Program of Speakers

Debra_Hoffman-BioPic-2012_400x500September 27 — Brick Walls.
Debra Hoffman


Sunday September 27, 3:00 pm.

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

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.

The Eastern European Interest Group meets from 11:45 am – 1 pm.
The Computer Interest Group meets from 1 – 2 pm.

P R O G R A M   O F   S P E A K E R S
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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 Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets at 1 pm.

February 22 — The scheduled meeting and speaker presentation is canceled due to the snow.

Wayne Schaumburg will talk about BALTIMORE’S FIRST CENTURY on October 25.

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.

  • Cost for Members $5.00 (Must sign-up now)
  • Reservations Required: Send to Society or Register at Meeting or Library
  • Non-members $20.00 which includes a single membership for one year (sign-up starts March 1st)
  • Questions send to or call 410-750-9315

For more information please view the brochure by selecting the following link:

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.

BCGS_Reseach_ImageJune 28 — Research Day

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.

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Debra_Hoffman-BioPic-2012_400x500September 27 — Brick Walls.
Debra Hoffman


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



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