Washington State Genealogical Society
2009 WSGS Annual Conference
September 11-13 Spokane


Hosted by the
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
KEYNOTE: MEGAN SMOLENYAK SMOLENYAK
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that's her real name), author of "Honoring Our Ancestors: Inspiring Stories of the Quest for Our Roots", "In Search of Our Ancestors: 101 Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History" and "They Came to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", has been an avid genealogist since the 6th grade and is skilled in many aspects of family history research.
Megan is honored to serve as Chief Family Historian and North American spokesperson for Ancestry.com, the largest genealogical company in the world. She is also co-founder of Roots Television, a pioneering and popular online channel of genealogy and history-oriented programming that won four Telly Awards in its first year. Among the many shows available for viewing is the New York City press conference about Annie Moore, where Megan corrected history by revealing the true story of the first immigrant through Ellis Island. This story was featured on the front page of The New York Times and in a variety of other publications, such as the Irish Echo, Time for Kids, and The Wall Street Journal. The story was also covered by NPR's Morning Edition, PBS's Out of Ireland, and numerous other TV and radio shows.

Formerly an international marketing consultant, she has traveled to more than 70 countries and holds a BSFS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, MBA in International Business from George Washington University and MAS in Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
(SPECIAL SESSION)

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.

Dinner 6:30 pm
Davenport Elizabethan Room
$45.00

Davenport House Salad
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast / Risotto
Washington Apple Tart
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
(SPECIAL SESSION)

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.

Breakfast 9:00 AM
Davenport Elizabethan Room
$30.00
DAVENPORT HOTEL: SPOKANE'S FINEST
EWGS is pleased that the Davenport Hotel will be the site of the 2009 WSGS Conference. The Davenport Hotel has been a Spokane fixture since it opened in Sept. 1914 and has been home to royalty, kings of industry, captains of commerce, stars of stage and screen and nearly every American President of the 20th Century.

Call 509-344-8888 or toll free 800-899-1482 for reservations and mention WSGS for best rates.
Conference Rates
Deluxe Rooms
$155/single occupancy
$155/double occ
$170/triple occ
$185/quad occ
The Davenport Hotel, Spokane Washington