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Are you a genealogist who’s wondered how some of your colleagues turn their prodigious research into an entire book on the family’s history? Well, help is on the way.

Brothers John and Bert Stevenson will discuss their recent book “Our Back Mountain Families” at the next meeting of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. It’s set for 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 104 of the McGowan Building on the King’s College campus, West Union and North River streets, Wilkes-Barre.

John and Bert and their sister Ella were born and raised in the Back Mountain area. Their work focuses on 12 families.

However, their presentation will go beyond those families when they discuss the 600-page book and its 4,400-names index. They will discuss ways in which their experience can help other genealogists. As always, there will be time for questions and answers.

The meeting will include election of officers to serve for the next two years.

For information on joining the society or visiting its Hanover Township research library, go to

Local Genealogy Class: The West Pittston Library will host a Local History and Genealogy Workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Mary Portelli and Sandra Panzitta of the West Pittston Historical Society will speak about materials that may be accessed online, including newspapers, courthouse resources, census records, local city directories, cemetery records and other items of information. They also will discuss the West Pittston Library’s collection of local historical books and references. The program will be useful for anyone researching his or her West Pittston home, the library said in a release. To keep up on library events, go to The library is at 200 Exeter Ave. Call (570) 654-9847.

Online Genealogy Classes: Family Tree Magazine offers online courses in many aspects of genealogy. A new batch will begin in October. Many are taught by Lisa Alzo, the renowned genealogist and writer who spoke at the state genealogy conference in Nanticoke in the spring. Costs vary. To check out the offerings and register, visit and click on “university.”

Civil War Genealogy: The Pennsylvania State Archives will offer training in researching your Civil War ancestors in a daylong session beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event is free. Registration is required, and space is highly limited. Email or call (717) 772-3257 by Tuesday.

News Notes: The Richmond (Virginia) Public Library has undertaken an effort to get people in that area to write their memoirs. The library provides packs of recycled paper, in which people can handwrite the stories of their lives, the “AARP Bulletin” reports. The pages are then bound in covers and placed on the circulating shelves.

Don’t forget, the online Irish genealogy magazine “Irish Lives Remembered” offers a monthly package of information on researching Irish ancestors. Check it out at

The Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania will offer an ethnic smorgasbord at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Attendees are asked to bring an ethnic dish of their own to share. Paul Kobierecki will discuss the value of precious metals. Reservations are suggested. Call (570) 383-7661. The society is at 1100 Main St., Peckville.

Luzerne County’s newest history-related organization, the Kingston Historical Society, has begun its 2013-2014 schedule of meetings and projects. It meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the community room of the Kingston Fire Department, Wyoming Avenue.

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