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Day of The Dead: Exploring the Documents of Death

"Day of The Dead: Exploring the Documents of Death" is a program dedicated to learning more about the customary records created around death. This is an all day program scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 10 AM until 4 PM. The program will be held at Christ Church Neighborhood House, Great Hall, located on 2nd Street, above Market, in the Old City area of Philadelphia.



Saturday, November 3, 2012

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Christ Church Neighborhood House, Great Hall

2nd Street above Market, Old City Philadelphia


Death is a part of life.

As genealogists we seek the customary records created by the deaths of our ancestors

to gain knowledge of previous generations.

This program is designed to help family historians better understand these record collections, and GSP is pleased to welcome the following speakers to Philadelphia for this daylong event:




"The Dead and the Dying: Funeral Homes, Obituaries, and Cemeteries" – We will discuss traditions surrounding death, cemetery iconography, and alternate sources to death certificates to find death information and where to look for them.  We will find online and offline cemetery indexes, and discuss how to visit and record headstones.


MICHAEL HAIT, CG(SM) presenting:

“‘Of Sound Mind and Body’: Using Probate Records in Your Research” - This lecture discusses the process associated with the administration of testate and intestate estates. Example documents illustrate the various and detailed information that probate records can hold about our ancestors, their daily lives, and family relationships.


MARY K. MANNIX, MA, MLS, Frederick Co. MD Public Libraries presenting:

“Thinking About Your Stuff: Estate Planning for Genealogists” – Wonder what happened to that family bible?  How about the graduation photographs of your grandmother?  As a genealogist you’ve probably spent long hours wondering where the “stuff” belonging to your ancestors went. Not just the fun stuff but all the other stuff that provides documentation you are missing. What will happen to your stuff when you die?  When you have joined your ancestors will your descendants know where to look for your photographs, the family artifacts in your care, and the results of your research?  It is never too early to start planning about where everything will go, and time to start thinking about your stuff.


GERALD “JERRY” SMITH, CG(SM) presenting:

"Obituaries: From Humor to Horror" is an entertaining and educational discussion of the uses of obituaries and death notices for genealogical research. Discussion includes evidence, leads, and analysis of obituaries; Knowing and finding newspapers and other sources; citing obituaries; finding aids and searching; pitfalls and "gotchas"; searching on the web; finding aids for death dates and obituaries. Examples of horrific and humorous obituaries throughout.

November 3rd, 2012 10:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
GSP Member $ 35.00
Non-GSP Member $ 40.00