Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
2019 Spring Seminar
April 26 & 27, 2019
Our speaker will be be Michael Lacopo, D.V.M.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.
Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story- telling, plot twists and new findings!
Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession.
He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.
Michael's interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, DNA and genetic genealogy, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
|Meet Michael & Cyndi!|
Friday Evening, April 26th, 2019
This is your chance to meet our speaker, Michael Lacopo, along with Cyndi Ingle (creator of Cyndi’s List).
Michael will present the following topic:
This event limited to first 75 registrants
Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2019
La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th St, Tacoma, WA. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for seminar attendees. Call them at (253) 383-0146 for more information, and choose option #6.
- MORE THAN THE CENSUS – OUR FAMILIES DID EXIST WITHIN THOSE TEN-YEAR INTERVALS!
This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years! If you don’t look harder, you won’t find them.
- GERMAN GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET: BEYOND THE BASICS
The Internet age has brought genealogy to our fingertips over the last two decades, and subsequently we can find our German ancestors easier. But it still takes some digging and some know-how. This lecture will discuss some online sites that all German genealogists should be aware of. American sites will be covered, but a strong concentration on lesser used German sites will be discussed, as we are missing vital clues by not being truly "international" in our Internet research endeavors!
- INCORPORATING SOCIAL HISTORY INTO YOUR RESEARCH
Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a "must-read" bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.
- "SHE CAME FROM NOWHERE . . ." - A CASE STUDY APPROACH TO A DIFFICULT GENEALOGICAL PROBLEM
This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as employing a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.” One need not have Virginia ancestors to see the Genealogical Proof Standard at work!
Friday Evening Dessert Buffet $10. This event limited to first 75 registrants; Pre-registration required.
Saturday Conference: Members $40; Non-Members $45; Postmarked by April 20, 2019. No mail-in or online registration after April 20th.
Day of Event add $5 late fee. Day of Event Payment by Cash or Check only. Lunch availability cannot be guaranteed.
Ports of Call Deli Buffet provided by LaQuinta: $15.00
Soup du jour, sliced lean roast beef, ham, and turkey, assorted domestic cheeses; Wheat, white, and sourdough bakery breads, assorted condiments, tossed green salad with dressings, red potato salad, and sliced seasonal fresh fruit, fresh baked cookies, fudge brownies, and assorted dessert squares.
$1.00 tickets for sale at the door and during the seminar. A number of donated items will be offered as Raffle Prizes for this always popular activity.
All attendees will be eligible for Door Prizes. Must be present to win.
|No mail-in or online registration after April 20th.|
Day of Event add $5 late fee. Day of Event Payment by Cash or Check only.
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