Genealogical Resources in Western Pennsylvania
Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS
An introduction to research and repositories for family history in Western Pennsylvania, beginning with an overview of Pennsylvania records and focusing on sources for vital records, church and cemetery records, newspapers, and city directories. Major libraries and depositories will be highlighted, as well as specialized collections in local historical societies, colleges, and universities. Repositories such as the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh will be discussed.
Genealogy - Getting and Staying Organized
So you've been "doing Genealogy" for a few months, years, or decades, have piles of papers, books, magazines, and supplies that just keep getting moved from place to place, and the piles never seem to get any smaller. How do you get a grip on the “mess” you’ve created? This workshop will walk you through getting organized from the first piece of paper you pick up to the last, then provide you valuable hints and tricks to keep you organized and ready to tackle the next branch of our tree.
Overcoming Brick Walls in Eastern European Research
Lisa A. Alzo
Research in Eastern European can be a challenging process. Sorting out surnames, trying to identify ancestral hometowns, and deciphering old country records to connect families are just a few of the obstacles often encountered along the way. Through sample case studies, this session will demonstrate lesser utilized research tactics, and discuss repositories and key resources used to locate information about your elusive Eastern European ancestors, and how to overcome the most common research problems.
Slovakia – Land of Miners
Topics to be covered include: Slovakia – heart of the mining industry; Metals -source of medieval fortune; Mining towns of central Slovakia and their metals; Slovak Ore Mountains – source of mining; Processing and usage of ore: smelters, founders, iron workers; Technologies, maps and machines, mining Academy;
Unique mines in Slovakia, harvesting of opals and salt; Mining from water; Life of a miner, his daily routine and working conditions; Insurance companies and professional organizations; Slovak invention used by Ford; American – Slovak connections – U.S. Steel in Košice; and Mining in art – movies, songs, religion.