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Fall 2016 Genealogy Conference

North Hills Genealogists

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Fall 2016 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 22, 2016 $105.00 $6.77
2-Day Full Conference: non-member price
Both Friday Workshops and all-day Saturday conference
Oct 22, 2016 $115.00 $7.32
Saturday (North Hills Genealogists member price) Oct 22, 2016 $65.00 $4.57
Saturday (Non-NHG member price) Oct 22, 2016 $75.00 $5.12
Friday Evening Workshop
"Talking Details: Oral History & Genealogy" Presented by Deborah A. Abbott, PhD and J. Mark Lowe, CG - 6:30-8:30PM, registration begins at 6:00
Oct 21, 2016 $20.00 $2.09
Friday Afternoon Workshop
"Developing a Strategic Research Plan and Compiling Complete Results" Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG 1:30 - 4:30, registration at 1:00
Oct 21, 2016 $30.00 $2.64
North Hills Genealogists 1 yr membership
1 Year membership through 31-July-2017
Oct 22, 2016 $15.00 $1.82

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Event Details

October 21 & 22

J. Mark Lowe, CG
Deborah A. Abbott, PhD 

One lucky person's name will be drawn at the conference for a full registration refund
Anyone who has registered by August 16th is eligible

Our Fall 2016 Genealogy Conference is on Saturday October 22nd, with workshops on Friday October 21st.  Saturday's offerings include four lectures by Mark Lowe, and a morning series of lectures by Deborah Abbott.  Friday includes an afternoon advanced workshop by Mark Lowe and an evening workshop by Deborah Abbott & Mark Lowe.  Maia's Books will be onsite with their inventory of genealogy publications.

J. Mark Lowe, CG  

J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist.  He is a fulltime professional genealogist, author and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.  


Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years.  He serves as the Course Coordinator for "Research in the South" at IGHR (Samford University), and also directs a Southern course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).  Mark has worked on several genealogical television series, including African American Lives2, Who Do You Think Your Are?, Follow Your Past (Travel Channel), and UnXplained Events.


Deborah A. Abbott, PhD

Dr. Abbott is a genealogist specializing in African American research, methodology, and manuscript collections.  She is an instructor at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, Utah; and in 2014 co-coordinated "Researching African American Families" at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She currently serves as a Trustee of the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society and is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN.  Dr. Abbott is past president of the African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland, Ohio, and a retired Professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College.  She holds both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree in Counseling and Human Development from Kent State University in Ohio.


A Cleveland native, Dr. Abbott is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools and an active member of Antioch Baptist Church. 


Friday Afternoon Workshop: 
Developing a Strategic Research Plan
Compiling Complete Results 

Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG

 Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments.  Learn to get more research done while remaining focused. This will include the movement from basic data collection, evaluation and analysis, to the development of a direction, specific actions, and reporting.

Friday Evening Workshop: 
Talking Details:  Oral History & Genealogy

Presented by Deborah A. Abbott, PhD
and J. Mark Lowe, CG

 Talking with family members will help you to gain additional information.  Learn how to conduct an effective interview, follow-up, and document that information.  Participate in a hands-on learning interview.


Saturday Conference Sessions:  

Write that Source Down

Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG

Did you ever wonder where you found that date for Great Aunt Sally's birth?  Learn the basics of documentation and discover why it can become your most important family research tool.


Pioneers of the Frontier:  Using Online Newspapers (1750-1900) To Find Early Settlers

Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG

See how free and commercial newspaper databases may help you to find early family members.  Learn techniques and tips that will bring you research success.


Is It Really Online?  Finding and using Original Sources at Home or Library

Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG

Take advantage of new online resources while developing your research skills.  Learn about simple techniques that can improve your methodology and accomplishment.


Metes & Bounds:  Finding Land Transactions and Landless Documents (1 1/2 hours)

Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG

Since land is the key in many ancestral discoveries, following the land will often identify the Ancestor and family. Learn how to trace an individual through property records and how to trace a specific property.  Discover trust deed chattels and tax release books that illustrate other ways to resolve issues with these records.


Genealogy 101:  What Do I Do Next:
You Only Have a Death Announcement - Now What?

Presented by Deborah A. Abbott, PhD

This presentation will ask attendees to put on their "CSI" hat and utilize their "detective" skills to solve a genealogical research problem when very little information is known.  Starting with a death announcement, we will look at the methodology of creating a series of questions that need answering in order to bring the subject of the death announcement to life.  Using the clues found in the death announcement, along with a small amount of oral history, we will identify and determine the records needed to solve the unknown.  The importance of carefully analyzing documents, determining where to find them, and understanding how one record can lead to another, will be emphasized.




Email us at Conference@NorthHillsGenealogists.org




NHG Member


Full 2-day event
  after Sept 20



Friday Afternoon Workshop



Friday Evening Workshop



Saturday all-day w/ lunch:



Register on or before Sept  20
  (after Sept 20)




Registration includes buffet lunch and hand-out materials.

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



The EconoLodge Wexford (107 VIP Drive, Wexford PA 15090) is 15 minutes from the conference. Rooms are about $76. Please call the hotel at 724-935-1000.  Home2Suites is a 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.  Quality Inn & Suites North is located on Rt. 8 in Gibsonia, Pa, about 15 minutes from the conference location.  Many other hotel and motel chains have location in Cranberry Township, PA, 15-20 minutes from the conference location.



There are many restaurants in all price ranges within 5-10 minutes of the conference. Adjacent to the location is McCandless Crossing, which provides many opportunities for shopping and dining, so if you're looking for somewhere to eat between lectures on Friday, or for breakfast on Saturday morning or dinner after the conference, there are many choices very close by. Additional information is available at www.McCandlessCrossing.com/directory.html.  A list of area restaurants will be provided during check-in for the Friday workshops, and will also be available at the registration table on Saturday.




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

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5:00 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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