GSP Upcoming Events

 

 

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DECEMBER

 

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Thursday, December 18

Third Thursdays with GSP

 

6:00 - 7:30 pm

at the GSP offices

 

 

Join us each month for community and discussion as we learn about a different genealogy-related subject.

This month's topic will be death certificates. Bring your questions and brick walls, and we'll demo some tricks for searching the Ancestry.com database of Pennsylvania certificates. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Bring your meal or order pizza with us!  RSVP to Kathryn.Manz@genpa.org to let us know you'll be attending.

 


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JANUARY

 

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Thursday, January 15

Third Thursdays with GSP

 

6:00 - 7:30 pm

at the GSP offices

 

 

Join us each month for community and discussion as we learn about a different genealogy-related subject.

This month's topic will be Ancestry.com. Bring your questions and brick walls. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Bring your meal or order pizza with us!  RSVP to Kathryn.Manz@genpa.org to let us know you'll be attending.

 

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Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King

Day of Service

 

GSP will be offering a special one-day volunteering project.

Over the next month, volunteers will be taking photos of headstones at Philadelphia area graveyards.

Sign up to transcribe a group of headstones which will be added to the free Find a Grave database.

Email Kathryn Manz at kathryn.manz@genpa.org to participate and receive your images.

 

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Thursday, January 29

7 - 8:30 pm EST

Join us online for

 

Who Fathered Jacob and William Northamer?

Pennsylvania Tax Records Help Determine Kinship 

 

Records showing the names of parents in the late 1700s and early 1800s in Pennsylvania can be scarce. Have you thought about using tax records to glean indirect evidence to identify your ancestor’s parents? No historical document specifies parentage for Jacob and William Northamer of Chester and Lancaster Counties, and multiple authors of archived manuscripts drew erroneous conclusions.

 

Cathi Desmarais, CG, will present a case study published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly demonstrating how she and Noreen Manzella analyzed and compared tax records to provide evidence of these men’s paternity. Register for the webinar to learn how tax records might help your research.  FREE to GSP members, $10 for non-members.

 


Cathi Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG. A full-time professional genealogist, Cathi is the owner of Stone House Historical Research and the current Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She also serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and coordinates its mentor program. In addition to family history research, Cathi works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases, finding next-of-kin and family DNA donors for MIA soldiers from past wars. She also locates missing or unknown heirs and beneficiaries for law firms and title insurance companies. Her work has given her broad U.S. and international experience, with a particular emphasis on Pennsylvania, Ireland, and Vermont. Cathi’s writing has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Crossroads, The NYG&B Record, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and has attended GRIP, IGHR, NIGR, and Boston University’s Genealogical Writing course. 

 

 

 

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FEBRUARY

 

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Thursday, February 19

Third Thursdays with GSP

 

6:00 - 7:30 pm

at the GSP offices

 

 

Join us each month for community and discussion as we learn about a different genealogy-related subject.

This month's topic will be Find a Grave, with special guest Russ Worthington. Bring your questions and brick walls. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Bring your meal or order pizza with us!  RSVP to Kathryn.Manz@genpa.org to let us know you'll be attending.

 

 

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The Free Library of Philadelphia and GSP will partner

for two "One Book, One Philadelphia" events

 

Sunday, February 22, 2 - 3:30 pm at

Chhaya Cafe, 1823 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA


 

A book group to discuss this year's book, Orphan 18Train

Orphan Train is the compelling story of Vivian, a 91-year-old widow once orphaned as a child, and Molly, a troubled teen who has been shuffled from one unstable foster home to another. The two women develop a bond, with Vivian treasuring her Irish immigrant roots and Molly finding comfort in her ancestral Native American tradition. The novel sheds light on an era when thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest and connects with the importance of heritage and memories in shaping who we are, the value of intergenerational relationships, and the fundamental power of family. The Library Journal calls it, "A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage... With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history."

 

Email Kathryn Manz at kathryn.manz@genpa.org to reserve your spot. The first 10 people to sign up will receive a free copy of the book, compliments of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

 

 

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MARCH

 

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And continuing our "One Book, One Philadelphia" participation

Saturday, March 7 at 2 pm

at the Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA


Uncovering Hidden Stories: How to Capture an Oral History

 

This year's One Book illustrates the power of recording oral histories, and how those conversations can help unlock hidden stories. Come to this workshop facilitated by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (www.genpa.org) and learn interviewing techniques and tips to help discover and preserve unique memories.

This event is free, but space is limited. Please email Kathryn Manz at kathryn.manz@genpa.org to confirm your participation.

 

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Tuesday, March 10

3:00 pm EST

Military Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives

 

Aaron McWilliams, archivist at the State Archives, will present a webinar on the repository's

military collections--learn what's available!

Free to members, $10 to non-members

Registration opens soon.


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Tuesday, March 31
Genealogy 101: Start Your Family History Here

 

6:30 - 8 pm

at the Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia

1935 Shunk Street, Philadelphia

 

Join GSP as we teach you how to begin the process of constructing your family tree. We'll explain various record groups and online sources available, as well as repositories that will help you in your search, as well teach you some beginning methodology.


This course is free, but please email Joyce Homan at execdir@genpa.org to confirm your spot.