Researching Family in Pennsylvania 2018

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Researching Family in Pennsylvania 2018

Special Early Bird Pricing! Only until January 1, 2018!

Monday, 7/30/18 8:30 am - Friday, 8/3/18 5:00 pm

Event Type

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St
19107 Philadelphia , PA


July 30 – August 3, 2018

HSP presents a week-long genealogy course designed to explore the records and repositories available for researching ancestors in Pennsylvania. A complete “How to” course, training you to use the resources available at HSP and elsewhere to uncover your family’s story!

This course is designed for all levels from beginners to experienced family historians with a curriculum that takes participants through three primary questions.

What records are available?
Where are the records located?
How to decipher what you discover?

By the end of this course, you’ll have answers!

Instructors(Subject to change)


Lee Arnold, DLitt et Phil is the Senior Director of the Library and Collections and Chief Operating Officer, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide,  The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online. His weekly “Roots & Branches” column is an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that has run for nearly twenty years.


Kim Bucklaw is an archivist and the primary genealogical researcher for the Chester County Archives and Chester County Historical Society.

Dawn King Carson Bio Coming soon!

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon, MBA, is the President of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists and a member of the planning committee for the Main Line Genealogy Club.  She conducts genealogical research for clients as well as providing genealogy coaching for those clients who prefer to do their own family research.

Sue Long, Ph.D. completed her graduate work at Cornell University and received a PhD in 1975 in experimental psychology.  Her area of genealogical expertise is in measures of wealth, land ownership, and biographies of the people on Thomas Holme’s map (the ultimate cluster genealogy for the early settlers).

Aaron McWilliams is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. His areas of expertise include Pennsylvania state land records, Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War militia, and genealogy.

Judy G Russell, CG℠CGL℠, The Legal Genealogist, is a genealogist with a law degree, dedicated to helping folks understand legal concepts and terminology encountered when studying family history. Russell now serves on the faculty at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) at the National Archives

Tammy Schane  Bio coming soon!

Frank Southcott, MBA, is the Researching Family in Pennsylvania program coordinator and is a professional genealogist who specializes in historic Chester County, Pennsylvania, research and family history. He is the President, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, which conducts the annual British Institute in Salt Lake City.

Rich Venezia Bio coming soon!



Tuition for Researching Family in Pennsylvania:

Early Bird Registration (before December 31, 2017)

  • Friend of HSP $375
  • General Admission $440

Registration (January 1–June 30, 2018)

  • Friend of HSP $395
  • General Admission $460

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Enrollment will be limited to 40 persons on a first come, first enrolled basis. Registration opens on December 1, 2017.


Contact Information: 

Chris Damiani at or 215-732-6200x227