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Saturday, June 23
Strawberry Festival at the Benson Hammond House  (Events - Other Organizations)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Benson Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd, Linthicum, MD 21090
Come celebrate alll things "strawberry" on the grounds of the historic Benson Hammond House. Take a tour of the House. Hand-crafted & hand-produced (plants/honey products) items and antiques, live entertainment, food, used book sale. Stop by the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and other local groups' information tables. Rain date is Sunday, June 3. Sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society.

Saturday, June 30
Southern Maryland Genealogy & History Fair Day  (Events - Other Organizations)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus (BI Building) 8730 Mitchell Rd La Plata, MD 20646
Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Family History Study Group. Celebrate our original and long-standing families, and the decades of history that have occurred within the Southern Maryland Region: Southern Anne Arundel (South County), Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's.
FREE. Meet and Greet, Speakers & Presentations, Workshop Sessions, Table Display Expo, Tours, Instructional Webinars. Bring a friend, a lunch, covered drink, your own direct family lineage information, pen and paper. For more information, contact Fair Day Coordinator Wanda Simmons at Facebook: Southern Maryland Families.

Thursday, July 12
Maryland State Archives Special Collections - Beyond the Basics  (AAGS Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

Director of Special Collections and Conservation, Maria Day, will give you a taste of culturally-significant records available in the Archives' holdings and reveal a few key methods towards accessing them.

Maryland State Archives Department of Special Collections preserves the State's holdings of private documents and culturally-significant records. Many family historians rarely have the time to delve deeper than the digitized newspapers and church records on microfilm, but the department maintains over 6200 individual collections that have wide diversity in format, size, and information. Personal papers contain family secrets within fragile diaries and manuscript letters. Illustrated–and sometimes hand-drawn–maps tell stories about the growth of population and industrialization of our state. Governors and public officials have left documents that reveal their character and family life, in addition to their public personae. Other collections are preserved in now-historic technologies: from LP records to audio CDs; daguerreotypes to inkjet prints; floppy disks to "born-digital" files. 

Maria Day serves as Director of Special Collections and Conservation at Maryland State Archives, where she has worked since 2008. She earned an Associate's degree at Antonelli College in commercial photography before transferring to Indiana University, Bloomington, where she received a BA degree cum laude in Art History in 1992. Her professional experience includes teaching art history to high school and college students and serving six years as a museum educator for Historic Annapolis.  Ms. Day's specializations as a scholar include British and American art history and design from 1850-1950, as well as works of art on paper. She wrote about the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair for her Master's thesis at the University of Maryland College Park.  Ms. Day has presented at regional archives and history conferences, and especially enjoys giving public talks about Maryland State Archives holdings that put the agency's collections into broader cultural contexts.  In addition to her supervision of Special Collections, she was appointed head of conservation in 2017 and charged with managing collections care for materials in all formats throughout the agency.


Thursday, August 2
An Introduction to DAR Online Resources  (AAGS Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Pamela Baster will give an overview of the resources available on the DAR Library’s Genealogical Research System, known as the GRS. She will describe the different resources that can be used at home and how access at home differs from access at the DAR Headquarters in Washington DC. She will present tips and tricks on how to make the most of your research from home, and when to decide it’s time to go to the DAR Library for an in-person visit.
Pamela Baster is the manuscripts curator for the DAR Library's manuscript collections. She studied history at Grove City College then graduated from the University of Maryland with her MLS and a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation. She has worked at the DAR for the past 3 years. One of her favorite aspects of her job is adding new family Bibles to the DAR Collections. Pamela has wanted to be an archivist since she did a genealogy project when she was 13 years old and learned her family had held on to family papers dating to before the Civil War.

Sunday, August 5 through Friday, August 10
38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  (National Conferences)
Warsaw, Poland

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

Thursday, September 6
Quaker Genealogy  (AAGS Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

This presentation will focus on using Quaker Meeting records and other sources.

Cynthia Steinhoff is the director of the library at Anne Arundel Community College, where she has been a member of the faculty for almost 35 years. A graduate of Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), she also holds a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Baltimore.

She began researching her own family about fifteen years ago, using research skills honed through more than 40 years as a librarian, and now does genealogical research relating to girls who stitched samplers in the late 1700s through the 1850s, both pieces in her own collection and others. She contributed to and copyedited Wrought With Careful Hand: Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers, the catalog that accompanied an exhibition of 60 Delaware samplers at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware in 2013 and is co-author of the forthcoming work Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery, 1750-1850. Her interest in and experience with Quaker genealogy comes from researching girls from Quaker families who made samplers in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Saturday, September 15
A Day of Genealogy with J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA  (Events - Other Organizations)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd., California, MD
J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border.
Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia Genealogical Society) and also directs a Southern course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.
Legal Rumblings, Research Planning, And Finding the way to GGGrandmother's House
Following a Case through Court Workshop
Learn the basic of the legal system. Understand the process of following a case through court including dockets, orders, depositions, etc. Find the key to solving a problem using these records.
Out on a Limb, Trapped by Bad Research
Feeling trapped with nowhere to go? Bad, weak or missing evidence all contribute to misleading research. Review your research findings, sharpen your techniques, evaluate your sources, and map a new course.

Finding My Way Home Again ... or A Closer Look at Migration Trails
Early settlers of Kentucky and Tennessee followed pathways that continue to be traveled today. This lecture focuses on the major trails that led our ancestors to this home.
Cost: Member: $45.00 Non-Member: $55.00
At the Door: $ 60.00 - register early, no refund after September 1st.
To pay by credit card, go to and look for Registration tab. If paying by check, please download the registration form from our website and mail to:
St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1109
Leonardtown, MD. 20650

Saturday, September 22
MGS Fall Seminar - DNA  (Workshops/Seminars)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Doubletree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
Four Presentations by Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist

8:30–9:15       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15               Welcome, Introductions, and Announcements

9:30–10:30     Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry

Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are the workhorses of genetic genealogy, and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives, both close and distant.

10:45–11:45    Introduction to Autosomal DNA

For years, genealogists have focused on Y- DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.

11:45–1:00      LUNCH

1:00–2:00       Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries

Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800s, 1700s, and beyond. Together we’ll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their 18th and 19th century mysteries using autosomal DNA.

2:15–3:15       Using Third Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA

Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are third-party tools that allow test-takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators and the identification of genetic cousins. Together we’ll explore some of these tools and learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Cost:    $70 – MGS Members,  $80 – Non-members  Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch Included.
Rooms are available at the Doubletree by Hilton.
A Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn Express are nearby.

Watch, for registration instructions - coming soon.

Thursday, October 11
Frederick County Public Library Resources  (AAGS Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Presented by Mary Mannix

Saturday, October 27
AAGS Fall Seminar - Migration Patterns of Our Ancestors  (Workshops/Seminars)
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

On Saturday, October 27. 2018, AAGS will hold our Fall Seminar, featuring James Tanner, genealogy blogger and lecturer, speaking on Migration Patterns of Our Ancestors.  James has more than thirty years' experience in law, computers, and over thirty years experience as a research genealogist.

Explore the background and context of historical migration patterns in America that can explain how and why your ancestors settled in a particular area of the United States after immigrating from another country. Since the existence of a migration route is embedded in the historical context of the time, understanding any particular migration route involves a study of both the pertinent history and applicable geography. 
Stay tuned for more details and registration information - coming soon.