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Tuesday, June 26
DNA: The Stories Behind the Segments  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
LaRoche College
Blaine Bettinger presents
DNA evidence helps us break through brick walls and confirm decades of research, while introducing an entirely new generation of people to genealogy. It also allows us to create maps linking specific segments of DNA to our ancestors. But how many of us stop to consider the story behind that mapped segment of DNA on chromosome 13? Or the miles and years traveled by the piece of DNA on chromosome 22? Join me as I examine some of the amazing stories in my chromosome map!


My name is Blaine Bettinger and I have been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about my ancestry for almost 20 years. I entered the world of direct-to-consumer genetics in 2003 with an autosomal DNA test from one of the first companies offering this type of testing.

I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and am extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy.

My own tests have revealed that my maternal lineage, which has been traced back to Honduras in the 1830’s, belongs to Haplogroup A2w, a Native American haplogroup. My paternal heritage, which is traced back to Germany in the 1770’s, belongs to Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1c1a1 (L1/S26, also known as Null439).

Wednesday, June 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. Note: There will be no meetings July 2018, August 2018
and December 2018

Saturday, July 14
Genetic Genealogy DNA Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd 15237
Genealogy & DNA roundtable discussions: Discoveries, roadblocks & experiences.
Our July meeting will be a Genetic DNA round table discussion, similar to the round table meetings we have at our general meeting twice a year. Groups will discuss their discoveries, roadblocks and experiences with research their genealogy via DNA testing, and the groups will help to provide answers and suggestions.
This Interest Group focuses specifically on the use of DNA and Genetic Genealogy in our research projects.  More details on the group are available at DNA SIG. This group is being led by Ray Jones, PhD.


Tuesday, July 17
Write, Edit, and Publish Family Stories  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Taking time to write your genealogical stories is important!  Preserve memories before the details are lost, and use words to illustrate traits of family members. An editor and writer since age 10, Sue Ennis will discuss methods for writing stories to build your family history.  This presentation for both beginners and advanced writers will offer writing aids, tips about editing, current resources, and motivation for creating the narrative. Ideas for self-publishing will be reviewed.  Feel free to bring a writing sample of your own to share!
Throughout the past 35 years, Susan Ennis taught English, edited publications, and served as librarian and media specialist in the Seneca Valley School District. She has served as an NHG newsletter editor for 15 years and teaches Genealogical classes in Butler County. Her specialites include methodology, resources, and writing/editing. She has been formally researching her family history since 1988.

Saturday, July 21
Overcoming Brick Walls in both Pennsylvania German & German-American Research  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room PSC101, Palumbo Science Center, La Roche College
Please go to the Home page of this website for more information about this special event.
Michael Lacopo, DVM, will present two lectures:
"How to Overcome Brick Walls in Pennsylvania German Research": Several case studies will be presented showing lesser-utilized research tactics, repositories, and resources used to find information about our Pennsylvania German ancestors. These first-wave Geman immigrants require a completely different research plan than those who came later.  
"How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research": We continue our case-study approach by learning new tricks, techniques, and historical concepts that will help identify and understand our 19th and 20th century German-speaking ancestors.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described "all-American mutt", his research skills cover a broad range.

Tuesday, July 24
Fact, Fiction & Immigration Passenger Lists  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
LaRoche College
Come hear Marian Smith,  an expert from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service talk about what to expect, and not expect, from passenger lists.

Tuesday, August 21
Researching Your Jewish Ancestors in Pennsylvania  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Your Jewish ancestors in Pennsylvania contributed to a state with one of the oldest and richest Jewish histories. Learn how to identify your ancestors in each wave of settlement, unique record repositories for each region, and techniques for using these records to trace your ancestors backwards and forwards in time.
Tammy A. Hepps is the founder of, a family story-sharing website and winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge. With a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, more than fourteen years of experience in digital media, and more than two decades in genealogy, she brings a fresh perspective on sharing family history in engaging ways that take advantage of the latest technology. She is a member of the Board of Governors of JewishGen.

Tuesday, September 18
An Archivist's Guide to Genealogical Research at the Heinz History Center  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
Since its establishment in 1879, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (now the Senator John Heinz History Center) has been dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of this region. Today, the History Center's Detre Library & Archives proudly provides free access to a rich cache of over 1,000 archival collections that capture the unique and enduring voices of Western Pennsylvania families, businesses, civic groups, organizations, and individuals. Archivist Sierra Green will share how to discover the individual voices of ancestors that can be discovered in employment records, personal family records, local goverment records, funeral home records, and the records of churches and synagogues. This session will also provide guidance on how to harness collections in order to traverse time and recreate your ancestor's historical setting in Western Pennsylvania.
Sierra Green, a native of Adamsville, PA, completed her Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. As an archivist at the Heinz 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. She takes great pleasure in spreading the word about archival collections and the work of archivists to genealogical audiences.   

Tuesday, October 16
Strategies & Techniques of Slave Research  (Meetings)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Northland Public Library Meeting Room
The most difficult part of genealogical research for African Americans is finding and correctly identifying slave ancestors and their owners. Researching during the slave era can present significant challenges, but is not impossible. Researching the slavery era requires time, patience, determination and perseverance. Learn how to analyze various documents for clues and resources needed to recreate an African American's journey from freedom to slavery to identifying potential slave owner(s). The importance of using census records, cluster/collateral research and understanding social and historical history in genealogy research will be emphasized. Case studies will be used to best illustrate how different methods and resources can help connect former slave(s) to their slave owner.
Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), a member of the Cuyahoga County Archives Advisory Commission in Cleveland, and a member of the Board of Directors for FGS. She is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN, past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, OH, and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M. Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio.
Dr. Abbott is an instructor at IGHR, SLIG and the African American Genealogy Colloquium at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL. She presents lectures and workshops at a variety of national, state, and local genealogy conferences across the country, as well as colleges, businesses & libraries. She has had articles published in the Onio Genealogy News and Family Tree Magazines. Dr. Abbott can also be seen teaching Arfican American research entitled "Needles & Threads" on Ancestry Academy, an educational website video course for
Dr. Abbott is a member of NGS, APG, GSG, as well as other state and local genealogical societies. She teaches monthly classes entitled "Using in Genealogy Research" at the Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library and coordinates the "Genealogy and Family History Clinic" for the Cleveland Public Library.
A Cleveland native, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church.

Tuesday, November 20
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 1
Winter Social  (Special Events)
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
We will visit an interesting location followed by an (optional) lunch afterwards. 
This is a Members Only event. Sign up at the October or November meetings.