October 28th, 2014
Did you know that if you go back 10 generations in your family tree, you have 1,024 direct-line ancestors? Ten generations may sound like a lot, but if you were born in 1950, ten generations may only bring you back to 1700 – a little over 300 years ago! Direct-line ancestors only include parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, so each of those 1,024 people directly contributed to your existence.
For some, researching their family tree helps them connect with the past and make sense of where they fit in the scheme of history. For others, genealogy is a deeply emotional experience as it helps them understand where they came from, who they are, and why they do the things they do. Others find genealogy to be an invigorating game of detective, piecing together clues from documents and family lore to figure out who, what, where, and when, sometimes even why!
Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned researcher, the 3rd Annual Cecil County Genealogy Symposium at the Elkton Central Library on Saturday, November 8th is not to be missed. We are joined by keynote speaker James Beidler who is known on the national level for his expertise in German and Pennsylvania research.
9:00-9:30 Poster Sessions* and Registration
9:35-10:35 “Time and Place”: Using Genealogy’s “Cross Hairs” (James Beidler)
10:50-11:40 Finding and Using Public Domain Books (Leah Youse)
12:00-1:00 Letterpress to Digital: Historical Newspapers in Print, Microfilm, and Online (James Beidler)
*Discover the resources you have access to in our region at our poster session, a gathering of local historical and genealogical societies, including:
Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland
Maryland State Archives
Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Historical Society of Cecil County
Daughters of the American Revolution, Head of Elk Chapter
Delaware Genealogical Society
Family History Library
Be sure to reserve your spot at this popular event!
Sponsored by the Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland
Photo courtesy the Library of Congress
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