Baltimore Family History Workshop

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Class TitleExperience LevelTimeInstructorDescriptionFiles
Ancestors In The US MilitaryAll Levels of Experience12:45 - 1:45Margaret McMahonLearn how to use online resources to locate information about your ancestor's US Military service. The discussion will include information about how to use military archives in your research.


Beginning African American Research - Emphasis Maryland - Part IBeginning10:00 - 11:00Noreen J. GoodsonThe purpose of the 2-hour workshop is to provide novice African American researchers with some guidance, hands-on experiences and explanations concerning the various aspects of researching your family's roots, with emphasis on Maryland resources.
Class Limit:  20
Beginning African American Research - Emphasis Maryland - Part IIBeginning11:15 - 12:15Noreen J. GoodsonThe purpose of the 2-hour workshop is to provide novice African American researchers with some guidance, hands-on experiences and explanations concerning the various aspects of researching your family's roots, with emphasis on Maryland resources.
Class Limit:  20

Beginning Genealogy - Part IBeginning10:00 - 11:00Dave PowellIntroduction to Family History with a beginners discussion of research, DNA, how to, software, societies, etc.  A short description of some forms to use and examples from my own research.



Beginning Genealogy - Part IIBeginning11:15 - 12:15Dave PowellIntroduction to Family History continued with discussion of names, dates, sources, and record types.  Birth records, marriage records, death records, military records, naturalization records, and census records will be reviewed again with examples from my own research.Powell.DiscoveringYourRootsPart2.pdf


DNA Question & Answer ForumAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Jim Bartlett and Shannon Combs-Bennett Do you have questions about DNA-related topics?

Keynote Speaker  Shannon Combs-Bennet & Jim Bartlett  will host this DNA Forum.

Do You Have An Artificial Brick Wall?All Levels of Experience3:15 - 4:15Robyn N. SmithGenealogists are famous for their brick walls. However, many of the things we call ®brick walls® are more likely the result of some common errors, such as relying too heavily on the Internet, not reviewing original sources and focusing too closely on only the person or couple of interest. These create what Ms. Smith calls ®artificial® brick walls and in this lecture, Ms. Smith describes these errors along with others.Smith.Robyn.ArtificialBrickWalls.pdf

Family History in NewspapersAll Levels of Experience3:15 - 4:15Margaret McMahonExplore the use of newspapers to expand your research. Learn how to find the publications available, with emphasis on some online resources.McMahon.Newspapers.handout.BaltFHC.2017.pdf

FamilySearch 201 - Making Use of Family SearchAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15Davis G GardnerCreating a time line in your resources.  Adding "Who, What, When, and Where" to source record titles.  Adding Separators for the sources related to children (Birth, Marriage, Death).  What to do with "NFS" source records. Taming "tags" to do what you want.

FamilySearch 202 - Family Search Can Do That?All Levels of Experience12:45 - 1:45Davis G GardnerChanging the order of the presentation of the features on the "Details Page"; Using your "Resource Box" to document marriages. Finding "lost" relatives in Census records.

FamilySearch Companion Applications: Find A Record, TreeSeek, Puzzilla, RecordSeekAll Levels of Experience3:15 - 4:15Davis G GardnerFindaRecord--fixing gaps and errors (Research Opportunities);
TreeSeek--keeping track of Vital Information sources & the "Super Highway to the  US Censuses"
Puzzilla--finding clusters of "low hanging fruit"
RecordSeek--turn any webpage into a source record in FamilySearch or Ancestry

FamilySearch-Getting Started and FeaturesBeginning10:00 - 11:00La-Vanita PasternakLearn the basics of using FamilySearch including setting up an account, personal settings, messaging, basic research methods, viewing your family tree and similar features of the application. 
Genealogy WebinarsAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Barbara JonesAre you new to online webinars? Are you a webinar junkie?
Regardless if you are a beginner or an advanced researcher, this class will showcase the vast number of online genealogy webinars with instruction on how to connect. The Genealogy Calendar will be introduced to show how it can be utilized as a scheduling tool.


Genealogy Calendar & Wiki - THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLEDAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15Barbara JonesThe GENEALOGY CALENDAR was introduced in early 2016 with the purpose of connecting YOU with the genealogy educational opportunities in our community.  Local genealogy meetings and lectures along with online educational webinars are listed with information on how to attend each event. This class will highlight all the features the calendar has to offer. The wiki is used to support the GENEALOGY CALENDAR. View the free GENEALOGY CALENDAR at



How To Wring A Record DryAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15Nancy Waters LauerExamine multiple types of records such as birth, death, census, etc. to help glean all of the information contained within as well as those often overlooked gold nuggets.Lauer.How to Wring a Record Dry.pdf

Intermediate GenealogyIntermediate11:15 - 12:15Julia Coldren-Walker

Moving on from the basics. Understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard and importance of citing your sources for the family genealogist. Look at records found in courthouse research, newspapers & city directories, military records and immigration & naturalization records.


Looking For Vital Records In All the Other PlacesAll Levels of Experience12:45 - 1:45Margo Lee WilliamsTips for finding vital statistics when there are no official vital records kept. Participants will learn to use personal records, land records, probate records, church records, and others to find information about births,  marriages, or deaths. A discussion of how a variety of laws and legal actions can help determine the potential age of an individual or even marital status when a specific record cannot be located.


Mapping Your GenealogyAll Levels of Experience2:00 - 3:00Barb HenryThis class is an introduction to using maps in your genealogy.  Learn what kinds of maps are available, where to find them and how they can help with your research.  If time permits, there will be an overview of some on-line mapping tools available.

Polish Genealogy - Case StudyAll Levels of Experience2:00 - 3:00Dave PowellThe Polish research case study will take a single person from current time and trace her lineage back to the 1800s in Poland.  We will review the record types and methods used to put together this family history.Powell.PolishCaseStudy.FindingJosie.pdf

Probate Records: What Happened After Your Ancestors Died?All Levels of Experience3:15 - 4:15Margo Lee WilliamsTips for understanding the probate process and how to evaluate estate records to advance your family history. Discussion of the differences between an estate with a will and an estate without a will, called an intestate estate. A discussion of the different types of courts that govern estates, and where to look for estate records. There will also be a discussion of how inheritance is determined in different states.Williams.ProbateRecords.pdf

Producing a Reliable Family History - An Appellate Judge Discusses Genealogical EvidenceAll Levels of Experience2:00 - 3:00Adrian J. GravelleThis presentation includes a discussion of guidelines for evaluating genealogical evidence, and suggests methods of resolving conflicts in evidence. Topics will include how legal standards of proof can be applied to genealogy research, and how to think and write like a judge in producing a reliable and accurate family history.Gravelle..Genealogical Evidence.2017.pdf

Researching the People of Western MarylandAll Levels of Experience2:00 - 3:00Mary MannixAt the time of its formation Frederick County, the mother of Western Maryland, included the land that is not only the modern Frederick County, but also Montgomery, Washington, Garrett, and Allegany Counties, along with part of Carroll.  "Historic Frederick County" was also the gateway for thousands of families, especially the Germanics, who came across Pennsylvania and who frequently continued south, west, and northwest.  There are, of course, specialized sources to be aware of when researching these people.  An understanding of these sources, the relevant collecting institutions, and how the county's borders have changed, can ease your studies of these people and this land.


Researching Your Family History Using the Maryland State Library Resource CenterAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Caprice DiLielloLearn how the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center's collection and resources can help you research your ancestors. Topics will include the types of materials you will find in the Library's collection, how to access these materials, how our librarian subject specialists can help, how you should prepare for your visit, and more.DiLiello.GenealogyResources_Pratt.pdf


Sorting Truth From Family MythAll Levels of Experience12:45 - 1:45Shannon Combs-BennettFamily Myth and Methodology:  Separating the Facts From the Fiction

Remember, family stories are just that until you prove them.
Sometimes this is the hardest part for any researcher; tearing
apart the family myth to get at the kernel of truth.

Specific Steps to Success with Autosomal DNAAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15Jim BartlettWe'll cover the proven steps that will get you started with atDNA, and on the path to determining Common Ancestors with you Matches.  Experienced "how to"guidance on:  Robust Trees;  Patriarch List; Standard email/message; Communicating with Matches and sharing; finding and "proving" Common Ancestors; Tracking Info.  There is work involved with atDNA - this presentation will help organize your efforts, and make the best use of your timeBartlett.StepsSuccessAutosomalDNA.20171014.handout.pdf

Using Court Records In Genealogical ResearchAll Levels of Experience12:45 - 1:45Robyn N. SmithCourt records can be intimidating with their legal language. In this lecture, Ms. Smith provides a brief description of the various kinds of courts and the records they create. The audience will learn through examples and case studies what kinds of information can be discovered about their ancestors and their communities in county ®level court records.


Using Personal Property Tax ListsAll Levels of Experience2:00 - 3:00Jim BartlettThis presentation will cover what is in the Personal Property Tax List (PPTL), when and how often it was taken, where to easily view these lists and how they can be used as a tool to learn more about your family lines. The PPTL is almost an every-year census for men over 16 years old. Very valuable data. Example images are provided, so you know what to expect.Bartlett.Using.PersonalPropertyTaxLists.pdf

Using Social Media in GenealogyAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15Barb HenryThis class will cover various social media applications that can be useful for genealogists including Facebook, Blogging, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.  We will also discuss some "Dos and Don'ts" for posting in Facebook genealogy groups.

What's So Important About Citing My SourcesAll Levels of Experience12:45 - 1:45Julia Coldren-WalkerWhy the common excuse "But I am just doing this for my own family" is NOT acceptable for the family genealogist. Documenting your sources is as important, if not more so, than the actual information you have. Citations allow the reader to find the documents you used and evaluate them for themselves. It also allows you to retrace your steps 5 months or 10 years later. An outline of the basic information you need to provide the reader and how to cite it.Coldren-Walker.Importance-Citing-Sources.handout.2017.pdf

Why Can't I Find My People In The CensusAll Levels of Experience3:15 - 4:15Julia Coldren-WalkerCensus records are the bases for many people®s research but how complete are the census records? Washington commented on the 1790 census ®the real number will greatly excess the official return.® Many complain that the family was there in 1900 and 1920 but cannot be found in 1910. So how many were missed and was there any pattern to the omissions.  What other sources can be used when your ancestors were missed by the census taker?Coldren-Walker.WhyCantFindPeopleCensus.handout.2017.pdf

You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor - Now What?All Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Nancy Waters LauerNow that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean.Lauer.AncestralVillageSyllabus.pdf

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