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Saturday, September 16, 2017 Maryland Genealogical Society Fall Seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 Campbell Blvd, White Marsh, MD. 8:30 am to 3:15 pm

Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist"

The Legal Genealogist is coming to town! Prepare for a full day of learning about critical sources and important strategies for tackling your most challenging ancestors. Judy is a nationally known presenter, blogger (, and coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods and Evidence Analysis course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at the University of Georgia. If you have already heard her, you know you want to be here. And if you haven't heard her, you need to be here.

These four excellent presentations will be delivered in Judy's straightforward and humorous style:

Finding the Law
We’re told as genealogists to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how we do find the laws we need? Examples from Maryland law will be featured.

When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data… but it’s sometimes easier said than done. What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods—and tips and tricks—we can use to resolve them?

“Don’t Forget the Ladies”-A Genealogists’ Guide to Women and the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.

The day includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon in a beautiful conference wing of the hotel. Registration opens and breakfast is served at 8:30 AM. The first lecture begins at 9:30 AM.

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

Traveling from a distance? Rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at a rate of $129 per night (code MDGE 366101). There is a Hampton Inn at the same location.

Also joining us that day is vendor Jigsaw Genealogy. Visit the website to see its selection of wall-sized pedigree charts, forms, worksheets, research kits, archival-safe photo storage materials, and other research necessities.

Register online or download the registration form and register by mail at

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Speaker: Ellen Cassedy
Title: “Litvaks: The Jews of Lithuania”
Date and Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, September 17, 2017, for our next program: “Litvaks: The Jews of Lithuania,” a multi-media presentation by Ellen Cassedy.

Learn about the history of the Jews in Lithuania, plus resources for researching Jewish genealogy in the former “Jerusalem of the North.” Ellen Cassedy will cover the seven centuries of Jewish history in Lithuania, including the arrival of the Jews at the invitation of two grand dukes, the daily life of our ancestors in the age of the shtetl, the Vilna Gaon, urbanization, the Holocaust and the Soviet years, and today’s Jewish community. She’ll direct us to resources we can use in further research.

Ellen Cassedy is a frequent speaker on Jewish culture and Yiddish who traces her Jewish roots to the town of Rokiskis in northeast Lithuania. She is the author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (2012) and is a co-translator from Yiddish of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel (2016). Her piece ““Out of the Vilna Ghetto: Dust – and Determination,” was published in the Huffington Post. At the Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program, she has given talks on the history of Jewish Vilna, how Lithuania is encountering the Holocaust today, and Yiddish songs and blessings. The Jewish Roots page on her web site ( offers information about Lithuanian archives, how to find a tour guide, help with translating Yiddish letters and other treasures, and how to learn Yiddish.

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.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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