Northwest Genealogy Conference

The Road to a Genealogy Goldmine

Have you ever needed a break from vacation after a vacation? Two-time conference attendee and 2016 conference volunteer, Phil Bartlow was glad he seized the opportunity to go to the 2014 Northwest Genealogy Conference…

Returning home on Wednesday from a two week genealogy road-trip through Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, it felt good to be out of the car and off the airplane. The last thing I wanted to do was spend 3 days, sitting at a conference. But since my wife was going to a class reunion for the weekend, I got up Thursday morning and headed to Arlington for the 2014 Northwest Genealogy Conference, to see what I could learn. I’m really glad that I did.

The speakers were entertaining, knowledgeable, and very informative; the vendors had great tools and resources available; and the cost was a bargain. And it was all close to home.

I was also the lucky winner of one of the great door prizes that were given away. I received a free, year-long subscription to FindMyPast.com. Researching their site lead to a goldmine of newspaper articles about my “missing” great-grandfather Frank and previously unknown family members. These articles helped corroborate the family story about Frank and now I know when, where and how he died. But that’s a whole other story.

The 2015 conference was just as good as 2014 and the 2016 conference looks to be as good or even better.

For the beginner genealogist to the expert, the place to be in August is the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Arlington, Washington.