy? - Barbara Brazington
    Genes and genealogy of the early 20th century
  • Creating a Desktop Atlas - Carol Medeiros
    Personal maps from the Internet at your fingertips
  • Washington's Paper Archives - Lee Pierce
    The Regional Branches of the State Archives hold real treasures
  • Finding Graves, Cemeteries & Burials - Karen Struve
    Finding these things online and the old fashioned way
  • Drawing & Keeping Society Members in an Internet Environment - Steve Baylor
    Steve has a unique perspective on this topic
  • Finding Pasco: A Research Project - Susan Faulkner
    From researching a town to publishing a book

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