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Sunday, September 24
Researching your WWI Army Ancestors by Dr. Margaret McMahon  (Military)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Parkville Senior Center 3rd Floor, Room 308 (Elevator Available) 8601 Harford Road Parkville, Ma
  • This year marks the centennial of U.S. involvement in the War to End All Wars (World War I).
  • Learn more about the military service of your dough-boy ancestors using online databases, repositories, social networking and other resources
  • Get ideas for sharing what you learn.

About Dr Margaret McMahon:
Margaret is the hockey-playing genealogist. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and with the advent of parenthood, she turned her technical talents to researching her family’s genealogy. She has over twenty-five years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate school professor. She is an experienced presenter at national and international technical conferences.

Friday, October 6
Maryland State Archives Brick Wall Session  (General)
10:00 am to 12:15 pm
Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401
The Maryland State Archives is hosting its fall Brick Wall Session. This is an opportunity for genealogists and family researchers to sign up for a consultation with a genealogical professional who will help break through stubborn brick walls. 
The event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

Monday, October 9
Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Program Open House  (African American)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401
The Maryland State Archives and the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies invite you to attend the launch of a joint project supporting the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program.  Staff members of the Archives' Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Program will be on hand, with faculty and students from the University's Digital and Cultural Innovation Center to discuss, demonstrate and share the powerful online tools for research of slavery in Maryland.
This is a free program, open to the public but registration is required. Please click here to register in advance. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 11
Civil War Voices from the National Archives and Personal Collections  (Military)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401

Lunch and Learn at the Maryland State Archives

John Emond, an antique collector and retired NASA program manager, will give a presentation on letters and documents written about and by Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate using their "voices".   The voices are dramatic, humorous, and poignant, and include several Maryland letters written by soldiers and civilians. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions to this public event.

This program is free, but please email in advance to reserve your spot.

Saturday, October 14
Baltimore Family History Workshop  (General)
8:30 am to 4:15 pm
120 Stemmers Run Road, Essex, MD 21221
Sponsored by the Baltimore Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this FREE, full-day conference will offer over 30 lectures to choose from on a wide range of topics. 
While the event is free, registration is required. For full information, visit the conference web site.

Saturday, October 21
9:00 am to 3:15 pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
9:00 A.M. to  3:15 P.M.  -  Option for research at the library until 6:00 P.M.
Morning Session 9:30 A.M. - Tim Anderson - "Ohio's Germanic Cultural Landscapes"
Two-Track Afternoon Sessions:
1:00 P.M. - Kelli Bergheimer - "Preparing for Your Library/Archive Visit"
           OR  Jenni Salamon - "German Newspapers at the Ohio History Connection"
2:15 P.M. - Liz Plummer - "German Resources at the Ohio History Connection"
           OR   Ernie Thode - "Swiss Pioneers of Southeastern Ohio"
Alternate afternoon: One-on-One sessions with Russ Pollitt, Head of the Library's Genealogy and Local History Department
Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, continental breakfast, and Full Buffet Lunch by Schmidt's Sausage Haus
Member: $45; Non-Member $55; Deadline for advance registration: October 7, 2017;
        After October 7, 2017: cost is $55 for Members and $65 for Non-Members.
Registration will be available online at or with check payable to Ohio Chapter PalAm
Send to Joe Stamm, 3930 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1329;  For questions e-mail: <>

Sunday, October 22
The Baltimore City Archives and its holdings by Rob Schoeberlein  (Maryland)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Parkville Senior Center 3rd Floor, Room 308 (Elevator Available) 8601 Harford Road Parkville, MD

Monday, October 23
Out of the Shoe Box: How to Improve Your Family Archive's Storage  (General)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401

PopUp Heritage Workshop

Come talk to professional conservation staff about the best ways to preserve your family treasures.  This free hands-on workshop will give a basic overview of the best ways to house, organize and handle your precious papers and photos. Practice materials will be provided for you to try out your new skills, and you can take home what you learn to apply to your own precious collections.  It's time to bring those memories "out of the shoe box"!  

This program is free, but please email in advance to reserve your spot.

Saturday, October 28
Genealogy Fair  (General)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Odenton Regional LIbrary, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton 21113
Visit the Odenton Regional Library for a full day of genealogy! Curious about local institutions that can help you piece together the puzzle of your family history? Local genealogy societies and research centers will exhibit their resources. In the afternoon, drop in to the computer lab to try out the resources you’ve learned about and get some one-on-one help from a local genealogist.  

Saturday, October 28
Successful French-Canadian Research  (Free Family History Lecture)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Columbia Family History Center, 4251 Columbia Road, Ellicott City MD 21042
In this free lecture, speaker Adrian Gravelle will explain how to research your French-Canadian ancestors from sources readily available to you locally and on the Internet. This two-hour presentation will include a history of New France, of Acadia and of Canada. The historical background is essential for understanding the geographical and historical terminology and is necessary in knowing how and where to research. The historical background will also give you an appreciation of your French-Canadian heritage. The presentation will include a discussion of the unique legal, cultural and traditional aspects of French-Canadian society that affect French-Canadian genealogical research. Finally, the presentation will cover the leading primary and secondary sources of information and where to find them; will provide examples of typical baptismal, marriage and burial records (1610-1940) and where to find them; and, will give a methodology for rapidly tracing your ancestors back to France to the early 1600s and late 1500s. 

Thursday, November 2
Introduction to the Maryland Historical Society Library and Special Collections  (Maryland)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online - Virtual Program
A FREE online program for members of the Maryland Historical Society.
Join Special Collections archivists Lara Westwood and Damon Talbot for a brief overview of the Maryland Historical Society Library, including: What to expect when you visit the library and how to find relevant materials for your research. They will also share some of their favorite items in Special Collections for a sense of all the amazing resources available. A question and answer session will follow the program.
Click here to register. Registered members will receive step by step instructions via email on how to participate in this live virtual experience.

Thursday, November 2
Coming to Baltimore: Immigrants Old and New  (Immigration)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society

Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Rd., 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.

Saturday, November 4
Green Mount Cemetery Tour with Mark Letzer, MdHS President and CEO  (Cemeteries)
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Maryland Historical Society & Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland's history on this special tour of Green Mount Cemetery and the Maryland Historical Society. Join Mark Letzer, MdHS President and CEO, on a tour of the Maryland Historical Society galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past, including Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Enoch Pratt, and William Henry Rinehart. Following lunch, the group will drive to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends, and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries. 
$40 for Maryland Historical Society members; $50 for non-members. Boxed lunches will be provided. Click here to register.

Sunday, November 26
Dead Men Tell No Tales, But Probate Talks by Malissa Ruffner  (Maryland)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Parkville Senior Center 3rd Floor, Room 308 (Elevator Available) 8601 Harford Road Parkville, Ma
About Malissa Ruffner
Malissa Ruffner has been seriously researching her own family since attending Bob Barnes’ four introductory sessions at the Maryland Historical Society in 2009. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. As an archivist, she worked on projects at Goucher College, Hampton National Historic Site, and the University of Maryland, University Archives. She was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in September of 2014 and serves as Vice-President of the Maryland Genealogical Society.