Baltimore Family History Workshop

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Class TitleExperience LevelTimeInstructorDescriptionFiles
Adoption: Connecting with birth relativesAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Wanda FranklinA discussion group about ways to find and hopefully to develop a relationship with birth parents or birth children.  Class members can share their experiences and suggestions.  If you would like Wanda to do research before the class to try to help you find birth relatives, send her the details at
Asian Genealogy - IntermediateIntermediate11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Troy Goss
Beginning FamilySearchBeginning11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Steven & Barbara Grimshaw
Beginning Genealogy Part 1Beginning10:00 - 11:00Lorraine MinorBeginning Genealogy, Part 1. Learn the genealogical research process, how to record and evaluate information, cite sources used, maintain a research calendar and develop a research plan.
Beginning Genealogy Part 2Beginning11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Lorraine MinorBeginning Genealogy, Part 2. Learn more about evaluating information with a case study and then how to get started with researching your family and where to do your research.
Creating a Memory BookAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)David Lohr2015 Lohr - Family History Photo Books.pdf

DARAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Leda Behserescht
Descendancy Research (Finding Cousins)All Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Brandie Hooton Nelson
DNA: The Newest Tool for GenealogistsAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Jim Bartlett
Estate Records at the Maryland Archives: What's In Those FilesAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Carol PetranekThe Maryland Archives is the official repository of estate and probate records which have been received from the County Clerk Offices. These record collections, which are rich in genealogical information, are often overlooked by researchers. FamilySearch is partnering with the Maryland Archives to digitize estate files, some of which go back to the late 1600s. A team of volunteers is preparing these documents for digitization, and this class is based on the records we are processing. We will review a sampling of various document collections that can be found in estate files, and examine the different types of genealogical information which can be extracted by researchers. Researching in Estate Records at the Maryland Archives-Syllabus.pdf

Family Search Indexing: What is it? Tips and TricksAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Sheri Slater
FamilySearch Partner SitesAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Samantha Boden
FamilyTree: Adding Photos, Stories & Documents - 2 hr class - Part 1All Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Gary Petranek
FamilyTree: Adding Photos, Stories & Documents - 2 hr class - Part 2All Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Gary Petranek
Genealogy Software ComparisonsAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Charles Howard
Genealogy Using NewspapersAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Margaret McMahonExplore the use of newspapers to expand your research. Learn how to find the publications available, with emphasis on some online resources.150808 McMahon Newspapers handout WCO - FINAL.doc

German Family History Research for BeginnersBeginning10:00 - 11:00Samantha Boden
Getting Started in Asian GenealogyBeginning10:00 - 11:00Troy Goss
Intermediate DNAAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Jim Bartlett
Intermediate Genealogy - 2 hrs classIntermediate12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Julia Coldren-Walker
After you finish family and census resources as well have vital records, what do you do next? Intermediate Genealogy will briefing cover why you should cite you sources and what is the Genealogical Proof Standard. It then will cover the four major sources that should be the next step in you research. They are military Records, Courthouse records, Immigration & Naturalization Records and Newspaper. We will cover what is in each group and what type of information you can expect from them.

Intermediate Genealogy part 2Intermediate1:45 - 2:45Julia Coldren-WalkerA continuation of "Intermediate Genealogy Part 1".
Involving Youth In GenealogyAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Sheri Wardle
Maryland Genealogy Resources in the Maryland Department at Enoch Pratt LibraryAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Steve Davidson
Maryland State Archives: What's Real and What's Digital?All Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Bob Barnes
Maximizing Your Census Research: A Baltimore Case StudyAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Debra HoffmanHoffman_MaximizeCensusResearch-4-11-2015.pdf

Navigating Ancestry Part 1All Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Sharon MacInnes
Navigating Ancestry Part 2All Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Sharon MacInnes
Navigating with FamilySearchAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Jacob Metro
Online DatabasesAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Margaret McMahonGo beyond the basic records to learn more about your ancestors through some of the online databases available for immigration, US Military Service, and graves.150808 McMahon online databases handout - v1.doc

Online State Resources for Genealogy: Beyond Ancestry and Family SearchAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Michael Hait
Open House in the FHC (consultation available)All Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Steven & Barbara Grimshaw
Open House in the FHC (consultation available)All Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Dolly Ziegler
Organizing Your Genealogy FilesAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Charles Howard
Organizing Your Genealogy FilesAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Charles Howard
Poland: Archives and Other SourcesAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Mary Ann EvansYou may have heard that all of the records in Poland were destroyed in the wars. Fortunately, this is not true. Some records were lost but a rich store remains for your research. This course will look at the Polish National Archives, including the main archives and the regional branches; the digitization project; how to use the index of holdings; and how to get information from the archives. We will also discuss local archives, administrative offices, civil registries, church and diocesan archives, and little-known types of documents that include information of great value. And we will look at Polish archival materials available in the United States and online. We will also discuss some strategies for maximizing your results when you contact these repositories.
Polish Research: BeginningBeginning10:00 - 11:00Mary Ann EvansThis course will equip you with strategies, skills, and resources that will get you started on your research into your Polish ancestors. We will begin with a brief look at historical, linguistic, ethnic, geographical, religious, and political factors will help you narrow down your search. Then we will cover the information that you must have in order to do genealogical research in Poland, and where you can find this information. We will then look at resources especially useful for those getting started with Polish research. Bring along what you know about your familys origins, and if time permits we will look at some actual cases.
Preparing Names for the Temple (LDS)N/A12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Steven & Barbara Grimshaw
Preserving for the Next GenerationAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Michael R. Boivin Sr.
Reading Old German HandwritingAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Sheila Wallace
Researching in Baltimore City and CountyAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Bob Barnes
Researching Your Civil War AncestorsAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Debra HoffmanResearch Your CW Soldier-3-17-2015.pdf

Scanning and Storing: Best PracticesAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Rachel Jenkins
Scottish Family History ResearchAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Sheila Wallace
Searching and Sourcing on FamilySearch FamilyTree with EaseAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Jacob Metro
Using Individual TimelinesAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Michael R. Boivin Sr.
What is 'Reasonably Exhaustive Research'?All Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Michael Hait

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