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Monday, March 25
Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 - Speaker; William Connery  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

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St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society

At The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

44219 Airport Rd. California, MD 20619

Monday, January 28, 2019

Program from 7:00 pm

William Connery

Will give a presentation on

Civil War Northern Virginia 1861

In the mid-nineteenth century, Alexandria was a port across from the Nation’s Capital; Arlington was an eleven-hundred acre estate managed by U.S. Colonel and Mrs. Robert E. Lee; Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties consisted of rolling farmland and tiny villages. This peaceful region was thrown into chaos as South Carolina seceded from the Union in December 1860 and other slave states followed until Virginia finally joined the Confederacy in April and May 1861. The “invasion” of Northern Virginia on May 24, 1861, created a no-man’s land between Yankee and Rebel armies. Some citizens joined Confederate forces, while others stayed to face uncertainty. William S. Connery offers new insights into this most important time in American history. This topic should be of particular interest to those who have ancestors who fought in the beginning of the Civil War.

William Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, considered ‘rebel territory’ in the Civil War. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. He contributes to the Civil War Courier and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. He spoke to the Society in October 2016 on Fort McHenry During the Civil War. He will have copies of this book and his other book (Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia) are available. He can be reached

Refreshments:  Let Them Eat Cake!  Bring your favorite cake.
Public Welcome

Thursday, April 4
Ethics and Genetic Genealogy  (Local Area Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall) 731 Benfield Rd. Severna, Park, MD
Taking a DNA test and looking at your matches is easy. But the ethical questions that can arise are not. Andrew Hochreiter will help us navigate the minefield of ethical considerations associated with DNA testing - taking the test, asking others to test, revealing unexpected discoveries, and the use of DNA databases by law enforcement.
Andrew Hochreiter, MEd, MIS, is a genetic genealogist with over 28 years of experience in genealogical research and 12 years involved with genetic genealogy. He manages multiple DNA surname projects and has successfully applied DNA to trace several related family branches overseas. Mr. Hochreiter instructs continuing education courses in basic and advanced genetic genealogy at Howard and Anne Arundel Community Colleges, and is a facilitator for the genetic genealogy module of the on-line Genealogical Research Course at Boston University. He has been a speaker for numerous organizations and belongs to numerous genealogy organizations. Mr. Hochreiter was featured on two Bavarian TV programs for his genealogical work tracing relatives in Germany using DNA. He is a great enthusiast and user of genetic genealogy as a valuable method to trace family history and solve genealogical problems.
Guests Welcome! 

Monday, April 22
April Monthly Meeting  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Learning Center, California, MD

Reseaching Locally - St. Mary's County Library.   Librarians from the Leonardtown branch of the St. Mary's County Memorial Library will  discuss topics such as general resources at their branch; online resources; digitized newspapers; genealogy classes at the library and how to order copies of manuscripts etc.

Refreshments provided

Public Welcome


Monday, May 20
May Monthly Meeting  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
"Women's Letters and Diaries in 19th Century America: How Archival History Can Assist Genealogists" Were 19th cenruy women 'archivists by constitution'? Focusing on 19th century America, we will explore how women thought about efforts  to record, shape, preserve, and even destroy the memory to their loving ones, family and friends.  The history of family archiving can assist genealogists to better understand why certain family documents have survived, why some documents were not created in the first place, or why some families are better documented than others.
Eric Stoykovich, Historical Manuscript Project Archivist in the Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library at University of Maryland, will speak about his current research project.  He is studying how women int he 1840s began saving documents, preserving records, and cultivating family memories. 
Refreshments: Berries
Public Welcome

Monday, June 24
Annual Dinner and Election Meeting  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Golden Corral Restaurant, Lexington Park, MD
Annal Summer Dinner / Election of Officers
Featuring great food, fun reflection, and election of officers. No need for reservations, pay when you arrive; meet in the banquet room.