April 10, 2014 | Vol. 117 -- No. 51

Genealogists unite to support and encourage

"Genealogy is like a puzzle, you take little bits here and there and put it all together," Don Seamen, a Family Search Center Volunteer, said. "Solving the mystery is the exciting part of genealogy and family history work."

Lynette Hagel
Participants at the "Remembering Generations Family History Symposium" will hear from experts on a variety of genealogy subjects and will also get top-notch advice on resources and how to trace a family history.

On April 26 the fourth annual "Remembering Generations Family History Symposium" offers a chance to learn more about how you can solve your own family mystery. Experts and beginning enthusiasts are invited to come together and share their knowledge about genealogy and family history techniques. This thrilling detective work, which often requires you to provide factual information to prove your lineage, entices many people. Finding real people and connecting them with actual historical events can be incredibly rewarding.

Anthony (Tony) Birch, a local family historian and member of the Eastern Washington Genealogy Society expressed his interest in discovering the importance of family artifacts. Birch loves solving the mysteries of the past and appreciates how technology has made genealogy research much easier. And yet, while it may be easier, Birch warns that not all the information recorded is factual. Birch emphasized doing your own work. You may find clues from the work of others but always prove your own work.

"Remembering Generations - an upcoming family search symposium is an opportunity for all of us to learn a little more about the process of searching out our ancestors. Amateur and professional genealogists from all over the Greater Spokane area will come together to learn, research, rejuvenate and make new friends.

There are a variety of classes available to provide information about what resources are available today to make it easier to look up your family lineage. Some people hit a dead end in their search but, while meeting with others, find an answer they have been searching for. One might learn a new technique or learn that technology has provided another option.

The symposium is being held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10405 W. Melville Road, just east of Four Lakes. There are over 30 classes provided between 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - with lunch also provided. Please call 509-838-6489 for more information or log on to rememberinggenerations.com.

"Learning about and from the past helps form the people we are today," Seamen said.

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