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Maryland Genealogical Society: Fall Seminar

Fall Seminar with Blaine T. Bettinger "The Genetic Genealogist"

Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Doubletree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
(Ample free parking)

Cost: $70 – MGS Members, $80 - Non-members

Register online at the Maryland Genealogical Society at or Download the Registration Form

For our Fall Seminar, MGS presents a day of DNA, with nationally recognized DNA specialist Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

Blaine's four presentations will provide insights to newcomers to DNA testing as well as more experienced users of DNA for genealogy.

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.

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.

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.

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.
The day includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon. Registration opens and breakfast is served at 8:30 AM. The program begins at 9:15 AM.

Traveling from a distance? Rooms are available at the Doubletree by Hilton. A Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn Express also are nearby.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland September 23, 2018, program

Speaker: Dr. Jude C. Richter
Title: “Documenting Holocaust Survivors and Victims at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum”
Date and Time: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, to hear Dr. Jude C. Richter present “Documenting Holocaust Survivors and Victims at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.”

Records in the collections of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) help us to document the experiences of individual survivors and victims of the Holocaust. They usually include dates and places of birth and, less often, the names of parents and spouses; they are of obvious interest to genealogists. The International Tracing Service (ITS) collection is richer for persons persecuted in Western Europe than for those who were persecuted in Eastern Europe. It nevertheless remains the single largest collection of records that allows us to document the fates of individuals during the Holocaust. This talk will demonstrate how the ITS collection and other collections at USHMM can be of value to genealogists and especially those researching ancestors from Ukraine and Galicia.

Jude C. Richter received his Ph.D. in Russian history from Indiana University. From 2002 through 2006, he worked for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, conducting research in the collections of the USHMM to document Holocaust survivors’ claims. Since 2006, he has worked for USHMM. He is currently a Research and Reference Specialist in the Museum’s Survivors and Victims Resource Center.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society - Fall Conference

Society website

Mid-Atlantic History & Resources
History of Baltimore Immigration
Presented by Nicholas Fessenden

Sister Ports: Philadelphia & Baltimore
Columbia Institution: Its History & Records
History & Records of the German Aid Societies (NY, PA, MD, SC)

Presented by Debra A. Hoffman

Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton - Lancaster, PA
Hotel website

Cost: $50 – MAGS Members, $60 - Non-members

Register online at the MAGS website Conference Registration
A downloadable flyer is available on that web page

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