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Harford County Public Library
Administrative Offices -1221-A Brass Mill Road
Belcamp, MD 21017
Phone: 410-273-5600
Website: http://www.hcplonline.org

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March 24, 2018
5th Annual Genealogy Conference
Bel Air Armory
Harford County Public Library's 5th annual Genealogy Conference will be held Saturday, March 24, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bel Air Armory, 37 North Main Street in Bel Air. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required by visiting hcplonline.org or by calling any Harford County Public Library. There is no fee to attend the conference. The Genealogy Conference kicks off with a presentation on "Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants" by Debra A. Hoffman. Baltimore was a major entry point for immigrants to the United States. Participants will learn about information sources available to document individuals who arrived through the Port of Baltimore. Hoffman, vice-president of the Maryland Genealogical Society, is a professional genealogist specializing in Maryland and German research. Hoffman then facilitates a session titled "Maximize Your Census Research: More than Households." Through a Baltimore case study, Hoffman will explain the information and methodology used in a census to discover information beyond just the individuals living in a household. Following a lunch break, Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG, will discuss "Finding Forgotten Females" and will provide strategies to identifying "the lost ladies" in researching genealogy. Clunies is an active family historian, author, lecturer and researcher. She specializes in colonial New England, federal lighthouse records and lineage society applications. The conference's final speaker, Shannon Christmas, MCP, will discuss "How to Get More from your DNA with GEDmatch.com." Christmas, an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American and African American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas, will explain how to mine genealogical gems from autosomal DNA with the world's most popular genetic genealogy toolbox. Resource table exhibitors include Coyle Studios, Digital Maryland, Enoch Pratt Free Library, FamilySearch, Colonel Aquila Hall Chapter of the Maryland Sons of the American Revolution and Hereditary Order of the Signers of the Bush Declaration, Harbor of Grace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Harford County Public Library Genealogy Databases, Historical Society of Harford County, Living Treasures: Harford County Oral Histories and Gov. William Paca Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
April 25, 2018
Author Visit: Jeannette Walls
Abingdon Library
New York Times best-selling author Jeannette Walls, known for her memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will headline two events at the Abingdon Library the evening of Wednesday, April 25. Named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade, "The Glass Castle" details Walls' life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it. Last year the book was adapted into a critically acclaimed motion picture starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette. The evening starts with a VIP meet-and-great reception from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Hosted by the Harford County Public Library Foundation, guests will have the opportunity to meet Walls and receive a hardback copy of her book, which may be signed and personalized at the reception. Opportunities for photos with the author will also be available. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda. Those attending the VIP reception will receive preferred seating during the 7 p.m. presentation. The cost is $75 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at https://donate.hcplonline.org/NOE2018/. For more information about the Harford County Public Library Foundation VIP meet-and-greet reception, call 410-273-5600 extension 6514. At 7 p.m., Walls will speak to a larger audience at the library. During her talk, she will take participants inside her resilient journey in pursuit of authenticity, revealing the power of courage and determination in overcoming unimaginable obstacles. After the presentation, members of the audience will have the opportunity to purchase the book and have it autographed. A photo opportunity with the author will also be available. Tickets to the 7 p.m. event are free of charge, but seating is limited and must be reserved in advance by visiting www.hcplonline.org. The Abingdon Library is located at 2510 Tollgate Road in Abingdon. The author program and book signing are sponsored by Harford County Public Library Foundation, Harford County Department of Community Services and Governor's Office for Children.
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