Baltimore Family History Workshop

Instructors for 2017

Jim BartlettJIM BARTLETT has been an active genealogist since 1974.   He has been the Administrator of the BARTLETT-DNA Project (over 400 participants) since 2002 and has established 23 different lines using matching Y-DNA. He has been using autosomal DNA tests from all three main vendors since 2010 and currently has over 8,000 matching cousins who descend from most of his ancestry. He has determined Common Ancestors for over 3/4 of his DNA. He is an avid fan of these powerful, new DNA tools that will expand your genealogy, and enjoys teaching them to other genealogists. The DNA test is easy to take, fairly simple to use, and relatively inexpensive. No biology required.
Julia Coldren-WalkerJULIA COLDREN-WALKER   began genealogical research after her great grandmother's death in 1967, as she tried to research the information she had been given. But the research was difficult and was only a sporadic activity until 1987 when it became a passion. Julia began internet genealogy in 1990 with the Compuserve Genealogy Forum. She attended NGS Conferences in 1990, 1993-1997, 1999-2000, 2003, & 2007; and FGS Conferences in 2001, 2007, 2008 & 2010. She graduated from both the National Institute for Genealogical Research and the N.S.D.A.R. Volunteer Genealogist Course in 1995. Julia began genealogical lecturing in 1999. She is a member of the National Genealogy Society (1990 - present), The New England Historic Genealogical Society (1990 - present), Association of Professional Genealogists (1997 - present) and the Genealogical Speakers Guild (2002 - present). She is currently enrolled in the Professional Genealogist Study Group (ProGen16) and the American Certificate Program of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

CAPRICE DiLIELLO  Originally from Florida, Caprice DiLiello got her start in the Maryland local history community when she came to Baltimore to work at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center.  She has worked at the library for over ten years, with past experience in the Social Science, History & Business, and Science & Technology Departments, and is currently the Manager of the Maryland Department.  As such, she has helped hundreds of genealogists, both new and experienced, find information to further their research.  She teaches classes and gives lectures on both beginning and advanced family research topics.

DAVIS G. GARDNER    serves as the Assistant Temple and Family Center Director of the Columbia Family History Center and as President of the Howard County, Maryland Genealogical Society.  Having started young in his love of Genealogy, he supported the President of the Jared Pratt Family Organization while at BYU.  Two Genealogy classes at BYU form the basis of his skill in documenting Family History.  He was thrilled when in 2014 FamilySearch added record hints and other tools to facilitate documentation.  He has shared what he has learned by making presentations at the Howard County GS and the Catonsville Group of the Baltimore County GS.  He is joining the adjunct faculty of the Howard County Community College, offering a class on Computer Techniques for Genealogy in January, 2018

NOREEN J. GOODSON  was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Morgan State University with a MS in Elementary Education. From 1970-2000, she taught elementary school in the Baltimore City Public School System. In 1981, she began researching her parents' families in Baltimore City and County, Dinwiddie County, Virginia and Richland County, South Carolina. She is the Secretary of BAAHGS (Baltimore's Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society)/ Agnes Kane Callum Chapter. She maintains their email database and organizes many chapter research trips. She is a member of historical and/or genealogical societies in Baltimore City and County and in Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. She began presenting beginning genealogy workshops in 2006. Since 2012, she has been a co-instructor of a monthly beginning genealogy class at the Historical Society of Baltimore County in Cockeysville, MD. Since 2013 she has been a volunteer in Annapolis, MD at the FamilySearch/Maryland Archives Probate Files Digitalization Project. In 2015, she began volunteering at the Baltimore City Archives in the Waverly section of the city.

Adrian J. GravelleADRIAN J. GRAVELLE  has been a lawyer for almost fifty years and has spent most of his time in the practice of criminal law in the Army. Colonel Gravelle served the last seven years of his military career as an appellate judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, Falls Church, Virginia, and participated as a judge in over two thousand felony appellate cases. He is the author of over sixty published judicial opinions and several hundred unpublished opinions.
He began researching his own family history thirty years ago as a hobby. Since retiring twenty years ago, he has been a full-time genealogy researcher, specializing in French-Canadian research. He is an occasional instructor on subjects including French-Canadian research, obituaries and genealogical evidence and proof standards.
Adrian is an active volunteer at the LDS Family History Center in Columbia, Maryland.

BARB HENRY  is an amateur genealogist who has been researching since about 1995.  With very deep U.S. roots, most of her U.S. research areas are in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her specialty areas of interest include maps, land records and technology.  Barb is a member of several local societies and genealogy groups.  She also maintains a blog at

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Barbara Jones' love of family history began with the family reunions she attended in Scranton, Pennsylvania as a child. When a family reunion was announced in 2007 for the following summer, Barbara was bitten by the genealogy bug and began work creating a descendant family tree chart along with many family history displays.
Barbara draws from her skills when she worked as a professional school photographer, homeowners® association board member, and when she volunteered as director of the parent lead art program at her children®s school. She has also volunteered her time to assist the genealogy programs at the Baltimore Family History Workshop, Oak Crest Village Retirement Community, Rosedale Senior Center, and Harford County Public Library (HCPL) genealogy interest groups.
In 2016, Barbara shared her latest volunteer project with the genealogy community with the introduction of the GENEALOGY CALENDAR. The purpose of the GENEALOGY CALENDAR is to connect 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. View the free GENEALOGY CALENDAR at
Barbara is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Baltimore County Genealogical Society (BCGS), Historical Society of Harford County (HSHC), and many area Harford County Public Library (HCPL) genealogy interest groups. She enjoys attending national and local genealogy conferences with her husband Ken.

MICHAEL C. KING  retired from the practice of Architecture in 2010.  Since that time he has attended conferences at Brigham Young University and Roots Tech and has gained significant expertise in FamilySearch.  He has taught seminars and classes on FamilySearch for the past several years at local libraries and genealogical organization. 

NANCY WATERS LAUER   is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, published writer, and award-winning author, who conducts genealogical lectures on the local, state, and national level.
Mary MannixMARY MANNIX  has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985. She is currently the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries, a position she has held for 14 years. For eleven years she was the Library Director of the Howard County Historical Society. She holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Arts in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Hood College in Frederick, where she double majored in History and Political Science. Maryland is very active in MARAC (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference - the professional association for archivists in this area) and the History Section of the American Library Association. She was the 2011 winner of ALA's Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland.
Margaret McMahonMARGARET M. McMAHON has always collected family stories. She has a Ph.D in Computer Science and Engineering, with over thirty years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate professor. When her son was born, family lines became more relevant, so she focused her educational skills and talents on her newfound passion to combine family stories with factual records. She is the author of "A Week of Genealogy", "A Weekend of Genealogy", and her new book "Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors."

Dave PowellDAVE  POWELL  has been researching his own family history for over 25 years and is the current President of the Baltimore County Genealogical society as well as a member of their Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society. Mr. Powell also teaches beginning genealogy courses at local senior centers, libraries and the Community College of Baltimore County.  
ROBYN N. SMITH  has been researching her family and others for 20 years. An engineer by day, Robyn applies those research and  problem-solving skills to the field of genealogy. She specializes in Maryland research, African-American and slave research and court records. Robyn promotes the documentation of communities and emphasizes the use of proper genealogical standards. She also lectures and writes about family history research. She is the author of numerous genealogy articles and a genealogy blog called Reclaiming Kin ( In 2015, Ms. Smith published the book version of her blog, ®The Best of Reclaiming Kin."

SHEILA WALLACE is a former director of the Columbia, Maryland Family History Center and also served there as technical services coordinator for many years. She has also served as a Ward Family History Consultant.  She earned the Certificate in Family History from BYU, and computer related degrees from both Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. By day, she is a corporate computer geek, but really prefers to spend time with dead people.

She has been researching her own ancestors since 1981 and will do occasional professional work if coerced. Her primary research areas are the mid-Atlantic and New England states, as well as England, Scotland, and Germany. She has travelled to both England & Scotland in search of ancestors.

Over the years, she has taught genealogy courses and been a guest speaker at genealogy societies in the Baltimore area. She enjoys teaching classes, but is always eager to be a student and learn new things as well. Genealogy is such fun!

Margo Lee WilliamsMARGO LEE WILLIAMS    has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Marquette University, an MA from Hunter College in Sociology and an MA in Religious Education from The Catholic University of America. Williams has researched and written extensively about her maternal Lassiter family, resulting in two books. Her first book, Miles Lassiter (circa 1777-1850), (Backintyme, 2011), won the 2012 Award for a Family History from the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Her second book, released in 2016, From Hill Town to Strieby (Backintyme), has won 2017 Gold awards in history and genealogy from the Non-Fiction Book Awards, the 2016 Marsha M Greenlee History Award from the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, a 2016 Historical Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians, and was also a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Williams, is a frequent lecturer for the Family History Centers in the Washington, DC area, and a former editor of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

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