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Session 1 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family
Thursday, September 6
Session 1 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department
WPGS will offer one more series of Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees by Ray Jones starting on Thursday, Sept. 6. The five-session course features discussions and exercises to connect Ancestry DNA tests to family tree research. Genetic genealogy has grown in popularity over the past several years. Specifically, the Ancestry DNA test will soon have a database of more than 8 million testers,  making it a valuable tool for genealogy research. Students should have a desire to build their own family trees and genealogy research using the Ancestry DNA test and be motivated to be active participants in discussions and exercises to help their classmates do the same.
 
The course will meet at 5:30 pm on Thursdays, September 6 through October 4, in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. The course is $35 for members of WPGS and $50 for non-members. Registration is required and checks payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society can be brought to the first class session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register.  Instruction is sequential, so please plan to attend all five sessions. 
 
The course has three objectives:
  • Establish the critical distinction between a person’s genealogical family tree (from family stories, paper records, etc.) and genetic family tree (from ancestors who contributed to their DNA).
  • Conduct an experience-based learning approach to genetic genealogy through a broad overview of the Ancestry DNA test and structured discussions and exercises.
  • Develop a stewardship approach toward genetic genealogy to recognize and address ethical issues pertaining to access, disclosure, and privacy.
  • There is no required textbook, but Blaine Bettinger’s The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy can be a supplemental resource to learn more about the science behind genetic genealogy.
About the Instructor
Ray Jones teaches introductory undergraduate courses in business ethics and organizational behavior as well as advanced undergraduate courses in gender and diversity in management and governance and management at the University of Pittsburgh. In the MBA Program, he teaches the required organizational behavior core course. He also teaches this genetic genealogy course at various venues in Western Pennsylvania.


Simon Girty and the Turner Cemetery
Saturday, September 8
Simon Girty and the Turner Cemetery  (Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
PA Department's Conference Room on the Third Floor of the Main Branch of CLP
Historical lecture by Dr. Miles S. Richards, President, Elizabeth Township Historical Society (ETHS).  Presenting a talk on Simon Girty and the Turner Cemetery. Girty (1741-1818) was best known for serving as a liaison between the British and their Native American allies during the American Revolution. He originally served with the American forces but defected to the British side. He later fought with Native American tribes against American forces. 


Session 2 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Thursday, September 13
Session 2 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department
Session 2 of Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees by Ray Jones. The course meets at 5:30 pm in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch.
 
The course is $35 for members of WPGS and $50 for non-members. Registration is required and checks payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society can be brought to the first class session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. Instruction is sequential, so please plan to attend all five sessions.
 
About the Instructor
Ray Jones teaches introductory undergraduate courses in business ethics and organizational behavior as well as advanced undergraduate courses in gender and diversity in management and governance and management at the University of Pittsburgh. In the MBA Program, he teaches the required organizational behavior core course. He also teaches this genetic genealogy course at various venues in Western Pennsylvania.


Session 3 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Thursday, September 20
Session 3 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department
Session 3 of Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees by Ray Jones. The course meets at 5:30 pm in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. 
 
The course is $35 for members of WPGS and $50 for non-members. Registration is required and checks payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society can be brought to the first class session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. Instruction is sequential, so please plan to attend all five sessions.
 
About the Instructor
Ray Jones teaches introductory undergraduate courses in business ethics and organizational behavior as well as advanced undergraduate courses in gender and diversity in management and governance and management at the University of Pittsburgh. In the MBA Program, he teaches the required organizational behavior core course. He also teaches this genetic genealogy course at various venues in Western Pennsylvania.


Session 4 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Thursday, September 27
Session 4 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department
Session 4 of Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees by Ray Jones. The course meets at 5:30 pm in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. 
 
The course is $35 for members of WPGS and $50 for non-members. Registration is required and checks payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society can be brought to the first class session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. Instruction is sequential, so please plan to attend all five sessions.
 
About the Instructor
Ray Jones teaches introductory undergraduate courses in business ethics and organizational behavior as well as advanced undergraduate courses in gender and diversity in management and governance and management at the University of Pittsburgh. In the MBA Program, he teaches the required organizational behavior core course. He also teaches this genetic genealogy course at various venues in Western Pennsylvania.



OCTOBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY MONTH
Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY MONTH  (Meetings)
Watch for a listing of activities throughout the month of October to celebrate Family History Month.  Activities will be sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.


Session 5 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Thursday, October 4
Session 5 - Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department
Session 5 of Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees by Ray Jones. The course meets at 5:30 pm in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch.
 
The course is $35 for members of WPGS and $50 for non-members. Registration is required and checks payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society can be brought to the first class session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. Instruction is sequential, so please plan to attend all five sessions.
 
About the Instructor
Ray Jones teaches introductory undergraduate courses in business ethics and organizational behavior as well as advanced undergraduate courses in gender and diversity in management and governance and management at the University of Pittsburgh. In the MBA Program, he teaches the required organizational behavior core course. He also teaches this genetic genealogy course at various venues in Western Pennsylvania.


Surprise Finding from a DNA Result
Saturday, October 6
Surprise Finding from a DNA Result  (Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, Pennnsylvania Department, Carnegie Library, Main Branch
Responding to a Surprise Finding from a DNA Result: Problem-Solving and the Importance of “Family Allies”  
Presenters:  Debra Christopher and Patricia Keller with Ray Jones
One of the realities of genetic genealogy is that new DNA results sometimes lead to surprise findings that both cause us to reevaluate our research and have sensitive conversations with testers. The process of building evidence on a surprise finding will be discussed and identifying family allies who can help facilitate sensitive conversations will be explained.  Debra Christopher and Patricia Keller will present an interesting case study of a surprise finding in their research and discuss their roles as family allies in moving forward after the surprise results.  In preparation for the meeting, everyone should consider a surprise finding in their research for the group discussions facilitated by Ray Jones.


Kenyatta Berry Coming to Pittsburgh
Saturday, October 20
Kenyatta Berry Coming to Pittsburgh  (Meetings)
11:00 am to 12:30 am
Lecture Hall, Main Branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Doors open at 10:30AM)
Kenyatta D. Berry, co-host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, will monitor a question and answer session about her career, followed by a signing session for her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit, A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy.  This event is sponsored by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
 
The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, sometimes exhilarating waters of finding your ancestors. From how and where to begin, to what records are available online and in repositories. From what to do once you find the information, to how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries.
 
Kenyatta D. Berry is a Professional Genealogist, Entrepreneur, and Attorney with over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey whilst in law school studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has deep roots in Detroit, the city her ancestors have lived since the 1920’s.
 
Kenyatta Berry’s book will be available in August 2018.  If you can’t attend on October 20, you can preorder a copy at https://www.amazon.com/Family-Tree-Toolkit-Comprehensive-Researching/dp/1631582194



Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County
Saturday, November 10
Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County  (Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
South Wing Reading Room, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Dr. W. Thomas Mainwaring, chair of the history department at Washington and Jefferson College, will talk about his new book, Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County. The book discusses Washington County's role in the Underground Railroad in the context of national events.