Delve into your family's roots in 2-session genealogy course

Neighbors

February 12, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LEARN TO TRACE your heritage with a two-session course, "Genealogy for Beginners," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 and 8 at the Kuethe Library, 5 Crain Highway SE.

Jointly sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, the course is designed for beginners and as a refresher course for the more experienced genealogist.

Registration is $40 for the series.

The course consists of six lectures taught by Mary K. Meyer, director of the Historical and Genealogical Research Center and author of several books on the subject. Topics include researching wills, land records, church records and census information.

"It's an introduction to what information is available out there in the genealogical world," Meyer said.

The availability of new computer programs and the Internet has sparked a renewed interest in tracing family trees. Unfortunately, while easy to get, the information is not always accurate.

"People tend to believe everything they see on the computer rather than check the records themselves. They make the assumption the information is always correct," Meyer said. "The only way to be sure is to do it yourself using actual records and researching the facts."

The Kuethe Library houses an extensive collection of land records, census information, wills and church documents. Volunteers are on hand to assist.

For information, call Meyer, 875-2824, or the library, 760-9679.

Beef, oyster roast

Tickets are available for a beef and oyster roast to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Michael's Eighth Avenue, with the Central Region Council of the Bell Atlantic Telephone Pioneers as host.

The $22 admission includes dancing, games of chance and a menu of oysters, ham, beef barbecue, pit beef, sausage with peppers, chicken, oyster stew, clams and assorted vegetables and desserts. Beer and setups are included.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Pioneers' educational programs, said John Brown, past president of the state association.

Celebrating a half-century of volunteerism, the Pioneers boast a membership of close to 900,000 members nationwide -- all active or retired employees of the Bell system.

Several years ago, the organization elected to concentrate its efforts on education with reading programs such as "Book 'Em," in which volunteers visit elementary schools to read and distribute books.

Two local elementary schools, Freetown and Richard Henry Lee, have been the beneficiaries of another program from the Pioneers. Last summer, volunteers painted 15-by-30-foot maps of North America on the school's playgrounds. Bean bags are used to help make a game of geography.

For information on the dinner or the volunteer program call 766-6712.

Special children's day

Children with special needs will be entertained at a "Day of Fun for Our Special Ones," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ruth Eason Parker Special School, 648 Old Mill Road.

With the Father McGivney Council of the Knights of Columbus in Glen Burnie as host, the event is open to mentally and physically challenged children of all ages.

Scheduled activities include games designed for ambulatory and nonambulatory children. A magic show by Ronald McDonald is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Free hot dogs, soda and ice cream will be provided.

The highlight of the day will be the donation of a check for $34,000 to Ruth Eason and Marley Glen Special Schools, proceeds from the council's annual Tootsie Roll drive.

For information, call Jim Kilchenstein, 544-8975.

Valentine's dance

The Church of the Crucifixion will celebrate St. Valentine's Day with a dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the church hall, 100 Scott Ave.

Admission is $5 and includes dancing to the music provided by D. J. Glen Powell, beer, setups and snacks.

For ticket information: 760-7204 or 761-1821.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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