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Baltimore County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
Saturday, April 29
Baltimore County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  (Local Societies)
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Parkville Senior Center, Room 308, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Md



  1. Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants by Debra Hoffman
    Baltimore was a major entry point for immigrants to America. Learn about its history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port.


  2. The Dead and the Dying: Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, & Obituaries by Rebecca Whitman Koford
    Get into the spirit of cemetery research by introducing a few superstitions that motivated our ancestors’ understanding of death and the afterlife.
    Next we discuss records of death outside of traditional death certificates, funeral home records, and touch on the importance of finding obituaries.
    Lastly we look at cemeteries and headstone iconography and how to prepare for a visit to the cemetery.


  3. Are You My Grandpa?: Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford
    This lecture is for all of us who discover that their ancestor has a name in common with someone else in their community.
    We discuss techniques for comparing and contrasting the records of these people in order to separate our ancestors with another line.
    Case studies are included throughout the lecture with a focus on Maryland and Baltimore records.

  5. For detailed directions, select this link →
  6. Or, select the Seminar Flier Image on the right side for a PDF document →
  7. Send to the address on the flier or Register at Meeting or Library
  8. Cost for Members $10.00
  9. Non-members $25.00 which includes a single membership till the end of 2017

2017 National Genealogical Society Conference
Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13
2017 National Genealogical Society Conference  (National Meetings)
Raleigh, North Carolina

Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records, and repositories; land grants, and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within the Carolinas. The Society will also consider other topics of interest reaching from the Colonial era to the 21st Century. In addition, NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, and technology.

Wednesday, May 10
What is DNA ?  (Local Societies)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD

What is DNA?

What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do I know what test to take? Well, I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions then this presentation is for you. If the highly technical nature of most DNA talks confuses you then this presentation is for you. As the name implies, this presentation will answer your questions usin a non-technical, genealogical-oriented approach. It will also address what DNA does not do to help set your expectations. "The ABC's of DNA for Genealogy".

Presenter: 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 Genealgical 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

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


Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference  (National Meetings)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mark your calendars
and look for further information as it becomes available. This national conference will have the best speakers in the field giving you their tips and methods to improve your research. The exhibit hall will have the latest in products, software, and books. Come and spend time with us — you never know when you will meet a cousin! For more details, see