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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.
2016-2017 Meetings                Comin' Up: Events at other societies
||6:00: Back to the Beginning. Review your research looking for new clues to your brick walls, what skills have you developed that you may use now in your research.
7:00: Regular Meeting. The ABC's of DNA. Learn about DNA tests used for genealogy and what the information can add to your research. Speaker: Judy Russell, J.D., CG, CGL
|Oct. 19 (Wednesday)
||6:00: Religious Minorities and the First Amendment of the Constitution. The continuing struggle to live up to the Bill of Rights.|
7:00: Regular Meeting. Lenape Heritage. Lenape (Delaware Indians) Culture, Contributions and Lineage. Speaker: Carla Messinger, Founder/Director of Native American Heritage Programs
|Nov. 16 (Wednesday)
||6:00: Veterans' Day - Finding Your Ancestor on War Memorials. Finding war memorials in the city, county, and state in which your ancestor lived.
7:00: Regular Meeting. OYRGS speakers. Learn from 3 members as they present the process of discovering new information, what they learned, and what the next steps will be.
||6:00: Winter Holidays - Celebrations. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Chinese New Year. Connecting our ancestors through diverse celebrations.
7:00: Regular Meeting. OYRGS speakers. Betty Smith and Terry Waslow Moderators. Every family has traditions for this time of the year that repeat each generation. Share your holiday/seasonal artifact and the memories that surround it.
||6:00: How Old Were You the Day You Were Born? International customs and birthdays, calendars.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Cattle to Court to Cafe: Using Social History to Re-evaluate a Family History. A case study presenting how a long-held family story was investigated and corrected. Speaker: Gideon Hill, III, M.D.
||6:00: Marriage Customs. Relationships between the spouses-partners, roles, etc. Changes through the ages, marriage vows, etc.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Love Connections. OYRGS Membership. Moderators: Terry Waslow and Betty Smith. Genealogy teaches us that stories of love and marriage aren't always what our family chooses to pass on. Share the stories of your discoveries and how your ancestors came together through love, arrangements, and indiscretions.
||6:00: Putting your Ancestor in his Place: the House, the Town, the Geography. Using maps, atlases, deed searches to understand the immigrant ancestor.
7:00: Regular Meeting. 19th and 20th Century Urban Geography. Presenter: Kim Bucklaw, Assistant Archivist and Primary Genealogical Researcher, Chester County Archives and Chester County Historical Society.
11:30 AM: Saturday Luncheon. Spring House Tavern, 1032 Bethlehem Pike, Spring House PA 19477. Arrival 11:30 AM, serving noon. Guest speaker: Frank Quattrone, author, "100 Years of Education - From the Ogontz School to Penn State Abington".|
||6:00: Dealing With Death: Death Certificates, Cemetery Records, Obituaries, Undertaker Records. Learning how to locate these records.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Guide to Mennonite Genealogy. Mennonite genealogy, focusing first on the genealogical resources housed in the Heritage Center's library, and then looking at other resources (including web-based) that are useful for Mennonite genealogy. Speaker: Joel Alderfer, Collections Manager, Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville.
||6:00: Preparing for a Visit to a Genealogical Society, Family History Center, Historical Society. Narrowing the questions, identifying the hours, bringing your material, etc.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Philadelphia: The World War I Years. Peter Williams, author and Philadelphia native, provides a richly illustrated look at the sweeping changes affecting the city and her citizens when America reluctantly entered The Great War 100 years ago in April 1917.
||6:00: Where Did You Get That Name? "A Boy Named Sue" Who gave you your name? What names did you choose for your children?
7:00: Regular Meeting. Abington Presbyterian Church, History and Record Keeping. Presenter: David Rowland.
||6:00: Extra, Extra, Using Newspapers in Genealogy. Using newspapers to bridge gaps in the timeline.
7:00: Regular Meeting. Scaling Brick Walls. OYRGS Speakers. Betty Smith and Terry Waslow, Moderators. This is a time to recall those brick walls we faced this year and the steps we took to break through. Learn from each other and get suggestions on how those walls that still get in your way.
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 May 2017