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September 19, 2017 By: Virginia Taylor
SGSM Fall Conference 2017
Are you wondering if you should even bother to learn about genetic genealogy?  You're happy with your family tree the way it is, and you really don't want to put any more effort into it after all the effort you have already put into it.  I can totally understand that.  However, there is a very strong interest with DNA testing that has taken hold within the genealogy community.  In fact, any genealgy event being held now that offers a presentation on genetic genealogy gets filled quickly and usually has a waiting list.  You may just want to attend one of these meetings to see what it is all about. Even if you have no inkling to have your DNA tested to further your research, you will at least get acquainted with more possibilities to grow your family tree if ever some other family member wants to take it over in the future.  
Our speaker, Diahan Southard, a genetic genealogist, was picked for our conference because she makes DNA testing and working with the test results for your genealogy very understandable.  She will explain, in very clear language, how to solve some research problems you never thought possible.  However, this comes with the caveat that you still have to do the tough work of research along with using the test results.  
So come and spend a day with us and learn why so many genealogists are getting their DNA tested, and how the test results can enhance your   family tree.  And if you are still looking for more living relatives to contact and connect with, for sure you will want to come and hear Diahan's presentation on Autosomal DNA.
You can register online or by using the Registration Form posted.  Conference details are on the Events page.
See you at the Conference!
February 25, 2017 By: Virginia Taylor
Back Issues of Tidningen
Good news, SGSM members!  The back issues of our newsletter, Tidningen, from 1997 - 2006 are now available for reading on our site.  To access these, go to Member Login and you will see the option of either by year, or looking for a specific article.  The Alphabetic Article Index has instructions on that page for locating an article.  We will be adding more issues in the future.  Enjoy!  
January 6, 2017 By: Virginia Taylor
Happy New Year!
Wishing all of you the best of New Years and much success with your genealogical searches. 
 I strongely encourage you to think about having a family reunion this year, whether small or with the whole enchilada of relatives.  Having been through several funerals this past year, I heard the usual, and almost obligatory comment: "We should get together soon and have a family reunion so the relatives can get to know each other."  How often have you heard those almost exact same words at a funeral?  And how often has it come to fruition?  Let's just do it!  

November 15, 2016 By: Virginia Taylor
2016 Conference speaker notes
Good news, SGSM members! Our conference speaker, Thomas MacEntee, has graciously allowed us to put his speaker notes on our website in the Members Only section.  If you were not able to attend the conference, you will now see why the attendees, to a person, said this was one of our best conferences, ever.  After reading through his notes and using the information and help he gives us, many of us will  probably be readjusting  quite a bit of how we handled the family information that we presently have.  That is definitely the case for me.   
 If you are not a member of SGSM, I encourage you to join our society so you can take advantage of all that we offer, especially if you live outstate, which makes it harder to attend meetings.  You will receive our newsletter, Tidningen, 4 times a year, and have access to Members Only on our site.  And do not forget, we truly welcome your comments, ideas, suggestions and queries, whether you are a member or not.  Send them to: sgsm1983@gmail.com.  We'd love to hear from you because as our motto states: "We are here for you!"