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"Bridging The Generations"
Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trail Genealogy
Club, York, PA
April 26, 2008

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7:30-8:30 Registration and Welcome

8:40 - 9:40 Session 1

1. The 5 New Websites Available Through the FHC - Tina Abplananlp.
This class will introduce you to the five new websites available at the Family History Center: Footnote, Godfrey Memorial Library, Heritage Quest/ProQuest, Kindred Konnections, and World Vital Records. You’ll learn how a trip to the center can provide you with free access to millions of records including birth, marriage, death, census, military, land, pension, newspaper, maps, Bible records, and state, county, and local histories.

2. Where to Start Your Family History Research - Rebecca Koford.
Beginning your genealogy research is like a fisherman casting his net - find out why! The class will discuss the first avenues of research into family history including vital records, censuses, local and federal repositories, internet resources, and more.

3. Doing Genealogical Research at the PA State Archives – Jonathan Stayer.
Illustrated with images from the holdings of the Pennsylvania State Archives, this presentation will describe some materials in the Archives that may be used for genealogical research, including county records, censuses, military records, State land records and maps, immigration and naturalization records, vital statistics, occupational records, prison records and a variety of other sources. Suggestions for retrieving information from the Archives website will be offered.

4. English Research – Vance Parker.
This class will provide an overview of the methods and resources available to research your English ancestors.

9:50 - 10:50 Session 2

5. Introduction to the New FamilySearch. – For LDS Only - Jack and Sylvia Sonneborn.
The new FamilySearch was developed to help prevent the duplication of Temple Ordinances. It shortens the current 16 step process down to 5. All the processing will take place online. Current computerized databases will be combined into one file. This class will provide information for LDS members to submit data.

6. Civil War Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives - Richard Saylor.
This course will present an overview of the Civil War holdings of the Pennsylvania State Archives. Discussion will utilize records from various record groups and manuscript groups, photographs, and secondary sources. Themes will include: Muster Rolls, Volunteers, Anti-War and Anti-Lincoln sentiment, Civil War events in Pennsylvania, Costs of the War, Profits of the War, Impact on Children, Lincoln Assassination, Soldiers to Governors, Veterans and Reunions, and Monuments and Commemoration. All themes will emphasize a Pennsylvania connection to the respective topics.

7. Researching PA Land Records – Jonathan Stayer.
Identifying and locating records of original title—warrants, surveys and patents—will be discussed using examples of each type of record. In addition to describing the available records, methodologies for getting the most out of the appropriate indexes will be provided. Also included will be suggestions for research beyond these records.

8. Preparing to Research at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City – Nell Parker.
This class will provide an overview of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the sources available and the things you should do prior to arriving at the FHC Library to do research. Obtaining information from website prior to your arrival will aid your researching at the Library.

11:00 - 12:00 Session 3

9. Internet Genealogy Research - Don Hartman.
The class will supply you with the tools to move your genealogy forward on the Internet. It will show and provide you with links to Internet sites with free access to online records. It will provide you with a strategy for Internet genealogy research.

10. Leave No Stone Unturned – Cemetery Research - Dee Bryan.
What type of data can be found by researching death records, obituaries, and visiting cemeteries? Can you find the living among the dead? Have your deceased relatives left their history for you to find? Come to this class for the answers to all of these questions, and many more.

11. Immigration and Naturalization Records - Gloria Smith.
This class will discuss the immigration of major ethnic and religious groups to the United States and the records they generated. The naturalization process to become a US citizen will also be discussed along with tips for locating naturalization records. Special attention will be paid to immigrants arriving in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

12. US Military Research - Rebecca Koford.
This fast-paced class will discuss both basic and some little-known avenues into US military documents and research. The class covers military records from before the Revolution to World War I.

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

A catered lunch consisting of ham sandwich, taco soup, potato chips, cookie, and water will be available ($5.50) to anyone who pre-registers for the conference. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or visit one of our local restaurants down the street.

1:00 - 2:00 Session 4

13. Brickwall Case Studies - Rebecca Koford.
This class is all about you. We will discuss tactics to approaching a brick-wall problem as well as showing case studies of brick-wall problem solving for members of the class. To have your personal genealogical brick wall (US Research only, please) considered to be included as part of the presentation, please email the presenter at as soon as possible. All research undertaken will be on a pro-bono basis.

14. Pennsylvania Genealogical Records - Tina Abplanalp.
This class will focus on what types of records are available for Pennsylvania genealogical research, including vital, federal, state, county, church, and military records. You’ll learn where you can go to find the records, which ones are available on the Internet and, as well as tips and techniques for researching.

15. Mayflower Research - Joan and Debra Miller and Brandt Bradford.
35,000,000 Mayflower descendants are lost. Are you one of them? This class will demonstrate the research required for the "line of eligibility membership" into the Society of Mayflower Descendants. The book "Mayflower Families through 5-Generations" will be discussed and on display. If time permits a 15-minute video will be shown on present day England and The Netherlands and research which is available. Also on display will be William Bradford's Journal. A must to see.

16. DNA in Genealogy - Don Hartman.
This course will show you the basics of DNA Genealogy. It will show you the advantages and pitfalls associated with this type of research. It will also run you through a case study of a York County family's use of this tool.

2:10 - 3:00 Session 5

17. Preparing for your trip to the PA Archives & military Records– Jerry Ellis.
This program will provide an understanding of the organization of an archives and how it differs from a library. The presentation will discuss how materials are processed into an archives and how the catalog is created. Additionally, military records at the State Archives will be explained. Finally, Jerry will demonstrate how you can use the internet to plan your trip to the archives, thereby saving valuable research time.

18. Comparing Several Genealogical Software Programs - Jack Sonneborn.
You have compiled a great deal of genealogical data. NOW WHAT? You need to organize it and preserve it. WHERE? On the computer of course. We will look at the various genealogical software programs out there so that you can make an intelligent choice. We will look at PAF, Legacy, Ages, GenBox, RootsMajic, and others. Some are free and others cost. We discuss and you decide.

19. Cameras And Printers - Jason Sellers.
This course will provide the basic knowledge needed to make an informed decision when purchasing digital cameras and printers. Camera and printer features will be discussed, and those taking the course will learn how to shop for equipment without feeling overwhelmed by the choices. This course is designed for anyone considering the purchase of a new camera or computer printer.

20. Tour of the Family History Library at York, PA - AJ Newcomer.
The Family History Library has many resources available to aid you in your family research. This tour will acquaint you with those resources.

3:15 - 4:00

There will be a meeting of the Susquehanna Trail Genealogy Club in the Gym. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this meeting. Learn what our club can do to help you along with your genealogy and family history research.
Door prizes will be awarded!!
You must be present to win.
STGC members are not eligible to win. Sorry Folks!

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