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Wednesday, November 13
How to Get a Good Digital Photo from Old Photos, a Computer Screen, and Much More  (General)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, Md 21043
This presentation, sponsored by the Howard County Genealogical Society, will cover such topics as understanding DPI and Resolution; where you can get photos of relatives from the past; scanning and printing photos; how to get good images from a computer screen; how to get good pictures using a cell phone of a photo in a picture frame; copying documents using your cell phone; how to scan large documents and photos; and how to get good tombstone pictures.
The presenter is Gary Petranek. Gary retired from IBM after 41 years. He has been the Co-Director of the Washington DC Family History Center in Kensington, MD for the past 13 years. He has been doing genealogy research for 20+ years and has been an avid photographer “my whole life.” Gary hosts a RootsMagic user group once a month at the Family History Center.

Saturday, November 23
My Journey Back to the Motherland  (African American)
2:00 pm
Columbia Family History Center, 4251 Columbia Rd., Ellicott City MD 21042
The Columbia Family History Center's Autumn Family History Presentation will feature Bernice Bennett, who will present "My Journey Back to the Motherland."
Bennett is an author, genealogist, nationally recognized speaker, storyteller, and producer-host of the popular Research at the National Archives and Beyond blog talkradio program. She is the first recipient of the Ida B. Wells Service Award given by the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passages for her dedication to broadcast stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent. Bennett is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society and also a founding Coordinator and faculty member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. In addition, she is a Citizen’s Archivist with the National Archives in Washington, DC. Her genealogical research centers on Southeast Louisiana, and Edgefield and Greenwood Counties, South Carolina. 
For more information on this event contact Diana Gardner at 410-461-5596 (try this number first) or 443-934-0254 or

Monday, January 20, 2020
School is Out, History is In: Cursive!  (Skill Building)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Maryland Historical Society, 201 W Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
At this Maryland Historical Society Youth and Family Event, kids will have a chance to practice their loops, swirls and basic strokes and read historical documents written by Marylanders. Using chalk, ink, quills and paint, participants will learn or perfect the "lost art" of cursive writing.
The program is free, but registration is required. Visit the MdHS Web site to register.