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Awhile ago, we asked Facebook
fans which state they’d most want to see a webinar about. Among the many states
mentioned, Pennsylvania was the winner.
Philadelphia was the No. 1 port of entry for immigrants during the Colonial era and
has remained a financial and cultural center, meaning many of you have ancestors who
lived in Pennsylvania.
Ask and ye shall receive! You’ll learn resources and research strategies for tracing
them in our next webinar, Pennsylvania
Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your Keystone State Ancestors.
“Many people have what I call the ‘1850 census birthplace problem,’” says presenter
James M. Beidler.
“That is, they have an ancestor in a state such as Ohio, Illinois or California, and
the 1850 US census shows Pennsylvania as the birthplace—but nothing else ties the
ancestor to a particular part of Pennsylvania. We’ll discuss some ideas on how to
break through this brick wall.”
In the webinar, you’ll also learn:
Aspects of Pennsylvania history that are essential to doing genealogical research
- Details on vital records, immigration resources and other records in the state
Ethnic groups that tended to settle in Pennsylvania and the records they may have
The best websites for doing Pennsylvania research, such as the steadily expanding website
of the Pennsylvania State Archives.
Beidler, himself a Pennsylvania resident, is a frequent contributor to Family Tree
Magazine and an expert on research in the state.
The hour-long Pennsylvania
Crash Course webinar is Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Eastern (that’s 6 p.m. Central/
5 p.m. Mountain/ 4 p.m. Pacific).