Ancestry Day event coming to Tacoma Sept. 23-24

OLYMPIA…Genealogists and others who want to learn more about their family’s history are encouraged to attend Ancestry Day in Tacoma Sept. 23-24. 

The event is co-hosted by Ancestry, the Washington State Historical Society, and the Office of Secretary of State’s Washington State Archives, Washington State Library and Legacy Washington program.  

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“This will be a great event for many people in Washington and the Northwest who want to learn more about their family history,” said Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “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. Our staff looks forward to helping attendees unlock mysteries to their ancestors.” 

“Guiding people as they discover the rich stories buried in their family’s past is an endeavor often filled with wonderful surprises,” said Jennifer Kilmer, Director of the Washington State Historical Society. “We’re very pleased to partner with Ancestry and other state agencies to provide that service for the residents of Washington who want to share in their family’s personal experience.” 

Most of the two-day event will take place Sept. 24 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway). 

Registration for Ancestry Day on Sept. 24 is $35 and includes 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 that day is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The first presentation, an Ancestry 101 class, begins at 8:15 a.m. That day, booksellers, genealogy and historical societies, archives and other vendors will have tables in the exhibition hall. 

Special presentations will be offered by the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.) from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 for $15. The presentations are limited to the first 225 participants who register for the Sept. 24 portion. Those who buy tickets for the Sept. 23 presentations will have free admission to the State History Museum, which opens at 10 a.m. that day. 

Pre-registration for the Sept. 24 portion is encouraged and available online through 5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Those missing the pre-registration deadline can purchase a ticket at the door for Saturday's event only.