Howard County (Maryland) Genealogical Society
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Wednesday, March 13
Proving Identity: More Than a Name
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
 
Genealogical sources are full of people living in the same place with the same name as our ancestor. How can we distinguish our ancestor among others of the same name? We can’t rely on just nam
es; we’ve got to prove identity. In this lecture, Robyn explains the concept and provides examples and strategies to ensure that we don’t confuse our ancestor with others in the community.
 
Speaker:  Robyn Smith
Robyn Smith has been researching her family and others for over twenty-five years. She specializes in court and land records, genealogy skill building, and slavery research. Robyn has lectured widely at genealogy conferences, for genealogical societies across the U.S., and for institutions such as the Maryland State Archives and the Smithsonian African American Museum. Her lectures on Legacy Family Webinars have garnered thousands of views, and she has written for Family Tree Magazine. In 2022, she joined the research team of the Georgetown Memory Project, and taught a lecture at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). For more than twelve years, she has authored a popular genealogy teaching blog called Reclaiming Kin (www.reclaimingkin.com). Her blog focuses on growing genealogical research skills for all genealogists, and the unique challenges of researching American slavery.
 
VISITORS ARE WELCOME        
Members will be sent the Zoom meeting ID by email or may go to the member’s only page to obtain it. If you are a visitor and not a member yet - click here to obtain the Zoom meeting ID.



Wednesday, April 10
AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
 
Summary: While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.
 
SpeakerThomas MacEntee: author, educator, student, advocate, marketer, storyteller, entrepreneur and that “genealogy guy” who helps you accomplish your family history goals. Having taught over 1,000 in-person and virtual genealogy lectures since 2010, serving on the boards of many genealogical societies, organizing a group of over 1,000 genealogy bloggers, and helping researchers save money on genealogy products and services, Thomas is ready for the next chapter in his professional journey: changing the way genealogists acquire new research skills, motivating researchers to take a chance on new technologies, and improving how family stories and heirlooms are preserved and passed on to the next generations.
 
This program will be presented jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogy Society
 
VISITORS ARE WELCOME        
Members will be sent the Zoom meeting ID by email or may go to the member’s only page to obtain it. If you are a visitor and not a member yet - click here to obtain the Zoom meeting ID.



Wednesday, May 8
TBD
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom



Thursday, June 13
Twenty Years of Stuff – Now What Do I Do?
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Joint neeting with the Ann Arundel Genealogical Society
NOTE: This meeting is on Thursday rather than our usual meeting day of Wednesday.

Whether a researcher has been collecting information for a long time or has suddenly inherited someone else’s research, they will need to: 1.) Organize it, 2.) Decide what is valuable and what isn’t, 3.) Make it available to others through some type of publication, and 4.) Provide for the collection’s survival.  This lecture will encourage organization (both paper and computer) and preservation of the materials; analysis and writing the family history using standard numbering systems including NGSQ and the Register systems. Evidence analysis and source citations will be discussed as will the use of computer programs as tools for organization and writing. Discussion also includes the use of artifacts and photographs in the family history and a genealogical will or codicil for the disposal of both the material and paper collections.
 
Speaker:  Elissa Scalise Powell
Board-certified since 1995, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, is a western Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She also is the course coordinator for “Genealogy as a Profession” at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, author of two chapters in the 2018 Professional Genealogy book, and 2017 APG Professional Achievement Award winner.
 
VISITORS ARE WELCOME        
Members will be sent the Zoom meeting ID by email or may go to the member’s only page to obtain it. If you are a visitor and not a member yet - click here to obtain the Zoom meeting ID.



Wednesday, July 10
Census Records (1870-1940) and City Directories
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
 
Description: Census Records are invaluable documents that are commonly utilized by family historians and genealogists in recreating the identities of their ancestors! In this presentation, Rebecca will discuss information that was recorded on each of the U.S. Federal Census Records from 1870-1940 and how these details can provide insight into an ancestor’s migration, socio-economic status, occupation, and familial relationships among other aspects. Like Census Records, City Directories can also provide key information regarding your ancestor’s locations, especially in between Census years. Rebecca will share research techniques and methodologies correlating (but not limited to) Census Records, City Directories, Vital Records, and Orphan Asylum Records, tracing and recreating the identities of her 2nd great-grandparents, John and Mary Rainey and their family.
 
Speaker Biography
Rebecca Dobbs is a novice genealogist with a specialty in Jewish research. Her methodology includes utilizing individuals’ DNA results to connect them with their ancestral pasts. She became interested in genealogy at the early age of 16 and since then, she has extensively researched her own family history. In addition to helping others with their research, Rebecca has successfully completed the GenProof Study Group in 2021, and recently finished the American Genealogy Studies program through the National Genealogical Society in 2022. She has future goals of obtaining her Certified Genealogist credential someday.
 
 
VISITORS ARE WELCOME        
Members will be sent the Zoom meeting ID by email or may go to the member’s only page to obtain it. If you are a visitor and not a member yet - click here to obtain the Zoom meeting ID.