Meeting Handouts

Handouts for many of our meetings are available for download by NHG members after logging into the website and clicking on "NHG LIBRARY" in the left-hand menu.  If you need assistance logging in please send an email to

Spring 2021 Conference: March 20th

We are excited to announce our Spring 2021 conference, featuring Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM,  speaking on a variety topics on March 20th.  We will be holding this conference online using Zoom. 
More details HERE                  Online registration HERE.  

NHG Virtual Research Lock-in

This free, members-only, special event will be held on Saturday, 7 November 2020 co-hosted by Amy Arner and Sue Ennis,  using Zoom from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  Arner and Ennis will each present a 10-12 minute lesson focusing on the efficient use of FamilySearch and Ancestry for genealogical research.  The remaining time will be for participants to work individually to research their own family, using Northland Library’s Ancestry Library Edition (or your own Ancestry account) and FamilySearch. NHG volunteers and the speakers will be present in the Zoom meeting to work with participants to strategically resolve research questions.

Register HERE for this meeting.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

DNA SIG on Nov 7th

The Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group will meet at 2:00pm on Nov 7th via Zoom. We will start with a discussion led by Rob Boston about a genetic genealogy problem he is working on:  "WATO for Brick Wall Cases".  Then we will move into informal groups to discuss our work and to help each other with ideas. Click HERE to register for this Zoom meeting.

November Meeting: Round-Table

November 16th will be our Fall Round Table Discussion, which has always been a very successful meeting of information, guidance, and cousin-finding. Join us for an evening of sharing questions, answers, and helpful hints among all attendees. You can pose your own questions or just sit back and listen. Remember, no question is too basic or obscure. Bring a notepad and pen to capture this terrific information exchange! 
This time we're ZOOMING the round-table discussion!  Using the breakout room feature of Zoom, we will split up into virtual round-tables and use Zoom to share just like we would in person.  This is a terrific opportunity to stay connected with the rest of your genealogy world during the current restrictions.
To register for this meeting CLICK  HERE; you will receive an email confirmation with the link to use on the 16th to join the Zoom meeting.

January 2021 Meeting Information

Rick Crume, will present "Tree-Keeping" at 7:00 PM. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. You can register for this meeting HERE.
If you’re very serious about genealogy, you need tools to help you record names, dates, places, relationships and sources, not to mention family stories and photographs. You’ll also want to take advantage of huge collections of online records and family trees and share your family history online. Genealogy software, an online tree or a combination of the two can help you accomplish those tasks. Rick will compare the most popular options, including RootsMagic and Family Maker software, Ancestry Member Trees and the FamilySearch Family Tree. He’ll also describe how you can synchronize your family trees on your computer, mobile devices and online family trees. 
Please note that the handout will be distributed during the meeting.
Full details are available HERE.

Northland Library @ Home **EXTENDED**

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.  BREAKING NEWS!  Ancestry Remote access has been extended through the end of September.

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..
                  Join or renew online                         Download a membership form

August 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! DOWNLOAD HERE

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.

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.

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. 

"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.

Fall 2020 Conference with Blaine Bettinger
Saturday - 10/31/2020
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 are on our online registration page at  Details about the presentations and a registration brochure will be posted on this website in ...
NHG Virtual Research Lock-in
Saturday - 11/07/2020
To replace 2020’s cancelled Northland Library lock-ins and the four NHG workshops for novice researchers, there will be a free, members-only special event on Saturday, 7 November 2020 co-hosted by Amy Arner and Sue Ennis.  The NHG Virtual Research Lock-in will be held using Zoom from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  Arner ...
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group (ZOOM Meeting)
Saturday - 11/07/2020
**THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE ZOOM MEETING, CONNECTION INFORMATION IS BELOW**    We will start with a discussion led by Rob Boston about a genetic genealogy problem he is working on: "WATO for Brick Wall Cases."   "WATO" = What Are The Odds, a usefull online genetic genealogy analysis tool. Afterwards we will ...