Pittsburgh isn't your run-of-the-mill family history destination. Here's how to move your research forward in the Steel City.
You probably think of Pittsburgh simply as the "Steel City" of the Industrial Revolution. But while maintaining the quaint, close-knit ethnic neighborhoods that were once mill towns and the historic landmarks that were once simply functional, the city has slowly grown into a cultural, clean and safe travel destination.
Pittsburgh's industrial heritage makes it a key genealogy destination, as well. Many families' journeys have led through Pittsburgh: The city was a magnet for European immigrants, especially during the "great migration" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, because of those abundant mill and factory jobs. Pittsburgh will attract masses of family historians this spring, when the National Genealogical Society (NGS) convenes here for its annual conference—and 100th birthday celebration. The May 28-31 gathering will honor the city's role in "Moving a Nation Westward" (see www.ngsgenealogy.org for program and registration details). Whenever you visit Pittsburgh, though, you'll find no shortage of places to explore history and your roots.