January Virtual Meeting

Because of the continuing closure of the Parkville Senior Center due to the covid-19 pandemic, the BCGS board has decided to hold our regularly scheduled meeting on January 24th at 3:00pm virtually using Zoom.

Email Notification will be sent Sunday January 17.

Because we are using Zoom for our meeting, it is limited to 100 participants. There are a few spaces reserved for the speaker, the host and our officers so the first 95 members that respond to this email will be included in the live meeting.

For those that cannot make the meeting at that time or for those that don’t respond in the first 95 responses you can opt into a waiting list. Those on the waiting list will have the opportunity to view a recording of the live meeting hosted on our web site at your convenience. The folks on the waiting list will be sent a link to the recording a few days after the meeting.

This session will have Herb Frantz presenting updates for the computer users group. It will be followed by a question and answer period on any genealogy topic.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these new procedures for our meetings.


All library research days and meetings are suspended until
the Parkville Senior Center reopens.

“Based on guidance from the State of Maryland, Baltimore County senior centers will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. County officials encourage individuals to coordinate with senior center staff to ensure they are prepared for the closure, and we encourage those individuals to call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594.”
https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/


GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS.

WEATHER RELATED CLOSINGS → VISIT THE BCGS HOME PAGE.

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

NO IN-PERSON MEETINGS

VIRTUAL MEETING WITH SPEAKER ONLINE ONLY

ORDINARILY, 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:


 

P R O G R A M   O F   S P E A K E R S
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Preserving Family Treasures – Steven Loew

SEPTEMBER 27, SUNDAY. 3 pm  –   O N L I N E

Mr. Loew will discuss the safe handling, care, and proper storage of paper-based records, books, and photographs.

You will find out what you can do on your own to preserve your family treasures, and when you need an expert’s help.

Steven Loew
Steven Loew is a book and paper conservator in private practice in Baltimore.

From 2009 to 2019 he was a senior conservator at the National Archives and Records Administration.

He was the conservator in charge of the treatment and preservation of the general collections of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University from 2000 to 2005.

Mr. Loew’s principal training in conservation was while working as a conservation technician for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries from 1990 to 1995.


You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?
Nancy Waters

OCTOBER 25, SUNDAY, 3 pm – O N L I N E

Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, what’s next?

How do you find more information?

Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean.

Nancy Waters
Nancy Waters is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience throughout the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia area. She has presented at national and regional conferences including NGS, FGS, and Rootstech.

She has published four family history books. The 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence was awarded to Nancy’s first book, and she earned the 2007 National Genealogical Society Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History for her second book. This book also earned the 2007 Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award, for best genealogy of a Maryland family.

Nancy is the past Managing Editor for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, past Secretary for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISHWE), past Director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, is an instructor for continuing education at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, teaching Microsoft Office applications, adjunct instructor at Carroll County Community College, teaching genealogy classes, and is the registrar for her DAR chapter..

She is a certified Microsoft Professional and member of multiple genealogical and historical societies.


DNA Clustering Tools and Genetic Networks
Andrew Hochreiter

NOVEMBER 22, SUNDAY, 3 pm – O N L I N E

This presentation will discuss the value of DNA clustering to help break through brick walls.

The ability to group your DNA matches into common ancestral lines can be the start of solving many genealogical questions.

We will examine clustering techniques from the manual Leeds Method to the many automated tools.

More importantly, we will discuss going beyond the colorful images to applying the Genetic Networks to your family research.

The goals of clustering are to divide DNA matches into groups related to each other and to find the common ancestor or couple.

Clustering can help organize and make sense of DNA matches and shared segments to focus your research efforts.

Andrew Hochreiter
Andrew Hochreiter is a genetic genealogist who manages multiple DNA surname projects and has successfully applied DNA to trace several related family branches overseas.  He has 30 years of experience in genealogical research with 15 years involved in genetic genealogy.  Mr. Hochreiter instructs continuing education courses in basic and advanced genetic genealogy at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.  He leads a Beginning DNA focus group at the Washington DC Family History Center and was a facilitator for the genetic genealogy module of the on-line Genealogical Research Course at Boston University.  Mr. Hochreiter belongs to numerous genealogy organizations and writes a DNA column for the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He was featured on two Bavarian TV programs for his genealogical work tracing relatives in Germany using DNA and a guest of Jeff Salkin on Direct Connections on Maryland Public Television.  Genetic genealogy has emerged as an important tool for genealogists and family historians.  Mr. Hochreiter is a great enthusiast and user of genetic genealogy as another valuable means to trace family history.

 


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Research Day

JANUARY 24, SUNDAY, 12 – 4 pm

We will have a virtual meeting via Zoom. A computer users group discussion will be followed by quest and answer session.

Our library is closed for research.

Ordinarily, we would be scanning Bibles and records. Bring a storage device to receive a copy of the scan.

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