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Fall 2015 Genealogy Conference

North Hills Genealogists

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Fall 2015 Genealogy Conference

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
2-Day Full Conference: member price
Both Friday Workshops and all-day Saturday conference
Oct 30, 2015 $105.00 $6.77
2-Day Full Conference: non-member price
Both Friday Workshops and all-day Saturday conference
Oct 30, 2015 $115.00 $7.32
Saturday (North Hills Genealogists member price) Oct 31, 2015 $65.00 $4.57
Saturday (Non-NHG member price) Oct 31, 2015 $75.00 $5.12
Friday Evening Workshop
"Mechanics of Writing Your Family History Workshop" Presented by Michael J. Leclerc - Oct 30th, 6:30-9:00PM, registration begins at 6:00
Oct 30, 2015 $20.00 $2.09
Friday Afternoon Workshop
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence Presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 1:30 - 4:30, registration at 1:00
Oct 30, 2015 $30.00 $2.64
North Hills Genealogists 1 yr membership
1 Year membership through 31-July-2016
Oct 30, 2015 $15.00 $1.82

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Event Details


October 30 & 31
Featured Speakers:
Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Michael Leclerc, CG 

Our Fall 2015 Genealogy Conference is on Saturday October 31st, with workshops on Friday October 30th.  Saturday's offerings include four lectures by Judy Russell, and a morning series of lectures by Michael Leclerc.  Friday includes an afternoon advanced workshop by Judy Russell and an evening workshop by Michael Leclerc.  Maia's Books will be onsite with their inventory of genealogy publications.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL  
"The Legal Genealogist"
A genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a  Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award winning blog is 
Michael J. Leclerc, CG
An internationally known author, genealogical educator and editor. He is editor of Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, Fifth Ed., and co-editor, with  Henry B. Hoff, of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More. He is a Certified Genealogists, a former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former vice president of administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. 
Friday Afternoon Workshop: 
When Worlds Collide:  Resolving Conflicting Evidence 
Presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
One record says her maiden name was Rankin. Another says it was Pugh. A third says it was Gentry. One record says she was born in Texas; others say she was born in Mississippi. Clearly, the evidence we’ve gathered in our reasonably exhaustive research is conflicting. Now what? A key element of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is that we resolve conflicts among evidence items relating to our research question, since we can’t reach a credible conclusion if conflicting evidence isn’t resolved. Sounds good . . . but like so many things that sound good, it’s  easier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do when we encounter conflicting evidence? What standards are we to follow? In other words, how do we do what the GPS tells us to do? This workshop will review the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods – and tips and tricks–to use to resolve them.

Friday Evening Workshop:
Mechanics of Writing Your Family History Workshop
Presented by Michael J. Leclerc, CG
This workshop will teach you how to get started in converting your research into a form to share with your family. We will discuss the necessary components of your family story and examine and compare published         genealogies. We will then get into the mechanics of using Microsoft Word to write your family history, showing the powerful features like automatic numbering and automatic indexing that are extremely useful for genealogists.
Saturday Conference Sessions: 
Polls, Personality and Property-Making Sense of Tax Lists
presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Somebody had to pay the government's bills, and they did it through the law by imposing taxes on polls, personal property, and real property. The records of those taxes offer some of the best clues available to our ancestors, their families, and their neighborhoods.
Don't Forget the Ladies:  A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law
presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected”–second-class–status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
Where There Is-or Isn't-a Will
presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Where there's a will, there's a probate. And often when there isn't a will, there's still a probate.  Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.
No Vitals? No Problem!  Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
presented by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
When there's no birth, marriage, or death record, what's a genealogist to do? Learn how to use  circumstantial evidence to build a family.
Using Old Documents in Your Research
presented by Michael J. Leclerc, CG
Electronic databases and online trees are great places for clues, but the only way to be certain that the people in your database are actually your ancestors is to research in the   original records. These are getting more and more accessible in the digital age. Learn the steps necessary to not only read these documents, but also to understand their meaning.
Telling Your Family’s Story with Mocavo and Findmypast
presented by Michael J. Leclerc, CG
Learn about the vast resources available to you from valuable websites. Using a case study, you will see how you can not only find the “bare bones” information, but add context and tell more of your family’s stories.
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  NHG Member Non-Member
Full 2-day event $105 $115
Friday Afternoon Workshop $30 $30
Friday Evening Workshop $20 $30
Saturday all-day w/ meals:    
Register by Sept 16  $55


Register after Sept 16  $65 


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

Saturday registration & breakfast begin at 8:00 am, first session begins at 9:00 am.  Final session is a Question & Answer session



Maia's Books is a leading vendor of genealogy and historical books. They will have a wide selection of books available for purchase onsite (cash or check preferred, credit cards accepted).  Visit their website for more information:  


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 2015 Genealogy Conference? Contact North Hills Genealogists

When & Where

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
985 Providence Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 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  All meetings are free and open to the public.  Additional information is also available by emailing

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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