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Saturday, September 21
Immigration and Naturalization: The American Story
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Miller Branch Library, Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD
Presentation Description:  The one and only thing that is shared by every American is that we are either an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant. This presentation will cover a plethora of records since 1607 such as: 
  • Early British or Irish ancestors who appear in “headright” land records 
  • Indentured servants and convicts lists 
  • German immigrant ship lists 
  • Customs Lists after 1820
  • Castle Garden and Ellis Island
  • Port records spanning Boston, Galveston and San Francisco
  • Canadian and Mexican border crossings
  • Ship manifests with dreaded “L.P.C” and “SI” notations
  • USCIS and other naturalization records
Sharon Cook MacInnes is a Certified Genealogist® with over forty years of family research experience. She specializes in land records, Pennsylvania research, and “how-to” topics. She teaches genealogy methodology classes at the local, state, and national level, including a 14-week sequential “Genealogy 101 Boot Camp” in Silver Spring.  Sharon is on the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) where her main focus is writing curriculum. She is the author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties, and she is CEO of Ancestor Tracks where she posts free landowners maps for interested researchers on her website (

Wednesday, October 9
October meeting - Using US Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Miller Branch Library, Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD
Genealogical research in foreign countries demands that you have the original surame of yoiur ancestor and his/her exact village of origin.  Many immigrants Anglicized, shortened, and even changed their names in the U.S  They usually gave their birthplace as the larger town or city clsest to their village.  This presentation will discuss which U.S. records can help you find these two facts which are vital for research in "the old country."
Presented by Carol Kostakos Petranek.  Carol serves as an Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects.  She is a volunteer at the National Archives in Washingto, D.C. and serves as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room.  Carol is affiliated with Family Search on several iitiatives, including a digitization projmnect at the Maryland Archives and with MyHeritage on record acqisitationss in Greece.  Carol is an active member of the Greek genealogy community and shares her knowledge by contributing to Greek online associations and teaching at local and national conferences.  Carol writes, edits, and publishes personal and family histories and is a frequent speaker at genealogy ortganizations.

Wednesday, November 13
How to Get a Good Digital Photo from Old Photos, Computer screen and much more
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, Md 21043
Discussion:  This presentation will cover such topics as understanding DPI and Resolution; where can you get photos of relatives from the past?  scanning and printing photos; how to get good images from a computer screen;  how to get good pictures using a cell phone from a photo in a picture frame; copying documents using your cell phone; how to scan large documents and photos;  and how to get good tombstone pictures.
Presenter: Gary Petranek. 
Gary retired from IBM after 41 years. He has been the Co-Director of the Washington DC Family History Center in Kensington, MD for the past 13 years. He has been doing genealogy research for 20+ years and has been an avid photographer “my whole life.” Gary hosts a RootsMagic user group once a month at the Family History Center.