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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.

Monday, January 22, 2018
January Monthly Meeting - David Roberts  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
This month member David Roberts will share a presentation with us.
Refreshments: Cookies and More Cookies
Public Welcome

Monday, February 26, 2018
February Monthly Meeting -  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
Refreshments:  Death by Chocolate
Public Welcome

Monday, March 26, 2018
"Ten Research Shortcuts Used by Professional Genealogists"  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Charles S. "Chuck" Mason, Jr. CG , 

Chuck is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records.  He is a graduate of National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) American Genealogy: Home Study Course, (1994), is a grader for the course for many years. He is currently a teacher for the NGS’s American Genealogical Studies, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. He has attended numerous conferences of the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and many state and local conferences in the Washington, DC, and Philadelphia/New Jersey areas.
Professional genealogists are trained in many skills they use when they do research for their clients.  Often they may appear to be using shortcuts, but are they?  This program will encourage the use of good genealogical research techniques and tools that good researchers and professionals use in their work.
Refreshments:  Let Them Eat Cake!  Bring your favorite cake.
Public Welcome

Monday, April 23, 2018
The GU272: A Report on St. Inigoes and Newtown Manor Research presented by Malissa Ruffner, CG ®  (SMCGS Monthly Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Learning Center, California, MD

Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, CG, holds degrees in law and library science from the University of Maryland. After working in a variety of fields, she heeded the call of genealogy in 2009, becoming a board-certified genealogist® in 2014. She is the editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal and serves as the director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), held every summer at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.


In 1838, the Jesuits of Maryland agreed to sell 272 enslaved people to plantation owners in Louisiana. About 200 were sent to Louisiana and eventually placed on three different plantations; the rest apparently remained in Maryland or escaped. St. Mary’s County was home to two Jesuit plantations involved in the sale—St. Inigoes and Newtown Manor. 

The Georgetown Memory Project, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2015 by Richard Cellini, a Georgetown alumnus, to identify and locate GU272 descendants. Malissa Ruffner CG® has been researching Maryland lines since June of 2016

Refreshments provided

Public Welcome


Saturday, September 15, 2018
Workshop with J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA  (Local Day of Genealogy)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Learning Center, California, MD
Join us for our 4th "Day of Genealogy" with J. Mark Lowe. 
J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border.
Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia Genealogical Society) and also directs a Southern course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.
Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild SPEAK!, The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.