Calendar of Events

Meeting-Hait-LongMost meetings will be held at the David Library of the American Revolution, Stone Hall, on the second floor of the Conference Center at 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA.  Parking and entrance to the Conference Center are located in the rear of the Library building.  For directions, please see the Library's website at  Check individual meeting listings for alternate locations.

The fee to attend most meetings will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members, and will be collected at the door.  Reservations are NOT required.

If you attend a regular meeting as a non-member, and then choose to join the Society at the end of the same meeting, the meeting fee will be applied to your membership fee.

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February 2015 Meeting: Adoption Research for Genealogists

When:  Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Adoption Research for Genealogists
  Learn about adoption laws and methods that may enable you to uncover hidden adoptions in your family with a real life case study. Click here for a printable flyer.
Speaker:  Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist
  Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist is a full-time, professional genealogist specializing in forensic genealogy including missing and unknown heir research, adoptions, and expert testimony.  He is a member of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (V.P.), the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (V.P.), and is a Teaching Assistant at Boston University's Genealogical Research Program.  His publications include: "Missing and Unknown Estate Heir Law Practice and Procedure," Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, Volume LXXVI, No. 3 (July 2005); "What Lawyers Need to Know about the Heir-Hunting Industry," The Pennsylvania Lawyer (May/June 2013); and "The Importance of Dispassionate Data Collection," OnBoard 19 (BCG:January 2013).   For more information, visit his website at



March 2015 Meeting: Understanding and Using Quaker Records

When:  Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Understanding and Using Quaker Records
  An overview of the structure and content of Quaker records, with emphasis on meeting records as sources of family history.  We will use actual examples to trace individuals through the records.  Learn about the procedures and implications of disownments.  Learn the difference between a meetinghouse and a meeting.  Bring your questions!
Speaker:  Christopher Densmore, Curator, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
  Christopher Densmore is the Curator (Director) of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, the depository responsible, with Haverford College, for the preservation and research use of the records of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Baltimore Yearly, along with sole responsibility for the records of New York Yearly Meeting.  Densmore is the author of Red Jacket: Seneca Orator and Diplomat (1999), co-author of Quaker Cross Currents: Three Hundred Years of the New York Yearly Meetings (1995), other books and numerous articles.  He frequently lectures on Quaker topics, particularly about the Underground Railroad.  He serves on the boards of the Friends Historical Association, the Records Services Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the Kennett Underground Railroad Center, and is current Vice President of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.  Mr. Densmore has forty-two years professional experience as an archivist.



March 2015 Special Event: What you Always Wanted to Know about Fraktur but were Afraid to Ask

When:  Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Where:  Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
Subject:  What You Always Wanted to Know about Fraktur but Were Afraid to Ask

Fraktur researcher, author and family historian Corinne Earnest discusses the genealogical value of Fraktur, the vibrant, folk-decorated manuscripts of the Pennsylvania Germans.  Her illustrated presentation will explore the various categories of fraktur - including birth and baptismal certificates, bible records, and school-related manuscripts - and their function and importance within Pennsylvania-German families and communities.  The program will include a Q&A session, as well as handouts that define terms, aid in recognizing the fraktur alphabet, and identify places to look for family fraktur.  Presented by the Mercer Museum in collaboration with the Bucks County Genealogical Society.  After the program, visit the Mercer's exhibit, Re-Discovering Bucks County Fraktur: Recent Acquisitions

For more information and directions, visit the Mercer Museum website at

Speaker:  Corinne Earnest
  Corinne Earnest is a Fraktur researcher, author and family historian.
$12 general admission, $10 for Mercer Museum & Fonthill members and BCGS Members
Call 215-348-9461 ext. 210 to register for this program.



May 2015 Meeting: Researching your Ancestor's Locality

When:  Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10 am
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Researching your Ancestor's Locality

Design your own research guide using local histories, maps, gazetteers and other local resources to discover the social history for your family.

Speaker: Michelle Tucker Chubenko

Michelle Chubenko is a professional genealogist who researches families in the Mid-Atlantic states, Oklahoma/Indian Territory and those with Ukrainian ancestry in Poland.  Her blog, JerseyRootsGenealogy, focuses on research in the Garden State from colonial settlement to current day.  As coordinator of Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors) on Facebook and Google+, Michelle has created the first interactive virtual communities for researchers with Ukrainian ancestry.  She has attended GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG and is a ProGen17 graduate.