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Sunday, December 9
DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy  (Meetings - Other Organizations)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA

Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What about the police using the results? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.

The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. Her award-winning blog is at

The public is invited. Free for members and $5 for non‐members.

Bones of Contention: St. Margaret’s, St. Anne’s, and the Exhumation of Sir Robert Eden
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Bones of Contention: St. Margaret’s, St. Anne’s, and the Exhumation of Sir Robert Eden  (AAGS Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

Presented by Michael P. Parker, Professor of English (Ret.), United States Naval Academy

The mania for assembling colonial tombstones in St. Anne’s Churchyard, Annapolis, culminated in June 1926 with the translation, not of another stone, but of human remains:  those of the last pre-revolutionary governor of Maryland, Sir Robert Eden.  Lawyer and antiquary Daniel Randall crowned his three-year search for the bones in the ruined church of St. Margaret’s Westminster by commissioning an elaborate stone to mark the new grave and planning a grand re-interment ceremony.  The Eden translation relied extensively on forensic analysis and public pageantry to secure national and even international validation for the groups that supported it.  The reburial, however, ignited a noisy public dispute between the parishes of St. Margaret’s and St. Anne’s that soured Randall’s triumph and raised questions about the bones that remain unanswered to this day.

Mike Parker taught English at the United States Naval Academy for 38 years until his retirement in 2018.  He has published extensively on early seventeenth-century poetry as well as on the history of Annapolis.  With Professor Tim Raylor of Carleton College, he is currently completing an edition of the poetry of Edmund Waller for Oxford University Press.  He is also putting the finish touches on the biography of Waller left unfinished by the late John Safford.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 through Saturday, March 2, 2019
RootsTech 2019  (National Conferences)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Southern Maryland Celtic Festival  (Events - Other Organizations)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd, St. Leonard, MD 20685
More than 50 clans and societies have information to share. Anne Arundel Genealogical Society members give talks on Getting Started in Genealogy and staff a booth outside the Visitor Center. Three performing stages offer continuous music and dance featuring internationally known recording artists and groups. Watch craft and country-dance demonstrations and listen to harp, and Scottish fiddling while storytellers weave tales alongside historical displays, crafts and food. There is a Celtic market place for foods and gifts that provide an old world atmosphere. All-day competitions include pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers, athletes, drummers, pipe bands and Celtic Harpers. After closing ceremonies, join us in the dance pavilion for the free evening ceilidh (dance party with live music until 9:00 p.m.).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 through Saturday, May 11, 2019
NGS 2019 Family History Conference: Journey of Discovery  (National Conferences)
St. Charles, Missouri

Sunday, July 28, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies  (National Conferences)
Cleveland, Ohio

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

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