Research Day

JUNE 25, 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.


GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS.

WEATHER RELATED CLOSINGS → WBAL AM 1090 RADIO / VISIT THE BCGS HOME PAGE.

For detailed directions and a map, select → PLANNING A VISIT.


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.

 

INTEREST GROUPS MEET IN THE CORRIDOR OUTSIDE OF THE LIBRARY:


 

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BCGS_Reseach_ImageResearch Day

JANUARY 22, 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.

 

February 26 – Civil War Parole Camps of Annapolis, Maryland
Rebecca Morris

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.

 

BCGS_Reseach_ImageResearch Day

JUNE 25, 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.

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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 McMahaon:
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

Dead Men Tell No Tales, But Probate Talks
Malissa Ruffner

NOVEMBER 26, SUNDAY, 3 pm

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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