Howard County (Maryland) Genealogical Society
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Wednesday, May 12
The Mayflower Society
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Speaker: Mr. Christopher Locke, Co-Historian, Maryland Mayflower Society, 2017 to Present. 
This presentation is intended to introduce the audience to the Mayflower Society and its application process.  It will briefly cover the origins of the organization.  The key objective of the talk is to familiarize the audience with the various stages of the application process for the Mayflower Society, which is always done through one of the Member Societies.   Member Societies are located throughout the United States and include organizations in Canada, Australia, and Europe.  The talk will also focus on collecting evidence for a proposed line and the associated standards of evidence.  Some information will be provided about DNA tracing to Pilgrim ancestors.  The search is on for all female lines!  The talk is intended to be interactive and questions from the audience are expected. 
As a result of this talk audience members may choose to fill out a preliminary review worksheet and propose a Mayflower line.  The first five or six generations of those proposed lines will be verified for free in the weeks following the talk.  The Maryland Society will rely on the so-called Silver Books when providing its evaluation.
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Mr. Locke has processed  over 121 successful application filings (86 Initial Applications, 35 Supplemental applications) and has another 23 pending cases undergoing review in Plymouth.

Wednesday, June 9
A case of Assumption in My Husband's Family History...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Title "A case of Assumption in my husband's family history....".  
Description:  "My topic is about what I learned from a comment that was ASSUMED about my husband's Grandfather.  I began family history research on my own and my husband's ancestors in 1967. Both of our fathers had just deceased and after speaking with family members I learned enough about their Civil War ancestors to propel my immediate visit to the NARA. I DID NOT KNOW anything about how to do genealogy nor did I know about genealogical or historical Societies.  I did a lot just by "Thinking what do I need to get and how to get them".  I didn't think of them as proof and/or evidence. And, in the course of time, I have learned enough to disprove the one significant assumption made along the way. I will tell you what I have learned and why not to make assumptions.  I will also show how I use Scrapbooks to display our family history keepsakes."  
Presented by  Arlene Taylor
Bio:  Arlene has been a member of the HCGS since 2014.  She is currently the HCGS Program Chair and previously served as the Vice President. When we were meeting in person, Arlene could be seen setting up the refreshments table (and providing many of the refreshments), passing out attendance sheets, introducing the speakers, etc.  She and her husband regularly made the rounds throughout the county posting meeting notices prior to each monthly meeting. Arlene has been generous with her time supporting the HCGS.