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Baltimore_Church_LocatorFebruary 24 — Baltimore Historical Houses of Worship Locator – Stephen Conner
Before 1900, people walked to the nearest church. Find the address of an ancestor and you can use this locator utility to find the nearest church that may have records.

This is an online tool that helps users find their ancestor’s houses of worship. The utility also has links to online records at the Maryland Archives and FamilySearch.org.

Speaker_Feather_Ann_Davis_500x300March 24– Feather Ann Davis will speak about The Men from Wetheredsville, Baltimore County, Maryland Company “G” 4th Regiment Maryland Volunteer Infantry, United States Army War of 1861-1865.

More than 25 men from the mill village of Wetheredsville and the neighboring mill communities of Powhatan and Calverton voluntarily enlisted in a single Union infantry company, Company “G” of the 4th Regiment of the Maryland Volunteer Infantry.  The soldiers of Company “G” suffered sickness, deprivation, gunshot wounds, loss of limbs, lifetime disabilities and for some, the ultimate toll, death, which all those who served in the wrenching war were at risk of suffering.

Speaker_SeanKief_Jeffrey_Smith_28APR2013_500x500April 28 — Sean Kief & Jeffrey Smith will speak about their new book – Perry Hall Mansion.
This chronicle draws on over 200 years worth of images and personal accounts of surviving residents as well as original source documents. Books will be available for purchase, 50% of the proceeds of the sale will go to the Mansion fund.

Michael_Hait_400_300May 26 — Using Probate Records – Michael Hait, CG will discuss the process associated with the administration of testate and intestate estates. Example documents illustrate the various and detailed information that probate records can hold about our ancestors, their daily lives, and family relationships.

– S U M M E R   B R E A K –

September 22 — Resources in and around Anne Arundel County – Betty DeKeyser

Kuethe LibraryThe KUETHE LIBRARY includes holdings of both the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. Although specializing in Anne Arundel County and Maryland material, its holdings encompass the eastern, central states as well as some western material among its 4,000 volumes. In addition to published material, the collection includes manuscripts, maps, photographs, genealogical, biographical and subject files, microfilm & fiche holdings.

October 27 — What’s new at FamilySearch.org – Dottie Aleshire
“FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, which was founded in 1894, is dedicated to preserving the records of the family of mankind. Our purpose is simple—help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records.”

Bob_BarnesNovember 24 — Immigration – Robert Barnes
Bob Barnes, aged 74, is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is, or has been, active in the Maryland Genealogical Society,  the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire!

He and his wife Cathy have been married for 53 years, and have four children, five grandchildren, and numerous grand-dogs and grand-cats.

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Mary_Mannix_440x600_FEB_2014February 23 — Thinking About Your Stuff: Estate Planning for GenealogistsMary Mannix
Wonder what happened to that family bible? How about the graduation photographs of your grandmother? As a genealogist you’ve probably spent long hours wondering where the “stuff” belonging to your ancestors went. Not just the fun stuff but all the other stuff that provides documentation you are missing. What will happen to your stuff when you die? When you have joined your ancestors will your descendants know where to look for your photographs, the family artifacts in your care, and the results of your research? It is never too early to start planning about where everything will go, and time to start thinking about your stuff.

Mary has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985. She is currently the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries, a position she has held since 1998. For eleven years she was the Library Director of the Howard County Historical Society. She has also held positions at the Lilienfeld Library of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Maryland Historical Society. She holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Arts in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Hood College, where she majored in History and Political Science. Mary is very active in MARAC (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference – the professional association for archivists in this area) and is in her third term as Vice Chair. She has been very involved in the History Section of the American Library Association. Mary was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland and public history courses at Hood College.

Debra_Hoffman-BioPic-2012_400x500March 23 — Researching Your Civil War SoldierDebra Hoffman
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Beginner.
Learn the resources for researching your Civil War soldier. Two case studies — one Union and one Confederate — will illustrate the information that can be found.

Debra A. Hoffman has been researching her family history for the past thirty-five years. She has completed the National Genealogical Society s American Genealogy Home Study Course and completed Brigham Young University s Certificate in Family History. Additionally, she has completed Courses 3 (Research in the South, Part I), 4 (Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis) and 5 (Writing and Publishing for Genealogists) at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) held at Samford University. She also completed Course 3 (Advanced German Research) at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is a member of numerous genealogical societies as well as the William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Source: http://www.apgen.org)

CurtBWitcherApril 19, Saturday — Special Genealogy Seminar with Curt Bryan Witcher

  1. Mining the Mother Lode:  Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research
  2. Passenger and Immigration Research
  3. More Than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogists

Curt Bryan Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he manages The Genealogy Center, serves as general curator for the institution’s Rare and Fine Book Collection, and is the Supervisor for the Lincoln Financial Foundation’s Lincoln Library Collection. Curt is the project lead on the library’s digitization initiatives–initiatives that include partnerships with the FamilySearch International, the Internet Archive, ProQuest, Fold3, and WeRelate–as well as growing a site of free, searchable data files at GenealogyCenter.org. He has worked at Allen County Public Library for more than thirty-four years.

Malissa_RuffnerMay 25 — Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives – Malissa Ruffner
Malissa gave a brief history of BCA – from the earliest days to its current association with the Maryland State Archives – and give an overview of its holdings. She will describe the kind of genealogical information you might find, how to prepare for a research visit, and what to expect when you arrive.

Malissa holds an MLS degree and worked as an archivist before heeding the call of genealogy. She was a volunteer at BCA for several years and has conducted personal and client research on-site. She currently serves as an at-large board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and launched its Facebook page last April.

Bill_Amos_Reduced_GlareSeptember 28 — A Case Study:  Connecting the Dots – Bill Amos
A step by step progression using several genealogical tools to come up with an interesting story. By connecting the dots — FACTS — an interesting picture emerges.

Bill Amos retired after 40 years as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Because of his geographic and analytical background he became enamored with genealogy about 30 years ago. The principles of collecting and analyzing foreign intelligence are very similar to collecting and analyzing genealogical data. Mr Amos has 30 years experience in genealogy and finds that there is an almost universal interest in knowing where you came from and a natural curiosity about your background.

Margaret_McMahon_skatingwbookphotoOctober 26 — Google For Genealogists – Margaret McMahon

Join Dr. Margaret M. McMahon to learn how to search for ancestors using Google and its tools. You will learn how to construct searches to look for your ancestors on the web and be  introduced to the use of selected search techniques.

Margaret is the hockey-playing genealogist. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and with the advent of parenthood, she turned her technical talents to researching her family’s genealogy. She has over twenty-five years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate school professor. She is an experienced presenter at national and international technical conferences.

John_Foertschbeck_450x400November 23 — Baltimore German Catholic Churches – John Foertschbeck

John is a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society, Maryland Historical Society, Carroll County Genealogical Society, Carroll County Community Media Center, Historical Society of Carroll County, Mt. Airy Historical Society.  John is a member, and was the Baltimore chapter president, region president and a national director of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) (formerly DPMA).

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Sandy Clunies Trott 213March 22 — The Cyber-Library: Primary Documents and Books Online.
Sandy Clunies

Join Sandy Clunies in a discussion about finding documents, books and newspapers online. Tips and tricks are offered to help you find what you need online.

About Sandy Clunies
Sandy Clunies has been certified by BCG since 1993 and has served as President of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG and on the APG Board of Directors. A past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest and the APG Grahame T. Smallwood Award of Merit, she currently serves as an officer for several lineage societies at the state and national level.

John_Colletta_new_prof_photo_color_400x560April 25, Saturday — Spring Seminar.
John Colletta

John Colletta will give four presentations.

  1. Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times- Mid 20th Century
  2. US Naturalization Records, 1790-1930’s
  3. Library of Congress:  An Introduction and Overview
  4. Using 19th Century Newspapers for Family History.

The seminar is planned to be held in our LIBRARY. There is an admission fee and there is LIMITED SEATING.

About John Colletta
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. Dr. Colletta appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. He is featured in Episode Four of “Ancestors,” the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel. He has received many professional honors, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.

Eileen_Souza_Biz_400x500May 24 — The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy.
Eileen Souza

  • What is DNA?
  • What types of DNA are used for genealogy?
  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do I know what test to take?
  • Well, I got my results, now what?

If you have asked yourself these questions or If the highly technical nature of most DNA talks confuses you – then THIS PRESENTATION IS FOR YOU.

As the name implies, this presentation will answer your questions using a non-technical, genealogy – oriented approach. It will also address what DNA does not do to help set your expectations.

About Eileen Souza
Eileen Souza, PLCGS, owner of Old Bones Genealogy, is a professional genealogist who specializes in Maryland research.  She is president of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Maryland Genealogical Society and other local business and genealogical societies.

Eileen is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, earning a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies; a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research; and a graduate of the ProGen Study Group.

She is the author of Research in Carroll County, published in the August 2012 issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.

Debra_Hoffman-BioPic-2012_400x500Sunday, September 27, 3 pm — Brick Walls.
Debra Hoffman

Learn genealogical research techniques and strategies to move beyond your brick wall and continue exploring your family history.

About Debra Hoffman
Specializing in Maryland and German research, Debra A. Hoffman is a professional genealogist and the owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. She has a certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University and, since 2009 she has completed courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Debra is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and belongs to the William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as many other state and local genealogical societies.

Wayne_Schamburg_Enhanced_IMG_0188October 25 — Baltimore’s First Century.
Wayne Schaumburg

Trace the history of Baltimore from its founding in 1729 through the War of 1812. We will look at the developments that transformed Baltimore Town from a sleepy village on the Patapsco River to a major American city by 1820, with emphasis on the people, places and events responsible for our amazing growth. We will look at how Baltimore came to be in 1729 and will discover that its early history was actually a tale of three towns: Baltimore Town, Jonestown and Fell’s Point – each with an important role to play.

Learn Baltimore’s role in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 and how we earned the nickname of “that nest of pirates on the Chesapeake.” Finally, we will look at the architectural heritage of this period and those buildings that are still standing today, which include Mt. Clare Mansion, St. Paul’s Rectory, Otterbein Church, the Flag House, Carroll Mansion, the Old Town Quaker Meeting House, Homewood Mansion, St. Mary’s Chapel, the Battle Monument and others.

Malissa_RuffnerNovember 22 — Enoch Pratt Library
Malissa Ruffner

Malissa will give an overview of the holdings of the Enoch Pratt State Library Resource Center that are most important to genealogists, highlight offerings that be accessed from home, and provide useful tips for making a trip to the historical Central Branch.

About Malissa Ruffner
Malissa Ruffner has been seriously researching her own family since attending Bob Barnes’ four introductory sessions at the Maryland Historical Society in 2009. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. As an archivist, she worked on projects at Goucher College, Hampton National Historic Site, and the University of Maryland, University Archives. She was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in September of 2014 and serves as Vice-President of the Maryland Genealogical Society.

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February 28 — Harford County
Jon Livezey

Undated photo by Stu Whelan. Maryland Manual Collection, MSA SC 1198.

Undated photo by Stu Whelan. Maryland Manual Collection, MSA SC 1198.

The Specifics and Peculiarities of Genealogy Research in Harford County, MD, a lot applicable to all of Maryland, with  attention to recent developments affecting how one approaches the subject.

About Jon Livezey
Jon is a native and lifetime resident of Aberdeen, graduate of Aberdeen High School, the Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland School of Law; retired lawyer with probate and real estate practice in Harford County; past president of Harford County Bar Association; served in JAG Corps, US Army, member of Maryland House of Delegates 1971-75; researching Harford County area families for over 60 years; founder and past president of Harford County Genealogical Society, compiler of several of its publications; past president and fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society; has lectured at several National Genealogical Society conferences; active with Aberdeen Room Archives & Museum, past president of Historical Society of Harford County; author of articles in Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin and Journal, including recent article on Harford County research.

 

March 20 — Producing a Reliable Family History
Adrian J. Gravelle

Adrian_J_Gravelle(2014)_300x300An Appellate Judge Discusses Genealogical Evidence

This presentation includes a discussion of guidelines for evaluating genealogical evidence, and suggests methods of resolving conflicts in evidence. Topics will include how to think and write like a judge in producing a reliable and accurate family history, how legal standards and concepts can be applied to genealogical research, and the current standard of proof used by the genealogical community.

 

Dick_Eastman_small_picApril 16 – Spring Seminar
Dick Eastman will present four topics:

  1. Going Nearly Paperless – How to Get Started”
  2. Using MyHeritage.com Effectively”
  3. The Family History World in 10 Years’ Time”
  4. The Organized Genealogist”

 

Sunday, May 22
18th Century Newspapers – Bob Barnes

Robert_Barnes_April_21_2016_wmWhat Can Be Found in 18th Century Newspapers Besides Marriages and Deaths.

About Robert Barnes
Bob Barnes, is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is active in the Maryland Genealogical Society,  the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire.

 

September 25, 3 pm — Ancestors in the U. S. Military: Online and in Military Archives.
Dr. Margaret McMahon

Margaret_McMahon_skatingwbookphotoLearn how to use online resources to locate information about your ancestors’ US Military service. The discussion will include information about how to use military archives in your research.

About Dr. McMahon
Margaret is the hockey-playing genealogist. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and with the advent of parenthood, she turned her technical talents to researching her family’s genealogy. She has over twenty-five years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate school professor. She is an experienced presenter at national and international technical conferences

 

 

Luke_F_McCusker_2016October 23, 3 pm –The Irish Railroad Workers’ Museum
Luke McCusker

Topics include
  • Establishment of the Museum
  • Description of our Museum’s mission and focus
  • Genealogy activity of the Museum
  • Museum’s research of the Feeley family: discoveries and results
  • Family History of our visitors: Railroading and Irish emphases
  • Q & A

 

About Luke McCusker
Luke F. McCusker is a Baltimore native, graduating from the University of Baltimore, B.A. History. His passion for local and state history has grown during work experiences at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, Pratt Library’s Maryland Department and an internship at the Maryland State Archives. Luke has been both a docent and published author with the Maryland Historical Society, and became Managing Director of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum in 2013.

Adrian_J_Gravelle(2014)_300x300November 27 — Obituaries – A Treasure Trove for Genealogists
Adrian J. Gravelle

This presentation will include:

  • A short history of obituaries
  • A discussion of their reliability in genealogical research
  • The importance of obituaries in genealogical research
  • Techniques for finding obituaries on the Internet
  • Internet tools used in conjunction with obituaries
  • Understanding the wording in obituaries
  • Examples of good, bad, humorous and not-so-humorous obituaries.

About Adrian J Gravelle:
Adrian J. Gravelle has been a lawyer for forty-seven years and has spent most of his time in the practice of criminal law in the Army.
Colonel Gravelle served the last seven years of his military career as an appellate judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, Falls Church, Virginia.

He began researching his own family history thirty-six years ago as a hobby.
Since retiring seventeen years ago, he has been a full-time genealogy researcher, specializing in French-Canadian research.
He is an occasional instructor on subjects ranging from French-Canadian research to genealogical evidence and proof standards.

Adrian is an active volunteer at the LDS Family History Center in Columbia, Maryland.

 

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Civil War Parole Camps of Annapolis, Maryland
Rebecca Morris, of Anne Arundel Co. Historical Society

FEBRUARY 26, SUNDAY, 3 PM
In 1862, Annapolis became the main depot on the east coast for Union prisoners released on parole by the Confederacy.
The camps, and the army regiments stationed in and around the city, changed Annapolis from a sleepy market town to an overcrowded city filled with thieves, murderers, and prostitutes.
This presentation will discuss the creation of the parole camps and the stories of the men who came there, a fascinating but little known facet of local history in Anne Arundel County.

About Rebecca Morris:
Rebecca Morris is a resident of Annapolis with a life-long interest in local history particularly that of the Civil War era. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society for the past five years and is currently the Treasurer of that organization. She is the author of the book, “A Low, Dirty Place – The Parole Camps of Annapolis, MD 1862 -1865” and is a frequent speaker at local civic and historical society meetings. Ms. Morris is a 1971 graduate of the University of Maryland.

 

Researching Western Maryland Families
Mary Mannix

MARCH 26, SUNDAY, 3 PM
Research regarding families in the areas of Carroll County to the end of the state and south to Montgomery County and will include an overview of the resources, institutions, things to keep in mind when doing this kind of research.

About Mary Mannix:
Mary has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985. She is currently the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries, a position she has held since 1998. For eleven years she was the Library Director of the Howard County Historical Society. She has also held positions at the Lilienfeld Library of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Maryland Historical Society. She holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Arts in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Hood College, where she majored in History and Political Science. Mary is very active in MARAC (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference – the professional association for archivists in this area) and is in her third term as Vice Chair. She has been very involved in the History Section of the American Library Association. Mary was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland and public history courses at Hood College.


S P R I N G   S E M I N A R
April 29, Saturday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm


  1. Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants by Debra Hoffman
    Baltimore was a major entry point for immigrants to America.
    Learn about its history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port.


  2. The Dead and Dying: Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, and Obituaries by Rebecca Whitman Koford
    Get into the spirit of cemetery research by introducing a few superstitions that motivated our ancestors’ understanding of death and the afterlife.
    Next we discuss records of death outside of traditional death certificates, funeral home records, and touch on the importance of finding obituaries.
    Lastly we look at cemeteries and headstone iconography and how to prepare for a visit to the cemetery.


  3. Are You My Grandpa?: Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford
    This lecture is for all of us who discover that their ancestor has a name in common with someone else in their community.
    We discuss techniques for comparing and contrasting the records of these people in order to separate our ancestors with another line.
    Case studies are included throughout the lecture with a focus on Maryland and Baltimore records.

VIEW THE REGISTRATION FORM AND FLIER AT THIS LINK → SPRING SEMINAR


rebeccawhitmankofordAbout Rebecca Whitman Koford:
Rebecca holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. Rebecca is currently very enthusiastic about the Society of Preservation Patriots project sponsored by FGS, an effort to digitize original military records from the National Archives. Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

Debra_Hoffman-BioPic-2012_400x500About Debra Hoffman:
Debra A. Hoffman has been researching her family history for the past thirty-five years. She has completed the National Genealogical Society s American Genealogy Home Study Course and completed Brigham Young University s Certificate in Family History. Additionally, she has completed Courses 3 (Research in the South, Part I), 4 (Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis) and 5 (Writing and Publishing for Genealogists) at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) held at Samford University. She also completed Course 3 (Advanced German Research) at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is a member of numerous genealogical societies as well as the William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Source: http://www.apgen.org)


Holdings of Anne Arundel County’s Kuethe Historical and Genealogical Research Library
Carolyn Russell

MAY 28, SUNDAY, 3 PM
The KUETHE LIBRARY includes holdings of both the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society.
Although specializing in Anne Arundel County and Maryland material, its holdings encompass the eastern, central states as well as some western material among its 4,000 volumes.
In addition to published material, the collection includes manuscripts, maps, photographs, genealogical, biographical and subject files, microfilm & fiche holdings.

About Carolyn Russell:
Carolyn is the genealogical librarian for the Kuethe Historical and Genealogical research center in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  A retired Anne Arundel County teacher having taught science thirty-two years at Severna Park High School, Carolyn has been researching both her and her husband’s families for over 40 years.  Carolyn is active in the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, Odenton Genial Genealogical Society, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mid Atlantic Genealogical Society, and Anne Arundel County Historical Society.


Researching your WWI Army Ancestors
Dr Margaret McMahon

SEPTEMBER 24, SUNDAY, 3 pm

  • This year marks the centennial of U.S. involvement in the War to End All Wars (World War I).
  • Learn more about the military service of your dough-boy ancestors using online databases, repositories, social networking and other resources
  • Get ideas for sharing what you learn.

 

About Dr Margaret McMahon:
Margaret is the hockey-playing genealogist. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and with the advent of parenthood, she turned her technical talents to researching her family’s genealogy. She has over twenty-five years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate school professor. She is an experienced presenter at national and international technical conferences.


 

The  Baltimore City Archives and its holdings
Rob Schoeberlein

OCTOBER 22, SUNDAY, 3 pm

About Rob Schoeberlein:
Mr. Schoeberlein is the Acting Baltimore City Archivist. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park. Rob has twenty-five years of research and archives experience and has published on topics ranging from Baltimore Civil War era history to twentieth century reform movements. His former positions include the Director of Special Collections at the Maryland State Archives and the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS). He is a MdHS Trustee and currently chairs the Library Committee.


Dead Men Tell No Tales, But Probate Talks
Malissa Ruffner

NOVEMBER 26, SUNDAY, 3 pm

  • Probate—the distribution of assets after earthly life—is all about kinship.
  • Malissa will discuss the probate process, the variety of records it generates and how to find them, and share examples of genealogical discovery that speaks volumes.

 

About Malissa Ruffner
Malissa Ruffner has been seriously researching her own family since attending Bob Barnes’ four introductory sessions at the Maryland Historical Society in 2009. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. As an archivist, she worked on projects at Goucher College, Hampton National Historic Site, and the University of Maryland, University Archives. She was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in September of 2014 and serves as Vice-President of the Maryland Genealogical Society.


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Research Day

JANUARY 28, 2018, SUNDAY, 12 – 4 pm
Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.

The Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets at 1 pm.

  • We will be scanning Bibles and historical documents.
  • Bring in what you have and have it copied to digital media.

 


A Genealogy Case Study
David Powell

FEBRUARY 25, SUNDAY, 3 pm
Mr. Powell will share with our group his experiences in researching his Mother-in-Law over an eight year period and spanning from Baltimore City to southern Poland.

Special emphasis will be made on the methods used and the web sites used to discover her family tree from 2009 to 1790.

About Mr. Powell:
Mr. Powell has been researching his own family history for over 25 years and is the current President of the Baltimore County Genealogical society as well as a member of their Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society.

Mr. Powell also teaches beginning genealogy courses at local senior centers, libraries and the Community College of Baltimore County.

Mr. Powell retired as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AAI Corporation in 2007.  He holds a BA degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Information Management.  He has been active in various boards and forums in the Mid-Atlantic region for information systems curriculum development and Information Technology networking and electronic commerce.


Genetic Genealogy: Understanding and Applying Your Test Results
Andy Hochreiter

MARCH 25, SUNDAY, 3 pm
Genetic genealogy has emerged as an important tool for genealogists and family historians.

During this session, Mr. Hochreiter will discuss how to understand and analyze results from DNA tests and how to use the results to find family and apply the findings to genealogical research.

About Andrew Hochreiter:
is an experienced genetic genealogist who manages DNA surname projects, frequently attends professional genetic genealogy courses and conferences, and has successfully applied DNA in tracing several related family branches overseas.


Preserving for the Next Generation
Mike Boivin

Mike BoivinAPRIL 22, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Learn how to preserve documents, photos and other important items.

Mr. Boivin will include suggested scanning settings for documents and photos, storing both original documents and photos as well as electronic files.

He will also cover planning for what is to happen to your genealogical files, data, etc. after your death.

Michael (Mike) R. Boivin Sr.
Mike been working on his genealogy for over 40 years with a primary focus on French Canada and New England.  He teaches genealogy classes in Laurel and is the Director of the Genealogy Group at the Laurel Historical Society. He is a member of National Genealogy Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American-Canadian Genealogical Society (for his father’s side), Irish Genealogical Society International (for his maternal side) and the New Hampshire Genealogists Society.

He received his BS in Business from University of Maryland and a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. A retired hospital administrator he spends his “free time” teaching, reading, researching his family tree and traveling.


Maryland Land Records
Barb Henry

MAY 27, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Learn the value of using Maryland land records in your research.

Also discover other “non-land” information that can be found in land records.

Barb will also cover other resources to help locate land records.

 

Barbara Henry:
Barb has been researching since 2000 and have very deep Maryland roots, with several lines dating back to the late 1600s/early 1700s. She is a member of BCGS (vertical file manager), Historical Society of Baltimore County, Historical Society of Harford County, the Maryland Genealogical Society and the Maryland Historical Society. She is also active in several local discussion groups where she presents topics on various genealogical topics.

She has an A.S. in Civil Engineering from CCBC and is currently a CADD Manager for Gannett Fleming, Inc. In her free time she enjoys cruising, golf and doing family research.


Research Day

JUNE 24, SUNDAY, 12 – 4 pm

Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.

The Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets at 1 pm.

  • We will be scanning Bibles and historical documents.
  • Bring in what you have and have it copied to digital media. Please bring a USB drive to make a copy of these scans.

 


Baltimore’s Great Wave of Immigration
Nick Fessenden

SEPTEMBER 23, Sunday, 3 pm

It is a little known fact that during the Great Wave of Immigration from 1830 to 1914, 1.5 million immigrants landed in Baltimore, America’s third largest port of entry.

Nicholas will describe the stories of the major groups who came to Baltimore, Germans, Irish, and Jews, as well as Poles, Lithuanians, Czechs, and Italians.

He will discuss why the immigrants left their homelands, how they crossed the Ocean, and how they fashioned new lives in their adopted country.

Syllabus in PDF format→ GREAT WAVE

Nicholas Fessenden
Nicholas Fessenden earned a B.A. in History at Yale, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in 1972 from Columbia University, also in History. He taught History in the Upper School at Friends School of Baltimore (1972-2010), as well as History at Maryland Institute of Art (1981-2000) as an adjunct. Since retirement in 2010, he has taught at CCBC/Owings Mills and at the Osher Institute at Towson University. He serves on the board of the Baltimore Immigration Memorial, which opened a museum in Locust Point two years ago, chronicling Baltimore’s immigration’s history. We at the museum have welcomed visitors from the public at large, as well as from schools, colleges, retirement communities, and genealogical societies.


Maps & Land Records
Mike Pierce

OCTOBER 28, Sunday, 3 pm

The talk will cover the use of maps and land records to help identify ancestors, and to fill in interesting details about their lives.

Depending on the desires of those in attendance, it can get into Baltimore genealogy records that are available online.

The focus will be on the information that Mike has included on his website, map-maker.org.

Mike Pierce:
Mike has always been interested in both maps and family history and has lived in the Baltimore area for the past 23 years. Following a career in telecommunications, he is now able to spend full time on these hobbies and sharing the results with others. One big project was mapping all of the early Baltimore County land grants.


Baltimore and the Great War (World War I)
Wayne Schaumburg

November 25, Sunday, 3 pm

Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated program on Baltimore’s role in World War I.

The talk will focus on a number of different aspects of the conflict including the men and women who served in military and civilian positions.

Baltimore war industries from the manufacturing of cotton duck in Hampden to the shipyards pf Bethlehem Steel played a major part in the war effort.

Johns Hopkins Hospital would establish the first medical treatment center in France.

Four present-day military installations began during the war: Camp Meade, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Edgewood Arsenal, and Camp Holabird.

We will also take a look at some of the local heroes of the conflict as well as monuments and memorials to “The Great War” that can be found all around Baltimore.

Wayne Schaumburg
Born and raised in the Waverly section of Baltimore, Wayne R. Schaumburg graduated from Baltimore City College in 1964. He attended Towson University where he majored in both history and geography. Wayne also has a Masters Degree in history from Morgan State University, and a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

He taught social studies in the city school system for 39 years before retiring in June, 2007. Currently, Wayne teaches courses on Baltimore history part-time for Towson University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Johns Hopkins University, Community College of Baltimore County, and the Roland Park Country School. He also maintains a web site on events relating to the city’s history (http://www.waynesguidetobaltimore.com).

Wayne has been giving tours and illustrated lectures on Baltimore history for over 35 years covering a variety of topics from architecture to the Great Baltimore Fire. For the last 33 years, he has led walking tours through one of his favorite Baltimore landmarks: Green Mount Cemetery. His hobbies include collecting old postcards and photos of Baltimore as well as an on-going interest in the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.

At the present time, Wayne lives in Perry Hall and serves on the boards of Baltimore Heritage, the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion, the Clifton Mansion Salon, and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. His son Tim is a graduate of both Goucher College and Loyola University of Maryland. He teaches for the Baltimore County school system. Wayne’s daughter Jennifer is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Swansea in Wales. She currently works for a medical service company in Pennsylvania.