The next meeting of the JGSMD will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, in Baltimore. The program will be presented by James Schollian, George Harmon, and John Graves of the Hampstead Family History Center. Their presentation will give a brief background of the LDS Church’s worldwide efforts to document, digitize, and index available records essential to family history research (including Jewish records). They will explain how to use the FamilySearch web site, sign up as a free member, use the site as a personal repository for your own records, access the learning aids, and get one-on-one help locally on the phone or in person. They will also demonstrate some of the features of the Family Tree program and provide some time to answer questions.
The LDS Church-sponsored Family History Center in Hampstead and the one in Columbia have free access to a number of premium internet sites, including Ancestry.com, Heritage.com, and Findmypast.com. In addition, any of the thousands of microfilms from the Salt Lake City genealogical library can be ordered online and reviewed at the local centers. Both centers have computers, film readers, printers, and internet access, which are available free of charge.
Jim Schollian is a retired naval officer, electrical engineer, and home improvement contractor. Although he has no formal training in family history research, he has more than 30 years of personal experience. He has been a family history consultant for the Church for over 15 years and is currently the Director of the Hampstead Family History Center.
George Harman is a retired environmentalist for the State of Maryland and is presently the Republican Party candidate for Baltimore County Executive. John Graves is a retired electrical engineer.
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