Lycoming County Genealogical Society
Past Events Page

Past Programs of the Society
[Here are some programs we have hosted in the past]

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2015     2014     2013     2012     2011     2010     2009


Carol Shetler March 25, 2017 -  Carol Shetler presented a program on local men who served in WWI 



Lynn NelsonSeptember 24 2016 - Lynn Nelson, author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors, presented “Introduction to Italian Records”.



May 21, 2016 - Our own Nancy McCurdy presented a program on DNA

April 23, 2016 - Michael Sheaffer gave a presentation about Sheaffer family genealogy and presented information on out of wedlock ancestry: identifying fathers of children born out of wedlock using old standards of research combined with Ancestral DNA testing,

March 19, 2016 - Diane Whitaker ​ - Executive Director​ of the Annie Halenbake Ross Library (and Registrar for PSSDAR Col Hugh White-Col John Chatham Chapter) spoke about materials available in Clinton County at the Ross Library.

Volunteers BreakfastDecember 5, 2015 Volunteers Breakfast.
No Program for the month of December

Victorian Christmas November 21, 2015 - 17th Annual Victorian Christmas “Pride and Pedigree”

A Tour of Homes, Churches & Museums

frakturOctober 24 - Part of the audience watching the slide presentation by Corinne & Russell Earnest. The Earnests have developed the largest fraktur reference library in existence, plus the most comprehensive surname indexes to genealogical data found on fraktur.

sample slide at presentation September 26 -Some of the informational slides from Jerry Smith's presentation on - Bastards, Bridges & Bawdy Houses: Quarter Sessions Records in Genealogy Research. Jerry is a certified genealogist from York, PA


May 30 - Our own Vickie and Nancy presented Genealogy 101 Beginners Class

empty ancestor file

Horse drawn hearse April 25 -John H.A. Ohnmeiss, of the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home in South Williamsport, gave a talkabout the funeral business, in general, and the ways funeral home records may be helpful in genealogical research.

Piper JohnMarch 28 - Dr John F Piper, Jr of Lycoming College was the speaker.

He spoke about the Home for the Friendless, which was founded by the ladies of Wlliamsport in 1872,is located on Campbell street on ground donated by Peter Herdic. It eventually was renamed “The Williamsport Home”


December 13, 2014 - Our fourth annual Volunteers Breakfast


November 22, 2014 - We again particiapted with the Lycoming County Historical Society with their Victorian Christmas Events.

Victorian Christmas in Williamsport


October 2014 -"From Attic to Online." ​Presented by Sue Kellerman. Sue also gave us the following website for searching newspaper that they have finished.

Sue Kellerman discussing "From Attic to Online"

September 2014 - “PASSAGE TO FREEDOM: SECRETS OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD”. A Traveling Exhibit from the Welland Historical Museum, Welland, Ontario, Canada was held September 1 – 30, 2014, The Under Ground Railroad Exhibit was held at the  Lycoming Mall Muncy 


September 27, 2014 - The picture shows the participants at the program by German genealogy expert James M. Beidler. Mr Beidler gave two presentations “Contrasting German Migrations" and “German Names and Naming Patterns”

George's Welcome Speech
Mr Beidler's presentation on German Geneology

August 2, 2014 - Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings”, a presentation of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, was presented by Catherine Kerrison, Ph.D.

George's Welcome Speech
George introducing Dr Kerrison

May 31, 2014 - George Washington talking to Society program attendees

Jeff Greenawalt as George Washington

April 26, 2014 - Gary Parks, of the Taber Museum showing a sampler to the audience

Gary Parks showing sampler

March 22, 2014 - Alvira and the Ordnance: An American Dream Denied 
Presented by Steve Huddy a local filmmaker

Steve Huddy and his wife Martha

December 14, 2013 - Our third annual Volunteers Breakfast got snowed out - we hoped to hold it in January - but just held it on February 8th. It's winter in Pennsylvania!!!

November 17, 2013 - We again particiapted with the Lycoming County Historical Society with their Victorian Christmas Events.

Victorian Christmas in Williamsport

October 26, 2013- Genealogy Roundup

George and Nancy scanning documents
George & Nancy scanning some of the documents we received

September 28, 2013 - "The History of the Repasz Band"

Some of the audience at Barry Stockers Repasz Band Presentation
Some of the audience at Barry Stockers Repasz Band Presentation

April 27, 2013 - Presented by Debra G Miller of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth Mayflower clip art of Pennsylvania The presentation included a 12 minute video and was followed by information about the Pennsylvania Mayflower Society..

Mayflower image


March 23rd - John L. Moore, of Northumberland discussed the experiences and genealogy of Hiram Pidcoe, a Civil War soldier from Williamsport, Pa. A retired journalist, Mr. Moore writes a history column twice a month for The Sunday Item, Sunbury, Pa. He has written six books about the Pennsylvania Frontier: “Warriors, Wagons & Wolves” “Traders, Travelers & Tomahawks” “Cannons, Cattle & Campfires” “Rivers, Raiders & Renegades” “Pioneers, Prisoners & Peace Pipes,” “Settlers, Soldiers & Scalps”

Victorian Christams
Program attendees talk to John More after the program

November 17th - We met with the Lycoming County Historical Society with their Victorian Christmas Events.

Victorian Christams

October 27, 2012 - “Digging Up History” With Robert E. Lee, III

Robert displays his finds at the Warrior Run Re-enactments, the Bloomsburg Fair, and conducts a public dig during Danville’s Iron Heritage Events.

Robert E. Lee III

September 29, 2012

"YesterFest" - We joined The Lycoming County Historical Society's annual fundraiser at the museum and grounds. Here are George and Kim at our display.

Yesterfest 2012 - George and Kim at our display

July 13 - 21, 2012 - Our faithful Mr Bower manning our booth at the
Lycoming County Fair July 13th to 21st

Lycoming County Fair 2012

June 2, 2012 - Wayne Palmer

Picture of Photoshop elements class conducted by Wayne Palmer

Picture of Wayne Palmer with Photo Elements Class on June 2, 2012

May 19, 2012 - John P. Deeben, NARA Archives specialist, National Archives. John Deeben is a genealogy archives specialist with the Research Support Branch (RD-DC) at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. (NARA). John provides reference assistance, orientations to research, and frequently lectures and writes about federal records of genealogical interest


May 5, 2012 - Mary Guinter
Mary and her display at the Lions Carnival in Newberry.


April 28, 2012 - Mary Sieminski, a LCGS member, and manager of Lycoming College's Women's History Collection, presented a demonstration of using their online databases, to search for information on Pennsylvania's "historical" women.

Mary with scrapbook


March 24, 2012 - Wayne Palmer, of Palmer Multimedia Imaging

Old Camera imageWayne Palmer returns to tell us about the latest technologies available for preserving our past. It has been two years since he visited LCGS, demonstrating what can be done with the old images of our ancestors, repairing and preserving them for present enjoyment. He will also discuss the options for saving our images for our children's children to enjoy.
As a possibility of a future workshop, Wayne will show us Photoshop Elements 10, and "how it works". We are contemplating holding a "hands on workshop" with this software sometime in the next months. It would involve participants to download a trial version of the program, and work along with Wayne, using the various tools it provides.

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December 10, 2011 - Our first annual Volunteers Breakfast

First annual volunteer breakfast

November 19, 2011 - We joined again with the historical society to present a program in conjunction with the Victorian Christmas House tour.  Robin Leidhecker, a title searcher, discussed “Old Houses Speak Loudly”. A program about the history of houses that can be found by researching their “Titles”

Robin Leidhecker presenting “Old Houses Speak Loudly”

October 22, 2011 - Joan Blank of Montgomery, talked about her second book, "Around Montgomery Borough, 1940 - 1980". We learned about another area of the county, the life and times of it's residents, and the past history of Montgomery.
Joan's book is published by Arcadia Publishing, and available in local book shops.

Jean Blank presents her second book

September 24, 2011 - Bea Remick of Trout Run,has published two volumes of their planned four volume set of "The History of Lewis Township". Bea talked about the times, the people and the places in and of Lewis Township, Lycoming County.
The Remick's books are self-published, and available at Gustodian Gifts.

Bea Remick spealing to audience

August 27, 2011 - our picnic in the cemetery after we finished reading East Wildwood

Wildwood picnic after reading

July 30, 2011 - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Muncy Creek Pa view of church and tombstones we were reading

Immanuel Lutheran Church

July 14- 23, 2011 : Lycoming County Genealogical Society at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville

Lycoming County Genealogical Society 2011 fair booth

June 13, 20 & 25, 2011 - we worked to uncover tombstones in The Williamsport Cemetery (Washington Blvd) The before picture shows Kim & Joan looking for stones - the "after" picture shows the 4 hidden stones!!!

Before cleaning the overgrown area
Before cleaning the area


After cleaning the area
After cleaning the area

May 21, 2011 – “Dear Home”……in honor and commendation of the Civil War soldiers….. Linda and Bill Poulton,….. portrayed a "soldier" and his "family at home"…. reading passages from actual letters sent home during the Civil War.

Linda and Bill Poulton


April 16, 2011 – "The Forgotten Families of Lycoming County, PA." Opportunity to Learn about Native American and African American Research Techniques. We looked at why the central PA region with its unique problems of identification is the origin and or destination for many of Pennsylvania's Native American and African American families.

some of the attendees taking to the speaker after the presentation

That's Joan with the power point presentationMarch 26, 2011 - Where do I go from here? The Lycoming County Genealogical Society is holding a workshop on researching your family history. With the current interest in our ancestral history, this workshop will help you get started and expand your research areas. There are many places to look for information about ancestor’s lives and times. The workshop will cover the finer points of searching in courthouses: understanding Wills and Orphan’s Court documents; census records; Naturalization documents; DAR and SAR resources; cemetery research; online sources of information and the society’s own library of information.
Information on when to search Northumberland County resources will also be given. Members of the society will be available to answer questions and provide suggestions to advance your search.

Rev. Larry WaltzFebruary 26, 2011 – "Blooming Grove and the Dunkard Settlement” - Chances are you are related to or know someone whose last name is: Heim, Staiger, Harmon, Ulmer, Waltz, Kiess, Gross, Biehl, Sheel, Hide, Mutschler, Shafer, Wagner, Gunther, Strolle, Kurtz, or Wolf. If so, there is a good chance there is a tie to the Dunkard German Brethren settlement at Blooming Grove, established in Hepburn Township in 1805. From where did these folks come? Why did these religious pietists come to this part of Pennsylvania? Where are they today? What contribution did they make to this part of the Susquehanna Valley? The Rev. Larry Waltz, president of the Blooming Grove Historical Society, will present some clues and respond to your questions, at the February meeting of the February 26.

Life and Times of Port Penn

January 22, 2011 – "Murder, Mystery and Mayham" ……. Linda Poulton of the Muncy Historical Society presented a program on the life and times of Port Penn, a once vibrant canal boat port near Muncy and it’s colorful residents, during the "heytime" of the Pennsylvania Canal.

Linda - in black- after the presentation



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Volunteer Dinner


December (no program) 2010 - A dinner for LCGS volunteers.





Victorian Ornaments

November 20, 2010 - In keeping with Williamsport's Victorian Christmas Theme
"Antique Victorian Ornaments" by Thomas R. Deans, from Milton.





October 16, 2010

Field trip groupA FIELD TRIP!! to visit Joyce Tice's personal museum in Mainesburg, PA.






Harold & Joan at Yesterfest 2010September 25, 2010

"YesterFest" - We joined The Lycoming County Historical Society's annual fundraiser at the museum and grounds. This event ran from 10am to 6pm.




Bill, Georgia and Vicki



Sat July 31, 2010 - Bill, Georgia and Vicki at Wildwood cemetery reading the stones.

Harold Bower



LCGS was at the Lycoming County Fair this year from July 15th - 24th. This is a picture of Harold Bower standing next to part of our display

Capt Mick McWilliams


May 22, 2010 - Capt Mick McWilliams with his canal replica, talking to a program attendee.  Program consisted of a discussion on the "Pennsylvania Canals of the Susquehanna Valley".




Bill at Riverwalk



Saturday May 15, 2010 - Bill manning our stand at the Riverwalk dedication

 Judy Heald, President, Centre County Genealogy Society



April 24, 2010 - Judy Heald, President, Centre County Genealogy Society presenting “Using Stories Within the Branches, to Find the Roots”.

Thomas Tabor receiving Lifetime award from LCGS



March 27, 2010  -   “Railroads and Williamsport” with Thomas T. Taber. Here is a picture of Thad Meckley presenting a life time achievement award to Thomas Taber.




Joan and Lou - March 10, 2010


March 10, 2010 - Joan and Lou put on a program for the Lycoming County Historical Society "Searching for our Ancestors"

Joan at Curtin School


March 22, 24, & 26 - "Genealogy at Curtin Middle School" - Joan, Thad and Lou taught the students Genealogy, Joan is in picture on left.

Research in Clinton County

February 27, 2010  -  “How to Research in Clinton County” – David Glossner, President of Clinton County Genealogical Society and Dianne Whitaker, Director of the Ross Library, Lock Haven

(L. to R.) Dianne Whitaker, Justin Houser, and David Glossner. 

Joan & Paul at January Program



January 23, 2010  -  “History of Wildwood Cemetery” with Paul Novak, General Manager, Wildwood Cemetery.  The history and development Wildwood Cemetery to the present day, including a brief description of the operation of the crematories.

Joan & Paul at January Prog

Paul answering questions





Paul answering questions after the program


Part of the crowd



Part of the Crowd attending the program



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December 3, 2009 - 7- 9 p.m. A Mexican Christmas...The Lycoming County Genealogical Society's 2009 Christmas Dinner at Ozzie & Mae's... in the heart of Historic Downtown Williamsport, 43 West Fourth Street

November 21, 2009 - “Open House” at our library. No formal program due to the “Victorian Christmas” and the Taber Museum events. 

Tina - Dave




October 24, 2009 - "Newberry Days"! at Newberry Community Center, Diamond Square, Newberry. Hours 1-4pm


Tina and Dave At Newberry Days







People looking at Displays




People looking at our Displays at Newberry Days




Gril Scout Troop 238



October 18, 2009 - Members of Girl Scout Troop 238 of South Williamsport and their leader Tess Bartholomew, working on their Heritage Badge at the Society




September 26, 2009 - GENEALOGY WORKSHOP for Beginners!

Geneology Workshop

Genealogy Workshop

Joan Knight
Joan Knight Presenting at the Workshop

Mr Bower at the mound
Here's Mr. Bower at Mound (Wildwood) Cemetery - August 2009

Library donation of books
Joan, Martha Huddy (of Friends of the Library) and Bill
at the JV Brown Library receiving a donation of books

Have you volunteered for anything lately? The LCGS needs your help! We have things for you to do in order to build a better genealogical Society. We have come a long way since the Lycoming County Genealogical Society had first been established. Email for more info on how to help.

Library hours:
12 - 4 pm. Please see"contact us" for more details

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