Brought to you by the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in conjunction with North Hills Genealogists

Saturday, October 19, 2019 · 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Schoppol Hall · St. Teresa of Avila Parish
1000 Avila Ct., Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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Three informative workshops

Using the Digitized Pittsburgh Catholic to Research Family History (Thomas White, Duquesne University Archives and Special Collections)

The Pittsburgh Catholic is the oldest continuously published Catholic newspaper in the country, making it a valuable resource for historians and genealogists. It contains information on individuals, priests, parishes, schools, fraternal organizations, and events. This session demonstrates how to access the paper and utilize its contents when searching for your family history.

Thomas White is the University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at Duquesne University, as well as an Adjunct Professor of History at both Duquesne and La Roche University. He specializes in public history and the history and folklore of Pennsylvania, and is the author of eleven books. He received his B.A. in History at La Roche College and an M.A. in History (Archives, Museums and Editing) from Duquesne University. Before starting at Duquesne in 2005, he spent six years working as an archivist at the Heinz History Center.

Genealogy and Catholic Convent Archives (Kathleen Washy, Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden Archives)

Catholic women religious, also known as nuns and sisters, lead a celibate life and have no offspring. Do they have an importance to genealogical research? Very much so! Learn about the types of family tree treasures that exist in archives of Catholic religious congregations in the United States and how to go about finding more information on your Catholic ancestors.

Kathleen Washy has served as the archivist for the Sisters of St Joseph of Baden since 2013. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and co-editor of its annual journal Gathered Fragments. She previously served a 20-year tenure as archivist for Mercy Hospital and as a grant-funded archivist at the Heinz History Center. She has authored many articles on Catholic historical topics. She earned a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Gannon University, an M.A. in History from University of Toronto, and an M.A. in History and Archival Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Finding the Faith: Using Diocesan and Sacramental Records to Document Family History (Dennis Wodzinski, Diocese of Pittsburgh Archives and Records Center

This presentation details information and records available to genealogists from diocesan collections, with a special emphasis on the collection of the Archives and Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Further emphasis will also be placed on the information that can be found in sacramental registers.

Dennis Wodzinski, Director of the Archives and Records Center of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, holds a B.A. in History from John Carroll University, and an M. A. in History from Duquesne University’s Archives and Museum Studies program. Prior to his employment with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, he served as Archivist for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, and Archivist and Curator for the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg. Dennis presently is on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as an adjunct instructor in the History and Classics Departments of Duquesne and La Roche Universities.

How to register

Your $10 registration fee includes all three workshops and light refreshments.

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