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AfriGeneas States Research Forum

[MD] Family Tree Seminar

Tree seminar: Family tree, that is

by Mary Helen Sprecher

Maybe it’s easy to think that genealogy – the study of one’s ancestry – doesn’t change much from year to year. After all, there’s only so much that can be learned about relatives who weren’t famous, right?

Wrong, says local resident Tom Bocek.

“There’s all kinds of stuff going on. You can learn a lot.”

And Bocek should know. As a genealogist himself, and one of the speakers at the upcoming Family History and Genealogy Workshop, he makes it his business to keep up on new developments and technologies in the trade.

The workshop, planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Essex. It is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Baltimore Family History Center and the Baltimore, Maryland Stake.
And this year, said Bocek, there is more than ever to learn.

One of the new developments on the genealogy front has been the fact that military records are now available to the public.

“Army, Navy, all military records,” says Bocek. “They go all the way back to the Civil War.”

Know what else that means? It means that anyone looking for the grave of a long-lost soldier relative is going to be able to find it.

“They have all the information on the military cemeteries and where people are buried,” said Bocek. “If you lost someone, and he was in the military, now you can find them.”

The availability of records in general “just keeps getting easier and just keeps getting better,” he says.

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