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Sunday, November 10, 2013
MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM
Presbyterian Church Records
"Genealogy Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society" will be the featured topic at the MCGS November general meeting. Lisa Jacobson, senior reference archivist will guide us in navigating the records of the Presbyterian Church at the historical society. Her talk will include information about conducting research at the society as well as offer tips on using the PHS website to find information about records at the society.
Whatís in the societyís headquarters in Philadelphia? Records from Presbyterian congregations across the country, but not from every congregation. The society has complete records from some churches, nothing from others. They maintain only records that individual congregations have sent to them for safe keeping. They collect the records of congregations, presbyteries, synods and national agencies for the entire denomination.
If your ancestorís church sent their records to PHS you could have a field day going through them. When you visit the society in historic Philadelphia helpful staff bring the boxes of requested records directly to your table and you can lift out record books, ledgers, and folders to your heartís content.
Lisa cautions us "The most disappointing thing for many genealogists is that there is no comprehensive index of family names for Presbyterians. On average," she says," we respond to about 700 reference inquiries from genealogists each year. We are currently in the process of developing a Genealogy Research Service where we will conduct research for a fee for individuals who are unable to travel to Philadelphia. We expect to have the service ready by the end of 2013."
Lisa arrived at PHS in 2009, and has been working as a professional archivist for more than twelve years. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
There is no admission fee for a visit to PHS and even the parking is free in their lot, an amazing plus in an otherwise congested downtown location.
You may visit the Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard Streeet, Philadelphia, PA 10147, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To confirm these hours, contact the reference desk before your visit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-627-1852.
TMC November 2013
Refreshments are at 1:30: and the meeting will start at 2PM at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center . Guests are welcome.
German Special Interest Group
The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM.
At this time we don't have a group leader but if anyone is interested in taking over this position, it would be very welcome.
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