Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island holds seminar on March 26

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February 15, 2016


The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host Gary Zimmerman at its Spring Seminar at the Useless Bay Country Club on Saturday, March 26. His topic is: “Emigration and Immigration”.

Gary A. Zimmerman has been the president of the Fiske Genealogical Foundation in Seattle since 1998. He is a retired university administrator (Seattle University and Antioch University Seattle). He began genealogical research with a fifth grade school assignment and, by the early 1960s, he was showing other people how to access the resources for productive family history investigations.

Zimmerman is a frequent speaker at genealogical society meetings in both Washington and Oregon and a regular lecturer at the Fiske Library in Seattle. He presents a combination of historical background and technical strategies for doing family research. Dr. Zimmerman also serves as the historian for the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington

The 2016 Seminar will include four separate genealogical sessions:

• Background: 300 years of New Arrivals to American Shores
• British Isles and Canada
• German Immigraton
• Scandinavian Arrivals: Starting Anew in a Strange Land

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the seminar will conclude at 4:30 p.m. Registration cost for the entire day is $50 (U.S.), and includes the four sessions, a morning snack and tea and coffee all day long in a beautiful and comfortable setting. An on-site hot lunch is also available for $15.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended and the deadline is March 15. After March 15, the cost to attend will be $60.

To register or obtain additional information, go to: The brochure onsite can also be downloaded

The Useless Bay Country Club is located at 5725 South Country Club Lane in Langley.

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