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Sunday July 24, 2022
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us virtually on Sunday June 24 at 1:30PM for Lauren Shulsky Orenstein's presentation "Who Was Jack Williams?"

Zoom information will be sent out midweek, the WEEK BEFORE THE MEETING, to JGSMD members.

Jack Williams was a father and grandfather who seemed to have no clear background. His descendants wanted to know where he came from. Did he have family? Was he really all alone in the world?

Watch how basic DNA tests and research of paper records can reveal the identity of a man who left his family and birthplace in the early 20th century to create a new life in another part of the country.

Lauren Shulsky Orenstein is a professional genealogist based in New York City. She has been researching family histories for almost 30 years, dating back to a time when finding a census entry was an arduous process involving city directories and endless scrolling through microfilm. She has been working professionally for over 12 years solving probate, property, DNA and family history questions.

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News Tidbits

JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
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