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Fall 2014 Genealogy Conference

North Hills Genealogists

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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North Hills Genealogists member price 168 Tickets Ended $60.00 $4.29
Non-NHG member price 169 Tickets Ended $70.00 $4.84
Friday Evening Workshop   more info 2 Tickets Ended $15.00 $1.82

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October 25
Featured Speaker:
Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG

Our Fall 2014 Genealogy Conference is on Saturday October 25th. This all-day conference features Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG, a nationally recognized genealogy speaker who will present four lectures on Saturday as well as a hands-on workshop Friday evening.

  • Churches in Pennsylvania and Their Records
  • Colonial Era Migration to Pennsylvania
  • It's a Good Thing Mother's GOne:  Records from the OTHER side of the Courthouse
  • Religious Records:  More than Hatchings, Matchings and Dispatchings

Churches in Pennsylvania & Their Records
From the arrival of English Quaker refugees in the late 17th Century to the Welsh Methodist coal miners of the 19th Century, to the Italian Catholics of the early 20th Century and beyond, the Commonwealth has welcomed a variety of religious perspectives and communities within its borders. We'll discuss records, mindsets and repositories with holdings and resources of interest to Pennsylvania-oriented researchers.
Colonial Era Migration to Pennsylvania
The political and religious forces that fostered the development of Penn's Woods, touching upon the Glorious Rebellion and including migration from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; Germanic Europe, including Switzerland; Swedes in the Lower Counties; discussion of Quakers, Presbyterians, Lutherans and Reformed church communities; and inter-colony migrants from New England to Pennsylvania.
It's a Good Thing Mother's Gone: Records from the OTHER side of the Courthouse
This trip beyond the Prothonotary’s records to the criminal cases uses examples of courthouse documents that reveal information about the lives of our forebears. It examines civil court records as well as criminal cases; jail registers, justice of the peace records and the like.
Religious Records: More than Hatchings, Matchings & Dispatchings
What are the less typical records available in many congregations/parishes? These can add depth to a researcher's understanding of their families of interest, both in the Christian tradition and in other religious communities.
The Fall Conference will conclude with an opportunity to ask the speakers questions during a panel discussion moderated by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG. CGL.

Friday Evening Workshop:
Document Transcription, Analysis & Research Plans
Dr. McDonald will conduct a hands-on workshop in which participants will use a document to transcribe, analyze, and extract from it and then consider the criteria that make for a good or useful research plan. This interactive format will have you seeing things in documents you did not realize were there. Limited seating, additional $15 fee.

Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
The Rev. Dr.  David McDonald, CGSM, is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and a former director of the National Genealogical Society. A past editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society’s Newsletter, he has published articles in genealogical journals and magazines since the 1980s. With nearly 40 years’ research experience, and more than 30 years as a genealogical lecturer throughout the United States and England, Dave brings a wealth of experience to his presentations. His research interests include New England, the Midwest, Germanic Europe, the British Isles and migration paths and patterns; his lecturing specialties include churches and their records, English research, Presidential genealogy and techniques for beginning and intermediate genealogists.
Outside the genealogical realm, Dave is a pastor in the United Church of Christ holding advanced degrees from Eden Seminary in Saint Louis and a doctorate from Christian Seminary in Indianapolis. His wife, Dr. Jennet Shepherd, is an optometrist. They have three adult children and live near Madison, Wisconsin.

  NHG Member Non-Member
By Sept 16 $50 $60
After Sept 16 $60 $70
Friday Workshop $15 $15

 Registration includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and hand-out materials.

Registration & breakfast begin at 8:00 am, first session begins at 9:00 am.  Final session is a Question & Answer session which wraps-up by 3:30

For additional information, including a brochure and a registration form that can be printed out and mailed to us with a check for payment, please visit www.NorthHillsGenealogists.org

Please send Inquiries to Conference@NorthHillsGenealogists.org


The EconoLodge Wexford (107 VIP Drive, Wexford PA 15090) 15 minutes from the conference. Rooms are about $76. Please call the hotel at 724-935-1000.  Home2Suites is a new Hilton property about 5 minutes from the conference location, with rooms in the $130 range.  Their number is 412-630-8400.  There is a variety of hotels in the Cranberry area close to the I76 Turnpike exit.

Have questions about Fall 2014 Genealogy Conference? Contact North Hills Genealogists

When & Where

Wildwood Golf CLub
2195 Sample Road
Allison Park, PA 15101

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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North Hills Genealogists

The North Hills Genealogists is a group of people interested in genealogy and researching their family histories.  Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa., our members have common interests in both the geographic areas north of the city as well as the geographic origins of our ancestors.  many of our members also live in the North Hills area.

Meetings are on the third Tuesday of every month except December, starting at 7pm at the Northland Public Library.  More details, including driving directions and meeting topics, are on our website at www.NorthHillsGenealogists.org.  All meetings are free and open to the public.  Additional information is also available by emailing INFO@NorthHillsGenealogists.org

The monthly meetings each feature a guest speaker addressing the group on a subject related to genealogy.  A "roundtable discussion" is periodically scheduled instead of a lecture, giving each person a chance to ask questions or to tell of a great research breakthrough.  

We arrange field trips to repositories and locations such as Washington DC, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Wester Reserve Library in Cleveland, and West Virginia University.

We publish 10 monthly newsletters per year, which includes articles to help you find resources, tips on how to do better genealogy, and announcements of upcoming events. the newsletter is available either electronically via email or in hardcopy via USPS.

Membership dues are $15 year (August through July); back issues of the newsletter are sent to min-year newcomers.


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