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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.
2015-2016 Meetings                Comin' Up: Events at other societies
||6:00: Who Do You Think You Are? Beginning and On-Going Genealogy. A power point presentation for the beginner.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Genealogy Sources-Recording, Citing and Analyzing for a Reliable Family History. Speaker: Allen Male. Dealing with resources is an essential part of compiling your family history. This presentation will deal with what you should record, how to do it efficiently and how to analyze sources to resolve conflicting evidence. Also includes how to use a genealogy program to record source information and to generate source citations and source lists.
||6:00: The Effect of Ancestry.com on Genealogy Research. The "leaf" and where it leads you.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Genealogy Resources at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Speaker: Caitlin Seifritz, Librarian, Social Science and History, Free Library of Philadelphia. Learn about the resources and collections at the Free Library of Philadelphia for genealogical research. The library offers access to databases, newspapers, directories, maps and more.
||6:00: What Difficulties Did Your Ancestor Face Before and After Immigration? Locating a job. Learning the language. Finding a place to live, etc.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Family History Centers. Speaker: Sandra Wonder. Learn about the resources available at the Family History Centers, through FamilySearch.org and tips on preserving and sharing your family tree.
||6:00: Using Genealogy Forms: Ancestor Charts, Family Group Sheets, Timelines. Documenting your research.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Where Was That Family Farm? Speaker: Bette Male. Strategies for identifying ancestors' rural properties with the use of maps, deeds, estate records, and published sources, and displaying the results using a deed plotting program.
||6:00: Listening to Stories at Your Grandmother's Knee. Using family lore to locate ancestors.
7:00: Regular Meeting. My Treasured Memories. Show and Tell - OYRGS Membership. Moderators: Terry Waslow and Betty Smith. Every family artifact contains within it a memory. Members and guests are invited to show us your artifact and tell us about the memory it contains. Don't miss this funfilled program!
||6:00: Identifying Ancestors in Unmarked Photographs.
7:00: Regular Meeting. The Men In Our Lives. OYRGS Membership. Moderators: Terry Waslow and Betty Smith. Share photographs and stories about the men that shaped our lives and influenced us in so many ways. To be a part of this special project, please e-mail your scanned photos by January 15 to Betty firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry email@example.com. You can also mail copies to Betty Smith, 361 Tulpehocken Ave., Elkins Park, PA 19027.
||6:00: Using Military Records. Learn how to use draft registrations. company records, and discharge papers.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Genealogical Resources. Speaker: Margery N. Sly, Director, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The Center has a variety of interesting holdings including the Urban Archives, Manuscripts and Archives and Rare Books to name a few. Learn the full array of resources that are available at Temple University Special Collections Research Center and how to access them.
6:00: Dinner Meeting (arrival 6:00, serving 6:30). Local Loyalists: What happened to them after the war? Annual Dinner at Williamsons (reservations required) Guest Speaker: Jack Washington, Revolutionary War Reenactor|
||6:00: Locating and Using Wills and Probate Records. Identify those mentioned in the will.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Tombstone Symbolism. Presenter to be determined.
||6:00: What's in a Name?. Did your ancestor change his/her name? Track your ancestor name from birth to death. Was there reason to change the name?
7:00: Regular Meeting. Preserving Your Past For The Future. Speaker: Louise Gribling. Louise was inspired by an autobiography that her great aunt wrote 40 years ago at age 84. Join her now as she walks us through the steps she used to write her own work.
||6:00: Track your ancestor through census records. Research the homes through Google maps and deed searches.
7:00: Regular Meeting. My Military Connection. Share stories, photos, documents about family members who served our country either as a service member or in a civilian capacity.
||6:00: The answer to one question leads to another. Learn how to formulate questions, find the answers, and ask another question.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Sharing Success Stories. Let's wrap up the year sharing success stories. Tell us about this year's big find: the what, how and where it leads. We have all had this moments when brick wall was climbed or we just bumped into a discovery that has opened up a door. Share that moment and tell the steps that led up to it. Let's inspire each other to try a path that might lead to some unexpected find.
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 January 2016