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WGS holds monthly meetings, except for January, July, August, and December.

Our meetings are held at 2:00pm in the Pioneer Pavilion at Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry Street, Ferndale, Washington.  Doors open at 1:30pm.  There are no stairs to navigate and plenty of free parking.

Visitors are always welcome! 

Upcoming Meetings

Pioneer Pavilion, Pioneer Park, Ferndale, Washington

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December 11, 2023 -- WGS Holiday Social

Join WGS members as we gather to celebrate the holiday season.  We will share some of our favorite family treats and traditions.  Please note: This meeting will be held at the Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main Street, from 2-5pm.

January 2024 - no meeting

February 12, 2024 - "Uncovering Immigrant Ancestors through Cluster Research" with Dana Ann Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM).

Descendants of an early Ohio family had no idea of their origins.  Following an associated family brought success, even after wading into foreign-language documents.

WGS members and visitors are invited to attend this virtual presentation by Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogy Lecturer Dana Ann Palmer.  Dana specializes in lineage society applications, publishing family books, and Midwestern research-specifically Ohio.  In addition to her client work, she reviews military repatriation cases, is part of the Mayflower Silver Books team, and lectures at RootsTech and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conferences.

March 11, 2024 - "Using DNA to Determine Relationships in 2023" with Beth Taylor

You've taken a DNA test and the DNA company gave you a list of matches.  Matches are people who have also taken a DNA test with whom you share DNA.  These people are probably your relatives.  But that DNA test only suggests a relationship exists.  This class will walk you through the process of determining the common ancestor between you and a DNA match or among a cluster of DNA matches.

Join us as we view this excellent lecture from DNA Day at FamilySearch presented by Beth Taylor.  Beth works as a United States and Canada research specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her specialties include DNA, Quakers, land records, probate records and more.

April 8, 2024 - "Genealogy Desktop Software, and why you should be using it!"

Join us and learn why using a desktop based software program is important in your genealogy research.  See how one (or two) programs work in practice.

May 13, 2024 - "Mastering Digital Filing for Genealogists" a virtual presentation with Cyndi Ingle

Every genealogist feels that digital filing is out of their control. It can be an overwhelming process to keep track of all of the documents, images, and files that end up on our computers and devices. How do we even start to tackle this virtual pile of filing? What tools and processes will work best for you? We will discuss all of this and how to maintain digital filing as we research.

Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized, a free categorized list of more than 320,000 links for genealogical research. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 43 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in specialties for research in the United States and bringing together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet.  Cyndi is the recipient of several awards and honors, she has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations, she is an internationally-known guest lecturer, and she has authored numerous articles and three books. Cyndi is the Executive Director for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She is a columnist for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

June 10, 2024 - to be determined

Reminder - at our November and December meetings we are collecting food for the Ferndale Food Bank.  Checks (payable to the Ferndale Food Bank) and cash will also be accepted.  

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