Gene-A-Rama 2020 Update
Given the ever-growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of our attendees and speakers, the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society is cancelling the 2020 Gene-A-Rama Conference. All payments sent to WSGS for the conference will be refunded as soon as possible, but this will be a manual process of writing refund checks, which will take time, so please have patience with us. Refunds sent via PayPal would be subject to PayPal’s service fees, and would result in you receiving a refund of less than what you paid.
If you have made a room reservation with the Holiday Inn Manitowoc, please remember to cancel it. Their phone number is 920-682-6000. The IHG Hotels Group has just issued this statement:
“We know that flexibility is what our guests are looking for right now. So, we are waiving cancellation fees for existing and new bookings at all IHG hotels globally for stays between March 9, 2020 and April 30, 2020.”
WSGS in the process of making arrangements with the Holiday Inn Manitowoc to hold Gene-A-Rama 2021 there in early April.
We are saddened that we won’t be able to gather together face-to-face, and will miss seeing all of you. Given the seriousness of the current health situation, though, we’d rather err on the side of being safe than sorry.
Please join us in October for our 2020 Fall Seminar which will be held on Saturday, October 24th, at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Our featured speaker will be Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG. Watch the WSGS website (, Facebook page (, Twitter account (, and e-mail for registration information when it becomes available.
Please direct any questions to the WSGS Office at Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and healthy!