Topics for Presentations

Part of the mission of GSP  is to provide training and education to the general public as well as to individuals already involved in family history research.  We are available to partner with local libraries and archives to present workshops, programs and lectures at your facility. There is a fee for lectures ($150 for lecture and Q&A). Currently, we are offering a special spring 2019 option – schedule/host a lecture at your facility at the full fee of $150 and then pick another lecture which we will subsequently provide free of charge at your facility.

We also host programs and lectures at our own facility for small groups.  We also host much larger events such as our all day Irish Research Conference with speakers from The Ulster Historical Foundation.

If you would like to plan an event with us or need further information about The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,  contact -Carol Sheaffer, president@genpa.org or call 267.686.2296.

Following are some of the topics available, some more advanced than others.  Let us know if you have a special request.

  • Genealogy – Get Ready, Get Started, Get Going  (An Introduction)
  • The Internet – Finding What you Really Want to Find
  • Organizing your Research
  • Who Am I ?     Introduction to Genealogy for Middle  School Students Emphasizes collection of family stories, use of DNA and how to find
    information about ancestors online and in libraries and archives
  • Would I Lie to You? (focus on data that leads research in the wrong direction)
  • Research Tools: High Tech/Low Tech
  • Female Ancestors
  • First Families of GSP  –  Joining
  • Intro to DNA for Genealogists – Basic/introductory
  • Intermediate DNA – how to use results
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Online Military Records

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An introduction to family research. We talk about reasons for researching one’s Family, steps to begin. What kind of records are available with examples. Lastly where to find those records.  We emphasize using family group records and pedigree charts to enter data manually or via software to help you know what you still need to find and plan research trips. We also emphasize making working copies of documents and keeping originals safe.

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