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Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference (National Meetings)  (German Genealogy)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Registration for the conference is now open. Download the brochure below to see the schedule, a list of speakers, and the registration form. Registration can be done online.


The conference hotel has already been filled. Please read this announcement for information about alternative hotels. Click here for the list of hotels.


Thursday, August 3
Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience  (DNA)
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.

Sunday, August 6
Adventures in Research  (Delaware)
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hockessin Public Library, 1023 Valley Rd., Hockessin, DE 19707
Speaker:  Mike Dixon, Delaware Humanities Forum.  Learn how to solve historical mysteries about your family and also bring those stories vividly to life.  Part of Hockessin Public Library's Genealogy Series.  Free and open to the public (adults), but registration appreciated.  (302) 239-5160

Saturday, August 12
Brick Wall Session - SLRC Genealogy Circle Meeting  (General)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden Night Rm, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Do you have ancestors you just can’t find? What do you do when your research comes to a standstill and you’ve hit that proverbial brick wall?  When you’ve already tried all the obvious places, you’ll need to consider the not so obvious.
Bring your questions, as well as your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems. We'll share and work together to break down those brick walls.
A panel of Maryland genealogy experts, including Lisa Crawley from the Reginal F. Lewis Museum's Resource Center; Melvin Currie who has been working with genetic genealogy for over ten years; and Malissa Ruffner, Vice President of the Maryland Genealogical Society, will be on hand to work with you.  
Registration is not required.  If you have questions, feel free to call 410-396-5468. 

Wednesday, September 13
Hidden Sources  (Maryland)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Harford County Historical Society 143 Main St., Bel Air, MD
Genealogist Christopher T. Smithson will share new, untypical sources of information that can uncover more details in the stories of our ancestors. 

The fee for each session is $10 For more information please call the Society at 410-838-7691 . If possible bring a laptop, tablet or other Wi-Fi device to join in the fun. Attendance at previous sessions is not required. Come learn about these fascinating research tools and how they can help you trace your ancestry.

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.

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, Ma

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.

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.