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Friday, March 13 to Saturday, March 14, 2020

North Hills Genealogists, Pittsburgh

Family History Conference featuring David E. Rencher, AG, CG

Place: Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Topics include:
Friday – afternoon and evening
Using All the Features of FamilySearch
FamilySearch Historical Collections – Tips and Tricks
From Ulster to Pennsylvania
Saturday – morning sessions
Strategy for a Sound Beginning
Framing the Problem for Overseas Research
Saturday – afternoon sessions
Coming Forward, Descendant Research
Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch & other Major Genealogy Web sites

Attend Friday and/or Saturday. Early bird pricing prior to January 20, 2020.
For more information visit
Email: gro.stsigolaeneGslliHhtroN|ecnerefnoc#gro.stsigolaeneGslliHhtroN|ecnerefnoc


GSBC 2020 Seminar: Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®—A Three-Lecture Program

Saturday, 18 April 2020, 9:30 am–3:00 pm

Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (North Jersey)

Join the GSBC as we welcome internationally known photo expert and speaker Maureen Taylor for a full day of talks about family photos: how to identify, understand, and preserve them. Whether you are organizing photos as part of your family research or enjoy old photos—this day and these talks are not to be missed!

  • 9:30 am—Coffee and Welcome
  • SESSION 1:Identifying and Dating Family Photographs An interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in family pictures. Learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
  • SESSION 2:Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.
  • SESSION 3:Preserving Family Photographs—1839 to the Present From daguerreotypes to digital imaging dilemmas, this in-depth seminar covers everything a family photographer needs to know about caring for photographs. Topics include printing and sharing digital images, and how to safely label your grandparents’ pictures.
  • Seminar includes beverages and light refreshments, an option to add a box lunch, chance to win one of our wonderful door prizes, and a Q&A session with Maureen Taylor!

COST: $40–$55; Hurry, early registration ends 18 March!
Registration is OPEN, see details at []

Family History Heyday

NOTICE: This event has been POSTPONED and rescheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Family History Heyday is held at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Session 1: Darvin Martin

“Using’s Newest Feature– DNA ThruLines™ to Enhance Family History”

Session 2: Neicy DeShields-Moulton

“The Ancestors I Met on My Genealogy Journey”

Session 3: John Brown

“Little Known Facts About Colonial Lancaster County”

Details may be found at

GRIP - Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Week-long education courses held on the campus of La Roche University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 different courses in three different weeks geared to genealogists of all skills and from all geographies

For details of the 18 session, pre-requisites and class schedule in each of the following courses, see

June 21-26, 2020

• Practical Genetic Genealogy with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
• Chromosome Mapping with Karen Stanbary, CG
• Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-on Forensic Genealogy with Catherine Desmarais, CG, Kelvin Meyers, Michael Ramage, J.D., CG
• Exploring American Quaker Records with Steven W. Morrison and Annette Burke Lyttle
• Irish Research Part II with David Rencher, AG, CG
• Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG
• Women and Children First!: Research Methods for the Hidden Half of the Family with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

July 6-10, 2020

• Advanced DNA Evidence with Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
• Who’s Your Daddy?: Using DNA to Resolve Recent Unknown Identity with Angie Bush and Eva Goodwin
• Documentation for Lineage Societies with Sandra Rumble
• Foundations of German Research with F. Warren Bittner, CG
• Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research with Melissa A. Johnson, CG
• Tools and Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems with Kimberly Powell

July 19-24, 2020

• Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills with Paula Stuart‐Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
• Get Your Hands Dirty! A Workshop in Land and Property Records with Kimberly Powell
• Family Archiving: Heirlooms in the Digital Age with Denise May Levenick
• Walking in Penn’s Woods: Pennsylvania Research with Amy E. K. Arner
• Introduction to Jewish Genealogy with Emily Garber
• Beyond the Golden Door: Immigrants to the U.S.A. after 1890 with Rich Venezia
• Reading, Transcribing, and Abstracting Old Documents with Carla Cegielski, MSLS

Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 2020, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

"Researching Family in Pennsylvania"

Place: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join us for a week-long genealogy course designed to explore the records and repositories available for researching ancestors in Pennsylvania. Hear from nationally-recognized instructors, explore the significance of the Keystone State as a hub for immigration, and access records only available onsite at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

This is a complete “how-to” course, training you to use the resources available at HSP and elsewhere to uncover your family’s story! The curriculum takes participants through three primary questions:

• What records are available?
• Where are the records located?
• How can you decipher what you discover?

By the end of this course, you'll have the answers!

This course is designed for all levels, from beginners to experienced family historians. Enrollment will be limited to 40 persons on a first come, first served basis. No Refunds can be issued after July 3, 2020.

For more information, visit
Open to the public
Early Bird Tickets (through October 31): $425 Friends of HSP / $470 General Admission
After November 1: $450 Friends of HSP / $499 General Admission

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