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Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience
Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience
Thursday, August 3
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

Y-DNA can be a useful tool in genealogy, but it cannot tell you who your ancestors were. Y-DNA is passed from father to son relatively unchanged for generations. Living males who match can often identify a common ancestor by sharing genealogical research. Personal experience with a surname project through Family Tree DNA has revealed distant cousins world-wide, but has yet to reveal a common ancestor in Scotland. Surname projects have also provided valuable leads to genealogical information, and can be coupled with other DNA test results to find matches willing to share genealogical information. 

Robert Lumsden is a Washington, D.C. native who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia.  He had a 34 year career as a research scientist at the USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince Georges County.  He retired in 2001.  Robert lived in Bowie for 40 years, and then in Healthsville, in Virginia's Northern Neck, but he now resides in Heritage Harbour, Annapolis.  Since retirement, he was a part time consultant with the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C., but has devoted much of his time to volunteering at Historic Christ Church & Museum and Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library in Lancaster County, Virginia, and with the Prince Georges County Genealogical Society.  Robert is a recent member of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and pursues the genealogies of many family lines in Southern Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.




Getting Started in Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond
Getting Started in Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond
Thursday, September 7
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Presented by the members of AAGS and invited experts.
Visit different tables to learn about various ways to research, chart, and document your genealogical research.



Coming to Baltimore: Immigrants Old and New
Thursday, November 2
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD

It is a little known story that, during 1830-1914, 1.5 million immigrants landed in Baltimore, America's third largest port of entry. Nicholas Fessenden will describe the stories of the largest groups who came here, Germans, Irish, Jews, and Poles, and why they left their homeland and how they fashioned new lives in their adopted country.

Nicholas Fessenden taught History in the Upper School at Friends School of Baltimore (1972-2010) and also as an adjunct at Towson University, Maryland Institute of Art, and Community College of Baltimore County. Since his retirement from full-time teaching in 2010, he has served on the board of the Baltimore Immigration Museum, which just opened in May 2016, chronicling the story of Baltimore's immigration. He has also lectured at a variety of senior citizen facilities, civic organizations and clubs, including the Maryland Genealogical Society.




Finding Your Ancestors in Maps
Thursday, January 4, 2018
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
This presentation by John Siemon will cover the uses for maps in researching family history, plus many places to find detailed maps that show where your ancestors lived. His talk will include some online demonstrations and how to put them in your family history documents.
 
John Siemon has been on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Genealogical Society since 2008, and is currently President of the Society. He has been researching his family history since 1997. His special interests are maps, the Civil War, and Baltimore history and genealogy.