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Decode Your Past Using DNA
Saturday, October 20
Decode Your Past Using DNA  (Events in DC, MD & VA)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA. 23060
GRIVA Fall 2018 Conference
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
Nationally know lecturer, author and expert in genetic genealogy, theuse of DNA in genealogical research, will discus these topics:

Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry
In the beginning we only had Y-DNA and mtDNA to explore our genetic heritage. Now, autosomal DNA reveals far more information. Ethnicity can be estimated, long-lost cousins found, and specific genealogical problems solved.

Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches?
We will examine multiple techniques to identify your matches based on their profile. Then use the “In Common With” and the “Shared Matches” tools to estimate how that elusive match is related to you.

Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
DNA from our ancestors who lived in the 1800s, 1700s and earlier survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to solve genealogical mysteries and overcome brick walls. We’ll examine case studies of how others have solved 18th and 19th century mysteries.

Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA
DNA Painter is one of the newest third-party tools available to genealogists. An easy-to-use online service, DNA Painter enables you to assign shared DNA segments to a map of your chromosomes. This allows you to see which ancestors might have given which piece of DNA, and thus how new matches are related.

Church Records for Genealogical Research
Monday, October 22
Church Records for Genealogical Research  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Mary's Higher Education Center, California, MD
We welcome Chuck Mason again to talk on "Church Records for Genealogical Research"

Many of the early settlers of the American Colonies came to find religious freedom. The church was an important part of our ancestor’s lives. In small communities it was often the center of their social lives. The records kept vary from one denomination to another. Even the denominations that kept very few records can play a very critical part in documenting our ancestors, especially in the time-period before vital records began.

Saturday, October 27
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society Fall Seminar  (Local Area Genealogy Societies)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
19 South Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
How Did Great-Grandmother's Uncle Charlie End Up In Buffalo?
Migration Patterns After Your Ancestors Arrived in America
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Glen Burnie Improvement Association
19 South Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, MD  21061
9:00 A.M. – Noon
$25 – members     $35 – non-members
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Saturday, October 20, 2018

What happened to your ancestors after they arrived in America? There is an excellent chance that some members of your family migrated to other parts of the United States. Understanding migration patterns can help you to be more effective in researching your family history. Genealogist James Tanner will provide an overview of migration patterns within the United States and discuss details about common, well-documented migration paths, such as the Erie Canal, King's Road, Oregon Trail and others.

James Tanner has been doing genealogical research for more than 36 years. He currently serves as a FamilySearch Record Preservation Specialist on site at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. James blogs about genealogy at Genealogy's Star (

James holds a law degree from Arizona State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and master's degree in Linguistics. He worked as a trial lawyer in Arizona for 39 years. He served as a volunteer missionary at the Mesa (AZ) FamilySearch Library and the Brigham Young University Family History Library. He presents extensively at genealogy conferences and expos in the United States and Canada and has authored more than 25 books on genealogical research.

Wednesday, November 7
History, Records, and Context  (Local Area Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
New Carrollton Municipal Building, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton, MD
 Angela Parker McGhie, CG speaking on “History, Records, and Context”. Angela is a Certified Genealogist who focuses on genealogical education. Angela is an Instructor at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, and currently is a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a vice president of GenFed Alumni Association, and a facilitator for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. She currently lives in MD with her family.
Prince George's County Genealogical Society Meeting

Saturday, November 10
L. Tilden Moore - Part II "The 150th Anniversary of Decoration Day"  (Local Area Genealogy Societies)
1:00 pm
Homewood, in their new location at the Lodge
This lecture is part two part of the "150th Anniversary of Decoration Day" lecture.  Part one was given on May 12, 2018.

That lecture will cover the soldier and nurse from the Indian War to the Spanish-American, and Philippine-American, through World War I

Expand Your Research Using ILL, Digitized Books and Periodicals
Monday, November 19
Expand Your Research Using ILL, Digitized Books and Periodicals  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
Speaker this month is Sharon Hodges.  She will talk about expanding your research using Ill, Digitized Books and Periodicals.
The Internet allows us access to a wide variety of books, periodicals and journals. Learn how to 
find digitized books, articles in periodicals and scholarly journals. Interlibrary loan gives 
researchers the ability to bring those publications which are not online and not in our area, to our 
Refreshments will be served
Public is invited.

Monday, December 17
2018 Christmas Holiday Gathering and Gift Exchange  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Learning Center, California, MD
We will meet in the Multi Purpose room in building one.
Pot Luck Dinner and Gift Exchange.  Sit down with us for a bite to eat prior to the Holidays, and afterwards enjoy our spirited gift exchange.