Guest Speaker: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
Newspapers contain more than obituaries -- they record many important events in our ancestor's lives and can be a substitute for missing vital records. Learn how to access them online and off in order to reap the huge rewards that are hidden in their pages.
About the Speaker: Elissa has been doing genealogical research since 1985, and has been helping others find their ancestral roots since 1990. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) certified her in 1995 as a Certified Genealogical Records SpecialistSM (CGRS), and changed her designation in 2005 to Certified GenealogistSM (CG). She is one of about a dozen certified associates residing in the state of Pennsylvania. She is a past Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2006-2009).
She is the course coordinator for the Professional Genealogy course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research held in June at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and an instructor in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy held in January in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a subject matter expert and instructor in Boston University's Certificate in Genealogical Research program. She also lectures both nationally and regionally.
Elissa enjoys writing articles and book reviews for NGS NewsMagazine, the NGS Quarterly, the APG Quarterly, Digital Genealogist, and the now defunct Genealogical Computing. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists from 2000 through 2005 and the Participating Societies Chairperson for the National Genealogical Society's 2003 Conference in Pittsburgh. Elissa is a past president of both the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the North Hills Genealogists as well as past newsletter editor for both, and past Program chairperson and Book Review Editor for the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
Free and Open to the Public