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Using Digital Books in Genealogical Research: HathiTrust and Genealogy Connect  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, July 11
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, July11 at 7:30 pm as Cindy Steinhoff, director of the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College, introduces us to HathiTrust, a collection of more than 17 million digital books, and Genealogy Connect, a database of books available through the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL).

More than 6.5 million of the books in HathiTrust are in the public domain and available free of charge for anyone to use. The HathiTrust began in 2008 as collaborative project sponsored by the largest university libraries in the United States. Learn about materials in the HathiTrust database that can be useful in researching genealogy and how those resources not openly available can also assist in research. Genealogy Connect contains hundreds of books, many published by Genealogical Publishing Company and not openly available online. Learn how to access and search this valuable collection of research materials.

Cynthia Steinhoff has worked at AACC for nearly 36 years. She co-authored Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery 1750-1850, published in April 2019, and extensively researched the family trees of young girls who produced the signed needlework pieces discussed in the book. She is First Vice President of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and is active in the Maryland Library Association and other state and national library organizations. Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master of science degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a master of business administration degree from University of Baltimore.

We are changing the location of our monthly meetings. The new meeting location will be posted here and in the AAGS Facebook Group, and emailed to all of our members before the July meeting. Also note that our July meeting will be on the second Thursday, July 11.


Intermediate Genealogy: Surfing the Net  (Workshops/Seminars)
Wednesday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 31
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Careers Center Building (CRSC), Room 208, AACC Arnold Campus
Course #: WNI-302 Section 301

Course Information:
Instructor Name: Connie Sparrow
Contact Information:
Department Name:
Lifelong Learning Non-Credit Continuing Education
Department Phone: 410-777-2517 Cindy Mikelonis
Department Contact: or email

Class schedule: Three Wednesday evenings July 17 - 31, 2019 (7:00-9:00 pm)
Careers Center Building (CRSC), Room 208, AACC Arnold Campus
Cost: $89.00 which includes the $17 fee for binder
This is an intermediate class

Course Overview:
Become comfortable searching,,,, and others.
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: Main Topics by class session: (Bring a family name to research in each class!)

Session 1 (Jul 17): Search Engines
Session 2 (Jul 24): Find Records
Session 3 (Jul 31): Join Organizations

Refer to the current AACC College Catalog for additional information.

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies  (National Conferences)
Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2
Cleveland, Ohio

Frederick County Public Library: Resources for Genealogy and History Research  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, August 1
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

On Thursday, August 1, at 7:30 pm, Mary Mannix, the Manager of the Maryland Room at Frederick County Public Library, will discuss resources available for researching Maryland and Frederick County genealogical and historical topics.

Mary Mannix graduated from Hood College with a degree in history and political science and went on to earn a master’s degree in America history at University of Delaware, as well as a certificate in museum studies. She later graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a master’s degree in library science. Mary received an award from the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, in 2011, for her contributions to historical and genealogical librarianship. She was honored in 2015 by the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Maryland Society of Sons of the American Revolution in Frederick for her service to lineage associations. Mary has been instrumental in contributing digital collections, including the Thomas Johnson Letters, to the Digital Maryland project. She has served as vice chair and meetings coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, as well as the Maryland state representative to the group.

Cemetery Inscription Day - Location TBD  (Cemetery Inscription Days)
Saturday, August 17
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

FGS 2019 National Conference  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
Washington, DC

African American History - Topic TBA  (AAGS Meetings)
Thursday, September 5
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

On Thursday, September 5, at 7:30 pm, Elinor Thompson, author and researcher, will speak on a topic relating to African American history in Anne Arundel County.

Elinor Thompson is the author of Nelson's Rest: Documenting Asbury Broadneck Historic Church Communities and Burial Grounds, published in 2014. She was the primary researcher who worked with other members of the church to write the history of the church, its cemetery, and its ministers. She was a founder of the Broadneck African-American Heritage Project, a repository for research done in conjunction with the book. Elinor also published In the 8th District, a book about the history of African American churches in southern Anne Arundel County. Ms. Thompson was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture in 2017.

Delmarva Genealogical & Heritage Conference  (Events - Other Organizations)
Saturday, October 19 through Sunday, October 20
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland

Cemetery Preservation Workshop  (Workshops/Seminars)
Saturday, October 19
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Harvest Hall at Kinder Park Farm, 1001 Kinder Farm Road, Millersville, MD
See attachment for details.

RootsTech London 2019  (National Conferences)
Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26
London, England

NGS 2020 Family History Conference  (National Conferences)
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 through Saturday, May 23, 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah