Ancestry Day Returns to Philadelphia on March 15

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Ancestry Day Returns to Philadelphia on March 15

2014-01-16 12:15


Ancestry Day—a full day of genealogy classes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center—will return on Saturday, March 15. This popular genealogy event, sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and, is designed to help researchers start or hone their genealogical skills. Attendees will learn tips for navigating’s website and will learn more about HSP’s archive and genealogical records.

This is the second year for Ancestry Day in Philadelphia; the first was held in March 2012 and attracted more than 1,000 registrants. We expect an even greater turnout this March! Tickets are $45 for the general public and $35 for members of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Tickets and more information are available at


Classes will include: Ancestry 101: New & Review; Getting the Most from; Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research; Mid-Atlantic Records on; and Sharing Your Family Story. Speakers will include experts Crista Cowan, Lisa Arnold, and Anna Swayne. All attendees will be entered in a raffle to win memberships to and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, copies of Family Tree Maker, AncestryDNA kits, and other prizes. The day will also include a live Q&A panel featuring staff from and HSP, as well as a chance to meet representatives from local genealogical organizations.

NEW THIS YEAR! Ancestry Day attendees are invited to attend a second full day of events at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Friday, March 14. The Historical Society’s library will be open that day free of charge to all Ancestry Day ticket holders. There will also be free lectures and library tours, personal consultations with professional genealogists, and a welcome reception with an opportunity to chat with experts from and HSP.

HSP and have also been working together since 2002 to digitize and make available online millions of genealogical records. In the past two years, has digitized 7.5 million records from HSP’s collection, including Pennsylvania church and town records from 1708 – 1985, indexes from the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home; indexes from Pennsylvania Revolutionary War battalions and militia; and indexes of family history and Bible records. All these records are available online for free to HSP members via our website and to visitors to HSP’s library, as well as to subscribers of


Submitted by Peggy Ernst (not verified) on

I have an appointment at 1030. I would like to research where John Balsley (1749-1810) listed on the first US census Pennsylvania, AGBI -US Bureau of the Census Washington 1908 (426p):77 -as head of family- his brother Jacob is also on it.
I believe they were in Harrisburg PA. One of the brothers is the father of George Leonidas Balsly (Sept 5,1787 Schaefferstown Pa) possibly Trinity Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran, St Peter's or German Reformed Salem Church. I believe John servd in the Pennsylvania Militia in thr Revolutionary War.
Thanks for your help. The registration said it was best to send our questions ahead of time.
Thank you,
Peggy L. Ernst

Submitted by Dana Dorman on


Thanks, and I'll make sure to forward this question along.

Dana Dorman
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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