October 28th, 2014

Uncover Your Family History

genealogyDid 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)
10:35-10:50     Break
10:50-11:40     Finding and Using Public Domain Books (Leah Youse)
11:45-12:00     Break
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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February 24th, 2014

Mysteries Revealed in Your Old Photos

fatbabiesfamilyAdmit it: deep in the recesses of your crawlspace or attic, you have a dusty ol’ box containing photographs of forgotten people. It’s hard to feel guilty about it. After all, someone gifted you this box from their neglected storage area, and they, too, have no idea who appears in the fading photos or exactly when and where it was taken. Someday you’ll pass it along to someone else with a wink, saying “good luck with this mess” under your breath.

But…that disorganized stack of photos contains the mysteries of your family. Fascinating stories are waiting to be heard! But how do you figure them out?

Well, you’re in luck, because internationally recognized photo detective Maureen Taylor will present her popular lecture “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying and Dating Family Photographs” at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on The View, MSNBC, and numerous other popular media outlets. She’s the author of many books, including Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Precious Family Images and Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.

Maureen Taylor will teach you 10 easy steps to figuring out who’s who in your family photos in her fascinating interactive lecture. Learn how comparing facial characteristics, studying clothing and hairstyles, and other simple tips can help you uncover those mysteries. It’s time to dust off that box!

We’re excited to raffle off THREE, on-the-spot expert consultations from Maureen Taylor at the program, so be sure to bring along one photo from your unidentified collection.

A book signing will immediately follow the program. This event is not to be missed!

Click here to sign up for the program or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.  And tell us — what family photo will you be bringing?

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