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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
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We hope our new website will enhance your user experience now and in the future. Since 1974, WPGS has been dedicated to the study and preservation of family history in the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania. We aim to provide information, connections and resources to enable your family history research. If you wish to learn more, we have prepared a two-page history of our organization. Also from 1974, our ABC's of Genealogy Research.
In particular, we have been asking ourselves how to better serve and provide value to each and every member. One way we intend to do that is by expanding the content available on our website. Please check back often!

FGS in Pittsburgh

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at the 
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
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.

Where is the data?

Our First Families of Western Pennsylvania Ancestors list is now online in the Members section. You can browse the entire list of over 700 names. Reminder...if you are a WPGS member, you must log in to be able to see the members-only records listed on the menu bar. We are also actively working on reformatting the back Quarterly issues for inclusion in the members-only area. Other updates will be coming in the next few weeks!

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June 10
WPGS Board Meeting
Conference Room, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main Branch, Pennsylvania Department, Third Floor

June 17
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
Lecture Hall, Carnegie Library, Main Branch

June 17
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 ...