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Sunday, October 1
Beginning Genealogy  (Training)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
Interested in tracing your family roots, but not sure where to start? Join CLP staff to learn what information you need to get started, what questions to ask, and what types of details you can expect to find as you start your research. Registration is required due to limited seating.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Open House
Tuesday, October 3
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Open House  (Training)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
CLP Third Floor, Pennsylvania Department
Visit the Western Pennsylvania Genealogy Society’s Headquarters. 
Learn about the Society’s resources and activities. WPGS volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the process of microfilming records, discuss the archives and WPGS resources, and talk about the research process.


Wednesday, October 4
Best Practices for Digitizing Family Photos  (Training)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
CLP REcollection Studio, Third floor
Learn tips and tricks for creating digital copies of treasured family photographs in CLP’s new REcollection Studio, their digitization lab. Participants will get an introduction to scanning photographs, various file formats for photographs, and naming files so they can be found later. Participants are welcome to bring 4-6 personal photos and a personal storage device (e.g., a flash drive). Registration is required due to limited seating and equipment access.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Saturday, October 7
Best Practices for Digitizing Family Photos  (Training)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CLP REcollection Studio, Third floor
Learn tips and tricks for creating digital copies of treasured family photographs in CLP’s new REcollection Studio, their digitization lab. Participants will get an introduction to scanning photographs, various file formats for photographs, and naming files so they can be found later. Participants are welcome to bring 4-6 personal photos and a personal storage device (e.g., a flash drive). Registration is required due to limited seating and equipment access.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Presentation
Tuesday, October 10
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Presentation  (Training)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
Get Started with Your First Families of Western Pennsylvania Application.
This workshop will guide attendees on the process of applying for First Families of Western Pennsylvania through the Western Pennsylvania Genealogy Society. This workshop is also a good primer for those interested in applying for other lineage societies. Registration is required due to limited seating. Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Wednesday, October 11
Preparing for a Trip to Your Family‚Äôs Homeland  (Training)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
Thinking of visiting the old country? Join a member of the CLP Pennsylvania Department staff as he shares the preparation he did in advance of a trip to Slovakia to visit his family’s homeland and meet relatives still living there. Registration is required due to limited seating.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Thursday, October 12
Best Practices for Digitizing Family Photos  (Training)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
CLP REcollection Studio, Third floor
Learn tips and tricks for creating digital copies of treasured family photographs in CLP’s new REcollection Studio, their digitization lab. Participants will get an introduction to scanning photographs, various file formats for photographs, and naming files so they can be found later. Participants are welcome to bring 4-6 personal photos and a personal storage device (e.g., a flash drive). Registration is required due to limited seating and equipment access.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Western Pennsylvania Genealogy Society Monthly Program
Saturday, October 14
Western Pennsylvania Genealogy Society Monthly Program  (Meetings)
10:00 am
Lecture Hall, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
The Aliens are Coming: USCIS Record Sets 
A-Files?  AR-2 Forms? C-Files? O my!   Join Rich Venezia as he wades through the alphabet soup of the record sets the US Citizenship and Immigration Services holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding. In addition to handling current immigration into the USA, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds indispensable genealogical records for anyone with post-1900 immigrant ancestors. This lecture explores a bit about how USCIS came to be, but more importantly, the valuable records it holds. Participants will learn who is likely to show up in which USCIS file set, how the index searching and ordering process works, and see examples of each record set held by USCIS.  The files that will be discussed:
  • A-Files (Alien Files) (including which files are held at NARA and which are held by USCIS)
  • AR-2s (Alien Registration Forms)
  • C-Files (Naturalization Certificate Files)
  • Registry Files
  • Visa Files
Rich Venezia is a veteran of both Genealogy Roadshow’s research team and TEDx Pittsburgh (2017). He lives in Pittsburgh and specializes in twentieth-century immigration research.
 
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
 


Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Board Meeting
Saturday, October 14
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
Society business discussion.


Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) 16th Genealogical and Cultural Conference
Tuesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 21
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) 16th Genealogical and Cultural Conference  (Conference)
Pittsburgh International Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
WPGS is a Gold Sponsor for the CGSI 16th Genealogical and Cultural Conference, October 17-21, 2017. This international conference is a premiere resource for Czech, Slovak, Moravian, Bohemian, Rusyn, and German-Bohemian Genealogy. Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, current WPGS President will be presenting Courthouse Research in PA: In the Realm of the Prothonotary and Genealogical Resources in Western Pennsylvania, current WPGS President-Elect, Rebecca Kichta Miller, will be presenting Creating a Family Archive and Getting and Staying Organized, and member Rich Venezia will be presenting The Aliens are Coming: USCIS Record Sets (Citizenship and Immigration Services). Go to  https://www.cgsievents.com for more information, schedule, and hotel reservations.


Tuesday, October 17
Best Practices for Digitizing Family Photos  (Training)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
CLP REcollection Studio, Third floor
Learn tips and tricks for creating digital copies of treasured family photographs in CLP's new REcollection Studio, our digitization lab. Participants will get an introduction to scanning photographs, various file formats for photographs, and naming files so they can be found later. Participants are welcome to bring 4-6 personal photos and a personal storage device (e.g., a flash drive). Registration is required due to limited seating and equipment access.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Thursday, October 19
Caring for the family's records: How to safely store and manage your historic records  (Training)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
Are your most prized family heirlooms stowed away in an old cardboard box in the crawl space? Did you inherit your Great Aunt's wedding album and have it on display in your sunniest room? Join CLP's Conservation, Preservation, & Access Department for a discussion on how to best care for your family's personal documents. They will go over storage for photos, paper documents, books, and more. Come with your questions and leave with solutions!  Registration is required due to limited seating.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Saturday, October 21
CLP REcollection Studio Open House  (Training)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
CLP REcollection Studio, Third floor
Visit CLP's new digitization lab, the REcollection Studio, to learn about equipment and options for creating digital versions of family photos, documents, slides, and video tapes. The Studio cannot accommodate digitizing personal materials during the Open House, but will share information about booking appointments to use this free service.


Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Presentation
Tuesday, October 24
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Presentation  (Training)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
What You Won’t Find in Your DNA Test Results
DNA testing is popular among genealogists right now, but there are many questions testing just won’t answer. Join our speaker, Rebecca Kichta Miller, to learn what your DNA test won’t tell you so that you can decide if it’s a tool that’s right for your current research.  There will also be a discussion of the top three testing services and their advantages and limitations, as well as a description of the latest testing services to come online.  Registration is required due to limited seating.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.


Q&A: Records in the Catholic Archives of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh
Thursday, October 26
Q&A: Records in the Catholic Archives of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh  (Training)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
CLP Pennsylvania Department Conference Room
Bring your questions about researching Catholic ancestors in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and learn what records are held by the Catholic Archives and how to request research from the Diocese. Registration is required due to limited seating.  Call 412-622-3154 for any questions or to register.



Pittsburgh and World War I (Monthly Program)
Saturday, November 11
Pittsburgh and World War I (Monthly Program)  (Meetings)
10:00 am
Lecture Hall, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh and World War I.   In honor of all Veterans on this day, this month's free program will be presented by Elizabeth Williams, author of the book Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies. A historian and archivist, Williams traces the remarkable story of Pittsburgh during the Great War. She is a Pittsburgh native and worked at numerous local archives, including the Heinz History Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, Duquesne University, and most recently, La Roche College. She welcomed her first child in 2016 and has since focused on raising her daughter and conducting research for future projects. With the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I this year, the program will also discuss resources available for research into your WWI ancestors.
 
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.