Programs and Events

August 2022

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Unburying Funeral Home Records

Zoom event with Michael John Neill

Thursday, August 18, 2022 – 7 p.m. EDT

Free to all

Members may access recording for 60 days

Registration and more information

“Unburying Funeral Home Records” is a discussion of the records typically kept by funeral homes, determining if the home is still in existence, and locating where the records of the home may be presently located. Some funeral home records have been donated to private or public archives, historical/genealogical societies, etc. As private records, these materials are not necessarily available to anyone who wants to see them just because their relative’s name is contained in these records.

September 2022

The Scotch-Irish from Pennsylvania through Virginia and the Carolinas

Zoom event with Vic Dunn

Thursday, September 15, 2022 – 7 p.m. EDT

Free to all

Members may access recording for 60 days

Registration and more information

After settling in Pennsylvania in the early eighteenth century, these elusive ancestors began migrating southward into Virginia and the Carolinas. Focus is on the migration from Pennsylvania and later directly from Ireland to Virginia.  Migration out of Virginia is also discussed as are settlement patterns throughout the Valley and Southside Virginia.  While methods of locating land owing ancestors are discussed, much focus is placed on identifying non-land-owning ancestors through court records and manuscript sources.

October and November 2022

Where Did Your Ancestor Live? Researching and Platting Land in Pennsylvania

Zoom event with Kimberly Powell

Part 1- Thursday, October 20, 2022 – 7 p.m. EDT and Part 2- Thursday, November 12, 2022- 7 p.m. EDT

Free to all

Members may access recording for 60 days

Registration coming soon

Land records are an often-overlooked source for unlocking answers to many of our family history questions. Part One of this two-part series offers an introduction to finding and using Pennsylvania deed records, including the types of deeds you may encounter and how to interpret them, where to find deed records online in Pennsylvania, how to navigate some of the trickier indexing systems used in various PA counties, and tips for tracking land in and out of your ancestor’s possession. Part Two digs into the fun of land platting—how to read a legal land description, how to turn that into a plat, and some short case studies of how land platting can help to answer genealogical research questions.

December 2022

What’s New at FamilySearch and the Family History Library

Zoom event with David Rencher

Thursday, December 15, 2022 – 7 p.m. EDT

Free to all

Members may access recording for 60 days

Registration coming soon

Learn what’s happened at the Family History Library during the closure for the pandemic and what you can expect now that it’s reopened, and you can research again. Also, learn the latest features to the FamilySearch website and the exciting online collections.

More 2022 Events

Special EventSep 7– Richard K. Miller “The Why and How of Keeping a Research Log” This includes a description of Goldie May features.

Webinar Recordings

Using Evernote to Capture Notes and Ideas

Online Zoom event with Drew Smith

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – 7 p.m. Eastern Time

Members only. Please login to view the recorded presentation. Available until September 19, 2022.

Your Ancestral Methodists: Different Flavors and Available Records

Online Zoom event with David R. Grinnell

Thursday, June 16, 2022 – 7p.m. Eastern Time

Members only. Please login to view the recorded presentation. Available until August 15, 2022.

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

Become a GSP member


Past events

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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