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Thursday, February 22 through Thursday, March 14
The Impact of DNA and Genetic Genealogy  (Classes)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - Zoom
Andy Hochreiter will be instructing a course at Howard Community College about the impact of DNA discoveries. The scientific advances that have resulted since the recognition of the double-helix structure of DNA has been nothing less than spectacular. Although this course is not directly related to methodologies in genetic genealogy, it explores the unique intersections of science that fed the evolution of this field. The impact of DNA on medicine, anthropology, genealogy, history, and criminology opened incredible advances in all fields. Gain an appreciation of how discoveries in one field affected another and how it came to  benefit our unique field of family history and genealogy.
The classes will meet by Zoom so can be attended by anyone, anywhere. I hope you can join Andy in this review of DNA impact on our lives.

Saturday, February 24
Black History Month 2024 Genealogy Conference - Telling Our Stories Through the Arts!  (Online/Hybrid Events)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Online - Registration Required
A free virtual conference sponsored by 
Washington DC Family History Center 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 
Agnes Kane Callum - Baltimore, Maryland 
Central Maryland (Columbia, MD) 
Montgomery County, Maryland Prince George's County, Maryland 
James Dent Walker - District of Columbia 
Keynote Speaker - Kathy Lynne Marshall

Wednesday, March 6
Genealogy Research Institutes  (AAGS Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - Zoom
Join us at 7:00 pm on WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2024, via Zoom, for our monthly meeting. Tom McCarriar and Cindy Steinhoff from the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society will be joined by Thomas Goss and Rebecca Dobbs from the Howard County Genealogical Society to discuss their experiences attending genealogy research institutes.

All four presenters have attended institutes sponsored by the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and The British Institute. Courses offered by research institutes typically focus on a specific aspect of genealogy. These courses cover the breadth of genealogy, and include genetic genealogy, religious groups such as Quakers, researching genealogy in a specific state or country, material culture, and deep dives into the traditional components of genealogical research, such as land or probate records. Most institutes offer both face-to-face and online courses. Some courses run for a 5-day week with students spending most of each day in class, while others may meet one day a week for ten to twelve weeks. 

The four speakers have attended courses in Chromosome Mapping, Advanced DNA Evidence, Advanced Methodology for Irish Research, A Walk in Penn’s Woods: Pennsylvania Research, Advanced Practice in Social History, Pennsylvania Germans, Land and Property, Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia, and Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy. 

The program is open to the public. We will email the Zoom link to AAGS members the day before the meeting. If you are not an AAGS member, please register by emailing your name and preferred email address to We request you register no later than 9:00 pm Tuesday, March 5, so we can send you the link in a timely manner.

Friday, March 8
A Maryland Mosaic for the U.S. 250th Anniversary  (Online/Hybrid Events)
1:00 pm

A Maryland Mosaic for the U.S. 250th Anniversary: Finding the Historical Pieces to Create a Dynamic Picture of Maryland

Presented by Burt Kummerow

Register here: Online Event


The Maryland Four Centuries Project has curated a collection of the state's firsts, creating the Maryland Mosaic, a picture capturing Maryland's role in the American experiment. The Maryland Mosaic has collected more than 130 people, places, events, objects, documents and structures, representing all of the state's 23 counties and Baltimore City, covering every decade from 1776 to the present. Join the project’s founding director, Burt Kummerow, to learn about Maryland’s historical pioneers.


Saturday, April 27
45th Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering of Southern Maryland  (Events - Other Organizations)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd, St. Leonard MD 20685

The 45th Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering of Southern Maryland will take place Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd, St. Leonard MD 20685. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rain or shine. 


The Genealogy Information Booth, hosted by members of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is at the juncture of two long rows of Clan tents! AAGS members will be available all day to answer questions and provide genealogy advice and some of the resources needed to discover and research one's family history. We offer handouts and additional resources for doing genealogical research in Maryland, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the 7 Celtic Nations, and others. We welcome questions and participation from those of all ages, backgrounds and skills!


Festival visitors come from all over the region - Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond.