Events: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Vagrants, Truants & Abandoned Privies: Unusual Record Collections of the Philadelphia City Archives. Workshop with Anita Sheahan Coraluzzi

Tues., November 9, 2010, 12:30 – 2:30 pm.
GSP conference room, 2207 Chestnut Street, Phila. 19103, 215-545-0391.
* Laptop required for online research.

The Philadelphia City Archives [PCA] houses far more than birth, marriage and death records. This workshop explores the more unusual record collections stored at the PCA, and the genealogical relevance these collections may have to your family research. We will also discuss visiting the PCA to view the records, online access and alternate research strategies for locating some of the PCA record collections. Click here for workshop fee and registration.

Anita Sheahan Coraluzzi is currently the GSP Project Manager and has been researching her family for 20 years in Philadelphia and Irish record sources. In 2002 she began doing researching professionally and has developed a proficient working knowledge of Philadelphia city resources. Anita has been a member of and volunteering for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania in many capacities since 1997, as well as participating as counselor in the GSP Summer Camp program. She joined the GSP Board of Directors in March 2007 and served as Secretary from 2009-2010. From 1999 through 2007 she was actively involved with the local LDS Family History Center in Northeast Philadelphia, coordinating seminars and guiding FHC patrons with their family research. Anita has strong ties with Cork, Ireland, which is the origin of her father’s family, and maintains a membership with the Mallow [Cork] Field Club. She has written articles relating to Irish genealogy which were published in the Cork Genealogical Society Journal and the Mallow Field Club Journal.

A Day of Wickedness

Sun., November 14, 2010, 1:00 – 4:30 pm.
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

Lecture by Tom Keels, author of Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love, then we’ll follow Tom on his “Sinners, Scandals & Suicides” tour of South Laurel Hill Cemetery. The GSP will also be celebrating the launch of its newest Member database, “Indigents, Miscreants, Madams & Madmen.” Refreshments served. Join us for a perfectly wicked day! Click here for lecture fee and registration.

Thomas H. Keels is the author of Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love, Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City and Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries. Tom is also an ausländer—sociologist E. Digby Baltzell’s term for an outsider who moves to Philadelphia and falls in love with its rich heritage and history. Tom’s five published books, numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and radio features celebrate both the major monuments and secret corners of the City of Brotherly Love. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Tom graduated from Princeton University in 1976 with a B.A. in European History, and then attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. After a decade in New York City working in publishing and marketing, Tom moved to Philadelphia in 1988. Tom has been a tour guide at Laurel Hill, Philadelphia’s premier Victorian cemetery, for over a decade. He has also given tours of the Woodlands, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, and other historic sites. He has conducted classes on Philadelphia cemetery history for the Bucks County Community College Historic Preservation Program, Cheltenham Township Adult School, and Mount Airy Learning Tree. Media appearances include Radio Times on WHYY-FM, PA Books on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, Action News on WPVI-TV, and Good Day Philadelphia on FOX-TV. Tom can be contacted at Visit Tom’s Author Page.

No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded.

Lecture by Susan S. Koelble.

Thurs., November 18, 2010, 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
GSP conference room, 2207 Chestnut Street, Phila. 19103, 215-545-0391.

The Recorder of Deeds Office maintains more than just land transfer records. This lecture will guide the genealogist through these records helping them to find those morsels of information that can add so much to their family history. Genealogists will learn information on locating grantor/grantee records and discuss additional material found in the Recorder of Deeds Office such as Registry Jackets, Sheriff Deeds and Miscellaneous books. Click here for lecture fee and registration.

Susan S. Koelble is a Certified Genealogistsm, lecturer, teacher and author and is well known for her knowledge of Philadelphia’s history and people. She was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in 2000. Her own Philadelphia genealogy goes back 10 generations to 1686. With over 25 years of professional experience she and her daughter Kristin Bryson founded Bare Roots Publishing and Research in 1999.   Over the course of these 25 years she has served on the Board of Directors of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP), where she has worked as co-coordinator and  counselor for GSP’s hugely popular Summer Camp series. Her tenure as Lineage Chair for the Philadelphia Chapter, DAR, has given her insight into the filing of applications for heredity societies. She is a member of many local, state, and national genealogical organizations. While working on a degree in American Studies she had internships with the National Park Service in Valley Forge as an archeologist and with the Bucks County Heritage Society, learning how to trace house histories. She has lectured both locally and nationally, has organized several Ancestry Fairs in the Philadelphia region and has taught genealogical classes for local genealogical societies and at The Bucks County Community College.

All Day German Genealogy Conference

Co-sponsored by The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and The German
Society of Pennsylvania

Sat., November 20, 2010, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
The German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

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Understanding and Interpreting 19th-Century Philadelphia Naturalizations.

Lecture by Jefferson Moak
Thurs., December 9, 2010, 12:30 – 2:00 pm.

GSP conference room, 2207 Chestnut Street, Phila. 19103, 215-545-0391.

There were 10 local, state and federal courts at one time or another in Philadelphia that conducted naturalization ceremonies. The forms used among those courts were not standardized, and the data included thereon often needs interpretation to produce the most information. This lecture will delve into the ways of interpreting the various declarations and petitions filed in all 10 Philadelphia courts from 1790 to 1906. Click here for lecture fee and registration.

Jefferson M. Moak worked in the Map Collection department of the Free Library of Philadelphia from 1974 –1976, as archivist for the Philadelphia City Archives 1987 –2000, and is currently with the National Archives & Records Administration, Mid-Atlantic Region. He is the author of “The WPA Index of Naturalizations: An Explanation” (Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, 1989), “The Political Side of Naturalizations” (Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, 2000), Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Declarations of Intention, 1821 –1849 (2000), and numerous other publications. The speaker has also presented genealogical lectures to various local genealogical societies and groups, including the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the Main Line Genealogy Group, the Jewish Genealogical Society and the Old York Road Genealogical Society. He also is a consistent contributor to the ongoing series of genealogical workshops at the NARA – Mid-Atlantic Region since 2002.

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