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Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees (5 Sessions)
Thursday, September 26 through Thursday, October 24
Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees (5 Sessions)  (Seminar)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, CLP Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
WPGS will once again offer the popular course Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees presented by Ray Jones, Ph.D. The five-session course will be offered Thursday evenings, Sept. 26-Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh. Participants should plan to attend all five sessions. 
 
The course features discussions and exercises for participants to connect Ancestry DNA tests to their family tree research. Genetic genealogy has grown in popularity over the past several years. Specifically, the Ancestry DNA test 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. There is no required textbook for the course, but Jones recommends The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger for information about the science behind genetic genealogy.
 
The cost is $35 for WPGS members and $50 for non-members. Advance registration is required. To register for this course, please call CLP’s Pennsylvania Department at 412-622-3154. Payment to be made by check at the first session.



Beginning Genealogy
Tuesday, October 1
Beginning Genealogy  (Training)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
South Wing Reading Room, 2nd Floor, CLP-Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Ancestry.com commercials make it seem like your entire family history is a few clicks away – but we all know that’s not the case! Bring an aspiring genealogist to this session, or come brush up on your own basic skills.  This class is centered on the best way to get started on genealogy research, where to find records you will need, and the best tools for beginners. 

 

Free.  No registration required. 



Historic Pittsburgh Fair
Saturday, October 5
Historic Pittsburgh Fair  (Conference)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
WPGS will participate in The Historic Pittsburgh Fair on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh (individual locations to be determined.) The Fair brings together libraries, archives, and historical societies from around Allegheny County to share their historical collections. Many of these organizations also share digitized collections on Historic Pittsburgh, online archives hosted by the University of Pittsburgh (https://historicpittsburgh.org/), including the online collections and finding aids from more than 20 area organizations on the site. Come learn about what the web site and these local organizations have to offer for your research! 
 
FREE and open to the public.


Preserving Your Family’s Treasures
Tuesday, October 8
Preserving Your Family’s Treasures  (Training)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh

As a genealogist, you are likely also the keeper of family treasures. Come meet with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s preservation librarians to learn the best way to take care of these items. Bring a photo, document, paper/book item, or textile item for specific advice on preserving these mementos for the next generation.  

 

Registration is requested for this session, along with basic information about the materials you plan to bring, so the librarians can prepare to work with you.

 

Please call 412-622-3154 to register. 



Preserving Your Family’s Treasures
Preserving Your Family’s Treasures  (Training)
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

As a genealogist, you are likely also the keeper of family treasures. Come meet with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s preservation librarians to learn the best way to take care of these items. Bring a photo, document, paper/book item, or textile item for specific advice on preserving these mementos for the next generation.  

 

Registration is requested for this session, along with basic information about the materials you plan to bring, so the librarians can prepare to work with you.

 

Please call 412-622-3154 to register. 



Using Maps in Your Genealogy Research
Wednesday, October 9
Using Maps in Your Genealogy Research  (Training)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
South Wing Reading Room, 2nd Floor, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

This dual-purpose session will highlight some of the unique maps in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s collection, as well as share tips for using maps in your genealogical research. There are a number of maps that focus on Pittsburgh, and we’ll talk about how to find those maps (physical and digital) and use them in your work. 

 

Free.  No registration required. 



Genetic Genealogy & Criminal Cold Case Investigations
Saturday, October 12
Genetic Genealogy & Criminal Cold Case Investigations  (Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
South Wing Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Main Branch, CLP, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Since April of 2018, genetic genealogy has been thrust into the media spotlight over reports on how law enforcement utilized genetic genealogy sites to identify the suspect in the Golden State Killer cold case. The use of genetic genealogy in criminal cold case investigations is both an innovative example of genetic genealogy research and a source of controversy over privacy concerns. The expansive use of genetic genealogy in law enforcement has implications for a wide range of stakeholders, including those of us who use genetic genealogy for our family history research. The speaker is Ray Jones, Ph.D.  Dr. Jones is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business. He also teaches genetic genealogy courses throughout the region.
 
This program is FREE and open to the public.


Saturday, October 12
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome. 


Creating Family Oral Histories
Tuesday, October 15
Creating Family Oral Histories  (Training)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Learn how to interview and record family members’ stories in their own words. This session will share tips to prepare for and conduct interviews, as well as recommendations for easy-to-use recording equipment. 

 

FREE.  No registration required. 



Adding FamilySearch.org to your Research Plan
Wednesday, October 16
Adding FamilySearch.org to your Research Plan  (Training)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

If you’re not using FamilySearch for your genealogy research, you should be! This session will share some of the valuable collections that are often overlooked on this free website and demonstrate how to access them for your research. 

 

FREE.  No registration required. 



Ancestry.com:  Getting Started
Wednesday, October 16
Ancestry.com: Getting Started  (Training)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
JCEC Computer Lab, 2nd Floor, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Ancestry.com is arguably the best-known online tool for family history research. Start your investigation into your family’s past with this introductory workshop. Find out where your ancestors were born, where they lived, and the families they created. 

 

Registration is requested for this session due to limited space.

Please call 412-622-3154 to register. 



Best Practice in Digitizing Photos
Saturday, October 19
Best Practice in Digitizing Photos  (Training)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
REcollection Studio, 3rd Floor, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Interested in digitizing your family photos, but not sure where to start? Join us to learn the basics, and best practices, of creating digital copies of your family mementos. This session is intended for beginners and will explain the process of digitization, what different file types mean and what works best for your needs, and some options for storing your digitized materials. 

 

The REcollection Studio is the Library’s DIY digitization lab. Patrons can use the studio to digitize photographs, documents, slides, books (and anything else that can be laid flat), as well as audio cassettes and VHS cassettes. There are walk-in hours for the studio, but appointments are recommended to ensure patrons have enough time to finish their projects. 

 

Registration is required due to limited space in the studio.

Please call 412-622-3154 to register. 



Making Sense of Old German
Tuesday, October 22
Making Sense of Old German  (Training)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
3rd Floor Conference Room, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Ever wondered why old German handwriting and printing are so particularly challenging? German has some unique reasons that make deciphering and understanding it an extra challenge….and extra frustrating for people researching German family history and genealogy. Join Pamela Israel and Stefan Israel from "Unlock Your History" as they dig into a bit of history and some tips for deciphering those old letters, birth certificates and more. 

 

FREE.  No registration required. 



Best Practices for Digitizing Family Files
Tuesday, October 29
Best Practices for Digitizing Family Files  (Training)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
REcollection Studio, CLP-Main, Third Floor, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Interested in digitizing your family photos, but not sure where to start? Join us to learn the basics, and best practices, of creating digital copies of your family mementos. This session is intended for beginners and will explain the process of digitization, what different file types mean, what works best for your needs, and some options for storing your digitized materials. 

 

The REcollection Studio is the Library’s DIY digitization lab. Patrons can use the studio to digitize photographs, documents, slides, books (and anything else that can be laid flat), as well as audio cassettes and VHS cassettes. There are walk-in hours for the studio, but appointments are recommended to ensure patrons have enough time to finish their projects. 

 

Registration is required due to limited space in the studio.

Please call 412-622-3154 to register. 



Ancestry.com: Beyond the Basics
Wednesday, October 30
Ancestry.com: Beyond the Basics  (Training)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
JCEC Computer Lab, 2nd Floor, CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

There’s more to Ancestry.com’s genealogy resources than a simple search box. Special collections may contain the information you need to solve family mysteries. Continue your investigation into your family’s past with this intermediate workshop.  

 

Registration is requested due to limited space.

Please call 412-622-3154 to register. 




Saturday, November 9
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome. 



Saturday, February 8, 2020
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome.



Saturday, March 14, 2020
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome.  Reminder:  This is St. Patrick's Parade Day in Pittsburgh!



Saturday, April 11, 2020
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome.



Saturday, May 9, 2020
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome.



Saturday, June 13, 2020
WPGS Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pennsylvania Department Conference Room, Third Floor, CLP Main Branch
Members are welcome.