Tacoma-Pierce County
Genealogical Society

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

2019 Spring Seminar

April 26 & 27, 2019

Our speaker will be be Michael Lacopo, D.V.M.

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.

Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story- telling, plot twists and new findings!

Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession.

He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.

Michael's interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, DNA and genetic genealogy, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.

Meet Michael & Cyndi!

Friday Evening, April 26th, 2019
6 pm to 8 pm
Dessert Buffet provided by LaQuinta @ $10 each

This is your chance to meet our speaker, Michael Lacopo, along with Cyndi Ingle (creator of Cyndi’s List).

Michael will present the following topic:

    Join your speaker on a trip down down Memory Lane and share his tales of serendipity, woe, discovery, and frustration… with a touch of humor. Put away your notebooks and prepare to nod in agreement at things only fellow genealogists would understand!
  • This event limited to first 75 registrants


Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2019


La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th St, Tacoma, WA. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for seminar attendees. Call them at (253) 383-0146 for more information, and choose option #6.



Friday Evening Dessert Buffet $10. This event limited to first 75 registrants; Pre-registration required.

Saturday Conference: Members $40; Non-Members $45; Postmarked by April 20, 2019. No mail-in or online registration after April 20th.

Day of Event add $5 late fee. Day of Event Payment by Cash or Check only. Lunch availability cannot be guaranteed.

Ports of Call Deli Buffet provided by LaQuinta: $15.00
Soup du jour, sliced lean roast beef, ham, and turkey, assorted domestic cheeses; Wheat, white, and sourdough bakery breads, assorted condiments, tossed green salad with dressings, red potato salad, and sliced seasonal fresh fruit, fresh baked cookies, fudge brownies, and assorted dessert squares.

Raffle Tickets:

$1.00 tickets for sale at the door and during the seminar. A number of donated items will be offered as Raffle Prizes for this always popular activity.

Door Prizes:

All attendees will be eligible for Door Prizes. Must be present to win.

No mail-in or online registration after April 20th.
Day of Event add $5 late fee.
Day of Event Payment by Cash or Check only.
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Mail-in and online registrations are now closed!
Walk-ins are welcome, however, lunch availability cannot be guaranteed.


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The Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society (TPCGS) is a registered nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code using EIN 91-1180097. In addition, the TPCGS is a registered nonprofit corporation in the state of Washington under WAC 458-20-169 using UBI 600444975. As such, your donations and contributions may be tax deductible and are greatly appreciated. Fundraising activities are occasionally held for the benefit of the TPCGS.

The purpose of the TPCGS is to stimulate popular interest in family history, to seek genealogical and historical knowledge, to preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors, to aid individual members in compiling their family histories, and to collect and publish genealogical source material.