People looking to learn more about their family’s history can gather tips for accessing state archives and others sources during Ancestry Day on Friday and Saturday in Tacoma.
The bulk of the activities will take place Saturday, with the first presentation beginning at 8:15 a.m. Booksellers, genealogy and historical societies, archives and other vendors will be on hand.
Among the sessions will be a basic genealogy class using DNA to further one’s family research and how to tell your family’s story.
“This will be a great event for many people in Washington and the Northwest who want to learn more about their family history,” Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a news release. “One reason why we’re excited about Ancestry Day is because our State Archives, State Library and Legacy Washington maintain historical records and collections that can help genealogists research their family history.”
Special presentations: The sessions will be offered by the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State History Museum noon-4:30 p.m. Friday.
The sessions will include how and where to look for ancestors, what resources are available through the state historical society and using old newspapers to track down information.
There is a separate cost of $15. Presentations are limited to the first 225 participants who register for Saturday’s portion of the event. Those who buy tickets for Friday’s presentations will get free admission to the history museum that day. The museum is at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Where: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma.
Cost: Tickets for Saturday are $35 and include admission to all of that day’s classes presented by Ancestry. Lunch tickets can be purchased for an additional $15, which includes a box lunch and the lunch speaker. On-site registration will be open Saturday 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Information: To find out more or buy tickets, see bit.ly/2aWLSV2.