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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.
2013-2014 Meetings                Comin' Up: Events at other societies
||6:00: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard to Breach a Brick Wall|
7:00: Regular Meeting Triple Play Old York Road Speakers: Twenty Timely Tips (Dottie Clark); CYA, Cite Your Ancestors (Nancy Rossiter); Lineage Societies (Betty Smith)
||6:00: Putting Your Ancestor in his Place: The House, The Town, The Geography|
7:00: Regular Meeting History of Germantown Speaker Alex Bartlett will discuss the history of Germantown and the holdings of the Germantown Historical Society
||6:00: The Space Between the Numbers: A Life Well Lived|
7:00: Regular Meeting Palmer Cemetery and Historic Burial Grounds of Kensington and Fishtown Speaker Ken Milano, author and historian, will discuss the Palmer Cemetery, which was founded prior to 1748 and is one of the oldest in Philadelphia.
||6:00: The Effect of Religion/Interfaith Marriages on the Immigrant American |
7:00: Regular Meeting What Can I Find at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center? Speaker Christine Friend, Genealogist/Assistant Archivist, PAHRC, will discuss clues to your family history that you can find at the PAHRC.
||6:00: Using Newspapers in Your Research: Beyond the Obituary|
7:00: Regular Meeting Show and Tell: One of My Favorite Things Members and guests are invited to bring artifacts and tell us how it relates to their family history. Don't miss this fun-filled program!
||6:00: The Snapshot: Special Events and Vacations|
7:00: Regular Meeting Worth a Thousand Words Photos, snapshots, or mugshots - every photo has a story. Members of OYRGS are asked to send us their favorite photo and the story behind it. To be included in this entertaining project, please e-mail a scanned photo by January 15 to Betty Smith. Betty Smith and Dottie Clark will moderate.
||6:00: Replacing the Familiar with the Unfamiliar: Locating Town, House of Worship and the Family Left Behind
7:00: Regular Meeting All About Passenger Lists and Immigration Records Archivist Beth Levitt from National Archives will walk us through the maze of Passenger and Immigration records available at the National Archives and Records Administration.
||6:00: No meeting.|
7:00: Regular Meeting Annual Dinner Meeting Meet at Williamson's Restaurant in Horsham (reservationr required) and hear speaker Tom Wieckowski talk about his new book, “A Spectacle for Men and Angels: A Documentary History of Camp William Penn." Family and friends are invited to join us.
||6:00: Preparing for a Visit to a Genealogical Society, Family History Center, Historical Society
7:00: Regular Meeting Holdings of the Historical Society of Montgomery County Speaker Karen Wolfe, Executive Director, Historical Society of Montgomery County, will talk about the treasure trove of information contained in this local repository.
||6:00: Placing Your Ancestor in History: The Effect of Current Events on Family Life|
7:00: Regular Meeting Triple Play: Road Trip! Why go to the shore when you can go on a Genealogical Jaunt? This Triple Play will prepare you for contacting and visiting Historical and Genealogical Societies, County Offices and State Archives
||6:00: Missing Parents: Working Around Illegitimacy, Maternal Death, and Adoption|
7:00: Regular Meeting Myth or Reality? Debunking Myths "We're related to John Paul Jones." "Grandfather was a stowaway." "Great Uncle Jake was hung for cattle rustling." Oh, really? Come armed with your favorite fantastic family fable. Share in the fun.
||6:00: Understand Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in a Multicultural Family, Neighborhood, Business in the United States
7:00: Regular Meeting Final Resting Place Speaker Betty Smith, President, OYRGS, will talk on how to find where your ancestor is buried.
For information about these meetings, contact Betty Smith (phone: 215.884.2479). During inclement weather, call the library at 215.885.5180 to confirm it will be open.
Content updated August 2013