2011 Genealogy Conference
This year's conference was Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Clarion Hotel, in New Kensington PA. Our speaker this year was James M. Beidler. Mr. Beidler writes "Roots & Branches", an award-winning newspaper column on genealogy; is a columnist for "German Life" magazine; is Vice President for Development for the Federation of Genealogical Societies; President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, Palatines to America, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin
The case study of Johannes Dinius, a 1765 immigrant to Pennsylvania, is used to show how scraps of evidence properly deployed can lead to the discovery of a European hometown.
"Duplicate" Documents That Aren't the Same:
A discussion of how multiple sources may overlap but seldom duplicate exactly the same information - making it essential that researchers check records that may at first blush seem to be the same.
Contrasting German Migrations: 18th Century vs. 19th Century Waves
The 1700s "Pennsylvania Germans" were a different breed than the "German Americans" who immigrated in the 1800s. This presentation shows the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations of - as well as sources about - the two great waves of German immigration.
Hints and Helps: My List of "Top Tens"
A personal list of the best: ways to start; books to get; Web sites to look at; societies to join; habits to break!
Cost of TGS Conference 2011
$20: TGS & ACGC Members
$30: New Members* (*Includes 1 yr TGS Membership)
Cost includes conference, breakfast snacks and a hot buffet lunch. Vendor tables will be accessible during all breaks. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the presentations. (Winner must be present to claim prize.)
For further information, please contact Barbara Diller at the address shown below, by phone at (724) 224-7233 (after 6:00 p.m. weekdays), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. -- Conference ends approximately at 3:30 p.m.
Clarion Hotel Conference Center
300 Tarentum Bridge Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
Phone: (724) 335-9171
From Rt. 28 take Exit 14 and follow the signs for New Kensington. Cross over the bridge and turn left at the first light. The Clarion is on the left.
From Rt. 66 turn onto Rt. 366 towards New Kensington. Continue on 366 past Valley High School and go over the bypass following Rt. 366 towards Tarentum. At the third light, turn right, and the Clarion is on the left.
Download the 2011 TGS Conference Brochure in PDF format
"Remember your history.
To forget is to not belong."
—Charlotte A. Black Elk