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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Howard County Genealogical Society Meeting at the Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD. 7-9pm

Lecture topic: Basic Training for the Genealogist — Member Led

Whether you're a beginner or experienced researcher, the wise genealogist always stays up-to-date with changes in genealogy software, new internet sites, new reords and new tools to help with the research. Join us for another interesting genealogy workshop.

Topics and presenters TBD. Please check

Sunday April 23, 2017 Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland meeting at Pikesville Library's meeting room, Pikesville, 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Todd Knowles
Title: “The Knowles Collection: What Is It, and How Do I Use It?”
Date and Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, to hear Todd Knowles present “The Knowles Collection: What Is It, and How Do I Use It?”

For over 40 years, Todd Knowles has been searching for the ancestors of his great-grandfather, Morris David Rosenbaum, a Polish Jew. That quest, to find out more about his family, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that currently contain the records of over 1.4 million Jews. These databases are: “The Jews of the British Isles,” “The Jews of Europe,” “The Jews of North America,” “The Jews of South America and Caribbean,” “The Jews of the Pacific Islands,” and “The Jews of Africa, Middle East and the Orient.” The Knowles Collection, which grows almost daily, is now part of and is totally sourced, and individuals are linked as family groups. In this presentation, Todd will show how to access the collection and how best to apply it to your own family research.

W. Todd Knowles, Accredited Genealogist, has been on staff at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, for almost 20 years. After being introduced to family history at the age of 11, he soon learned of his Jewish roots. This discovery has guided him over the past 40 years, as he first sought to discover his family and then to help others discover theirs. Todd currently serves as President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Utah.

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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 , Baltimore County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

W H E R E :
Baltimore County Genealogical Society Library (BCGS)
The Parkville Senior Center
Room 308, 3rd Floor (Elevator available)
8601 Harford Road, Parkville, MD 21234

W H E N:
Saturday, April 29, 9 am – 1 pm
8 am - 1 pm

1. Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants by Debra Hoffman
2. The Dead and the Dying: Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, & Obituaries by Rebecca Whitman Koford
3. Are You My Grandpa?: Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Howard County Genealogical Society Meeting at the Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD. 7-9pm.

Topic: What is DNA? What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do I know what test to take? Well, I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions then this presentation is for you. If the highly technical nature of most DNA talks confuses you then this presentation is for you. As the name implies, this presentation will answer your questions usin a non-technical, genealogical-oriented approach. It will also address what DNA does not do to help set your expectations. "The ABC's of DNA for Genealogy".

Presenter: Eileen Souza, PLCGS, owner of Old Bones Genealogy, is a professional genealogist who specializes in Maryland research. She is president of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealgical Society, the Maryland Genealogical Society and other local business and genealogical societies. Eileen is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, earning a Professional

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Maryland Genealogical Society Basics+ Workshop at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD. 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Reward and Remembrance: Post-Military Service Records

It's often after military service that the most genealogically valuable records are created — those that award benefits to a soldier and family or honor his or her memory and sacrifice. Hear our expert panel discuss records that offer family gold and human interest to your family tree.

Angela McGhie, CGSM – Bounty Land Records
Jonathan Webb Deiss, owner/researcher at – Pension Records and How to Find Them
Constance Potter, retired NARA reference archivist – WWI Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages
In addition, as part of our continuing observation of the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into WWI, Connie will give a brief overview on WWI service records.

Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM. The first session begins at 9:00 AM.
Cost: $25 - MGS Members $30 - non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)

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

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


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