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African American Genealogy Research at the Maryland Archives
African American Genealogy Research at the Maryland Archives  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, February 1
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

Chris will discuss African American resources at the Maryland State Archives, both on-site and online.

Chris Haley is Director of Research for the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives and Director of the Utopia Film Festival in Prince George's County. Additionally, he has served on the following boards: Annapolis Film Festival, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation and the Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation. His script for the 2004 The RECONCILIATION WALK for SLAVERY and PENITENCE held in Annapolis on September 29 helped garner the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. He has spoken on genealogy, African American history and self-empowerment on many occasions including: the 2002 African American Genealogical Conference in Los Angeles, California, the 2000 Millennium of Ethiopia Celebration in Washington, DC, the 2008 and 2007 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conventions,  the 2013 Texas Library Association, the 2014 Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society in Nashville, Tennessee, 2014 Presidents' Day Address in the Maryland Old House of Delegates Chamber and at the 2016 International Roots Festival in The Gambia. As an actor, performer and writer he has appeared on HBO’s The Wire, TV ONE's For My Man, the PBS Special, Partners of The Heart,  and in productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Six Degrees of Separation and Godspell, written the radio play The Courtship of Jo and Eddie, poetry book, Obsessions, both published in 1998, and several short films including The Studio which garnered him a  2001 Individual Artist's Award from the Anne Arundel County Arts Council. The story of his DNA test that resulted in his discovery and reunion with relatives from the British Isles in 2009 was covered by innumerable news outlets including USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Rootstech 2018  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 3
Salt Lake City, UT

The Girl With Two Mothers
The Girl With Two Mothers  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, March 1
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

Anne Sundermann will present her journey to locate her birth family and her roots. She will discuss the use of adoption records and the difficulties she encountered. Her search included the use of a variety of online resources, DNA testing, and the assistance of post-adoption search services. Her discovery led to a reunion with her birth family and her roots in Ireland. Come and learn more about how to research adoptions.

What's New on FamilySearch
What's New on FamilySearch  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, April 5
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Join us on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Michael Butterworth tells us about the new features offered by FamilySearch.
Michael's presentation will cover:
Home Page after Login - FamilySearch has updated the home page to make it a more personalized experience.
Access to Records at FamilySearch - How does FamilySearch negotiate the rights for records and how can you view those records.
Search Records at Home - Over the past several years, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. As of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from, making the shift to digitized records complete.
FamilySearch Places - The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. To find our ancestors and understand their lives, we need to learn about the places they came from.
Map Your Ancestors - The Family Tree app recently added a feature that, in some cases, can help show where your ancestors have lived by allowing you to map key events in your ancestors’ lives directly in the app.
Michael Butterworth is a systems engineer by day for a local defense contractor and a volunteer Director at the Annapolis Family History Center in his spare time. It is computers that tie these two activities together. Michael’s interest in computers began in the early 1980’s and he decided to get a computer science degree from East Tennessee State University. From there Michael headed west to a job with McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC) in Mesa Arizona working on Apache Helicopter flight simulators. Michael earned an MBA from Western International University while at MDHC. Later, when working on the US Army’s M1 Abrams tank simulators in Orlando Florida, Michael started using PAF from Family Search, many family group sheets his mother had given him, and the internet to start recording his own family history tree. Now, Michael loves to share his knowledge and talent of how computers and the internet can be used to do genealogy with others. Michael enjoys presenting the benefits of FamilySearch and the Annapolis Family History Center and hopes it will help others with their own research.

National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 5
Grand Rapids, MI

38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  (National Conferences)
Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10
Warsaw, Poland

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25
Fort Wayne, IN