Best Pennsylvania Genealogy Research Strategies Web Seminar Download

In this hour-long presentation from expert James Beidler, you'll learn about the best record groups, repositories and Web sites for Pennsylvania genealogy research.
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You'll Love This If:

  • You want to find your ancestors in Pennsylvania
  • You have hit a brick wall in your Pennsylvania genealogy research
  • You want to know what records are available in Pennsylvania

Presenter: James Beidler

If you haven't found a Pennsylvania ancestor yet, there's a good chance you will: It's estimated that one in four Americans has a forebear who stepped foot in the Keystone State. In this hour-long presentation from expert James Beidler, you'll learn about the best record groups, repositories and Web sites for Pennsylvania genealogy research.

What You'll Learn:

  • a brief history of Pennsylvania as it applies to genealogy
  • record groups distinctive to the commonwealth that are useful for family historians
  • key repositories for genealogists in Pennsylvania
  • what resources Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org can provide for those with Pennsylvania ancestors
  • how to successfully overcome the "born in PA" problem

About Your Presenter: James Beidler

Beidler writes "Roots & Branches," an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is Vice President for Development for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, Palatines to America, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia. Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. As a lecturer, he has been a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program since 2002, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in political science in 1982.

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SKU S8673
Product Type Video Download
File Type MP4, PDF
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
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