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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

Wednesday, October 25
National Archives Hosts Virtual Free Genealogy Fair  (Events in DC, MD & VA)
10:00 am
YouTube Channel

National Archives Hosts Virtual Free Genealogy Fair Oct. 25
Washington, DC

WHAT: The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.

WHEN: October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT                                      

WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.  

WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel

Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.

Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2017.

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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.

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Workshop with J. Mark Lowe  (Local Day of Genealogy)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Join us for our 3rd "Day of Genealogy" with J. Mark Lowe. 
Program details to follow: 
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.