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Finding Overseas Origins of Your English Ancestors  (Maryland)
Thursday, June 1
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD
Are you having trouble finding the overseas origins of your English ancestors? This presentation will provide you with clues to overseas origins that can be found in American sources, clues to American origins in overseas sources, and a variety of helpful websites to aid your research.
Bob Barnes is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is active in the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire.

We Are Maryland: Free Genealogy Workshop on Western Maryland  (Maryland)
Saturday, June 17
9:00 am
Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Residents from Western Maryland are eligible for free weekend admission to the Maryland Historical Society in June and are eligible to attend a free genealogy workshop on Saturday, June 17, that will focus on that region. Library staff will provide an approximately 45 minute presentation on the resources of the Maryland Historical Society library and how participants can use them. After the presentation, participants will be able to dive into the library and do genealogy research on their families or other related topics. To attend, just show identification at the front desk to prove you live in one of the following counties.
  • Allegany County
  • Frederick County
  • Garrett County
  • Washington County
More information is available here.

Digging Up Your Ancestors Online  (Internet Research)
Thursday, July 6
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
Are you missing ancestors in your family history? Have you hit a brick wall? On Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Eileen Souza will help us optimize our and Google search strategies. Some of these search tips and tricks may help you! and Google are two of the most popular sites accessed by folks searching for information about their ancestors, but these sites vary significantly in how their search engines operate. Understanding the differences will greatly improve the chances of obtaining the desired results.
This presentation will cover search strategies and tips that will make your searches more effective, providing results that are more accurate. It will also focus on specific techniques that will optimize your and Google searches.
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 Genealogical 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 Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research and a graduate of the ProGen Study Group.  Eileen is the author of Research in Carroll County, published in the August 2012 issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.

Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience  (DNA)
Thursday, August 3
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
Would you like to learn more about DNA? On Thursday, August 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Robert Lumsden will share his experiences with Y-DNA testing and discuss its strengths and limitations for genealogical research.

Y-DNA can be a useful tool in genealogy, but it cannot tell you who your ancestors were. Y-DNA is passed from father to son relatively unchanged for generations. Living males who match can often identify a common ancestor by sharing genealogical research. Personal experience with a surname project through Family Tree DNA has revealed distant cousins world-wide, but has yet to reveal a common ancestor in Scotland. Surname projects have also provided valuable leads to genealogical information, and can be coupled with other DNA test results to find matches willing to share genealogical information. 

Robert Lumsden is a Washington, D.C. native who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia.  He had a 34 year career as a research scientist at the USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince Georges County. He retired in 2001.  Robert lived in Bowie for 40 years, and then in Healthsville, in Virginia's Northern Neck, and now resides in Heritage Harbour, Annapolis.  Since retirement, he was a part time consultant with the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C., but has devoted much of his time to volunteering at Historic Christ Church & Museum and Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library in Lancaster County, Virginia, and with the Prince Georges County Genealogical Society.  Robert is a recent member of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and pursues the genealogies of many family lines in Southern Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Coming to Baltimore: Immigrants Old and New  (Immigration)
Thursday, November 2
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.