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Monday, May 27
The Women of Jamestown  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM meeting
Author Connie Lapollo will be telling of her search for her ancestors, Joan Pierce and her daughter Cecily who were among the very earliest settlers in Jamestown, Virginia.  She will explain her research, her serendipitous moments and unusual stirrings which resulted in three historical fiction novels, Dark Enough To See The Stars, When the Moon Has No More Silver and The Sun Is But A Morning Star.

Thursday, May 30
Historic Barns of Southern Maryland  (Other Events )
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge St. Leonardtown Maryland
Dependence on tobacco shaped the social, economic, and physical development of the five Southern Maryland counties for more than 300 years, spanning from their founding until its demise by the end of the 20th century.  The Southern Maryland Tobacco Barn Survey is a two-year project aimed at identifying and documenting the dwindling numbers of the region’s surviving pre-1870 air-cured tobacco barns.  The survey is a partnership between the University of Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust, supported by an award to the university from the MHT Non-Capital Grant Fund.  Dr. Dennis Pogue and Chris Bryan, project staff working for the University, will share their findings and offer new insights into both the past and the future of these iconic features of the cultural landscape. This presentation is sponsored by the St. Mary's County Historic Preservation Commission.

Saturday, September 28
Hybrid Meet and Greet and Map Presentation  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
St Mary's County Memorial Library
Please note that this date and time is tentative.
This will be our first hybrid meeting - both in person for first portion, and combined zoom and in person for 2nd part.
First part will be hands on in the Maryland Room where the SMCGSI resource collection in housed.  
Second part is presentation  Searching Historical Maps – Eric Benson, Geographic Information Systems Manager for St. Mary’s County, and Tim Benson, webmaster for the St. Mary’s County Historical and Genealogical Societies, will give a talk about historic map resources available for St. Mary’s County and will demonstrate the new Interactive History Map available on the St. Mary’s County website.  This online, interactive map gives the ability to overlay dozens of historical maps and images of the county over top of current maps and imagery and then seamlessly pan between new and old to see how places have changed over time.  It also allows viewing of historic trust sites, historic districts, historic hundreds and election district boundaries, and facilitates searching for indexed historic place names.  This will become an invaluable resource to many researchers or just the curious.

Monday, October 28
Finding Swedish Ancestors  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM meeting
Member Tim Benson will present his research of his great-grandparents who came to the US from Sweden in 1890.  As part of the presentation, he
will give a primer on Swedish church records, an amazing free, online resource that documents the entire Swedish population from birth to
death for 300 years.  He will chronicle his great-grandparent’s movements from small town Sweden to the capital of Stockholm, and finally their emigration to Kansas City where they ran a bakery for years.

Monday, November 25
AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM meeting
Thomas MacEntee will present AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic but the technology has been around for years.  Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience.  

Monday, January 27, 2025
Researching Maryland Land Records  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM meeting
Rachel Frazier of the Maryland State Archives will provide information on researching Maryland Land Records through deeds.  She will also address equity records, probate records, and even Provincial Court records, as other ways to find clues about land records.

Monday, March 24, 2025
DNA Research  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM meeting
Tom McCarrier, will give an overview of using DNA as a tool for genealogy research. He will also tell of new DNA testing company features or third party tools that were announced at RootsTech 2025. Tom is co-chair of the DNA Special Interest Group of th Anne Arundel County Genealogy Society.