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State genealogical conference planned in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Registration is being accepted for an annual state conference being conducted in Port Angeles in September.

The Clallam County Genealogical Society is hosting the Washington State Genealogical Society’s annual conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8.

The conference will be at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.

Registration is $80 for members of the Clallam County or Washington State Societies and $85 for non-members.

This includes all food at the event, a syllabus, all lectures by the keynote speaker and a selection of three of the nine breakout sessions.

Registration prior to the event is encouraged.

People can check in at the conference beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 7, with the first session at 3:30 p.m.

A meet-and-greet social will be held that evening.

The next day, activities will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., with sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m.

This year’s conference theme is “Armchair Genealogy from the Pacific Northwest.”

Canadian forensic genealogist and author Brian W. Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker.

He will give lectures on “Armchair Genealogy: Practicing Effective Long-Distance Genealogical Research,” “The Elusive Ancestor: Using Unused Sources to Locate Your Relative” and “Twenty-five Tips in Sixty Minutes.”

Nine breakout sessions will feature Raymond Madsen, Jim Johnson, Mary Kozy, Jon Kirshbaum, Laura Sparr and Rod Fleck, and will cover subjects including migration, military research, home disasters, DNA and genealogy, and the new family search database.

Heritage Quest and other vendors will be present with a large selection of genealogical books available for purchase.

Raffles for multiple theme baskets and a silent auction are planned.

For information and registration materials, phone the Clallam County Genealogical Society at 360-417-5000 or visit or

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