June 22, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Carnegie Museum of Art Auditorium
The speaker for this year's seminar will be Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUFA.
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.
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. BillionGraves, Find A Grave, and many other resources can help navigate cemetery research.
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. During this event, we will also have our Publications available for sale, as well as all of the books listed in our current Used Book Sale.
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.