Researching Family in Pennsylvania: a Five-day Genealogy Course

The following announcement was written by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists:

Researching Family in Pennsylvania
Five-day genealogy course offered this summer

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the week-long program Researching Family in Pennsylvania. The program will be presented at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from August 1st through August 5th, 2016. It is an expansion of the continuing genealogical education series promoted by HSP and offers total immersion in the resources and records available to Pennsylvania family history researchers. Many of those records can be found on-site in the HSP collections – the largest genealogical repository in Pennsylvania.

Program highlights:

  • Judy Russell, CG®, CGL®- Courting the Keystone State
  • Aaron McWilliams , Pennsylvania Archives – Understanding State Land Records
  • Joseph R. Klett, NJ State Archives – Colonial Research in New Jersey
  • Thomas Summers, Delaware Archives – William Penn and Delaware
  • Amy E. Arner – Research in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
  • Thomas McCullough, Moravian Archives – Moravian Genealogical Research
  • Dean Henry – Researching African Americans in Pennsylvania
  • Sydney Cruice Dixon – Pennsylvania Records and Databases
  • Frank Southcott – Overview of the Settlement of Pennsylvania
  • Kim Bucklaw, Chester County Archivist – Early County Tax Records

The program finale, Thomas Holmes’ 1687 Province of Pennsilvania, will discuss early land ownership under William Penn and will present a research case study outlining some of the original landowners.

A detailed curriculum, speaker biographies, tuition and hotel information may be found at The course is designed for the beginning genealogist and the advanced researcher alike who desires to understand and explore, first-hand, Pennsylvania records, resources, and repositories.

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