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Wow! I can hardly believe the number of genealogy events coming up this spring. Let’s get started.


The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has a new meeting place for its next two events, King’s College no longer being available. These presentations will be held in the community room of the Kingston Fire Station, 600 Wyoming Ave., at Sharp Street. Park around back and enter via the Sharp Street door on the side.


First up is the Polish Genealogy Workshop, set for 1-3 p.m. on April 26. Note that this is a Saturday afternoon presentation, not the usual evening event.


“Tony Paddock will focus on locating ancestral information through resources in the former Austrian Crown land of Galicia,” the society says. “Much of the difficulty in researching Polish ancestors stems from Poland’s borders shifting so often because of centuries of conquests by neighbors Russia, Germany, and Austria. This power-point program will include procedures he used in his research during his two visits to Poland.”


Then at 7 p.m. on May 27, also at the Kingston Fire Station, Tony Brooks will speak on Genealogical Research Travel Tours: A Check List before You Go.”


Brooks, former executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society and now partner in Bright Life Travel, “can provide relevant suggestions to make this a memorable trip whether it is planned by one or two researchers, a family group, or a genealogical tour planned by a travel agency,” the society says.


Both events are open to the public.


Thanks to the Municipality of Kingston and the Fire Department for making the facility available.


Our Lackawanna County neighbor, the Genealogical Research Society, is also active this spring. Author Rick Sedlisky will discuss Underwood Village at the group’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the GRSNP Research Center, 1100 Main St., Peckville. Underwood Village was located on the border of Olyphant and Throop and was owned by the Pennsylvania Coal Co. The community “was progressive for its time,” according to the society, and “produced many notable citizens.” Sedlisky’s book on Underwood Village is scheduled for publication. Call 570 383-7661 to reserve a seat.


As they say in the infomercials, “wait, there’s more.”


If you’re looking for a good, solid overview of genealogical methods, the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society offers “Genealogy 101,” a free introductory program. The event is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the headquarters on the grounds of the Hanover Green Cemetery, Main Road, Hanover Township. The next one, of course, is May 1. To register, call 570 829-1765.


The society’s office and research library are in the caretaker building, just inside the main gate. Whether you’re coming north or south along Middle Road, turn west at the traffic light at the Hanover Area school complex.


I’ll offer my presentation “Getting Started in Genealogy” 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 21 at the West Pittston Library. It’s free, but with space limited you should call 470 654-9847 to register. The beautifully restored library is at 200 Exeter Ave, just a short distance off U.S. Route 11.


News Notes: A new online group NePa Ancestors offers a membership-based website that enables area people researching their ancestors to connect. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NePa-Ancestors/. The focus is on Northeastern Pennsylvania, the idea being that genealogists researching in this area can help one another.


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