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[PA] York - LDS Workshop May 21

Workshop on genealogy slated

By James M. Beidler

It's called "A Genealogical Workshop -- Bridging the Generations" and is coming up on May 21 in York.

There will be 25 free presentations as part of the 2005 Family History Conference, which is cosponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Susquehanna Trails Genealogy Club and will be held at the LDS church, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York. The church houses a Mormon Family History Center, to which the vast microfilm resources of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City can be rented.

The presenters are a mix between well-known names -- such as Jonathan Stayer of the Pennsylvania State Archives, Richard Konkel of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and June Lloyd from York County Heritage Trust -- as well as Susquehanna Trails club members.

Five simultaneous lectures will be held in each of five sessions lasting one hour each. Among the topics are "Southern Research"; "German Research, Parts 1 and 2"; "Doing Genealogical Research at the Pennsylvania State Archives"; "Preserving Memories in a Fun Way"; "English Research"; and "Family Research in Public Libraries."

In addition, quite a number of computer-oriented presentations will be given, including sessions on software, the Internet and special topics such as scanning, multimedia items and Web pages.

The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Saturday, and while the lectures are free, there is a $6.50 charge for those desiring lunch. More information is available by writing to 2005 Family History Conference, 3960 N. Biesecker Road, Thomasville, PA 17364-9611.

ABOUT THE CLUB: The Susquehanna Trails Genealogy Club was founded in 1991 to assist genealogists who use Personal Ancestral File software. The club meets monthly with informational programming and has a newsletter, PAFINDER.

Dues are $18 a year for individuals ($8 as a corresponding member receiving the newsletter only) and $25 a year for a family membership.

The group's Web site is at the URL,

WORTHWHILE QUOTE: "When an old person dies, it is as if a library has burned to the ground."

We often decide that interviewing of the family's older generation can be put off for "someday." But remember that "someday" may never come if fate intervenes and that older relative dies.

So get out the tape recorder now and let the family elders talk. A genealogical project is never started too soon, and family memories can be great for filling in the details that records do not document.

A great primer on conducting an oral history can be found on the "About" Internet Web site at the URL, The primer comes courtesy of the "About" genealogy guide, Kimberly Powell, and includes 50 questions to ask in a family-history interview.


Beidler is a freelance writer and lecturer on genealogy. Contact him either at Box 270, Lebanon, PA 17042, or by e-mail to

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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