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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March 2016 Meeting: Marge Farbman on Scrapbooking Your Family Tree

When:  Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Scrapbooking Your Family Tree
  How do you get those boxes of photos under control, and then, what do you do with them?  How do you do it?  And why bother?  Some how-tos, some advice and some solutions for getting your family photos under control and easily shared with all of your family.

 Marge Farbman

  Marge Farbman has a varied and concurrent career background: 30 years in interior design, 15 years as a fundraiser, and 15 years as a scrapbooking teacher, consultant and screpbook designer for clients.



April 2016 Meeting: TBA

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  To be determined

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Joyce Homan

   Joyce Homan is a genealogist and lecturer and the former Executive Director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, and is the program chair of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.



May 2016 Meeting: TBA

When:  Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  To be announced

 To be announced




June 2016 Meeting: David Kendall on When Descendants Become Ancestors

When:  Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  When Descendants Become Ancestors
  As we research our own ancestors and mourn the lack of information available to us, we forget that we are the future ancestors of our descendants.  And if we don't leave to them the kinds of information about our lives that we crave to know about our own forefathers, then we are merely perpetuating the problem.

 David A. Kendall, PhD

  Dr. Kendall is the author of the recently published When Descendants Become Ancestors: The Flip Side of Genealogy.   Raised in a small tourist village in northern New York, where he has returned in retirement, Dr. Kendall spent thirty years educating professional counselors.  His life experiences amid studies in history, genealogy, and gerontology, coupled with his belief in the innate wisdom of every individual, have inspired this writing.



August 2016 Meeting: Cathy Ivins on Genetic Genealogy

When:  Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Genetic Genealogy
  An introducton to the basics of DNA and its benefits to genealogists.

 Cathy Ivins

  Cathy is a charter member of BCGS and its Director of Publicity for the last 3 years.  She is an Instructional Assistant and Student Council Advisor for the Bristol Township School District.  Cathy has been researching her family history for over 12 years and is a member of many genealogy societies including the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and Italian Genealogical Group.  She completed the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, taught by CeCeMoore, Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Wayne Parker.  She has benefited tremendously from DNA testing and hopes to encourage and educate others in this exciting field.



September 2016 Meeting: Computer Lab Session at CRHS-N

When:  Date to be determined
Where:  Council Rock High School North Library, Newtown, PA

 Computer lab session at CRHS-N Library

  Details to be announced



October 2016 Meeting: Gideon Hill on Genealogical Scams, Frauds and Hoaxes

When:  Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution
Subject:  Great-Grandpa Bought a Bridge: Genealogical Scans, Frauds and Hoaxes
  Deception in genealogy has a long history.  Unfortunately for the modern researcher, the legacy of genealogists who were less than honest may impact the results of our efforts even today.  This presentation will evaluate deception in the context of the Genealogical Proof Standard while taking a bemused, retrospective look at some of the more notable scans, frauds, and hoaxes from the past.

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Gideon Hill


Gideon Hill has been researching his family for over 45 years.  His research interests are pre-1750 Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  He's completed the Genealogical Research Certificate of Boston University and is especially interested in how the academic field of Social History can inform genealogical research and the compiling of a family history.

His professional background is in the field of Family Medicine.  He attended the University of Delaware and Jefferson Medical College.  He had the honor of serving n the United States Air Force Medical Corps -- and was delighted to have been stationed in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, one of his ancestral homelands.



November 2016: Annual Meeting and Pot Luck

When:  Saturday, November 5, 2015, 10 am to 12 pm
Where:  David Library of the American Revolution

 Annual Elections and Pot Luck Brunch

Our November program will begin with our annual business meeting, including elections for 2017 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. We are offering $5 off admission to anyone bringing a food item.

December 2016 Meeting: Tom Myers at the Mercer Museum Library

When:  Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to 12 noon
Where:  Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
Subject:  Bucks County Resources at the Mercer Museum
  This presentation will offer an overview of the records available to researchers at the Mercer Museum (Spruance) Library, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society.

 Thomas G. Myers


Tom Myers is the author of numerous books indexing and abstracting Bucks County records, including Will Abstracts 1825-1870 and 1870-1900, Orphans' Court Records 1685-1852 and 1852-1900, and Miscellaneous Deed Dockets 1785-1857 and 1857-1900.  He is the Query Coordinator for the Bucks County Genealogical Society, and his donation to the BCGS of records he transcribed as a volunteer for the Bucks County Historical Society provided the initial basis for the Bucks County Database now available to the public on our website.