Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study
Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.

FEBRUARY 26, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Find out how Lois Mackin’s research journey allowed her to provide color and context to give a fuller picture of a family living in Wisconsin.

Whether you have Irish relatives or not, you will find out that in most cases, it will be U.S. records that point to the overseas origins of immigrant ancestors.

This case study focuses on a late 19th C family where, by broadening the search to other family members, one can eventually find answers in Irish sources.

Presentation: via Zoom.

Lois Abromitis Mackin. Ph.D.
Lois is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. She writes and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including using DNA. Currently, Lois is a state officer for several lineage societies and a member of the Education Committee of the Irish Genealogical Society International. Over the years, she has been involved in many societies such as the Minnesota Genealogical Society DNA interest group, the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Minnesota Genealogical Society as well as a past member of the National Genealogical Society’s Delegate Council Steering Committee.


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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.

 

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Researching the History of a House
Julie Saylor

MARCH 26, SUNDAY, 3 pm
  • Just because a house isn’t a famous landmark doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a rich history.
  • Researching a building or property can require knowledge of many of the same resources as genealogical research.
  • It can also be an exciting trip into the lives of those who lived or worked there.

 

In this program, Julie Saylor, librarian in the Maryland Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, will talk about where to find government records related to a building or property, how to research historical archives for information, and what to look for on site for clues.

Presentation: via Zoom.

Julie Saylor
She has served as a library associate with Enoch Pratt Free Library for over 30 years, in many different departments at Central Library. Her current home is the Maryland Department, where she has created public programs about house history, historical cooking, land records, and the history of Spiritualism in Baltimore. Julie is the mother of two grown daughters and lives in northeast Baltimore.


Baltimore as a Canning Capital
Jack Burkert

APRIL 23, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Join us at the BCGS library for an in-depth look at Baltimore’s canning industry.

Learn how for one hundred years Baltimore was a major player in the food canning industry, becoming the center of canning in the United States.

More than one hundred packing houses shared space with can-making factories and the homes of thousands of workers.

Come listen to the story of the workers who made canning happen and how they and their children lived and worked.

Presentation: In-person.

Jack Burkert
Baltimore native Jack Burkert has worked as a museum educator at the BMI for 12yrs. He graduated from the University of Maryland and spent his career in various educator roles within the Baltimore City School system, Pennsylvania State University, with private employers and in his own consulting firm. Jack’s specialty is his research into the history of Baltimore, its port, businesses, people and immigration.


Discovering the Details: Genealogical Resources at the Maryland State Archives
Rachel Frazier

MAY 28, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Spend the afternoon at the BCGS library for an updated look at the digital and paper holdings at the Maryland State Archives.

Reference Archivist Rachel Frazier will discuss the increased availability of records now available online since the pandemic, as well as new finding aids.

She will also focus on resources and collections to help solve difficult research challenges for Baltimore County genealogy and beyond.

Presentation: via Zoom or In-Person – TBD.

Rachel Frazier
As Search Room Coordinator at the Maryland State Archives, Rachel Frazier has over a decade of experience assisting visitors with their genealogical, historical, and legal needs. Rachel has presented at local history and library institutions, and starting in 2020, has been part of the team working to adapt the Archives’ services at a time of crisis.


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.

  • We will be scanning Bibles and historical documents.
  • Bring in what you have and have it copied to digital media. Please bring a USB drive to make a copy of these scans.

 

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