2020 Annual Seminar


           SAVE THE DATE!       more about registration to come

      Saturday - February 15, 2020

here's what was said about our 2019 seminar ...

*Wonderful speaker! *Excellent! Very engaging! *presentations are informative and fun. *Outstanding!
*WVGS seminars shouldn't be missed!       

                                              SAVE THE DATE February 15, 2020

Dr. Thomas W. Jones


Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it.


When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives.


Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation.


Using his nearly lifelong career in education as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.


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Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church
13658 West Meeker Blvd.

Sun City West, Arizona

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2019 Seminar

Judy Russell

     Growing Your Family Tree

The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. .


On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certifi cation of GenealogistsĀ®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified GenealogistĀ® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award-winning blog is at www.legalgenealogist.com.


  • Judy's Topics

- Write in Stone - Cemeteries and Genealogy
- No Vitals? No Problem!
- Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep
- After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA