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 www.dlar.org.  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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August 2014 Meeting: Cold Case: Blasting Brick Walls

When:  Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Cold Case: Blasting Brick Walls
 

All genealogists encounter a dead end, or "brick wall," at some point in their research.  Often, these obstacles can be overcome using good detective work.  This presentation will cover strategies to help you climb over, dig under, and blast right through those barriers in your family research.

Click here for a printable brochure describing this program.

Speaker:

 Christine Roberts, President, Bucks County Genealogical Society

 

Christine Roberts is the Founder and Charter President of the Bucks County Genealogical Society, and serves on the First Families Committee of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Christine is also a member of the National Genealogical Society, the New York Genealogical and Historical Society, the New England Historical and Biographical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

In her non-genealogy life, Christine is a Certified Public Accountant, working in real estate finance and development.

 

 

September 2014 Meeting: Genealogy Computing

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

Advanced Ancestry.com techniques will be presented.  Attendees will have the use of library computers, including access to Ancestry.com Library Edition, to do their own research. Door prizes donated by Ancestry.com will be awarded to a few lucky participants.

Speaker: Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging, Ancestry.com
 

Sabrina Petersen currently serves as the Director of Global Imaging for Ancestry.com. A professional genealogist, she is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional Genealogists. Petersen has contributed works to Ancestry Magazine and her lectures are part of the “Know Your Records” series at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Md. Her areas of expertise include Mid-West research, 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
Program:

 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 www.ForensicGenealogist.pro.

 

 

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.