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Monday, November 1
Regular Monday Meeting  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex


Monday, November 1 through Thursday, November 11
AWIG- Ancestors in the US Military: Online and in Military Archives  (Informational Only)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual Meeting

A Week in Genealogy - Margaret Mahon

Date: 11 November 2021 (via Zoom)
Time: 7:00 pm
Description: “Ancestors in the US Military: Online and in Military Archives”. Learn how to use online resources to locate information about your ancestors’ US Military service. The discussion will include information about how to use military archives in your research.
Place: Virginia Beach Genealogical Society. Information will be available on their website.

STAY TUNED for more events in 2021!

 
Book Dr. McMahon for your society or club meeting. Use the Presentations page and Contact Us.


Thursday, November 4 through Thursday, November 4
AACPL - Genealogy & Scrapbooking  (Informational Only)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Genealogy & Scrapbooking

Program Type:

 History & Genealogy

Age Group: 

Adults
Registration for this event will be open from October 21, 2021 @ 9:00am to November 4, 2021 @ 7:00pm.

Program Description

Event Details

Join us for a talk about how to present your genealogical research in a scrapbooking format to make it appealing to you and others.



Saturday, November 6
EP: African American Genealogy: An Introduction  (Informational Only)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
Saturday, November 6
African American Genealogy: An Introduction  (Online Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Online - Registration Not Required

Enoch Pratt Free Library Virtual program!

Join us for an overview of resources that will help beginners conduct genealogical research of persons of any racial background, with special emphasis on resources useful to those researching ancestors of African American descent. This program will also address one of the most challenging aspects of African American genealogy: how to research enslaved persons.   

Presented by Christine Iko, librarian with the African American Department.

The presentation will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page.  It can be watched after the broadcast on the library's Facebook Live. Click here for the Live video library.

Registration not required.



Monday, November 8
Regular Monday Meeting  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex


Monday, November 8
EP: Researching the HIsttory of a House  (Informational Only)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Monday, November 8
Researching the History of a House  (Online Events)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online - Registration Required
Enoch Pratt Free Library Virtual program!
 
Just because a house isn’t a famous landmark, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a rich history. Researching a building or property can require knowledge of many of the same resources as genealogical research.  And it can be an exciting trip into the lives of those who lived or worked there. In this program, we will talk about where to find government records related to a building or property, how to research historical archives for information, and what to look for on site for clues. Presented by Julie Saylor, Librarian in the Maryland Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center. 

This program is presented in collaboration with the Keswick Wise & Well Resource Center.  To register for the event, please call the Keswick Center at 410-662-4363.



Wednesday, November 10 through Wednesday, November 10
AACPL - Military Genealogy Research  (Informational Only)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Military Genealogy Research

Age Group: 

Adults
Registration for this event will be open from October 27, 2021 @ 9:00am to November 10, 2021 @ 6:30pm.

Program Description

Event Details

Learn more about your veteran ancestors through library databases Ancestry.com and Fold3, and other free online resources. Please register for the program to get an email with the zoom link to the virtual presentation.

Presented by Discoveries Library staff.



Wednesday, November 10
HCGS: The Shipleys of Maryland 1640-2021  (Informational Only)
7:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, November 10
The Shipleys of Maryland: 1640's to 2021
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom   Email therm directly to enroll.
Presentation: The Shipleys of Maryland: 1640's to 2021.
SpeakerThom Shipley
Bio:  
Thom Shipley was born and raised in Anne Arundel County to two of the oldest families in the New World.  At 87, his many successful careers range from Agriculture, to Education, to advising the House and Senate Subcommittees on School Funding, to Entrepreneurship - owning five companies concurrently - ranging from an Assisted Living Facility to building Log Homes. He is a professional musician, church choir director, guest conductor, Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and 4-H Mentor and Judge.  Thom presently lives on Bolton Hill in Baltimore's Historic District with his husband of twenty-five years. Thom has written four books ranging from true short stories , to public school revitalization, to global warming, and Race Relations.  He is on the Board of Governors of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and seasonally supports The Everyman Theater, Center Stage, The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Stevenson College Distinguished Lecture Series, and sings second bass with the Baltimore Men's Chorus.  Thom is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Baltimore, an SBA SCORE Mentor for budding entrepreneurs, and will be speaking as the President of the 96-year-old organization called The Shipleys of Maryland.


Monday, November 15 through Monday, November 15
AACPL - Historic St. Mary's Fort & the Native Peoples of Southern Maryland  (Informational Only)
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Historic St. Mary's Fort & the Native peoples of southern Maryland

 

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Age Group: 

Adults
Registration for this event will be open from November 1, 2021 @ 9:00am to November 15, 2021 @ 6:30pm.

Program Description

Event Details

In March of 1634, Maryland colonists arrived on the shores of the modern-day St. Mary’s River and established Maryland’s first capital, St. Mary’s City. Immediately they set about building St. Mary’s Fort, the massive palisaded fort that would be their homes for the earliest period of colonial settlement. The world the colonists inserted themselves into was home to socially and politically diverse groups of Native peoples, many of whom were part of the Piscataway paramount chiefdom. Join Dr. Travis Parno, HSMC’s Director of Research and Collections, as he shares the story of the discovery of St. Mary’s Fort and what it can tell us about interactions between the Maryland colonists and the Native peoples of southern Maryland

Presented by Discoveries Library Staff H



Monday, November 15
Regular Monday Meeting  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex


Monday, November 22
No Meeting Today - Thanksgiving Week  (Monday Meeting)


Monday, November 29
Regular Monday Meeting  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex



Saturday, December 4
MGS: The 1950 Census: It's Coming Soon  (Informational Only)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
The 1950 Census: It's Coming Soon  (Program)
Saturday, December 4
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual Event
The 1950 census will be released to the public on April 1, 2022. Are you ready? This free, members-only, one-hour Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS) webinar will tell you what you need to know about the 1950 federal census, which will be available on the special National Archives 1950 census website. We'll review the questions that were asked, the interesting innovations and changes the Census Bureau made during this census, the Indian Reservation Schedules, differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses, and much more!

Our speaker Claire Kluskens, digital projects archivist and genealogy/census subject matter expert at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), blogs about the 1950 census at the History Hub.  She spearheaded the completion of over 330 NARA microfilm publications and currently works on projects that provide digital access to records in the online National Archives Catalog.

After the census presentation Q & A session, we'll also have a short overview of the benefits of MGS membership, including valuable tools and resources on the MGS web site.
 
To register, visit the Members Only section of the web site.
 


Monday, December 6
Regular Meeting Today  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex


Wednesday, December 8
HCGS: Family Tree Matching  (Informational Only)
7:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, December 8
Family Tree Matching
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom   Email them directly to enrol and get on their mailing list for future events.
 
Speaker:  Mike Noble
 
Description: I’m part of a group of 30 or so people with the same last name, Noble, who discovered that we were all related via DNA.  We began communicating with one another via e-mail and soon discovered that we were unable to identify a common ancestor.  Several of us knew our trees contained matches with one or more others, but most did not, so we decided to merge their resources and search for the elusive MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor).  One project recently undertaken is family tree matching, whereby the ancestors named Noble in each person’s family tree are compared with everyone else’s family trees to identify commonalities, or matches.  This is being accomplished by using a family tree program called Reunion to merge GEDCOM files provided by each person in the group.  To date, we have completed comparing 12 family trees for a total of 2314 unique Nobles, with some showing as many as 5 matches and some none and, so far, 4 trees showing no matches with any of the other 8.  My presentation will cover how we are doing this matching process, what the results show, and how we are presenting the results.
 
Speaker Biography:  Mike has been an active member of HCGS since 2014 and is responsible for Society Communications.
 
Background:  My first exposure to family history was in 1976 when my grandmother Noble died and my father gave me the family bible.  It is vintage 1857 and over the years relatives had written in the names and birth, marriage and death dates for many family members.  The first entry records the wedding of my great-great grandfather, Alexander C. Noble, to Matilda Messner in 1862.  From that, I got interested in finding out more about the people listed in the bible and their descendants and how they all were related to me.  By this time (1980s), all but one of my grandparents had died, so I questioned my parents and aunts and uncles for what family information they could remember.  It was pretty slow progress until the early 2000s when the Internet became available and enabled access to many records. 

The most surprising (and exciting) discovery was our family’s Irish heritage.  I found that my great-great grandfather Alexander had emigrated from Ireland when he was 13 and the family had a long history there.  Since then, I’ve traced my Noble line back to 1654 in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, my Schneider line (grandmother) back to the early 1700s in Prussia (now Germany), my Tompkins line (maternal grandfather) back to 1227 in Cornwall, England, and my Strother line (grandmother) back to the mid-1600s in the Rappahannock River area in Virginia.  However, the research never stops! 
 


Monday, December 13
Regular Meeting Today  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex
Elect new officers for the 2022 calendar year.
 


Saturday, December 18 through Saturday, December 18
HCGS - Help Desk Saturday  (Informational Only)
4:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Miller Branch Library, 2nd Flr, HCHS Room, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD
Help
The Howard County Genealogical Society will be hosting a free help desk on the third Saturday of every month at the Howard County Historical Society Archive and Research Library located on the second floor of the Miller Branch Library.  This help desk is open to genealogical research in all areas of the United States, Europe and other countries. Anyone interested in genealogical research is invited to stop by and have experienced genealogists help you to "break down the brick wall" or get started on your family history. For more information call the Historical Society at 410-480-3250.
For a current listing of these events see Help Desk on the Events page. 


Monday, December 20
No Meeting Today - Holiday Break  (Monday Meeting)


Monday, December 27
No Meeting Today - Holiday Break  (Monday Meeting)



Monday, January 3, 2022
Regular Meeting Today  (Monday Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
O'Malley Senior Center Annex