February 28, 2016 — Harford County
Jon Livezey

The Specifics and Peculiarities of Genealogy Research in Harford County, MD.

Sunday February 28,  3 – 4 pm.

The Parkville Senior Center
Room 308, 3rd Floor (Elevator Available)
8601 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

Guests are always welcome at all of our meetings.
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For detailed directions and a map, select → PLANNING A VISIT.


  • The Library is open from 12 – 2 pm.
  • The General Meeting followed by refreshments takes place from 2 – 3 pm.




P R O G R A M   O F   S P E A K E R S
F A L L — 2 0 1 5

Debra_Hoffman-BioPic-2012_400x500September 27 — 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.

About Wayne Schaumburg
Mr. Schaumburg has degrees in history and liberal arts from Towson University, Morgan State University, and Johns Hopkins University.  He taught in the Baltimore City School system for 39 years.

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.


S P R I N G — 2 0 1 6

February 28, 2016 — Harford County
Jon Livezey

The Specifics and Peculiarities of Genealogy Research in Harford County, MD.


March 20, 2016— Producing a Reliable Family History
Adrian J. Gravelle

An 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.

About Adrian J. Gravelle
Adrian Gravelle is a retired U.S. Army officer, lawyer, and former Senior Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

He began researching his own family history about thirty-five years ago as a hobby.  Since retiring eighteen years ago, he has been a full-time genealogy researcher, specializing in French-Canadian research. Having long since completed all of his own ancestral lines back to France, he is now engaged in a “one-name study” of the Gravelle family.

Adrian has been an occasional instructor and is an active volunteer at the LDS Family History Center in Columbia, Maryland.


April – Spring Genealogy Seminar
Dick Eastman

Details coming soon.


Bob_BarnesMay 22, 2016 — 18th Century Newspapers
Bob Barnes

What 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, 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.


F A L L — 2 0 1 6

Margaret_McMahon_skatingwbookphotoSeptember 25, 2016– U. S. Military Ancestors
Dr. Margaret McMahon

Ancestors in the U. S. Military: Online and in Military Archives.

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


October 23, 2016 –The Irish Railroad Workers’ Museum
Luke McCusker


November 27, 2016 — TBA



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