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Tuesday, March 19
Organizing Family Trees: Reunion and RootsMagic Genealogy Software Programs as Tools  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Ever wonder if there is a better way to organize and work with your family history information? Want to share information with your family but are concerned about privacy? Using genealogy software to preserve your research is the best way to keep notes, add media, include citations, and produce a variety of reports. Our two presenters will show you the inner workings of their favorite tools, demonstrating Reunion and RootsMagic programs while discussing the benefits of using software to maintain your genealogy.
 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EITHER IN-PERSON OR ON-LINE ATTENDANCE.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
Susan Ennis is an educator, editor, and librarian who has been researching her roots since 1989. Her specialties include methodology, writing, and editing. Susan currently leads genealogy workshops at three local libraries. She is the newsletter co-editor for the North Hills Genealogists and serves as president and newsletter editor for the Cranberry Genealogy Club. She is also a member of APG, ALA, AASL, and PSLA and has achieved editorial credit on four published books.
 
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, the charter NHG president, is co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), past-president of three societies, an instructor for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR), and coordinator of the IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course in Athens, Georgia. She was an instructor and creator of part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course. She was awarded the 2017 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Achievement Award.
 
 


Friday, March 22
Genetic Genealogy: Fundamentals and Introduction to Y-DNA Tests  (Conference)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Columbian Room 250 Swinderman Road · Wexford, PA
Fundamentals of Genetic Genealogy,Presented by Ray Jones, PhD.
Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry, Presented by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD

1:00 Registration
1:30 - 4:30 Workshop

Fundamentals of Genetic Genealogy
Presented by Ray Jones, PhD.


We will explore the difference between a genealogical family tree and a genetic family tree, and have a brief overview of the three main types of tests used in genetic genealogy (Y-DNA, mt-DNA and autosomal DNA). We will then take a deeper dive into how we can apply autosomal DNA results to our family history research by focusing on the inheritance pattern going back five to seven generations. Blaine Bettinger’s Shared cM project chart is a powerful tool that we can use to apply our results to our family trees.

Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
Presented by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD


Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are the workhorses of genetic genealogy, and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant.

Ray Jones, PhD, is a management professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business. His research and teaching focuses on ethics and leadership in organizations, with a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility. This fits with his deep personal interest in family history research and the privacy and stewardship issues associated with genetic genealogy.

Ray teaches an introductory genetic genealogy course at various venues in Western Pennsylvania and is the leader of North Hills Genealogists’ DNA Special Interest Group.

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (ProGen PPS) (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor).

Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.


Friday, March 22
Genetic Genealogy Research: The Helen Marley Story  (Conference)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Columbian Room 250 Swinderman Road · Wexford, PA
The Helen Marley Story
Presented by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
A case study identifying the mother of my adopted great-grandmother, born Helen Marley Johnson. Although no single record identifies her mother, indirect evidence and DNA testing makes the case. Together we will discuss the many tools utilized to solve this mystery, including traditional genealogical research, autosomal DNA testing of multiple descendants at several testing companies, Shared Matching tools, chromosome mapping, visual phasing, and more!
6:00 Registration
6:30 - 8:30 Workshop

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (ProGen PPS) (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor).

Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.


Saturday, March 23
Spring Genealogy Conference with Blaine Bettinger  (Conference)
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
The Columbian Room 250 Swinderman Road · Wexford, PA
MORNING SESSIONS:
Working with Testing Company Results
Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries

AFTERNOON SESSIONS:
Using GEDmatch and DNAPainter to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
 
This year's Spring Conference will be held on March 22nd and 23rd, at the Columbian Room (Knights of Columbus) in Wexford, featuring Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD. Sessions will be offered on Friday afternoon and evening. Saturday will include five sessions throughout the day.

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (ProGen PPS) (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor).

Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.


Wednesday, March 27
Pennsylvania Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
6:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
For future meetings, the group will be considering road trips to cemeteries, historical societies and libraries.
More details on this group are available at PENNSYLVANIA SIG.
 
 


Saturday, March 30
Genealogy Research for Novices  (Special Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 am
Northland Public Library
This is a free workshop for NHG members,  but registration is requested for planning purposes.  E-mail: Education@NorthHillsGenealogists.org with your name, phone number, and e-mail address to register for the workshop.  NHG member Carole Ashbridge will teach the mini-lesson about organization and research techniques.  The lesson will be followed by hands-on practice with support and assistance from NHG volunteers.



Monday, April 1
Eastern Europe SIG  (Special Interest Groups)
6:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Northland Public Library
Top ten genealogy goals for 2018: The group wants its members to dsicuss specific or manageable tasks, so then the group can think about what skill or tool alternative search methods might help solve a piece of the puzzle.
 
More details on this group are available at EASTERN EUROPE SIG


Wednesday, April 3
British Isles Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
11:00 am
St Catherine of Sweden on Wildwood Road
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the British Isles.  More details on the group are available at BRITISH ISLES SIG
 


Saturday, April 6
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd 15237
Review of Spring Conference Genetic Genealogy Presentations
 
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the use of DNA and Genetic Genealogy in our research projects.  More details on the group are available on the North Hills Genealogists website at https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=75.  You can indicate whether you will be attending on our Meetup.com page at https://www.meetup.com/North-Hills-Genealogists/events/245900124/
 


 
 


Saturday, April 13
Writing Your Genealogy Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
The NHG Writing interest group is a gathering of genealogists who encourage each other to record and share their family stories and histories.  The group meets each month at the Shaler North Hills Library at 2:00 pm in the Yates Room of the Shaler Library.  The address is 1822 Mt Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
 
This meeting members will bring a few pages of their current writing project to share with the group.
 
More details on the group are available at:  WRITING SIG 
 
 


Tuesday, April 16
April Round Table  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Our April Round Table 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! 
 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - CLICK HERE.  This meeting will not be broadcast online.http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/xp_newpopevent.cfm?zeeOrg=NORTHLAND&EventID=5966530&sw=1920
 


Wednesday, April 24
Pennsylvania Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
6:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
For future meetings, the group will be considering road trips to cemeteries, historical societies and libraries.
More details on this group are available at PENNSYLVANIA SIG.
 



Wednesday, May 1
British Isles Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
11:00 am
St Catherine of Sweden on Wildwood Road
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the British Isles.  More details on the group are available at BRITISH ISLES SIG
 


Saturday, May 4
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd 15237
Genetic Genealogy Research Case Study
 
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the use of DNA and Genetic Genealogy in our research projects.  More details on the group are available on the North Hills Genealogists website at https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=75.  You can indicate whether you will be attending on our Meetup.com page at https://www.meetup.com/North-Hills-Genealogists/events/245900124/
 


 
 


Monday, May 6
Eastern Europe SIG  (Special Interest Groups)
6:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Northland Public Library
Top ten genealogy goals for 2018: The group wants its members to dsicuss specific or manageable tasks, so then the group can think about what skill or tool alternative search methods might help solve a piece of the puzzle.
 
More details on this group are available at EASTERN EUROPE SIG


Saturday, May 18
Writing Your Genealogy Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
The NHG Writing interest group is a gathering of genealogists who encourage each other to record and share their family stories and histories.  The group meets each month at the Shaler North Hills Library at 2:00 pm in the Yates Room of the Shaler Library.  The address is 1822 Mt Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
 
This meeting members will bring a few pages of their current writing project to share with the group.
 
More details on the group are available at:  WRITING SIG 
 
 


Tuesday, May 21
Photo Detective Roadshow (in conjunction with the Cranberry Genealogy Club)  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room

Have you ever wished that a photo detective could help you learn more about your pictures full of unknown people, or in a timeframe you can’t determine? Well, wish no more! The May meeting of North Hills Genealogists will be a live episode of “The Photo Detective.” If you’ve watched “Antiques Roadshow,” then you know how this works - a virtual show and tell. This is a totally interactive event in which NHG members submit photos ahead of time and then meet virtually with Maureen Taylor, an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, to learn about the specific clues she has uncovered.

 

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries.  The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera’s family tree.  She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal.

 

Maureen has spoken on photo history, photograph preservation and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., and in London and Canada.

 

Her focus is on helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time, and is passionate about getting folks to dig deep into their family history to tell the story of their ancestors.  For more than a decade, she’s searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. It’s currently a two-volume set titled, The Last Muster, and the subject of three short films, A Trio of Revolutionary Voices. The quest for more photographs is ongoing.

 


 


Wednesday, May 22
Pennsylvania Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
6:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
For future meetings, the group will be considering road trips to cemeteries, historical societies and libraries.
More details on this group are available at PENNSYLVANIA SIG.



Saturday, June 1
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd 15237
Genetic Genealogy:  topic TBD
 
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the use of DNA and Genetic Genealogy in our research projects.  More details on the group are available on the North Hills Genealogists website at https://northhillsgenealogists.org/cpage.php?pt=75.  You can indicate whether you will be attending on our Meetup.com page at https://www.meetup.com/North-Hills-Genealogists/events/245900124/
 


 
 


Monday, June 3
Eastern Europe SIG  (Special Interest Groups)
6:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Northland Public Library
Top ten genealogy goals for 2018: The group wants its members to dsicuss specific or manageable tasks, so then the group can think about what skill or tool alternative search methods might help solve a piece of the puzzle.
 
More details on this group are available at EASTERN EUROPE SIG


Wednesday, June 5
British Isles Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
11:00 am
St Catherine of Sweden on Wildwood Road
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the British Isles.  More details on the group are available at BRITISH ISLES SIG
 


Saturday, June 15
Writing Your Genealogy Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
The NHG Writing interest group is a gathering of genealogists who encourage each other to record and share their family stories and histories.  The group meets each month at the Shaler North Hills Library at 2:00 pm in the Yates Room of the Shaler Library.  The address is 1822 Mt Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
 
This meeting members will bring a few pages of their current writing project to share with the group.
 
More details on the group are available at:  WRITING SIG 
 
 


Tuesday, June 18
Resources in the Pennsylvania Department: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
An introduction to the materials available in the collection of the Pennsylvania Department in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Library in Oakland, with emphasis on those resources that are most helpful to family historians.
 
Marilyn Cocchiola Holt is Library Services Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP). Ms. Holt has a BA in History and MLS in Library Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught and lectured in the Tri-State area on family history since 1988. She has been with CLP for 35 years and is Past-President and member of the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, as well as Honorary Vice-President of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Ms. Holt is personally and professionally a genealogy enthusiast.

 


Tuesday, June 25
TBD - Lecture at GRIP  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
LaRoche College
Date might change.  Held in conjunction with the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh's courses being taught at LaRoche College that week


Wednesday, June 26
Pennsylvania Research Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
6:00 pm
Shaler Public Library
For future meetings, the group will be considering road trips to cemeteries, historical societies and libraries.
More details on this group are available at PENNSYLVANIA SIG. Note: There will be no meetings July 2019, August 2019
and December 2019
 
 



Tuesday, July 16
TBD - Lecture at GRIP  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
LaRoche College
Date might change.  Held in conjunction with the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh's courses being taught at LaRoche College that week



Tuesday, August 20
All the News that's Fit to Print: Using Newspapers in Your Research  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room

Newspapers have a wealth of information, however many researchers stop after locating death notices and obituaries for their ancestors. Learn what information you may find in newspapers and how to locate newspapers for the areas where you're researching.

 

Amy E. K. Arner is a professional genealogist who specializes in western Pennsylvania research and editing genealogical works. She currently serves as the secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists co-edits the North Hills Genealogists newsletter. In 2018 she coordinated a course on Pennsylvania research at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.


 



Tuesday, September 17
TBD  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
TBD



Tuesday, October 15
TBD  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Carole Ashbridge



Tuesday, November 19
November Semi-annual Round Table  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Our November Round Table 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! 
 



Saturday, December 7
December Social  (Special Events)
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
To Be Determined. This event, for members only, usually envolves a morning visit to a place of interest for genealogists followed by an optional lunch.