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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September 2014 Meeting: Genealogy Computing

When:  Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  Council Rock North High School Library, Newtown
Subject:  Tips and Tricks:  Beyond the Basics of

Everyone who has ever done research has hit a brick wall, or has known that the record exists and yet you just can't put your hands on it.  In this session learn the best methods for using Ancestry to solve these brick wall challenges, and uncover the records you have been searching for.  Just a few Tips and Tricks will get you on your way to finding your unfindable.  Attendees will have the use of library computers, including access to Library Edition, to do their own research. Door prizes donated by will be awarded to a few lucky participants.

Click here to download a printable brochure about this program.

Speaker: Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging,

Sabrina Petersen plunged into family history at just age four -- a natural hobby for the daughter of a pair of genealogists.  Eventually putting down her own family tree long enough to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from the University of Puget Sound, Sabrina has since become a professional genealogist herself, as well as a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Recently Sabrina has contributed works to Ancestry Magazine.  Her lectures are part of the "Know Your Records" series at the National Archives D.C. and College Park, and she has completed the Modern Archives Institute (held by the National Archives and Library of Congress), as well as National Institute for Genealogical Research, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Currently, Sabrina works in Silver Spring, MD, as Director of Global Imaging for A professional genealogist, she is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional Genealogists. Her areas of expertise include Mid-West research (especially the Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri corridor), NARA research, and online research.



October 2014 Meeting

When:  Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  To be determined




November 2014: Annual Meeting and Pot Luck

When:  Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution

 BCGS Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Brunch

Our annual meeting will consist of our regular monthly agenda, along with elections for 2015 Executive Board positions.

Following our business meeting, guests will enjoy a Potluck Brunch of favorite family recipes and a program whose format is still being developed.



December 2014 Meeting: Dowered and Bound Out

When:  Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Dowered and Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans
  Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law.  But it's not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect.  An orphan in the early days wasn't a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died.  The law didn't care much about the mother.  She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more.  Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.
Speaker:  Judy G. Russell,  CG, CGL
  A Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law.



January 2015 Meeting

When:  Saturday, January 3, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  To be determined




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.
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 preservaton 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 year professional experience as an archivist.



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.