january 2020

202009jan1:00 pm3:00 pmBrick Wall Workshop designed and moderated by Cheryl Bittner and Michael Kearney


Event Details

This year, we will use a workshop format involving all attendees. Come prepared with information about your “brick wall” and be prepared to share your genealogical knowledge with others. Attendees will be divided into small groups facilitated by a planning committee member. Each group will select one or more group member’s questions and refine them using a structured approach, covering, for example:

  • Defining the genealogical question
  • Crafting a research plan
  • Identifying potential sources of importance

This is a chance for you to actively participate in a real genealogical exercise while helping yourself and others at the same time. At the end, each group will report back to the rest of the attendees on their question and approach.

Mike and Cheryl are members of the MLGC Planning Committee and led the effort to create our club website: www.mainlinegenealogy.org. They also maintain and update the website.

Michael Kearney, PhD, is currently a volunteer at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and a member of the planning committee of the Main Line Genealogical Society. He took up these duties following a 44
year career managing large-scale information system projects at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an active genealogical researcher for more than 25 years and has had work published in the New
England Historical and Genealogical Register and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. His latest work, The Annotated World War I Diaries of Captain George F. Kearney, is now available on Amazon Books. He will be discussing his most recent effort: The Ganges Families History Project (thegangesfamiliesproject.com )

Cheryl Bittner, MBA, has participated in MLGC since retiring in 2005 from a career in information systems program management in the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. Cheryl credits her interest in family history and genealogy to her great grandmother who started an annual family reunion which has continued for over 100 years. Each reunion starts with a service at a church built on land donated by Cheryl’s ancestors in early 1800’s from their farm, the farm where Cheryl’s paternal grandfather was born and raised.

Workshop Group Notes


(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Easttown Library & Information Center

720 First Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312

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