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Saturday, April 13
Webinar: Lisa Alzo  (Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Details to follow.


Saturday, April 13
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch



Session #1 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Thursday, May 9
Session #1 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Third Floor Conference Room, PA Department, Oakland Branch of CLP
The five-session course presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. 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 now has a database of more than 15 million testers,  making it a valuable tool for genealogy research. Participants 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, May 9 through June 6, in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. The course is $35 for WPGS members and $50 for non-members.  Space is limited so registration is required.  Checks should be made payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and can be brought to the first session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. This course will not be available online.  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.


 


Applying the New Tools on Ancestry DNA to Our Family History Research  Ray Jones, Ph.D.
Saturday, May 11
Applying the New Tools on Ancestry DNA to Our Family History Research Ray Jones, Ph.D.  (Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
South Wing Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main Branch

Presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. Ancestry DNA has recently begun to test several new features that have some promise in assisting us in our family history research.  In this 90-minute workshop, we will briefly review the amazing potential that a focus on shared matches can generate in a large database of genetic tests and family trees (as Ancestry DNA recently reached 15 million testers).  Ancestry DNA is testing new features such as ThruLines, Tree Tags and Color-coded match groups and a new interface for sorting matches.  Individuals who have taken the Ancestry DNA test are the target audience for this workshop and should be ready to consider and discuss how these tools can be utilized in their research. 



Saturday, May 11
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch


Thursday, May 16
Session #2 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Third Floor Conference Room, PA Department, Oakland Branch of CLP
The five-session course presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. 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 now has a database of more than 15 million testers,  making it a valuable tool for genealogy research. Participants 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, May 9 through June 6, in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. The course is $35 for WPGS members and $50 for non-members.  Space is limited so registration is required.  Checks should be made payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and can be brought to the first session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. This course will not be available online.  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.


Thursday, May 23
Session #3 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Third Floor Conference Room, PA Department, Oakland Branch of CLP
The five-session course presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. ​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 now has a database of more than 15 million testers,  making it a valuable tool for genealogy research. Participants 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, May 9 through June 6, in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. The course is $35 for WPGS members and $50 for non-members.  Space is limited so registration is required.  Checks should be made payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and can be brought to the first session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. This course will not be available online.  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.


Thursday, May 30
Session #4 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Third Floor Conference Room, PA Department, Oakland Branch of CLP
The five-session course presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. 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 now has a database of more than 15 million testers,  making it a valuable tool for genealogy research. Participants 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, May 9 through June 6, in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. The course is $35 for WPGS members and $50 for non-members.  Space is limited so registration is required.  Checks should be made payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and can be brought to the first session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. This course will not be available online.  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.



Thursday, June 6
Session #5 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees  (Training)
5:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Third Floor Conference Room, PA Department, Oakland Branch of CLP
The five-session course presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. 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 now has a database of more than 15 million testers,  making it a valuable tool for genealogy research. Participants 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, May 9 through June 6, in the Third Floor Conference Room in the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch. The course is $35 for WPGS members and $50 for non-members.  Space is limited so registration is required.  Checks should be made payable to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and can be brought to the first session. Please call 412-622-3154 to register. This course will not be available online.  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.


Saturday, June 8
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch


WPGS Annual Member Meeting and All-Day Seminar
Saturday, June 22
WPGS Annual Member Meeting and All-Day Seminar  (Conference)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Carnegie Museum of Art Auditorium
The speaker for this year's seminar will be Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUFA. 
Program schedule:
10:15 – 11:30 AM: The Poor and the Landless. This case study seeks to answer the question “Who were the parents of Margaret Ellen Powell who married Isaac Sayre in Meigs County, Ohio, on 7 November 1869?” The question is simple; the answer is not. Margaret Powell was never named in any record with either of her parents, but a thorough search of records of Beaver County, Pa. and several counties along the Ohio River, combined with a careful correlation of all available evidence, reveals that Margaret was from a family torn apart by allegations of infidelity.
11:30 – 1:00 PM Lunch.  On your own.  Link to area restaurants:  https://www.tripadvisor.com/RestaurantsNear-g53449-d220086-Carnegie_Museum_of_Natural_History-Pittsburgh_Pennsylvania.html  There is limited outdoor seating at the Museum’s Outdoor Sculpture Court if you bring your own lunch.
1:00 – 2:30 PM: Allegheny City. This city began in 1788 as Alleghenytown, grew to a borough in 1828, and was incorporated as a city in 1840. In 1907 Pittsburgh annexed Allegheny City over the objections of the residents. Today it is known as the North Side of Pittsburgh. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the population grew with the arrival of Scots, Scots-Irish, Germans, Swiss, Austrian, and other ethnic groups. Allegheny City has many research opportunities and challenges. Repositories abound; records were kept early in the life of the city. A systematic approach, beginning with the history of the city will yield success in the identification of ancestors and the discovery of the fabric of life in the nineteenth century.
2:30 – 4:00 PM:  Cool Tools for the Cemetery. Cemeteries provide a wealth of family information and can often provide key evidence of kinship. Besides that, they are fascinating and fun. Discover online tools that can help find that elusive ancestor. BillionGravesFind A Grave, and many other resources can help navigate cemetery research.
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Doors open at 9:00 AM.  There will be a short election of WPGS Officers for the 2019-2020 membership year prior to the beginning of the Conference and the program will begin immediately following the election.  Please plan to be seated by 10:00 AM.  
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Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. He coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. He also instructs in the Advanced Methodology course, the Methods and Sources course, the Advanced Military courses, and a variety of other IGHR courses. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the advanced land course and Researching in Washington, DC, without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the advanced land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio.


Monday, June 24
What’s Available at the Pennsylvania Archives?  (Meetings)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
WPGS is sponsoring Aaron McWilliams for an overview of what’s available at the Pennsylvania Archives. The Pennsylvania State Archives collects, preserves and makes available for study the permanently-valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government. The State Archives also collects papers of private citizens and organizations relevant to Pennsylvania history.  
 
This presentation is sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) at LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA. Free and open to the public. No registration required. 



Saturday, July 13
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch


Monday, July 15
Share and Share Alike: The Rules of Genealogical Privacy  (Meetings)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, aka “The Legal Genealogist” will present “Share and share alike: the rules of genealogical privacy.” Doing family research doesn’t mean giving up all semblances of personal privacy. nor is it a license to invade the privacy of others — family or not. All researchers need to follow the rules, both legal and ethical when we share genealogical information. 
 
This presentation is sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) at LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA. Free and open to the public. No registration required. 



Saturday, August 10
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch



Saturday, September 14
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch