Program of Speakers

Malissa_RuffnerMay 25 — Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives – Malissa Ruffner
Malissa will give 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 in April 2013.

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WHEN:
SUNDAY, MAY 25.
Guest speaker presentations are held in our are held in our LIBRARY on the day of our GENERAL MEETING (the fourth Sunday of the months of September through June – except December).

The following takes place on meeting dates:
The Library is open from 12 – 2 pm.
The General Meeting followed by refreshments takes place from 2 – 3 pm.
The GUEST SPEAKER presents from 3 – 4 pm.

The following Interest groups meet in the corridor outside of the library:
The Eastern European Interest Group meets from 11:45 am – 1 pm.
The Computer Interest Group meets from 1 – 2 pm.

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

For detailed directions, select: PLANNING A VISIT.

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P R O G R A M   O F   S P E A K E R S
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BCGS_Reseach_ImageJanuary 26, 2014 — Research Day
Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.The Eastern European Interest Group meets 11:45 am and the Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets at 1 pm.


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.

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
Registration is 8:00 am and the first lecture begins at 8:30 am. After 9:00 am, ring bell for elevator service.The seminar is planned to be held in our LIBRARY. There is an admission fee and there is LIMITED SEATING. Each lecture is about 45 minutes with a 15 minute break between lectures.

Starting at 8:30 am, Curt B Witcher will give three presentations.

  1. Mining the Mother Lode:  Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research
    This lecture identifies the major types of periodical literature, what indices are available and how they can be most effectively used, and where one can find specific publications.
  2. Passenger and Immigration Research
    This lecture challenges the student of genealogy to view an ancestor’s travel to this continent as a three step process — leaving, arriving, and settling down — with each of these steps containing the possibility of record generation.
  3. More Than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogists
    This presentation takes an active look at what types of information are currently available for genealogists on the Internet and how to go about methodically accessing that data.

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. For more details, please visit: Spring Genealogy Seminar.

April 27 –  NO General Meeting and the Library is CLOSED.

Malissa_RuffnerMay 25 — Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives – Malissa Ruffner
Malissa will give 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.

BCGS_Reseach_ImageJune 22 — Research Day
Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.The Eastern European Interest Group meets 11:45 am and the Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets from 1 pm until 2 pm.

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September 28 — Bill Amos

October 26 — Margaret McMahon

November 23 — Maryland Churches – John Foertschbeck

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BCGS_Reseach_ImageJanuary 25 — Research Day
Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.The Eastern European Interest Group meets 11:45 am and the Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets at 1 pm.

February 22 — Wayne Schaumberg

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VIEW THE ARCHIVE OF PAST SPEAKERS

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