Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society

Local and Regional Genealogy Events

Harold McClendon of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society maintains a well-known list of upcoming genealogy events. Most are in the Mid-Atlantic Region, with some farther afield.

Saturday - 1 November 2014 1 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Deborah Willis
Title:  “Envisioning Emancipation”
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation Day, Dr. Willis offers a new look at the periods from Emancipation to the New Deal using historic photographs from her landmark book "Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery". Book signing after the program. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. $10 program admisson includes museum admisson. To register, please call 443-263-1816 or visit

Saturday - 8 November 2014 9 am
Speaker: Judy Russell JD, CG, CGL
From Harold McClendon, the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) is sponsoring a conference on Saturday, November 8th in Midlothim, Virginia. This is near Richmond, Virginia. The conference starts at 9:00 AM and the speaker is Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. There are four lectures to be offered: Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law; Where There Is–or Isn’t–a Will; Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists; and Blackguards and Black Sheep: The Lighter Side of the Law. Harold has had the pleasure of hearing Judy Russell speak on several occasions. In addition to knowing that he has learned a little bit more about how to research his ancestors, he has been entertained.
As there is only two weeks until the conference, I would suggest that you contact Sharon Garber at 804-379-1290 or to register for the conference. ($47/$57 GRIVA member/non-member fee)

Monday - 17 November 2014
Speaker:  Sandy Clunies
Title:  “Online Books & Primary Documents”
The explosion of digital copies of classic books and primary documents means convenient access to information. But how do you find items in hundreds of electronic libraries? Learn some of the tips for searching and downloading from both free and subscription sites. The public is welcome to attend the Carroll County Genealogical Society meetings which are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Room at the Westminster Branch Library, 50 East Main Street, Westminster. For more information on the society, go to The meetings usually last about one hour.