August Meeting: Using DNA & Traditional Research

Our August meeting will be on the 17th via Zoom online meetings.  Ray Jones, PhD, our NHG DNA SIG leader and Pitt professor, will speak on "Keeping Up with the Joneses: Exploring a Family using both DNA Evidence and Traditional Research" Since Jones is a very common surname, having both a paper trail and DNA evidence that supports that research is especially helpful. Dr. Jones will give us some examples from his own family research.
Please register in advance HERE.  You will receive a confirmation email from "NorthHills Genealogists" that contains the link you will use to join the meeting on the 17th.  

Fall 2020 Conference: October 31

We are excited to announce our Fall 2020 conference, featuring Blaine Bettinger speaking on a variety of DNA-related topics on October 31st.  We will be holding this conference online using Zoom.  More details about the presentations and registration will be posted on this website in the near future.

It's Membership Renewal Time !

Your annual (August 2020 - July 2021) membership includes our monthly newsletter and discounts on our annual conferences, as well as special content on our website that is Members-Only.  Full details on benefits are in ABOUT US on the menu..
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July Edition of Ancestry Society News

The latest edition of Ancestry Society News is now available in the NHG LIBRARY tab on the menu to the left.  Lots of great info for users of Ancestry's various products and services!

Special Interest Groups

NHG has organized geographic Special Interest Groups for: British Isles, Eastern Europe, and Pennsylvania.  We also have Interest Groups focused on Writing Your Family Story, and on DNA & Genetic Genealogy.  Please click on Special Interest Groups along the left of this page for details and meeting times and locations. These groups meet outside of the regular North Hills Genealogists meetings, and focus on their specific areas of interest. 

Beginner's Packet Now Available to NHG Members

Be sure to visit the "NHG LIBRARY" area when you login - the latest edition of the Genealogical Beginner's Packet is available for download by all NHG members.

Northland Library @ Home

Many of the Northland Library's online resources are available to you at home, including the Ancestry Library Edition.  Check HERE for a full list of what is available through the Allegheny County libraries.

DNA Bootcamp - Online Course for Members

North Hills Genealogists is pleased to provide this series of training from Hi-Def Genealogy as a no-charge benifit to its members. Presented by Mary Eberle and produced by Thomas MacEntee, we believe that you will find this instruction useful and informative in learning the details of Genetic Genealogy and using DNA tests as part of your family history research.  These videos can be watched at any time, as often as you like.  For more details click HERE.

Radio Interview with Amy & Elissa

Amy Arner and Elissa Scalise Powell were recently interviewed by Jonny Hartwell from 3WS radio about our upcoming Spring Conference, as well as the other activities of NHG and genealogy research in general.  Click HERE to listen. at Northland Library

If you have New England ancestors, then the resources available from are invaluable.  Visitors to Northland Public Library now have access to these databases and other holdings of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, along with the many other genealogy databases already available.  You can use the Northland computers, or bring your own and connect via their WiFi.

Northland Public Library Genealogy Books

Click HERE to view information on Northland's genealogy collection.

We've Moved!

The North Hills Genealogists has moved its monthly meetings to a larger facility capable of handling our continuing growth.  The Kearns Spirituality Center (MAP) is on the campus of the Sisters of Divine Providence, adjacent to the campus of La Roche University, less than 10 minutes away from Northland Library.   Our meetings are now being held on the third Monday of each month. DRIVING DIRECTIONS On Babcock Blvd between Duncan and Cumberland turn at the Providence Blvd traffic light towards the campus.  At the third stop sign turn left, then at the second stop sign turn into the parking lot.  Follow "Family History" signs and parking lot attendant's directions to entrance.

NHG In The News - KDKA "Pittsburgh Live"

Watch Rich Venezia and our 2019 conference speaker Blaine Bettinger on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live!
Click on "In The News" on the left menu to view or listen to past interviews.

"Share A Website"

A new feature in our "LINKS" section is Member Suggested Websites. These are links shared by NHG members.  These are websites that members have found to be helpful in their family research.  Cards are available at the monthly NHG meetings for submitting sites to be added to this part of our website.  Click HERE to go directly to these links.

Keeping Up with the Joneses: Exploring a Family using both DNA Evidence and Traditional Research
Monday - 08/17/2020
Since Jones is a very common surname, having both a paper trail and DNA evidence that supports that research is especially helpful. Dr. Jones will give us some examples from his own family research.   Click HERE to register for this meeting. After registering you will receive an email from Zoom with the link ...
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group (ZOOM Meeting)
Saturday - 08/22/2020
**THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE ZOOM MEETING, CONNECTION INFORMATION IS BELOW**    Checking Back in on Our Summer 2020 Genetic Genealogy Research   After a month off this summer, it will be good to reconnect and talk about what we have been working on in our family history research.  ...
Military Men, Pacifists and the Women They Loved: Tracking Down the Revolutionary War Generation
Monday - 09/21/2020
Maureen Taylor will speak on tales of bravery, love, loss and financial hardship are chronicled in the lives of the Revolutionary War generation. Learn about the detective work involved in uncovering and verifying these “misplaced” pictures of these survivors and their life stories. ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Click HERE to register for this ...