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Sunday, April 29
Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy  (General)
1:30 pm
Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD
Tired of being told by archives, libraries, and government agencies that the genealogical records you want are “unavailable”? Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of more than 5000 genealogists, researchers, historians, and journalists, figured out how to do something about it. They use Freedom of Information laws—and sometimes even lawsuits—to obtain copies of previously inaccessible archival record sets, which are then put online for free public use.
In this presentation, Brooke Schreier Ganz will describe the work of Reclaim the Records. The group won the first-ever public and online access to more than twenty million archival records, including the New York City marriage license index (1909–1995), the New York State death index (1880–1956), and the New Jersey marriage index (1901–2016), and they have an ongoing lawsuit for the Missouri birth and death index (1910–present), and more. The presentation will explain how this was accomplished, as well as the history and legal basics of Freedom of Information laws, and will teach researchers how to file requests for any records that may help their own family tree research.
The program is free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD). Refreshments will be available. Please check the JGSMD web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Saturday, May 5
Family History Conference  (General)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Washington DC Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
The Washington DC Family History Center will sponsor its 12th annual Family History Conference on Saturday, May 5, 2018. This conference is free of charge with classes from beginning to advanced genealogy. In response to requests for education on DNA and its impact on genealogy research, we are offering several classes in Beginning and Advanced DNA methodology.
The keynote speaker will be James Tanner who will address the topic, “Technology and Genealogy: A Perfect Match.”
Seating is limited and registration is required. For class descriptions and registration information, see

Friday, May 18
Brick Wall Session  (General)
Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401
Save the date for the next in a series of brick wall sessions sponsored by the Maryland State Archives. Check the Maryland State Archives web site for more information as it becomes available.

Saturday, September 15
Legal Rumblings, Research Planning, And Finding the way to GGGrandmother's House  (General)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd. California, MD
The St. Mary's County Genealogical Society is sponsoring its 4th "Day of Genealogy," this time featuring J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. Sessions will include:
“Following a Case through Court Workshop” - Learn the basic of the legal system. Understand the process of following a case through court including dockets, orders, depositions, etc. Find the key to solving a problem using these records.
“Out on a Limb, Trapped by Bad Research” - Feeling trapped with nowhere to go? Bad, weak or missing evidence all contribute to misleading research. Review your research findings, sharpen your techniques, evaluate your sources, and map a new course.
“Finding My Way Home Again … or A Closer Look at Migration Trails” - Early settlers of Kentucky and Tennessee followed pathways that continue to be traveled today. This lecture focuses on the major trails that led our ancestors to this home.
The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit the Society's web site.