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Saturday, September 16
Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist" (Fall Seminar)  (Workshops )
8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 Campbell Blvd, White Marsh, MD
Finding the Law
We’re told as genealogists to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how we do find the laws we need? Examples from Maryland law will be featured.
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data… but it’s sometimes easier said than done. What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods—and tips and tricks—we can use to resolve them?

“Don’t Forget the Ladies”-A Genealogists’ Guide to Women and the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.  

No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence  
When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.
The day includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon in a beautiful conference wing of the hotel. Registration opens and breakfast is served at 8:30 AM. The first lecture begins at 9:30 AM.
Cost:    $70 – MGS Members  $80 – Non-members
Pre-registration closes on Tuesday, September 12 or when capacity is reached. Walk-in space will depend on pre-registration. 

Traveling from a distance? Rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at a rate of $129 per night (code MDGE 366101). There is a Hampton Inn at the same location

Monday, September 25
What We Did On Our Summer Vacation  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Higher Education Learning Center, California MD
Join us at our first meeting of our fiscal year at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Learning Center on Airport  Rd., California MD.
Members will share finds and discoveries over the summer break.
Refreshments:  Cookies
Public Welcome

Monday, October 23
Repository Research: The Do’s the Do Not’s and the What You Might Find by Sharon Hodges  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California, MD
Join us for a talk by Sharon Hodges on "Repository Research: The Do’s the Do Not’s and the What You Might Find"
More and more documents and being digitized and placed online, but the researcher who relies only on what is found online is not making use of all the information available. A personal visit to a repository, possibly in the area where your ancestor resided, will be necessary. Repositories hold millions of records, microfilm, sound records, motion and still pictures and textual. To effectively research in repositories, one needs to understand (1) what types of records exist for the time period being researched; (2) where those records are housed; and (3) how the records are arranged. Preparation is the most important factor in finding records! 
Meeting will be held at the Higher Education Center - Room 135
Refreshments following the presentation:
Fall Apple Festival Theme
Public Welcome

Monday, November 27
November Monthly Meeting -  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Learning Center, California, MD
Speaker TBD
Refreshments: Blue Ribbon Pies
Public Welcome

Monday, December 11
2017 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.