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Dr. Joshua Taylor at Enoch Pratt  (Workshops/Seminars)
Saturday, March 25
Enoch Pratt Library

Dr. Joshua Taylor, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and host of the popular series Genealogy Roadshow on PBS is scheduled to speak at the Enoch Pratt Library. No additional details are available at this time. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

We Are Maryland - Maryland Historical Society  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 30
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
From March through June 2017, the Maryland Historical Society is offering free weekend admission to visitors from counties throughout Maryland. 
Visitors from Anne Arundel County can enjoy FREE weekend admission to the Maryland Historical Society Museum plus other benefits in April 2017. In addition to free admission, benefits include highlights in the museum from your region of the state, a discount in the museum shop, a special membership offer, and a free genealogy workshop (on the 3rd Saturday of each month, starting at 9:00am).
See the attched flyers for the full schedule and more details.

Finding Our Ancestors' Voices: Identifying Family Traditions in the WPA Slave Narratives  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, April 1
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Reginald F.Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD

The slave narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 offer a rich body of material for historical research. Join visiting scholar and fellow Dr. Ichile who will examine how to use the WPA slave narratives to uncover African American cultural traditions and genealogy information on enslaved families. This annual spring lecture is co-sponsored with the Baltimore chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

About Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Ph.D.
Iyelli Ichile currently serves as the Post-doctoral Fellow in African American History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum & the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History from Howard University, and a Master's in African American Studies from Columbia University.



Social Media and Genealogy  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, April 6
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
The days of "Lone Ranger" research are over! Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, meet new "cousins," and collaborate with others.
Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences, and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers on the Civil War Widow's Pension Project and as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. Carol is immersed in researching her Greek ancestry and supporting the Greek genealogy community through her participation in websites, conferences, and classes. She gives presentations on various genealogy topics, and writes and edits personal and family histories.  Carol and her husband, Gary, reside in Silver Spring, Maryland and are the parents of 4 children and 15 grandchildren.

MGS Spring Luncheon - The Lacemaker: The Fabric of Family  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, April 8
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Liberatore's, 9515 Deereco Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Our speaker, David K. Truscello, Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, will share the story of his visit to his grandfather's Italian village, from how he prepared for the trip to why the experience exceeded his hopes and imagination. Enjoy Italian food and background Italian music as we greet spring and our fellow genealogists!
Buffet Menu:  Bruschetta, Salad, Sausage & Peppers, Chicken Piccato, Penne Vodka Sauce, Vegetables, and Assorted Mini-Pastries. Coffee, tea, and soda.
Cost: $40 - MGS Members     $45 - non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting)
Register online at or download the registration form below and register by mail.

Intermediate Genealogy: Surfing the Net  (Workshops/Seminars)
Wednesday, April 26 through Wednesday, May 10
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Careers Center Building, Room 262, AACC Arnold Campus
Course #: WNI-302 section 201

Course Information:
Instructor Name: Connie Sparrow
Contact Information:
Department Name: Lifelong Learning/Women's Inst.
Department Phone: 410-777-2807
Department Website:

Class schedule: Three Wednesday evenings April 26 - May 10, 2017 (7:00-9:00 pm)
Location: Career Centers Building, Room 262, AACC Arnold Campus
Cost: $87.00 which includes a $15 fee

Course Overview:
Become comfortable searching Ancestry, Google, Cyndislist, Rootsweb, Facebook and other sites.
Find original and abstract records for military, land, census, cemetery, courts, archives and libraries at the international, federal, regional, state and local levels.  
Identify, research, and join genealogical, lineage, religious and ethnic societies. 

Course Outline:
Session 1 (April 26): Search Engines
Session 2 (May 3): Find Records
Session 3 (May 10): Join Organizations
Refer to the current AACC College Catalog for additional information.

Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites Conference  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, April 29
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
James Parish Episcopal Church and Cemetery, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, MD
The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites is holding its 26th Statewide Conference and Annual Meeting in Lothian, in beautiful southern Anne Arundel County, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event will be held at St. James Parish Episcopal Church and Cemetery, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, MD — one of Maryland’s original parishes. The churchyard was laid out in 1696, with oldest burials dating from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and the current church was built in 1765. Visit the CPMBS website to register.

AAGS Annual Dinner and Elections  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, May 4
6:00 pm to 9:15 pm
Cafe Mezzanotte, 760 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD
The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society cordially invites you to its 2017 DInner and Elections.
Speaker: Steven Parker
Presentation: DNA and Unknown Parentage: An Adoption Case Study

Steven Parker will demonstrate how to use DNA in conjunction with traditional genealogy to chip away at the brick wall of unknown parentage cases.  He uses the search for his own birth parents as a case study to show how DNA can provide new clues when tackling unknown parentage.
Steven is a library media specialist in Montgomery County who has spent over 30 years researching adoption and tracing unknown parentage. His interest in genealogy began as a result of his own search for his birth parents. With the advent of DNA, he has immersed himself in this new avenue of research.  After taking Genetic Genealogy classes, he began consulting in unknown parentage cases several years ago.
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: Cash Bar at 6:00pm
            Dinner at 7:00pm
            Program at 8:00pm
            Event concludes at 9:15pm
Location: Cafe Mezzanotte
                760 Ritchie Highway
                Severna Park, MD
                (410) 647-1100
Dinner Choices:
     - Eggplant Parmigiana
     - Penne with Meatballs
     - Chicken Marsala
     - Shrimp Scampi
Includes bread, salad, and non-alcoholic drinks
Cost:  $35  
Registration Deadline: April 27, 2017
Register online on our home page, or download the flyer below to register and pay by mail.

NGS 2017 Family History Conference
NGS 2017 Family History Conference  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13
Raleigh, NC
Registration is now open at

Finding Overseas Origins of Your English Ancestors  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, June 1
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Are you having trouble finding the overseas origins of your English ancestors? This presentation will provide you with clues to overseas origins that can be found in American sources, clues to American origins in overseas sources, and a variety of helpful websites to aid your research.
Bob Barnes is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is active in the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire.

MGS Basics+ Workshop - Reward and Remembrance: Post-Military Service Records  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, June 3
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park, MD
It's often after military service that the most genealogically valuable records are created -- those that award benefits to a soldier and family or honor his or her memory and sacrifice. Hear our expert panel discuss records that offer family gold and human interest to your family tree. Featuring:
Angela McGhie, CGSM – Bounty Land Records
Jonathan Webb Deiss, owner/researcher at – Pension Records and How to Find Them
Constance Potter, retired NARA reference archivist – WWI Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages
In addition, as part of our continuing observation of the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into WWI, Connie will give a brief overview on WWI service records. 
Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM. The first session begins at 9:00 AM.
Cost: $25  - MGS Members    $30 - non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)
Register online at or download the registration form below and register by mail.

Digging Up Your Ancestors Online  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, July 6
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Presented by Eileen Souza.

37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  (National Conferences)
Sunday, July 23 through Friday, July 28
Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Orlando, Florida

FGS 2017 Conference
FGS 2017 Conference  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Pittsburgh, PA

"ABCs of Genealogy"  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, September 7
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Presented by the members of AAGS and invited experts.
Visit different tables to learn about various ways to research, chart, and document your genealogical research.

Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell "The Legal Genealogist"  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, September 16
8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 Campbell Blvd, White Marsh, MD 21236
The Legal Genealogist is coming to town! Prepare for a full day of learning about critical sources and important strategies for tackling your most challenging ancestors. Judy is a nationally known presenter, blogger (, and coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods and Evidence Analysis course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at the University of Georgia. If you have already heard her, you know you want to be here. And if you haven't heard her, you need to be here. 
These four excellent presentations will be delivered in Judy's straightforward and humorous style:
Finding the Law
We’re told as genealogists to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how we do find the laws we need? Examples from Maryland law will be featured.
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data… but it’s sometimes easier said than done. What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods—and tips and tricks—we can use to resolve them?
“Don’t Forget the Ladies”-A Genealogists’ Guide to Women and the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence  
When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.
The day includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon in a beautiful conference wing of the hotel. Registration opens and breakfast is served at 8:30 AM. The first lecture begins at 9:30 AM.
Cost:    $70 – MGS Members  $80 – Non-members
Traveling from a distance? Rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at a rate of $129 per night (code MDGE 366101). There is a Hampton Inn at the same location.
Also joining us that day is vendor Jigsaw Genealogy. Visit the website to see its selection of wall-sized pedigree charts, forms, worksheets, research kits, archival-safe photo storage materials, and other research necessities.
Register online at or download the registration form below and register by mail.

Using Maps To Find Your Ancestors  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, October 12
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Presented by John Siemon.