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Wednesday, May 25
Pennsylvania Research SIG  (Special Interest Groups)
6:00 pm
Shaler Public Library - 2nd Floor Conference Room
The focus of this group is on research and reseources relating to Pennsylvania roots.
 
More details on this group are available at PENNSYLVANIA RESEARCH SIG



NHG Webinar Series - Bonus Session: Allison DePrey Singleton,
Saturday, June 4
NHG Webinar Series - Bonus Session: Allison DePrey Singleton, "Getting to Know The Genealogy Center"  (Special Events)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Online Zoom meeting - See registration link.
As summer and fall approach this year, there are opportunities to travel to regional repositories for your genealogical research.  The Genealogy Center of Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN has holdings from across the nation and around the world.  Singleton will explain what records and resources are available for both online and in-person research . The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center is the second largest genealogy library in the country with a vast amount of research materials in both physical and digital form. Discover how you can use this wonderful resource from home!
 
ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Click HERE to register for this meeting, after which you will receive an email with the link to use on June 4th to connect to the Zoom meeting.  You will receive a reminder email with the link and handout the day the day before the scheduled webinar.
 
Allison DePrey Singleton, MA, MLS, is a senior librarian in The Genealogy Center of Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In that capacity she provides research consultations, serves on the Center’s programming team, and leads its family history webinars and educational initiatives. Allison presented at the 2020 RootsTech Conference, the 2018 Indiana Genealogical Society Conference, and was slated to speak at the 2020 National Genealogical Society’s Librarians’ Day. As a part of her position at The Genealogy Center, Allison was a Co-Chair of the 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference.  She is also a Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator for the National History Day in Indiana. In addition to her employment activities, Allison is also on the board of the Indiana Genealogical Society and Indiana German Heritage Society.
 
Allison began her genealogy research at the age of sixteen at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Since then she has been focused on the study of genealogy and archives. She traced her ancestors’ paths to Indiana from Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, France, Germany, England, and beyond. While Allison’s specialties include researching in the regions of Indiana, France, and Germany,  social media, the Federal Census, teaching beginners, and genealogy programming, she loves learning new areas of genealogy. She views genealogy as lifelong education and continues to strive to learn more while keeping up with ever-changing technology. The Genealogy Center is found online at https://acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/.
 
                                                                            
 
 
 
 


Saturday, June 4
1950 Census Working Group Introduction  (Meetings)
1:00 pm
Join with other NHG members in an interactive group work session to use Family Search's indexing tools for refining the 1950 Census data for Pennsylvania. We will meet every two weeks on Saturdays.
 
Join Jill Ryan and Elissa Powell and the rest of the North Hills Genealogy Team members indexing the 1950 Census.  This will be a live, virtual webinar zoom working session.  New team members are always welcome, and will be shown how to sign up with FamilySearch and perform the indexing. Drop in any time from 1-2 PM Eastern.  If you are already indexing please become a part of our NHG Team by registering at FamilySearch HERE.   Register for this ZOOM meeting HERE.


Saturday, June 11
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church *AND* Online via Zoom
This month we'll start with a discussion about a recent Genetic Genealogy conference, and then move on to general discussions, and breakouts, trying to answer questions based on the collective experience.  If you have something in particular you'd like to talk about or see discussed, just send an email response to this message at dnasig@NorthHillsGenealogists.org.
 
We're going to hold this as a "hybrid" meeting.  Those wishing to meet in person are welcome to our old stomping grounds at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 5910 Babcock Blvd in Ross Township behind The Block at Northway mall.  Those wishing to attend online will be able to connect via Zoom using the link below.  We will do our best to keep the two groups connected to each other during the meeting.
 
This group is focused on studying the use of DNA testing results as part of Genetic Genealogy research.  The leader of this SIG is Ray Jones, PhD.    Our meetings are held on Saturday afternoons from 2:00-5:00
 
This will be an Hybrid Zoom meeting - click HERE for Zoom registration information. CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE ATTENDING IN PERSON
 
The Special Interest Groups are a North Hills Genealogists Members-Only benefit - you can join NHG here: https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=105
 
This SIG can be contacted at DNASIG @ NorthHillsGenealogists.org with questions or to add your name to the mailing list for future notificationsJoining Meetup.com and subscribing to North Hills Genealogists will allow you to receive automated weekly updates on all of our NHG activities.
 


Thursday, June 16
German SIG Meeting  (Special Interest Groups)
7:00 pm
Zoom Meeting, see registration information below
German research Special Interest Group:  NHG member Fred Held will be coordinating the SIGs activities.  You can email Fred at GermanSIG@NorthHillsGenealogists.org to have him add your name to the mailing list for future notifications.
 
Click HERE to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
The Special Interest Groups are a North Hills Genealogists Members-Only benefit - you can join NHG here: https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=105
 


Saturday, June 18
1950 Census Working Group Introduction  (Meetings)
12:00 pm
Join with other NHG members in an interactive group work session to use Family Search's indexing tools for refining the 1950 Census data for Pennsylvania. We will meet every two weeks at noon on Saturdays.
 
Join Jill Ryan and Elissa Powell and the rest of the North Hills Genealogy Team members indexing the 1950 Census.  This will be a live, virtual webinar zoom working session.  New team members are always welcome, and will be shown how to sign up with FamilySearch and perform the indexing. Drop in any time from noon to 2 PM Eastern.  If you are already indexing please become a part of our NHG Team by registering at FamilySearch HERE.   Register for this ZOOM meeting HERE.


Saturday, June 18
Research Workshop SIG  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Zoom
The Research Workshop SIG enables participants to set aside time for conducting their research in a social setting with the ability to bounce ideas off of the other attendees.    Please preregister below, and be ready to work on your latest research project!  Contact the SIG at ResearchSIG@NorthHillsGenealogists.org with questions or add your name to the mailing list for future notifications
 
Zoom registration : Click HERE
 
The Special Interest Groups are a North Hills Genealogists Members-Only benefit - you can join NHG here: https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=105
 


June Meeting
Monday, June 20
June Meeting  (Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online Zoom meeting - Registration Link Will Be Posted soon
Rebecca Whitman Koford will present "Research Logs: Write It or Regret It!"
 
Why is this such an important topic? Organizing is key to understanding. If you can’t find it, how can you compare and analyze the facts and clues in your ancestor’s life? This presentation introduces three organizational tools and how they can work together to improve your analysis skills and get closer to finding the answers you need.”
 
Our June meeting will be held virtually using Zoom, in conjunction with the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.  
 
Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially those of the War of 1812. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (FGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), RootsTech, webinars for Legacy, APG, and the Maryland State Archives. She has published articles in the NGS MagazineAPG MagazineSAR Magazine, Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, and is co-author of the recently released NGS Research in the States series book on Maryland. She is a graduate and former mentor of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy; and served as the ProGen Administrator from 2015–2020. Rebecca currently works as Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Rebecca is the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) and has been an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is the new Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
 
 



July Meeting
Monday, July 11
July Meeting  (Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online Zoom meeting - Registration Link Will Be Posted Soon
Karen Stanbary will present "Clinical Tips to Manage Uncomfortable Conversations about Surprising DNA Test Results."
 
Our July meeting will be held on July 11th, the second Monday of the month, as opposed to our normally scheduled third Monday of the month, and will be held virtually using Zoom, in conjunction with the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. 
 
Karen, trained in advanced psychotherapy techniques with 30 years of clinical practice, helps people manage negative emotions upon receiving unexpected news.  Karen offers tips to reduce stress and change the outcome of difficult conversations about unexpected DNA results.   The tips are designed to change the cognitive frame from a discussion of rights to a discussion of respect and resiliency. Karen includes recommendations about ethically obtaining informed consent. 
 
Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee, is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at IGHR, and SLIG. She is a faculty member at GRIP. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.


NHG Webinar Series: Diahan Southard,
Saturday, July 23
NHG Webinar Series: Diahan Southard, "Connecting Your DNA Matches"  (Special Events)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Online Zoom meeting - see registration link.
While it is possible for you to analyze your DNA matches one at a time to determine how you are related, there is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, organizing those matches, and then working together to determine how you are related to each other. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.
 
ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Click HERE to register for this meeting, after which you will receive an email with the link to click on July 23rd to connect to the Zoom meeting.  You will receive a reminder email with the link and handout the day the day before the scheduled webinar.
 
Diahan Southard, Founder and CEO - Your DNA Guide, Genetic Genealogy Expert, and Educator   
Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing, one of the world’s most fascinating, dynamic and socially-transformative new hobbies. Nearly 30 million people have taken a DNA test. The numbers keep rising and so do the uses of their data–and questions about that use. As Founder of Your DNA Guide, Diahan teaches internationally, writes for popular magazines, consults with leading testing companies, is author of Your DNA Guide–The Book, and producer of Your DNA Guide–the Academy, an online learning experience. You will walk away from an interaction with Diahan enlightened and motivated, as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.
 
Diahan’s involvement in genetic genealogy began nearly 20 years ago as a bench scientist for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, the world’s first genetic genealogy database. Today, Diahan often weighs in on the compelling–and sometimes competing–ethical, familial, health, and criminal justice implications of consumer DNA testing. She voices the conviction that learning ancestral ethnicity can unite people rather than divide them. She counsels those who learn family secrets to tread carefully but courageously. Diahan seeks to bridge the needs of those who want answers from DNA with those who want privacy. The stories she shares illuminate the human experience of navigating the histories hidden deep within the genomes of individuals, families and societies.
 
While she truly enjoys enlightening minds of genealogists everywhere, Diahan considers her greatest DNA contribution to be her three children. She feels it is a true gift that she can be a stay-at-home mom and a work-from-home business woman. Of course, this would never be possible without the unwavering support of her handsome husband who holds down the fort as she travels and lectures.



August Meeting
Monday, August 15
August Meeting  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Online Zoom meeting - See registration Link
Sierra Green will present "Genealogical Research Opportunities and Limitations in Institutional, Reform School and Orphanage Records at the Heinz History Center."
 
Genealogical researchers have long faced barriers to accessing the historical files of ancestors whose lives intersected with institutions, orphanages, reform schools, and other similar sites. Learn more about the notable research opportunities and limitations that exist within these records at the Heinz History Center. This presentation will address the specific archival collections that fall into these categories and any relevant access restrictions in place. Special focus will be paid to a newly created finding aid and index to the Thorn Hill School for Boys collection, which was generously underwritten by the North Hills Genealogiststs.
 
ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Click HERE to register for this meeting, after which you will receive an email with the link to click on the 16th to connect to the Zoom meeting.  If you wish to simply listen on a phone line, that information will also be in the confirmation email.
 
A native of Adamsville, Pennsylvania, Sierra Green has her master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh. As an archivist at the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives, Sierra is engaged in archival processing and reference services in addition to her work in public and educational programming. Throughout her professional work thus far, Sierra has fostered a deep passion for and interest in archival outreach, engagement, and public awareness. She takes great pleasure in discussing research opportunities with genealogists and family historians. Sierra has spoken to numerous local genealogical societies.   
 
 



September Meeting
Monday, September 19
September Meeting  (Meetings)
7:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting - See Registration LInk
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, will present a "Photo Detective Roadshow." 
 
If you’ve watched Antiques Roadshow, then you know how this works.  It’s a virtual meeting with a show and tell component with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.  Maureen weighs in on your photo mysteries.
 
ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Click HERE to register for this meeting, after which you will receive an email with the link to click on the 19th to connect to the Zoom meeting.  If you wish to simply listen on a phone line, that information will also be in the confirmation email.
 
From identifying mystery images to tackling piles of snapshots, Maureen can help. Maureen has been a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. Maureen has spoken at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, International Jewish Genealogical Conference, National Genealogical Society, New England Regional Genealogical Conference, Palatines to America, RootsTech, and Who Do You Think You Are (Live)

Maureen’s photo and family history research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. She was a guest on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Pawn Stars, and MSNBC. Maureen was a spokesperson and photograph expert for Picasa and MyHeritage.com. NHG is honored to welcome Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, for this free webinar.  
 


NHG Webinar Series - D. Joshua Taylor,
Saturday, September 24
NHG Webinar Series - D. Joshua Taylor, "15 Tools for Tracing Your New York Ancestors Online"  (Special Events)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Online Zoom meeting - See registration link.
New York represents challenges for many genealogists. Go beyond commercial websites to explore private and public websites for tracing your New York ancestors. 
 
ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Click HERE to register for this meeting, after which you will receive an email with the link to click on September 24th to connect to the Zoom meeting. You will receive a reminder email with the link and handout the day before the scheduled webinar.
 
We welcome our speaker, D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA, a nationally known and recognized genealogist. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of family history. Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B), an organization dedicated to preserving the stories of all New Yorkers. Previously, Joshua volunteered in leadership positions for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and other organizations. In 2017, Joshua was named as one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers and in 2022 was named as a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. A popular author and speaker, Joshua has been a coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and is the recipient of RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award.
 
He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? and can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.
 



NHG Webinar Series: Katherine R. Willson Presents
Friday, November 11
NHG Webinar Series: Katherine R. Willson Presents "Preserving Veterans' Voices"  (Special Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Zoom meeting - see registration link.
This webinar, held at a special time on Veterans' Day 2022, will present ideas to honor the memory of your military ancestors and all veterans. This step-by-step tutorial assists individuals and organizations in creating a collaborative community project to record local veterans’ stories before it’s too late. This community-wide project brings together diverse groups, using the unique resources and skills of youth groups, scouting chapters, genealogical & historical societies, libraries & museums, educational institutions, and more. 
 
ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Click HERE to register for this meeting, after which you will receive an email with the link to click on November 11th to connect to the Zoom meeting.  You will receive a reminder email with the link and handout the day the day before the scheduled webinar.
 
Katherine R. Willson of Dexter, Michigan is an engaging & dynamic genealogy lecturer at local, regional, and national conferences; an educator teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogy classes in Michigan since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan (published in 2018 by The In-Depth Genealogist), and a professional researcher for private clients. Her passion for genealogy combined with practical and creative strategies keeps Katherine’s audience fully engaged and actively participating in her energetic and entertaining presentations. Participants leave with the tools necessary to do their own research, as well as the inspiration to do it!