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Genealogy: Research Your Family Tree  (Workshops/Seminars)
Thursday, July 13 through Thursday, August 3
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Johnson Building, Room 100, AACC Arnold Campus
Course #: WOI-378 Section 301

Course Information:
Instructor Name: Connie Sparrow
Contact Information:
Department Name:
Lifelong Learning/Women's Institute
Continuing Education & Workforce Dev.
Department Phone: 410-777-2807
Department Contact:

Class schedule: Four Thursday evenings July 13 - August 3, 2017 (7:00-9:00 pm)
Location: CALT Building, Room 136, AACC Arnold Campus
Cost: $89.00 which includes the $17 fee for class handouts
This is an introductory class

Course Overview:
Explore genealogy using a wide variety of search methods.  
Identify strategies for examining family archives and conducting family interviews.
Outline primary and secondary genealogy sources including Internet websites.
Discuss breaking through dead ends and compare hoaxes from useful sites.
Learn about Tree Formats, Software, Lineage Societies, etc.

Course Outline:
Session 1 (Jul 13): Getting Started
Session 2 (Jul 20): Surfing The Internet
Session 3 (Jul 27): Organizing Your Records
Session 4 (Aug 3): Odd and Ends (Tree Formats, Software, Lineage Societies)

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

Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience
Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, August 3
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

Y-DNA can be a useful tool in genealogy, but it cannot tell you who your ancestors were. Y-DNA is passed from father to son relatively unchanged for generations. Living males who match can often identify a common ancestor by sharing genealogical research. Personal experience with a surname project through Family Tree DNA has revealed distant cousins world-wide, but has yet to reveal a common ancestor in Scotland. Surname projects have also provided valuable leads to genealogical information, and can be coupled with other DNA test results to find matches willing to share genealogical information. 

Robert Lumsden is a Washington, D.C. native who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia.  He had a 34 year career as a research scientist at the USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince Georges County.  He retired in 2001.  Robert lived in Bowie for 40 years, and then in Healthsville, in Virginia's Northern Neck, but he now resides in Heritage Harbour, Annapolis.  Since retirement, he was a part time consultant with the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C., but has devoted much of his time to volunteering at Historic Christ Church & Museum and Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library in Lancaster County, Virginia, and with the Prince Georges County Genealogical Society.  Robert is a recent member of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and pursues the genealogies of many family lines in Southern Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Brick Wall Session - SLRC Genealogy Circle Meeting  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, August 12
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden Night Rm, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Do you have ancestors you just can’t find? What do you do when your research comes to a standstill and you’ve hit that proverbial brick wall?  When you’ve already tried all the obvious places, you’ll need to consider the not so obvious.
Bring your questions, as well as your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems. We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls.
A panel of Maryland genealogy experts, including Lisa Crawley from the Reginal F. Lewis Museum's Resource Center; Melvin Currie who has been working with genetic genealogy for over ten years; and Malissa Ruffner, Vice President of the Maryland Genealogical Society, will be on hand to work with you.  
Registration is not required.  If you have questions, feel free to call 410-396-5468.

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

Getting Started in Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond
Getting Started in Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond  (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.

Coming to Baltimore: Immigrants Old and New  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, November 2
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

It is a little known story that, during 1830-1914, 1.5 million immigrants landed in Baltimore, America's third largest port of entry. Nicholas Fessenden will describe the stories of the largest groups who came here, Germans, Irish, Jews, and Poles, and why they left their homeland and how they fashioned new lives in their adopted country.

Nicholas Fessenden taught History in the Upper School at Friends School of Baltimore (1972-2010) and also as an adjunct at Towson University, Maryland Institute of Art, and Community College of Baltimore County. Since his retirement from full-time teaching in 2010, he has served on the board of the Baltimore Immigration Museum, which just opened in May 2016, chronicling the story of Baltimore's immigration. He has also lectured at a variety of senior citizen facilities, civic organizations and clubs, including the Maryland Genealogical Society.

Finding Your Ancestors in Maps  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, January 4, 2018
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
This presentation by John Siemon will cover the uses for maps in researching family history, plus many places to find detailed maps that show where your ancestors lived. His talk will include some online demonstrations and how to put them in your family history documents.
John Siemon has been on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Genealogical Society since 2008, and is currently President of the Society. He has been researching his family history since 1997. His special interests are maps, the Civil War, and Baltimore history and genealogy.