14 November 2017
You have to come visit my home state of Michigan from May 2-5th for the 2018 National Genealogical Society's "Paths to Your Past" Conference. It will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a beautiful city on the Grand River. Western Michigan Genealogical Society, which I am a member, is the host society. I will be there, will you?
I had free accommodations lined up and was so excited because that meant I had more book money! But, as all plans go, they are subject to change. A family illness means that I will be staying in one of the host hotels, Courtyard Marriott. The Amway Grand Plaza was booked. I looked into other hotels and the savings wasn't enough to warrant having to drive into the city.
Michigan is a beautiful place to hold a Spring Conference! The weather should be mild, nice enough to walk outside, but not too humid or hot. If you are lucky the tulips will be blooming in Holland, MI, only about 40 miles away. There are so many places I could recommend that I could write a blog a day for the next six months. Instead, I will say, check out Pure Michigan, the official travel and tourism website for Michigan.
Grand Rapids is a great place to bring the spouse and kids. It has great golf courses in the area, great food, great beer, great children's museum, gardens, cemeteries, libraries, historical museums and more. The beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline is less than an hour away. The water will be too cold to swim in, but the sights are magnificent, seeing a beautiful sunset is a must.
The Library and Archives of Michigan is in Lansing, Michigan, which is less than 70 miles away. Both are the absolute best for family history research. Michigan has so many great research repositories. I will be sharing some in the months ahead. If you can't wait that long, check out "Michigan Resources" tab at the top of my blog home page.
Feel free to email me, if you have any questions about Michigan research! Come for the conference and stay for the beauty that is Michigan, My Michigan. Now, what to do to earn book money?