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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! 

Past Whatcom Genealogical Society Meetings

November 13, 2023 -- "Don't Let Methodology Scare You; a European Case Study with Strategies for Everyone" presented by WGS member Judith Culver.

The title says it all!  Join WGS Member Judith Culver as she shares her insights into how to conduct productive research.  Judith is a seasoned researcher and she is one of the founders of the Ferndale Genies group.

October 9, 2023 -- "Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry" presented by Debra M. Dudek.

There is no such thing as "one stop genealogy shopping"! This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople and RootsIreland. Learn what's new on these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records. 


Debra Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Illinois.  She holds a post graduate certificate from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  Ms. Dudek is the Book Review Editor of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, a board member of the Illinois State Historical Society, and the author of the World War 1 Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors.

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September 11, 2023 -- My Summer Vacation and How do I Learn About Genealogy?

Join WGS members as we share what we've done with our genealogy over the summer months.  We will also share how we learn about various topics in genealogy.  Are you using a great website?  Listening to podcasts?  Viewing webinars?  How do you find places to learn what you need to know?  Let's discuss it!

June 12, 2023 -- Yes, You are an Expert!

We have a lot of knowledge in our society, but do we know what we know?  Have you researched in Pennsylvania or Tennessee?  Do you use FamilySearch or MyHeritage in an interesting way?  Have you requested records from the National Archives?  Maybe you have researched in Europe or South America.  Then you know more about these topics than someone just starting their research.  We'll use this meeting to share our research interests and expertise.  Bring your computers, papers, and questions and let's help each other!

May 8, 2023 --  Beth Taylor, FamilySearch

"Are You Your Own Brick Wall?  Common Genealogical Mistakes and How to Overcome Them"

Join WGS in Ferndale as we view together Beth's 2023 RootsTech presentation.  Beth is a US and Canada research specialist at the FamilySearch library in Salt Lake City.  Her specialties include DNA, Quakers, land records, probate records and more.

April 10, 2023 --  Jill Morelli

"Friedrich Eiler - Building an Identity from Scant Clues"

When we are offered little information, how do we proceed?  Research planning, research strategy development and the importance of collaboration are all illustrated in this case study, which focuses on methodology of identity.  Not all our ancestors were exemplary individuals!  Jill is a Certified Genealogist® who lectures, writes and researches about her discoveries as a genealogist.  She is a past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society and a member of the National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

March 13, 2023 -- Janice Lovelace 

"Is Great Grandmother Really Native American?"

Many families have the oral history that an ancestor was Native American.  How does a family researcher begin to discover if this is true?  What federal, state and tribal records are available?  Janice is a genealogical researcher, author and educator, with over 30 years of experience.  She completed the Genealogy and Family History certificate at the University of Washington in 2012, the certificate program in genealogy at Boston University, and ProGen in 2014.

February 13, 2023  -- WGS Member Marie Honrud

"It All Started with a T-Shirt -- What's in a Name?"

Marie's father, Charles Bailey, fought in WWII, but she never knew any of the details - until she came across a T-shirt with "391st Bomb Group, the Wings of Courage" on the front, she was not sure if she would find anything, but what she found was priceless.

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