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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, June 10
WPGS Board Meeting  (Meetings)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Conference Room, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main Branch, Pennsylvania Department, Third Floor


Saturday, June 17
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers  (Meetings)
10:00 am
Lecture Hall, Carnegie Library, Main Branch


Saturday, June 17
ALL DAY GENEALOGY CONFERENCE  (Conference)
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Lecture Hall, Carnegie Library, Main Branch
Our speaker will be James M. Beidler, genealogical lecturer and author of books on German research, as well as writing the award-winning newspaper column "Roots and Branches."  He is a columnist for "German Life" magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online "Family Tree University".
Mr. Beidler will be presenting 2 lectures in the morning and one in the afternoon on topics such as research at the PA State Library and State Archives and application to lineage societies.  Mr. Beidler will have his books available for sale.

10:30 am - 12:30 PM   

Session 1)  Exploring Pennsylvania's State Archives and State Library.  The Pennsylvania State Archives and State Library of Pennsylvania are well worth a researcher's attention – catalogs and some records can be accessed onlineand a research trip can be worthwhile with advance planning.

Session 2) Unlocking the Door to Lineage Societies Ever wondered how to get into Daughters of the American Revolution? Or Mayflower Society? Or more obscure groups such as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick? This seminar goes over the qualifications for various groups and the types of documentary proof needed to complete applications

12:30 - 2 PM  Lunch On Your Own. Two restaurants are available in the Carnegie Museum of Art and History (Fossil Fuels Cafe and The Café Carnegie), as well as numerous restaurants in the area.  

2 PM - 3 PM   Session 3) German Research Online. Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors!

Doors open at 9:30 am and the presentation is free and open to the public. All-day parking in the Carnegie Museum parking lot  behind the Library is $6.  Remember, we will be in the Lecture Hall, so dress comfortably and bring a hard surface to write on for your notetaking.  Watch for updates on the WPGS website and on our Facebook page.  For questions, call 412-622-3154.



FREE WPGS Night at GRIP (Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh)
Thursday, June 29
FREE WPGS Night at GRIP (Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh)  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Karen Stanbary, CG, of Chicago, Illinois, “DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Tool Box” sponsored by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Learn the many different ways DNA test results can confirm and advance your traditional paper trail research through case examples.  Additionally, we will explore the types of DNA tests and the three major testing companies who offer them. Advantages and disadvantages of each company for specific types of research problems will be discussed.



FREE WPGS Night at GRIP (Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh)
Thursday, July 20
FREE WPGS Night at GRIP (Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh)  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, of New York, “The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames” sponsored by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. This case study will explain how missing, erroneous, and altered records were overcome to identify the parents of an orphan named Jones. Attendees will learn research strategies that they can use to solve their own common-surname problems.  Dr. Jones has over forty years of research and teaching experience, he frequently lectures, teaches, and writes about genealogical methodology. His interests include "blocked" lineages and genealogical problem solving.



Federation of Genealogical Societies
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Federation of Genealogical Societies  (Conference)
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this conference.
 
Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop with its rich genealogical resources for this four-day genealogy event with local host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.  Check here for program information, speakers qualifications, hotels, special events, and volunteer opportunities.



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 this international conference, which is a premiere resource for Czech, Slovak, Moravian, Bohemian, Rusyn, and German-Bohemian Genealogy.  Watch for details regarding registration and schedule at http://cgsievents.com/2017-conference/
 
Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, current WPGS President-Elect will be presenting Courthouse Research in PA: In the Realm of the Prothonotary and Genealogical Resources in Western Pennsylvania, current WPGS President, 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).