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Friday, April 13
Research Using Government Publications  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
WORKSHOP – Friday, April 13, 2018
Did you know that the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution published its annual reports in the Congressional Serial Set through the 1960s?  Think of the information those reports might hold for family historians.  Government documents are an underused, misunderstood source of information for family historians.  They can contain names of people and essential information on the world in which your ancestor lived.  Best of all many key sources are available throughout the United States at Federal Depository Libraries.
In this workshop, instructor Celina McDonald will teach attendees how to find information among government publications.  This includes annual reports of government agencies and special reports agencies and bureaus created for administrative use and for submission to Congress.  She will focus on publications produced before 1920.  Anyone interested in learning more about these exciting and easily obtainable sources should attend the workshop.
Celina McDonald is the U.S. Government Documents and Criminology Librarian at the University of Maryland (UMD), and serves as the regional federal depository librarian for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Delaware.
Please read more about Ms. McDonald and her work at
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!  The last 2 workshops SOLD OUT. Registration is limited to 30 individuals

Some Other Approaches to your German Research
Saturday, April 14
Some Other Approaches to your German Research  (Conference)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
Morning Program
Michael Lacopo, D.V.M.
Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the "Evidence"
When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't "add up", it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many Internet family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.
Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans
The Mennonites came to America in two "waves" - primarily the 18th century migration from Germany to America and the 19th century migration from Switzerland to the Midwest. Learn how research techniques and repositories in America and in Europe can help you locate your Anabaptist ancestor!
Afternoon Program
Michael Lacopo, D.V.M.
Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants
If all you know from conventional records is “Germany” as a place of origin, then this lecture will help you mine other resources to locate WHERE in Germany your ancestor came from.
How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research
Several case studies will be presented showing lesser-utilized research tactics, repositories and resources used to find information about our German-speaking ancestors.
For more information about Dr. Lacopo, see his website at

Working with Germany-based Websites
Saturday, June 9
Working with Germany-based Websites  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
Working with Germany-based Websites: and
James M. Beidler has been the editor of Der Kurier, the MAGS quarterly journal, since 2004
Two hours of the workshop will be spent going through everything from signing up for a account to most effective searches of the site’s component parts.  The final hour of the workshop will be devoted to working with