Butler County Genealogical Society

PO Box 662 

Butler, PA 16003-0662


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Welcome to Butler County Roots, the web site of the Butler County Genealogical Society of Butler County, Pennsylvania.

The Butler County Genealogical Society is a group of volunteers dedicated to the collection and preservation of information about its families, past and present, of Butler County and to help its families obtain the information they need to document their family heritage. Our membership is open to anyone with an interest in genealogy.


Our next meeting will be held on August 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the basement meeting room at the Butler Area Public Library. We will be viewing a video: German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research.

Internet  research for German ancestors is not as fully developed as it is for  North American or British ancestors, but don’t let that stop you! There  is a significant subscription site, along with some important indexes,  original and compiled, records online. Fortunately, the number of  actual records online is growing at a significant rate. Other German  genealogy sites provide important information about places or sources.  Indeed, your research will suffer if you don’t use the Internet for  your German research.

Presenter : James M. Beidler
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches,  an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only  syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a  columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.     

 Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been  a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of  numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also  sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project.                    
He is a Senior Tax Advisor for an H&R Block franchise and previously was a copy editor for 15 years for The Patriot-News newspaper in Harrisburg, PA.         

Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides and is an eighth-generation member of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in Political Science in 1982.    

The presentation is about a half hour long. 


2014 Officers

President - Richard E. Schnur

Vice President - Cindy Hays

Secretary - Nancy Updegraff

Treasurer - Sara McGee

Membership Secretary - Karen Grelling


Programs - Natalie Price

Projects - Pat Collins



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