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Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad

A conference dedicated to the immigration and ethnic heritage of our Northeast Pennsylvania ancestors. A full day of sessions on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 will be held at the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center in Nanticoke, PA from 8 AM until 3:30 PM. Lectures will feature well known genealogy speakers, representatives of the U.S. National Archives, the PA State Archives and local Luzerne County repositories. We will learn about traditional and online immigration resources, discover the history of the early inhabitants of NE Pennsylvania, discuss individual ethnic groups, why they immigrated to the NE Pennsylvania region and learn about research resources in their countries of origin.

 

 

 

THE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

AND

 

THE NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

 

 

ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT A FAMILY HISTORY EVENT

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

 

 

FINDING OUR ANCESTORS AT HOME AND ABROAD

 

to be held at the

Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center

Nanticoke PA

 

8:00 AM- 3:30 PM

 

 

 

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Vendor/Exhibitor Registration & Table Set-up  

 

 

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration for Seminar Attendees (at Reception Desk) 

Continental Breakfast

 

 

Living Library Lounge Open

Check out our surname board, Ask Tom, and network with our speakers and fellow genealogy researchers.

Roseann Kebles, NEPGS Board Member

Michael Krasulski, GSP Board Member

Thomas Mooney, M.A., Genealogy Columnist for the Times Leader

 

 

Resource Tables Open

Talk to service providers to obtain genealogical resources and help in searching for your ancestors. 

 

 

8:45AM – 9:00 AM           

Family History Seminar Welcome Message – NEPGS President, Alan Drust & GSP President, Carol Sheaffer, M.D.

 

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session I - “Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future” – Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., Writer, Lecturer, Genealogist This lecture will cover: How to identify chain migrations/cluster communities using key records; ways to share and collaborate with other researchers, and the benefits, pitfalls, and obstacles associated with a shift to “virtual” cluster communities; and how to use tools such as social networking sites, wikis, etc. to build online genealogical communities.

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break - Resource Tables & Living Library Lounge Open

 

 

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Session II“By Land or By Sea” - Patrick Connelly, M.A., Archives Director, National Archives, New York City. Mr. Connelly will discuss the various methods our ancestors used to immigrate to the Luzerne County region whether over water or over land. He will also discuss the many traditional and online resources where U.S. National Archives immigrant record collections can be located, and how to get the most out of them for your research.

 

 

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Buffet Luncheon – Resource Tables & Living Library Lounge Open

 

 

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Session III – Concurrent Sessions (Select one)

A. “Crossing the Pond: Successful Strategies for Researching Eastern European Ancestors” – Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., Writer, Lecturer, Genealogist Traditional methods and online resources for tracking Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Rusyn, Slovak, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European ancestors both in the U.S. and the old country will be discussed, as well as techniques for overcoming some of the most common obstacles and problems faced during the research process.

 

 

B. “Exiles from Erin: Finding Your Immigrant Irish Ancestors ”  - Patrick Connelly, M.A., Archives Director, National Archives, New York City  This session focuses on the Irish who settled in the NE Pennsylvania region, the predominant counties in Ireland from where they originated, and what resources are currently available to help make your connections with Eire.

 

 

C. "The Seventeen Townships: Records of Connecticut Claimants at the Pennsylvania State Archives"  - Aaron McWilliams, B.S., B.A., Reference Archivist, PA State Archives, Harrisburg, PA Mr. McWilliams will discuss the Connecticut Claims records housed in Record Group 17 - Records of the Land Office at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He will cover the jurisdictional dispute and the records associated with the settlement of competing land claims in the Northeast.

 

 

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Break - Resource Tables & Living Library Lounge Open

 

 

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Session IV – Concurrent Sessions (Select one)

D. “Contrasting German Migrations: 18th Century vs. 19th Century Waves” – James M. Beidler, B.A., Free-lance Genealogy Lecturer, Writer, Researcher and Columnist. The 1700s “Pennsylvania Germans” were a different breed than the “German Americans” who immigrated in the 1800s. This presentation shows the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations of the two great waves. Included will be special focuses on using church records and hunting down villages of origin.

 

 

E. “Immigrant Settlement Patterns in Luzerne County” – Anthony T.P. Brooks, Director, Luzerne County Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre, PA. This presentation will focus on immigrants from Germany, Wales, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and Lebanon and examine the neighborhoods and communities in which they settled.  Local resources helpful in finding these ancestors will be identified.

 

 

F. “Back to School: Genealogy Research at College & University Archives” – Jessica Reeder, M.S., Archivist, Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. College and University Archives are often great sources of information, not only for the students who attended or the professors who teach, but also for the local community and special collections. This session will explore the common resources in college and university archives that are great for genealogical research; how to locate those resources; how to get your hands on the materials.

 

3:30 PM     Adjournment/Submit Evaluation Forms

 

 

Directions

Luzerne County Community College

Educational Conference Center Building 10

1333 South Prospect Street

Nanticoke, PA 18634-3899

1-800-377-5222 ext. 7602

 

Traveling from I-476N:  Take PA-115N exit 105 toward Wilkes-Barre.   Take the first left onto Bear Creek Blvd. / PA-115N.  PA-115N becomes PA-309N.  Take the PA 315N exit 1, toward PA-209-BR S/I-8i S.  Merge onto PA 315 S. Merge onto PA-309S via the ramp on the left toward I-81.  Merge onto I-81-S.  At exit 164 follow directions below:

 

Traveling from Interstate 81 Exit 164:  Merge onto PA-29N toward US-11.  Take exit 2 toward Alden.  Turn left onto S. Main St...  So. Main St. becomes Middle Rd.  Turn right onto S. Prospect St. (Third entrance to LCCC from Middle Rd).  Conference Center is on the right.

 

Traveling from center city Wilkes-Barre: Go south on So. Main St.  It becomes Middle Rd.  Turn right onto S. Prospect St.  (Third entrance to LCCC from Middle Rd)  Conference Center is on the right.

 

From South Cross Valley Expressway: Take exit 2 toward Alden.  Turn right onto S. Main St...  So. Main St. becomes Middle Rd.  Go two miles and turn right onto S. Prospect St. (Third entrance to LCCC from Middle Rd).  Conference Center is on the right.

 

 

 

REGISTRATION*:

 

MARCH 2ND TO APRIL 11TH - $55.00

 

 

*Registration fee includes seminar, handouts, continental breakfast and deli buffet luncheon.

 

 

Overnight Accommodations

 

GSP has reserved a block of rooms at Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes-Barre Twp.  for April 19th at conference rate $109.  

The Hilton Garden Inn in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Refer to code GEN when you call or book online!

 

 

For other hotels closest to Luzerne County Community College, see the following website: http://www.luzerne.edu/workforce/ecc/accommodations.jsp  . Many have LCCC Guest Rates available, inquire when booking.

 


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PLEASE NOTE: To allow for adequate room space organizers need to know which of the afternoon Concurrent Sessions you are interested in attending. Please indicate your choices below based on the above descriptions of Concurrent Session workshops. Thank You!

 

 

 

April 20th, 2013 8:00 AM   through   3:30 PM
Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634-3899
United States
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions A and D $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions A and E $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions A and F $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions B and D $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions B and E $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions B and F $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions C and D $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions C and E $ 55.00
Registration (March 2nd to April 11th) - Sessions C and F $ 55.00