Programs and Events

February 2023

Registration and more information

Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research

Zoom event with Lisa Alzo

Thursday, February 16, 2023 – 7 p.m. EDT

Free to all

Members may access recording for 60 days

Registration and more information

Coroners got involved in all types of unexplained deaths from drug overdoses to drownings, mishaps to murders, making their records an excellent resource to research for details about an ancestor’s untimely death. This presentation will cover where to find coroner’s records and how to mine them for genealogy research clues.

Special Interest Group: Genealogists Helping Genealogists

In-person round table discussion group

Saturday, February 25, 2023 – 10 a.m – 12 p.m.

GSP members- free; Non-members- $5

Location: GSP 2100 Byberry Rd., Suite 111, Philadelphia

Space is limited. Email to reserve.

This Special Interest Group is usually held on the Second Saturday of the month in the society’s library, but due to the winter conference, it will be on the fourth Saturday for the month of February.

The SIG will have a roundtable format, starting with a “tip of the month” (a 5- to 10-minute presentation on an investigative tool), after which the meeting then will be opened for discussion on individual genealogical questions.

All skill levels are welcome. This will be an in-person only meeting with the aim of furthering individual research. If you have any genealogy research questions; looking for help trying to break through your brick wall; or just want to meet up with fellow genealogists, come join us.

Webinar Recordings

Beyond the Usual Suspects: Genealogy Resources at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Zoom event with Katy Bodenhorn Barnes

Thursday, January 19, 2023 – 7 p.m. EDT

Members only. Please login to view the recorded presentation. Webinar is available until March 20, 2023.

What’s New at FamilySearch and the Family History Library

Online Zoom event presented by David Rencher

Thursday, December 15, 2022 – 7 p.m.

Members only. Please login to view the recorded presentation. Webinar is available until 12 Feb. 2023.

GSP Annual Business Meeting 2022

Election of officers and directors as well as a “State of the Society” report.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – 1p.m. Eastern Time

Members only. Please login to view recorded presentation.

Special Event: How to Navigate the Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources 

Online Zoom event presented by PA State Archives archivist Aaron McWilliams

Monday, December 6, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 

Members only. Please login to view presentation recording 

GSP Annual Business Meeting

Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Members only – view recorded presentation

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Past events

December 10, 2022- Fall seminar “Germans! Germans! Germans!” with James Beidler. The recording is available to all registrants until Feb. 8, 2023. If you registered and did not receive a link with passcode, please email us at

December 1, 2022- Special Event- “Researching Genealogy at the Free Library of Philadelphia” with the Free Library of Philadelphia

October 20 & November 17, 2022- “Where Did Your Ancestor Live? Researching and Platting Land in Pennsylvania” with Kimberly Powell

September 15, 2022- “The Scotch-Irish from Pennsylvania through Virginia and the Carolinas” with Vic Dunn

September 7, 2022- “The Why and How of Keeping a Research Log” with Goldie May’s Richard K. Miller

August 18, 2022- “Unburying Funeral Home Records” with Michael John Neill

July 21, 2022- “Using Evernote to Capture Notes and Ideas” with Drew Smith

June 16, 2022- “Your Ancestral Methodists: Different Flavors and Available Records” with David Grinnell

May 19, 2022- “Using African American Newspapers to Find Your Pennsylvania Ancestors and More” with Tim Pinnick

May 7-8, 2022- Spring 2022 Conference: “Researching Your Eastern European Ancestors” with Lisa Alzo, Joseph Everett, Michelle Tucker Chubenko and Emily Garber

Apr. 21, 2022- “From German to English and Back! You Know More German Than You Think You Do!” with Ken Weaver

Mar. 17, 2022- “Happy Days! Find Your Family in the U.S. Census” with Beth Finch McCarthy

Feb. 19, 2022- Winter 2022 Conference: “Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors” with the Ulster Historical Foundation

Feb. 17, 2022 – “Vital Records of Pennsylvania 1852 to Today” with Denys Allen

Jan. 20, 2022- “DNA Ethnicity in 2022: More Inclusive, Specific, Accurate and Meaningful” with Diahan Southard

Dec. 16, 2021- “Becoming a Probate Detective: Rejoicing in the Probate Files of Our Ancestors” with Dawn King Carson

Dec. 6, 2021- “How to Navigate the Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources” with Aaron McWilliams

Nov. 19, 2021- “Ten Cemeteries Tour in Fishtown” In-person event led by Ken Milano

Nov. 17, 2021- “Find Your Roots in Naturalization Records” with Stephen Szabados

Nov.5, 2021- “Penn Treaty Tour” In-person event led by Ken Milano and staff at the Penn Treaty Museum

Directions: Coming from the Roosevelt Blvd we are the first driveway on the left,  after WaWa,  GSP is listed on the property sign on the bottom row.  The entrance is across from the Gazebo and you ring the bell to the right of Gen of PA to be buzzed in.

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