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The Old York Road Genealogical Society (OYRGS) meets at 7 p.m. on the
second Tuesday of the month, year-round, in the Community Room at the Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Rd., Abington, PA (map to the library). Our meetings are free and open to the public. The programs include notable speakers on genealogical topics as well as discussions centered on a genealogical theme. When attending discussion meetings, everyone is invited and encouraged to bring illustrations or examples of their experiences related to the meeting's theme.
Old York Road Genealogical Society Annual Luncheon
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Speaker: Rich Wagner, Beer Historian
Topic “Philadelphia - One Big Brewerytown”
For details and reservation, download the form Luncheon 2018 reservation form
Reservations must be received by Wednesday, April 4
||6:00: “Beginners and Brick Walls” City Directories. Allen Male, Moderator
7:00: Regular Meeting. Member-Led Program - Unexpected finds or new directions revealed through your genealogical research. Has your genealogical research led you to surprises or new directions? What did you learn from them? Share your stories at our January meeting, whether your findings led to success or into a genealogical “rabbit hole.” Notify Bette Male (email@example.com) by January 2 if you would like to participate. Let us know as soon as possible if you have documents or pictures you would like displayed on a screen so that we have time to process them.
||6:00: “Beginners and Brick Walls” Copyright for genealogists. Allen Male, Moderator|
7:00: Regular Meeting. With Genealogy, One Is Never Done.. After learning genealogical researching skills, Fred Blum compiled a family tree with over 1200 family members dating back to 1810. Through examples and tips he will describe the research methods he used to find his ancestors and relatives. He will share how he has volunteered to use his researching skills with the international Red Cross Holocaust Tracing Service, winning its 2005 Local and International Volunteer of the Year Award, and with the US Holocaust Museum’s Remember Me Project. Speaker: Fred Blum, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.
||6:00: “Beginners and Brick Walls” Immigration. Allen Male, Moderator|
7:00: Regular Meeting. Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols. Tammy Schane’s informative presentation about her research of 18th and 19th-century cemeteries incorporates the cultural and historic contexts in which tombstone symbols developed and is richly illustrated with many photographic examples. Speaker: Tammy E. Schane
||11:30: Annual Luncheon. Philadelphia - One Big Brewerytown. Our Annual Luncheon will be held at the Springhouse Tavern, 10321 Bethlehem Pike, Springhouse PA. (See details above on Luncheon announcement). Our speaker, Rich Wager, has researched the history of Pennsylvania brewing since 1980, and visited over 400 brewery sites. His topic will focus on the breweries established in many Philadelphia neighborhoods, the people who worked as brewers and in allied trades, and the process of brewing beer “from grain to glass.” Speaker: Rich Wagner, Beer Historian.
||6:00: “Beginners and Brick Walls” Census. Allen Male, Moderator|
7:00: Regular Meeting. DNA. Cathy Ivins will discuss DNA testing, what different testing companies offer, and how to interpret results. Speaker: Cathy Ivins
||6:00: “Beginners and Brick Walls” Scanning and Imaging. Allen Male, Moderator|
7:00: Regular Meeting. Hog Island. Jim Rubillo will discuss Hog Island’s short-lived ship building industry, its footprint on the area, the people who promoted it, and those who worked there. Speaker: Jim Rubillo.
During inclement weather, call the library at 215.885.5180 to confirm it will be open.
Content updated December 2017