It’s shaping up as a very busy spring for genealogists. Let’s get started.
Genealogy conference: Don’t forget “Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad,” a genealogy conference offered by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. It’s set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 20 in the Educational Conference Center at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke. A strong lineup of speakers will offer professional-grade advice. I’ll be participating in the Living Library event. Registration form, costs and travel directions are available on the local society’s website at www.nepgs.com. Also on the website is a complete list of speakers and the agenda for the day. The conference center is just off Prospect Street. Don’t delay: All registrations must be made by April 11. Online registration is available at www.genpa.org.
Genealogy seminar: I’ll offer my “Getting Started in Genealogy” program at the West Pittston Library 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 13. It’s free, but because of limited seating you have to call and reserve a place. Call 654-9847 and leave a message. The library is at 200 Exeter Ave.
Civil War program: The United States is at the midpoint of its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865). The Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table sponsors a series of presentations in which experts on that conflict bring their knowledge to the group’s members and guests. It meets at the Daddow-Isaacs American Legion Post, Memorial Highway, Dallas. Recently scheduled speakers included Ryan Lindbuchler, author of “Gone But Not Forgotten,” a study of the area’s contribution to the war and a listing of burials. For information on schedule, membership and activities, visit its website at www.wvcwrt.wordpress.com.
Open house: Here’s your chance for a guided tour of the research library of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. On April 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. the library will offer the public a chance to see the vast amount of material available there to help with family history research. The library is in the caretaker building of the Hanover Green Cemetery, Main Road, Hanover Township.
Incidentally, volunteers are needed to help the society continue its project of digitizing local historical and genealogical records. So many institutions have responded to calls for records preservation that the society has been “overwhelmed,” according to a recent newsletter. Anyone wishing to help in the project, which is of vital importance to the area’s genealogists, can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer classes: If you haven’t yet entered the computer age, take heart. The West Pittston Library will offer basic computer classes in April. The classes ($50 fee) are set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 4 to April 25 at the library, 200 Exeter Ave. Space is limited. Call 654-9847.
News Notes: Margery Sawyer, one of the founding members of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical society, died in February. She and her late husband Dean led the society for years and got its records preservation project under way. In recent years she served as a board member emeritus.
Issues of the old Sunday Independent newspaper from1913 to 1957 are now available for reading online at the website of the Osterhout Free Library. The Independent, which ceased publication in 1993, was known for its intensive coverage of area news, particularly in the suburban and rural communities, and of politics. The complete files are available on microfilm at the library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.