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Join Ancestry, Washington State Archives, Washington State Library, Legacy Washington, the Washington State Historical Society, Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board and National Historic Publications & Records Commission as they present Ancestry Day in Washington State, Sept 23-24, 2016. Both novice and experienced genealogists are welcome at this event. Crista Cowan, better known as The Barefoot Genealogist, and Anna Swayne will be the presenters for Ancestry. They are both excellent and entertaining speakers.
Registration for the Ancestry Day on Saturday, Sept 24 is $35.00 and includes admission to all Saturday classes presented by Ancestry. Lunch tickets can be purchased for an additional $15.00, which includes a box lunch and the lunch speaker.
Special presentations will be offered by the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State History Museum on Friday, Sept. 23, for $15.00. These are limited to the first 225 participants that register for Saturday.
Pre-registration is encouraged and available online thru 5:00 pm, September 23, 2016. You can purchase a ticket at the door for Saturday's event ONLY. The box lunch sales will end September 17.
Friday tickets are sold out.
Once you select the ticket for Saturday, you will have the option to purchase tickets for Friday, and also a box lunch on Saturday, which includes attendance to the lunch speaker as well.
We are excited to have you come to our Ancestry Day in Washington State, but realize that sometimes things come up to prevent you from coming. Please be aware that the last day you can request a cancellation with refund is Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Please read the FAQs below for answers to common questions:
1. Where can I park? Are there parking fees?
There is parking around the venue, and there are parking fees. There are also public
transportation options. Please refer to these links for more information:
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center -http://gtctc.org/attend-overview/directions-parking
Washington State Historical Society - http://www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/wshm/directions/
2. Is the facility handicap accessible?
Yes, it is fully ADA accessible.
3. Is there handicap parking close to the facility?
There is a drop off area at the front of the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade
Center. Parking Lot A in the garage is Van Accessible
4. Do you have a special rate for the area hotels?
There are no special rates, but here is a link to hotels and activities in the area:
Trip Advisor has a list of hotels near the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center: https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g58775-d1419384- Greater_Tacoma_Convention_Trade_Center-Tacoma_Washington.htm
5. Can I bring my own lunch on Saturday?
The conference center does not allow guests to bring in outside food.
6. Are there restaurants nearby?
There are restaurants in the area but not particularly close by. You may purchase
a ticket for a box lunch, which also includes the lunch speaker.
7. How far is the venue from the airport?
The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center is located about 25 miles from
the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
8. What is the dress code for this event?
Casual, but we recommend bringing layers as rooms can be warm or cool and the
weather in the Pacific Northwest can be sunny or rainy.
9. Is the venue within walking distance of the hotel?
There are several hotels within walking distance of the venue.
10. What should I bring with me?
Something to take notes on, and a light sweater or jacket
11. Can I bring a water bottle into the venue?
Yes, you can bring a personal water bottle
12. Will this event be just for searching in Washington, or will it include general searches as well?
This will be appropriate for anyone that is interested in doing family history
13. Will there be a Wi-Fi connection?
There is free Wi-Fi, but it is limited
14. If the events for Friday are sold-out, will there be a waiting list?
There will be a waiting list. If someone cancels, an email will be sent to the next
person on the waiting list. They will have 1 day to respond and purchase the
available ticket. If they don't take action, an email will be sent to the next person
on the list.
15. What is there to do in Tacoma on a Friday evening?
Here is a link with information on what there is to do in Tacoma: