Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society

The Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society meets at 1 PM on the third Monday of the month, September through November and January through May, in the Mt. Lebanon Library. You're welcome to join us. We meet in one of the two Conference Rooms on the lower level of the library. Check the library's Calendar of Events for specific dates and location. All meetings are free and open to the public.

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2015 Program Notes

January - Our January meeting will be an open discussion and round table for members new and old.  If you're an experienced researcher, share your best tips for doing genealogy in Western PA.  Or anywhere else for that matter.  If you're a new member, this is your chance to get tips on how to get started.  Or if you're just at a brick wall on one of your ancestors, ask and see if one of our members has some new avenues for you to try. Link to Meeting Notes

February - Our February meeting will be demonstrations of several tools in the Google product suite. If you've attended our meetings in the past you've heard us say the three best sources of information are, and Google search. This meeting will demonstrate the use of the most important of the Google tools for genealogy research: search, books, alerts and newspapers. The first three topics will be taught using online videos, the last by a live demonstration of Google's extensive archive of newspapers. Link to Meeting Notes

March - Amy E. K. Arner will discuss how and where to find birth, death, and marriage records in Pennsylvania. She will show examples of each type of document and what kinds of valuable information researchers can find in them. Link to Meeting Notes

April 20 - Marilyn Holt returns for her annual visit to our group. Marilyn will present topics of interest to those new at genealogy and those well along their journey. Marilyn is always our most popular speaker so don't miss this opportunity to improve your genealogy skills and knowledge. Link to Meeting Notes

May 18 - Jim Stuber will describe how to use the resources available through the Family History Centers, including free online resources at, historical records from all around the globe on microfilm, the most popular web sites free to use at the local Family History Centers, and more. If you aren't using these to their fullest, you're missing out on the single best source of genealogy information in the world, all available from your home or a short trip to Green Tree. Link to Meeting Notes

September - The Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society will not be meeting in September.  We will resume our regular meetings on October 19th.

October -
The October meeting of the Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society on October 19th at 1:00 will be a viewing of a video titled "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", with time for discussion by the group and answers to your specific questions.  Tracking ancestors back across the ocean is often one of the most difficult issues when doing genealogy research.  Come and learn how the experts do it.

Meeting Notes from 2014

January - No Meeting

February 17th – A video from the popular presenter: The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista Cowan. The 30 minutes video, entitled "Approach Your Family History Research Like A Pro", will be followed by a Q/A session on the material we just viewed, or any other questions attendees would like to ask.

March 17th – Marilyn Cocchiola Holt returns for her annual visit to our society. Marilyn is our most popular presenter each year. This year’s topic is “Researching Your Ancestors in Europe”, one of our top requested topics.

April 21st - Jay Shock will speak on “Church and Cemetery Records: A Complement to Online Research”.

May 19th - Diane Klinefelter is a professional genealogist, author and historian specializing in military records. She will give a talk on "Finding the Veterans in Your Family." Because military records often hold such rich and detailed information, it is no wonder genealogists want to look for all the family members who served in our armed forces. This talk will provide tips on identifying ancestors that served, where to find the records and what genealogical information can be gained from them.

September 15 - The September meeting will be a presentation by Jim Stuber. He will show how he did the research to provide one of our members new information on their ancestors. See an actual demonstration of how the wealth of information from, and make genealogy research easier than ever before.

October 20 - DNA testing and genealogy research

November 17 - Elissa Scalise Powell, well known genealogy researcher and presenter in Western Pennsylvania will discuss:  “What's a Prothonotary?: Your Guide to Pennsylvania Court House Records”

December 15th - No Meeting in December

See the library's Genealogy Resources