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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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:

 Trials & Triumphs and and Pot Luck Brunch

Our November program will begin with our annual business meeting, including elections for 2015 Executive Board positions.  Members and guests will then enjoy a Pot Luck Brunch of favorite family recipes. Please bring a dish to share with the group, along with a recipe or a story that goes with it.

Following our business meeting, we will open the floor to members and guests to share with the group a story of a brick wall they are facing in their genealogical research (a Trial) or a discovery they have made in their research (a Triumph) that others may benefit from.  Audience members will be invited to offer suggestions for breaking down the brick walls, and to use their devices to look up data that might help.

We will have our scanner available so that members can bring paper documents, photos, etc. and have them scanned to a digital device (flash drive).

If you are planning to bring a food item, present a Trial or Triumph, or bring documents for scanning, please either register in our Member Forums or email Cathy Ivins, Director of Publicity, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here for a printable flyer describing the November 2014 program.

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. Click here for a printable flyer.
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: Researching your English Family

When:  Saturday, January 3, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Researching your English Family
  Through the use, explanation and analysis of available English census records, extant church records, civil registration and manorial records, the techniques of finding and developing the English family will be explained using actual research, histories, and circumstances.
 Speaker:

 Frank Southcott

 

Frank Southcott has been a family history researcher for over twenty-five years and practicing professionally since 2005.  He has focused his professional research on historic Chester County, Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia area.  His pursuit of family has led to extensive travel and research in the British Isles and maritime Canada.

A graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Business, Frank also holds an MBA and is a graduate of the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program.  He is currently the President, Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists, and Secretary of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History.  He has attended numerous genealogical institutes and conventions over the past years and currently resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.