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Coast Chapter: Digging for Ancestral Gold with Laurence Overmire

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Willamette Writers Coast Chapter presents

Digging for Ancestral Gold with Laurence Overmire

This Meeting is In-person Only

PLACE: Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St, Newport, OR 97365


Everyone has an amazing family history – but most have no clue how truly remarkable it is because they have never investigated their ancestors. Join Willamette Writers Coast Chapter and Laurence Overmire, author and genealogist on May 18 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Newport Public Library to learn more about how to research your family tree, and how it can help in the writing of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or poetry.

This presentation looks at the big picture of our ancestral heritage. Why it is so meaningful and important. How it inspires people to discover who they are. When genealogy becomes a part of your knowledge base, it can impact areas of your writing such as characterization, dialog, or point of view.

About Laurence Overmire

Laurence Overmire has a multi-faceted career as a genealogist, poet, actor, director, and educator. As one of the pioneers in online research, he has helped thousands of people discover their family roots. Overmire’s how-to-book Digging for Ancestral Gold: The Fun and Easy Way to Get Started on Your Genealogy Quest offers an easy step-by-step process to find your own ancestral gold.

He is the author of seven genealogy books, including six epic family histories. He researched early immigrants to America, tracing not only their celebrated ancestors but also prominent Americans who descended from them.

He has authored five books of poetry including The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poet’s Journey Through Scotland, which according to his great-grandmother Burns’ family tradition includes a descent from the uncle of the iconic poet Robert Burns.

For more about the author, go to: LaurenceOvermire.com


About Your Chapter Meeting

This meeting is co-hosted by the Newport Public Library.

The WW Coast Chapter hosts presentations, a mix of in-person and virtual events, from September through June. Willamette Writers, the parent organization of the Coast Chapter, is the largest writer’s association in Oregon and one of the largest in the nation. Programs are free and open to all writers eighteen and up. There are Young Willamette Writer chapters for those under 18. To become a member of a chapter and the parent organization, join Willamette Writers at their website, https://willamettewriters.org


Willamette Writers continue to encourage mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you feel sick, please stay home and join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

Young Writers

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf. A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.

See you there!



May 18
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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