A model of what’s possible for local genealogical societies is in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Go there any day of the week, and you will find the place buzzing with volunteers and members doing research on their families. It’s exciting to be around so many people doing … [Read more...] about Berks County Genealogical Society – Know Before You Go
Being a genealogist means using primary sources as much as possible, and the majority of those sources are handwritten on paper. Two challenges exist with these handwritten records: 1. Writing styles were manuscript (cursive) with neatness, spelling and abbreviations … [Read more...] about Understanding Handwritten Records
Oftentimes when doing genealogical research with original documents, you will find handwritten records done by clerks, doctors, or church officials. The quality of the documents varies according to the conditions in which they were kept. They may be faded, turning brown, or even … [Read more...] about Transcribing Documents – Why Do It?
If you live on the western side of Pennsylvania, sharing information about the eastern side of Pennsylvania is essential. When people came to America in the 1700's and 1800's, they came to a port on the coast and used horse pulled wagons, then much later, trains, to make their … [Read more...] about North Hills Genealogists – Pennsylvania Special Interest Group
Bucks County is one of the oldest counties in Pennsylvania and a place where your ancestors may have lived if they came to America around 1700. The county has as active genealogy group and if you are within driving distance, you'll want to go. On Saturday, April 6th, 10am - noon, … [Read more...] about Bucks County Genealogical Society – April Meeting