Past Programs

january 2019

201910jan1:00 pm3:00 pm"Sharing Your Family Treasures" by MLGC members

february 2019

201914feb1:00 pm3:00 pm"Breaking Brick Walls" by MLGC members and moderated by Paul Campbell-Trimbur

march 2019

201914mar1:00 pm3:00 pm"Indirect Evidence" by Sydney F. Cruice Dixon

april 2019

201911apr1:00 pm3:00 pm"Genealogical Resources at the PA State Archives" by Aaron McWilliams

may 2019

201909may1:00 pm3:00 pm"Engraved: The Meanings Behind Nineteenth Century Tombstone Symbols" by Tammy Schane

june 2019

201927jun1:00 pm4:00 pmFamily Tree Maker (FTM) - Presentation and Demonstration

201913jun1:00 pm3:00 pm"Using Genealogy Tools for your House History Research" by Paul Campbell-Trimbur

september 2019

201912sep1:00 pm3:00 pm"Finding Relatives in Surprising Ways" by Mike Schwartz

october 2019

201910oct1:00 pm3:00 pmFamily Tree Maker - Basics for beginners and tips for the experienced users

november 2019

201914nov1:00 pm3:00 pmNoteworthy Newspaper Strategies BY Sydney Cruice Dixon

december 2019

201912dec1:00 pm3:00 pmDNA Strategies - What tests? What companies? by Paul Campbell-Trimbur

january 2020

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

february 2020

202013feb1:00 pm3:00 pmGenealogy Methods - The Ganges Families History Project by Michael Kearney

march 2020

202012mar1:00 pm3:00 pmCancelledBuilding a Genealogical Proof Argument by Sydney Cruice DixonThe Planning Committee of your Main Line Genealogy Club has decided with an abundance of caution regarding concerns over COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that for the health of our membership it is best to cancel our upcoming meeting for this Thursday, 3/12. Our March speaker was scheduled to be our own Sydney Cruise Dixon who is willing to give her presentation on Building a Genealogical Proof Argument later this year. We encourage you to take time on Thursday to have some "genealogical fun" by utilizing all of the resources that are available on our website: Stay well everyone.

april 2020

202009apr1:00 pm3:00 pmCancelledResearching Quaker Records: Uncovering your Roots in the Religious Society of Friends by Mary Crauderueff

202009apr12:50 pm3:30 pmJoin us ONLINE via Zoom: Government Records - How the Government Impacts Your Genealogy Research  by Syndey Cruice Dixon

may 2020

202014may1:00 pm3:00 pmJoin us ONLINE via Zoom: - Organizing Your Genealogy: How to Get the Most Information Out of Your Documents Using Charts and Timelines by Sara Butson

june 2020

202011jun1:00 pm3:00 pmJoin us ONLINE via Zoom: Cyndi's List in Practice by Cyndi Ingle

september 2020

202010sep1:00 pm3:00 pmConnect Your Family Using Find-A-Grave by Dana Palmer (via Zoom)

october 2020

202008oct1:00 pm3:00 pmThe Recent Revolution in Irish Genealogical Research by John Grenham (via Zoom)

november 2020

202012nov1:00 pm3:00 pm400 Years In America:  Joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants by Sandra Rumble (via Zoom)

december 2020

202010dec1:00 pm3:00 pmHow to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure Its Future Survival by Lisa Louise Cooke

january 2021

202114jan1:00 pm3:00 pmSharing and Reporting Your Research by Sydney Cruice Dixon

february 2021

202111feb1:00 pm3:00 pmAdvanced Use of by Crista Cowan (via Zoom)

march 2021

202111mar1:00 pm3:00 pmGetting Ready for the 1950 US Census by Thomas MacEntee (via Zoom)

april 2021

202108apr1:00 pm3:00 pmCrossing the Pond: Techniques for Finding Your Elusive Eastern European Ancestors by Lisa Alzo (via Zoom)

may 2021

202113may1:00 pm3:00 pmCorrelating Research in Pre-1850 U.S. Federal Census Records by Suzanne Trotter (via Zoom)

june 2021

202110jun1:00 pm3:00 pmRogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep by Judy Russell (via Zoom)

september 2021

202109sep1:00 pm3:00 pmOne-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools: by Stephen Morse (via Zoom)

october 2021

202114oct1:00 pm3:00 pmDiscovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource by Rich Venezia (via Zoom)

november 2021

202111nov1:00 pm3:00 pmScottish Research Resources before 1800 by Chris Paton (Via Zoom)

december 2021

202109dec1:00 pm3:00 pmFamilyBrowse A Different Way to Look at by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG (via Zoom)

january 2022

202213jan1:00 pm3:00 pmWhy Should Anyone Believe Your Research? by Sydney Cruice Dixon (via Zoom)

february 2022

202210feb1:00 pm3:00 pmAfrican American Genealogy Basics illustrated by Dean Henry (via Zoom)

march 2022

202210mar1:00 pm3:00 pmConnecting Your DNA Matches by Diahan Southard (via Zoom)

april 2022

202214apr1:00 pm3:00 pmResearching Quaker Records: Uncovering your Roots in the Religious Society of Friends by Mary Craudereuff (via Zoom)

may 2022

202212may1:00 pm3:00 pmWritten in Stone: Tombstones and Other Cemetery Records by Amy Johnson Crowe (via Zoom)

june 2022

202209jun1:00 pm3:00 pmEngland and Wales Vital Records Research 101 by Kate Townsend (via Zoom)

september 2022

202208sep1:00 pm3:00 pmMethods and Strategies for Breaking Down Brick Walls by Sydney F Cruice - in Person AND via Zoom

october 2022

202213oct1:00 pm3:00 pmWho’s Little Joe? Photo identification 101 by Maureen Taylor - in Person AND via Zoom

november 2022

202210nov1:00 pm3:00 pmTrace Your Revolutionary Ancestors by Bryna O'Sullivan - in Person and via Zoom

december 2022

202208dec1:00 pm3:00 pmThe Magic of German Church Records by Katherine Schober - in Person and via Zoom

january 2023

202312jan1:00 pm3:00 pmFour Collections in Archives That Could Complete Your Family History by Denys Allen - in Person and via Zoom

february 2023

202309feb1:00 pm3:00 pmEnslaved at Oakley & Beyond: Connecting and Sharing with Descendants of the Enslaved and Enslavers by Joseph Roby - in Person and via Zoom

march 2023

202309mar1:00 pm3:00 pmShannon Combs-Bennett - The Legacy of the American Memory Collection: An Overview of the Digital Collections Located at the Library of Congress - in Person and via Zoom

april 2023

202313apr1:00 pm3:00 pmHow to Organize All of This Genealogy Stuff by Lisa Louise Cooke - in Person and via Zoom

may 2023

202311may1:00 pm3:00 pmMichael Ramage - Land Records: The Secret to Your Genealogical Success. - in Person and via Zoom

june 2023

202321jun7:00 pm9:00 pmSPECIAL ONLINE EVENT: Right Place, Right Time, Right Person: Intersections of DNA and Document Evidence by Paul Woodbury

202308jun1:00 pm3:00 pmTop Ten DNA Do's and Dont's! by Michelle Leonard - in Person and via Zoom

september 2023

202314sep1:00 pm3:00 pmU. S. Census Records- Extracting Everything Possible by Sydney Cruice

october 2023

202312oct1:00 pm3:00 pmTimeline Techniques for Tracking 19th and 20th Century Urban Ancestors by Kimberly Bucklaw

november 2023

202309nov1:00 pm3:00 pmFacebook's 16,700+ Genealogy/History Pages & Groups by Katherine R. Willson

december 2023

202314dec1:00 pm3:00 pmUnfamiliar Territory: Researching in a New (to you) Geographic Area by Cari Taplin

january 2024

202411jan1:00 pm3:00 pmSusan Evans: County Courthouse Research by Susan Evans

february 2024

202408feb1:00 pm3:00 pmEllis Island: Its History and Its Documents by Matt Weismantel

march 2024

202414mar1:00 pm3:00 pmFinding Female Ancestors by Laura Cubbage-Draper

april 2024

202411apr1:00 pm3:00 pmUsing Archives to Fill the Gaps in Your Ancestor’s Timeline by Melissa Barker

may 2024

202409may1:00 pm3:00 pmYours Truly - An Obituary Writer's Guide to Telling Your Story by James R. Hagerty

june 2024

202413jun1:00 pm3:00 pmHouse Histories: Rural & Urban-Case Studies by Paul Campbell-Trimbur

september 2018

201813sep1:00 pm3:00 pm"5 Tips to Use FamilySearch Effectively" by Michelle Tucker

october 2018

201811oct1:00 pm3:00 pm"Making the Most of USGS Maps for Genealogy" by Jerry Smith

november 2018

201808nov1:00 pm3:00 pm"Google Search Tips and MLGC new Website" by Cheryl Bittner and Michael Kearney

december 2018

201813dec1:00 pm3:00 pmDon’t Forget the Ladies!A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law


2018 Programs and Speakers

January: Brick Walls: Planning Committee Panel

February: “Show & Tell” Planning Committee and Attendees

March: Sydnie Cruise Dixon: “Researching 17th and 18th Century Records”

April: Sue Long: “The Holmes Map”

May: Michelle Tucker Chubenko: “Researching Ancestors From the Austro-Hungarian Empire”

June: James Beidler: “German Genealogy Research”

We adjourn for the summer


Jan. 12: “Show and Tell”

Feb. 9: Planning committee:“Brick Walls”: Click HERE for handout on “How to Break down your Brick Walls” (cancelled due to inclement weather)

Mar. 13: Bette Male: “Where Was that Family Farm?”

Apr. 13: Cynthia Steinhoff: “Interpreting Needlework Samplers”

May 11: Allen Male: “The Genealogical Proof Standard: Now That You Found the Information, What Comes Next?

June 8: Dawn King Carson: “Become a Probate Detective: Rejoicing in the Probate Files of Our Ancestors”

We adjourn for the summer

September: Shamele Jordan: “Genealogy Maps and Mapping”

October: Bruce Katsiff & Rachel Wetzel “Genealogy Photography”

November: Rich Venezia: “Twentieth Century Immigration and Naturalization

December: Sydney F. Cruice Dixon: “Gedcoms and photos: uploading to”


January 14: “Brick Walls” MLGC panel

February 11: Cheryl Bittner: Using

March 10: “Researching NARA in Washington, DC” Sydney Cruise Dixon and preparation meeting for bus trip to National Archives

April 7: Bus trip to the National Archives in Washington, DC. 

April 14: “Internet Sources for Irish Research” Patrick Connelly

May 12: “Finding your German Immigrants” Michael Lacopo

June 9: Writing and Storing Your Personal Stories for Your Descendants” Marilyn Toole

Sept 8: “Maximizing” Sydney F. Cruice Dixon

Oct. 13: “Hidden Clues in the U.S. Censuses” Marilyn Toole

Nov. 10: “Researching Your Irish Family” Frank Southcott (notes to follow)

Dec. 8: Melissa Johnson: “Genealogy Research in New Jersey

Highlighted talks include notes. Just click on the link.



January 8: “Share Your Artifacts;” chaired by Susie Hedrick

February 12 :“Breaking Down Brick Walls;” resourced by the MLGC Planning Committee

March 12: “Genealogy Resources Available in Chester County, PA” Kim Bucklaw, Chester County Historical Society

April 9: “Delaware County Records” Keith Lockhart

May 14: DNA: Jim Bartlett, Family Finder “DNA- The Newest Tool for Genealogists: Y-DNA, mtDNA,and Family Finder Tests“June 11: Shelli Nye: “How to Use the Family History Center”

September 10: Marilyn Toole “What Shall We Do With the Body: Burial Customs in America,” includes

October 8: Show and Tell: Susie Hedrick

November 12: “Finding the Elusive Ancestor” Sydney Cruise Dixon

December 10: “Land Records and Mapping” Jerald Smith


January: “Show and Tell” Susan Hedrick

February: Cancelled due to inclement weather

March: “German Research” Jim Beidler

April: “Identifying People in Old Photos” Marilyn Toole

May: “Scandanavian Research” Ted Laws

June: “Brick Walls” Panel Discussion

Summer break

September: “Exploring our Club’s Web Pages” webmaster Marilyn Toole

October: “Researching Family in England” Frank Southcott
November: “Philadelphia Research: Not for Philadelphia Only” Sydney Cruice Dixon

December: “Resources of the Montgomery County Historical Society” Rose Brown


Jan: “Show and Tell” Susan Hedrick, presenter

Feb: Jim Bartlett, Family Finder DNA testing service

DNA Comparison chart

Using FTDNA, 23&Me, and Ancestry DNA for Autosomal DNA

DNA Testing for Genealogists

Mar: Immigration: Gail Cappelli

Apr: Bruce Arnold: Scottish Genealogy

May: Sandi Hewlett: English Research

June: Susan Hedrick: Brick Walls

September: Cheryl Bittner: Who do YOU think you are? Contact Cheryl at for handout of this program.

October: Gail Cappelli: “Researching in Great Britain”

November: Bruce Arnold: “Researching Your New England Ancestry” (notes mailed to all on mailing list)

December: Kim Bucklaw, Chester County Archives: “Geographic timelines Part I: 18th century rural genealogy. Geographic timelines Part II, 19th and 20thcentury Urban Genealogy.”


January: Genealogical Resources at Winterthur Library

February: Member Cheryl Bittner: “How to Plan a Family Reunion”

March: Member Sydney Cruice Dixon: “How to Research Military Records”

April: Mr. Richard Huey, LDS, “Continuing and Rapid Improvements at the LDS free website,” 

May: Susan S. Koelble,  “Crossing the Pond: Finding Your Irish Roots”

June: “Break Down Your Brick Walls” MLGC Panel

July & August: No meetings

September: “Preparing for Travel/Cemetery Visits” Shirley Blake and Gail Cappelli

October: Marilyn Toole, “Free Books on the Internet, PERSI, and Using RootsWeb”

November: Sydney Cruice Dixon & Bill Nichols of the local LDS church “Research Using the Many Genealogy Services of the Church of Latter Day Saints

December 13: Member John Weaber: “Software Options”


Thurs., Jan 13: Jefferson Moak, NARA, “1940 Census”

Thurs., Feb.10: Bruce Arnold. “Reflections on a Personal Genealogy Search”.

Thurs., Mar 10:  Linda McMeniman “Introduction to New York City Research”

Thurs., Apr. 13: Marilyn Toole OK, I’ve Found them in the Census, NOW WHAT?” 


Thurs., May 12: General Discussion forum

Thurs., June 9: Jim Beidler, Newspapers and Genealogy and retirement party for founder Craig TenBroeck

No meetings July and August

Thurs., Sept. 8, Emily Richardson, Ph.D. “Leaving a Legacy: Discovering New Ways to Find Your Ancestors”. There are no notes for this program.

Thurs., Oct. 13 Margery Fry, Director Temple University Archives: Check here for Notes

Thurs., Nov. 10 Lee Arnold, Senior Director of the Library and Collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

“Holdings of HSP”

Thurs., Dec. 8 
 Charles Hummel, retired Deputy Director and Curator Emeritus of the Winterthur Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE and Adjunct Professor in the Art History and History Departments of the University of Delaware. “About the Pennsylvania Germans, 1683-1850”. 


1/17/10  Charles F. KerchnerP.E. “Beyond the Paper Trail:  What DNA Testing Can Offer”.


3/11/10  Marilyn Toole “Using the Club’s Web Page” and “Using PERSI” 

4/8/10  Clarke Glennon, a Director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, “Using DNA to research Family History.”

5/13/2010 Susan Koelble “The Lighter Side of Genealogy”.

6/10/10 Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL,”Understanding the Vocabulary of Your Ancestors”

July, August 2010 No meetings

Sept. 8 Marilyn Toole “Identifying People in Old Photos”

Oct. 14 Patty Tracz, owner of The Photography Center in Malvern spoke on “Bringing Family History to Life through Scrapbooking and How to repair old photos with Photoshop.”

Nov. 11 Speaker cancelled: general session for attendees. No notes for this program.

Dec. 9 
 James Beidler,  renowned expert on German Immigration: “Germany to Pennsylvania: 18th Century Odyssey”.

Click on UNDERLINED titles for NOTES


1/08/09 Jackie Heitmann, “Heritage Makers”

2/12/09 Marilyn Toole “Creating Timelines”

3/12/09 Jefferson Moak, PA “Genealogy from Court Records” 

David Haugaard, HSP. “How to Add Some Biography to your Genealogy”

5/14/09 Jane Davidson, local architectural historian, writer and researcher. 

6/11/09 Jim Beidler, author and lecturer, “Palatines to America” (There are no notes for this program.)

7/9/09 Wayne Burton, Family History Center in Broomall PA “Improvements in

8/13/09 John Weaber “Using Roots Magic”

9/10/09 Carolyn Ginther and Marilyn Toole, “Improving Your Search Straegies”

10/8/09 James Beidler, “Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin”

11/12/09 Sandra Hewlett, CG “Collecting Since 1892, – The Resources of GSP

12/10/09 Jefferson Moak, NARA, “Researching Your Revolutionary Ancestors  in Philadelphia”.  

(Click on underlined titles above for notes)

HSP: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
PA: Philadelphia Archives
CG: Certified Genealogist
GSP: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania 
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration (Mid-Atlantic Region)


1/10/08 Jefferson Moak, “Using Maps in Genealogy”
2/14/08 Tony Burroughs, “Processing Family Papers”
3/13/08 Jane Dorchester, “Searching Deeds & Tax Records”
4/10/08 Pamela Powell, “Deciphering your Photographs”
5/8/08  Bruce Arnold, “Saving Media for Genealogical Records”
6/12/08 Beau Sharbrough, Footnote 

7/10/08 Ann ,”Using Quaker Records”  
8/14/08 Carolyn Ginther, “Genealogy Bank” and John Weaber “Google Alerts”
9/11/08 Kathleen Ashbey,  FHC “New Developments in SLC”
10/09/08 Jefferson Moak, NARA, Immigration Records
11/13/08 Charles F. Kerchner Jr., “Genetic Genealogy”
12/11/08 Susan Koelble, CG “
City Directories, How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways”


CG: Certified Genealogist
FHC: Family History Center, Broomall, PA
Footnote: (now FOLD3)
MLGC: Main Line Genealogy Club
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration: Atlantic Region


1/11/07 Marilyn Toole “Time Lines”
2/8/07 Heather Bolander-Smith, NARA “German Immigration”
3/8/07 TenBroeck, Sproat, Toole “Online Books”
4/12/07 Jane E. Dorchester “Land Records”
5/8/07 Ken Blazier “Writing Your Family History”
6/14/07 Craig and Marilyn: Workshop
7/12/07 Craig, Marilyn: Workshop
8/9/07 Kathleen Ashbey, FHC, “”
9/13/07 Kathleen Ashbey, FHC, “”
10/11/07 Kathleen Ashbey, FHC “Databases”
11/8/07 Kathleen Ashbey, FHC “Organizing your Data”

12/13/07 Kathleen, FHC “Notes and Sources”



FHC: Family History Center, Broomall, PA
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration, Atlantic Region


1/12/06 Sandi Hewlett, GSP, “Researching in England”
2/9/06 Patrick Connelly, “Immigration”
3/9/06 Kristin Pedemonti, “Story Telling”
4/13/06 Tom Howland, GSP, “DNA and Genealogy”
5/11/06 Jefferson Moak, NARA, “Using Maps in Genealogy”
6/8/06 Karen Higgins, GSP, “Working with Professionals”
7/13/06 Sandi Hewlett & Robert Plowman, “Conferences and Delaware County Archives”
8/10/06 Patrick Connelly, “Unusual Sources at NARA”
9/14/06 Susan Koelble, CG, “Irish Immigration”
10/12/06 Julie Garito, DAR, & Mimi Connelly, Mayflower Society, DAR & Mayflower Societies
11/9/06 Tom Showler, SAR, “Lineage Societies”
12/14/06 Bruce Arnold, MLGC, “Saving Media for Genealogy Records”

CCA: Chester County Archives
CCHS: Chester County Historical Society
CG: Certified Genealogist
DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution
GSP: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
MLGC: Main Line Genealogy Club
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration: Atlantic Region
SAR: Sons of the American Revolution


1/13/05 Patrick Connelly, “NARA 1930 Census”
2/10/05 Kay Freilich, “Writing your Family History”
3/10/05 Cliff Parker, Chester County Archives, “An Overview of the Chester County Archives”
4/14/05 Patrick Connelly, NARA, “Irish Immigration”
5/12/05 Don Stone, GSP, “How to Put your Genealogy on the Web”
6/9/05 Heidi Sproat, Ancestry Presentation
7/14/05 Patrick Connelly, NARA, “Naturalization”
8/11/05 Dr. Robert Plowman, “Delaware County Records”
9/8/05 Craig Ten Broeck & Heidi Sproat, “Using the Internet for Genealogy”
10/13/05 Craig Ten Broeck & Heidi Sproat, “Using the Internet for Genealogy” part 2
11/10/05 Pamela Powell, CCHS, “Deciphering your Photographs”
12/8/05 Heidi Sproat, “Using the Internet for Genealogy”

CCA: Chester County Archives
CCHS: Chester County Historical Society
CG: Certified Genealogist
GSP: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
MLGC: Main Line Genealogy Club
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration: Atlantic Region


1/8/04 Marilyn Toole, Genealogy Instructor, “Wading through the Index Maze”
2/12/04 Heidi Sproat,  Easttown Library, “Using the Internet for Genealogy”
3/11/04 Lee Arnold, HSP
4/8/04 Marilyn Toole, “Documenting Your Life and Your STUFF”
5/13/04 Robert Plowman, NARA, “Tracing Family Through Baltimore about 1753”
6/10/04 Heidi Sproat, “Using the Internet for Genealogy”
7/8/04 Marilyn Toole, “Using LDS Library Holdings Effectively”
8/12/04 Gail Farr, NARA, “Immigration”
9/9/04 Susan Koelble
, CG, GSP, “Philadelphia Research”
10/14/04 Heidi Sproat, “Using the Internet for Genealogy”
11/11/04 Jane Adams Clarke, GSP, “Deed Research”
12/9/04 Marilyn Toole, “Using PERSI”

CCA: Chester County Archives
CCHS: Chester County Historical Society
CG: Certified Genealogist
DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution
FHC: Family History Center, Broomall, PA
GSP: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
HSP: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
MLGC: Main Line Genealogy Club
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration: Atlantic Region
NGS:  National Genealogical Society
PERSI: Periodical Resource Source Index
SAR: Sons of the American Revolution


1/9/03 Herb Zearfoss, President, GSP
3/13/03 Kay Freilich, 
4/8/03 Rebecca Warlow, NARA, “Unusual Stuff at NARA”

* Please contact me at the email address above if you can help fill in the blank dates.

CCA: Chester County Archives
CCHS: Chester County Historical Society
CG: Certified Genealogist
DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution
FHC: Family History Center, Broomall, PA
GSP: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
HSP: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
MLGC: Main Line Genealogy Club
NARA: National Archives and Records Administration: Atlantic Region
NGS:  National Genealogical Society
SAR: Sons of the American Revolution