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Spring 2017 Genealogy Conference

North Hills Genealogists

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Spring 2017 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
Mar 25, 2017 $105.00 $6.77
2-Day Full Conference: non-member price
Both Friday Workshops and all-day Saturday conference
Mar 25, 2017 $115.00 $7.32
Saturday (North Hills Genealogists member price) Mar 25, 2017 $65.00 $4.57
Saturday (Non-NHG member price) Mar 25, 2017 $75.00 $5.12
Friday Evening Workshop
"An Archivist's Guide to Preserving Your Family Archives" Presented by Sierra Green, MLIS 6:30-8:30PM, registration begins at 6:00
Mar 24, 2017 $20.00 $2.09
Friday Afternoon Workshop
"Overcoming Research Barriers and Record Shortages" Presented by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS 1:30-4:30, registration at 1:00
Mar 24, 2017 $30.00 $2.64
Friday Deli Buffet Dinner (5-6 pm) Mar 24, 2017 $15.00 $1.82
North Hills Genealogists 1 yr membership
1 Year membership through 31-July-2017
Mar 25, 2017 $15.00 $1.82

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Event Details

March 24 & 25, 2017

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Sierra Green

Our Spring 2016 Genealogy Conference is on Saturday March 25th, with workshops on Friday March 24th.  Saturday's offerings include four lectures by Thomas W. Jones, while Friday includes an afternoon  workshop by Thomas W. Jones and an evening workshop by Sierra Green.  Maia's Books will be onsite with their inventory of genealogy publications.

Thomas W. Jones has edited theNational Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, a popular textbook on genealogical assessment and reasoning. He has been tracing his family history since 1963. Tom is a recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists 2011 Professional Achievement Award and its 2004 Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit. Retired from a career in higher education, he is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He coordinates courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research.  Tom writes and speaks frequently on genealogical methods with broad application across geographic areas, time periods, and levels of expertise.


Sierra Green, a native of Adamsville, PA, completed her Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management at the University of Pittsburgh. As an archivist at the Heinz History Center's Detre Library & Archives, Sierra is engaged in archival processing and reference services in addition to her work in public and educational programming. Throughout her graduate and professional work, Sierra has fostered a deep passion for and interest in archival outreach, engagement, and public awareness. She takes great pleasure in discussing the professional tenets of archival arrangement, description, and preservation with genealogists and family historians through the lens of their personal family collections.

F R I D A Y   W O R K S H O P S

Afternoon Workshop:
Overcoming Research Barriers and Record Shortages
Presented by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNG
 This workshop will allow you to practice techniques that the professionals use to work around record shortages and overcome research barriers through research planning and execution.

Evening Workshop:
An Archivist's Guide to Preserving Your Family Archives
Presented by Sierra Green, MLIS
 SierraGreen, an archivist from the Heinz History Center’s Detre Library &Archives, will provide tips and guidance on preserving your family archives. Hands-on activities will illustrate real-world examples on approaches to preserving the original records and genealogical researchfiles that help tell your family’s story. Workshop activities will guide visitors through identification, organization, and storage of records to ensure proper care for materials now and for future generations. 


S A T U R D A Y    C O N F E R E N C E    S E S S I O N S


Solving Problems with Original Records
 Using case studies, this session will illustrate nine categories of records with skimpy microfilm coverage, explain three reasons genealogical researchers  need original sources, and demonstrate strategies that attendees can use for locating original records and applying them to their family histories.
Missing Something? Getting the Most out of Genealogical Evidence
Attendees will learn five ways to get more information from the genealogical sources they use: paying attention to all of the evidence in the sources; examining each source’s context; using an entire series; paying better attention to what is not in the source (using negative evidence); and combining sources to build a case.
Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through
Genealogical Brick Walls
A case study set in the early 1800s demonstrates methodology for using autosomal DNA test results to help solve longstanding genealogical problems.
Finding “ Unfindable” Ancestors
The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult to trace ancestors.
W R A P - U P   S E S S I O N
The Fall Conference will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions during a discussion moderated by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL.


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 C O S T S

  NHG Member Non-Member
Full 2-Day package:    
Until Feb 21: (Does not include Friday Buffet Dinner)
After Feb 21: (Does not include Friday Buffet Dinner)
A la Carte:    
Saturday Conference, with buffet lunch (until Feb 21) $55 $65
Saturday Conference, with buffet lunch (after Feb 21) $65 $75
Friday Afternoon Workshop $30 $30
Friday Deli Buffet Dinner $15 $15
Friday Evening Workshop $20 $20

Friday afternoon workshop registration begins at 1:00pm, evening workshop registration begins at 6:00pm, with an optional (extra charge) deli buffet dinner between the two.

Saturday registration includes buffet lunch and hand-out materials.  Registration begins at 8:00am, first session begins at 9:00 am.  Final session is a Question & Answer session.

DIRECTIONS to The Columbian Room (Wexford Knights of Columbus)
250 Swinderman Road, Wexford, PA  15090
I79 to Rt 910 East (Wexford), to Rt 19 North; or Rt 19 North past Rt 910 intersection. Turn toward Sheetz/Giant Eagle at next light, then immediate left onto Swinderman Road.
The Hampton (Franklin Park) and EconoLodge (Wexford) are each 10 minutes from the conference.  Home2Suites is a new Hilton property about 15 minutes from the conference location, with rooms in the $130 range. Their number is 412-630-8400.  There are numerous hotel properties in Cranberry Township, close to the I76 Turnpike exit at I-79, 10 minutes north of the conference.
There will be a number of door prizes awarded during drawings at the lunchtime break. 




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Columbia Room
250 Swinderman Road
Wexford, PA 15090

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, March 25, 2017 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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