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How has DNA Testing Impacted on Your Genealogy Research?
Wednesday, January 26
How has DNA Testing Impacted on Your Genealogy Research?  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Did you find an unknown relative, learn about a mis-attributed paternal event or break through a brick wall because of your DNA match results? Join us for a Show and Tell dedicated to your experiences with DNA. If you want to share your story send a message to so we can be sure to allocate enough time for everyone who wants to contribute. Don’t have an experience to share? Come and hear personal stories of how DNA has affected genealogical research.

Between Freedom and Equality
Wednesday, February 23
Between Freedom and Equality  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Between Freedom and Equality is the history of Captain George Pointer who was a former 18th century slave who worked as a supervisory engineer for George Washington’s Potomac Canal in Montgomery County. The history follows six generations of his descendants through the Civil War, Reconstruction and then the deconstruction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It places the history of this family within the broader local history of the District of Columbia and its suburbs as well as the national history of race in America. 
The discussion will include issues the authors faced in reconstructing the genealogy of the family such as missing sources of data for African American families. There are also data issues such as shifting ages over time and the changing definitions of race in the censuses. In addition, the missing and under-counted populations of national censuses make the creation of a genealogy of an African American family a challenging adventure.  
Barbara Boyle Torrey is the former executive director of the Division of the Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. She has authored two local histories, edited three books and written many articles on economics and population dynamics.  Clara Myrick Green is a retired teacher of secondary school French. She taught English in Tours, France with a French Government Teaching Assistantship and a Fulbright grant, followed by a 34-year career teaching French in New York and Bethesda, Maryland. In retirement she has written two articles and a local history in collaboration with Barbara Boyle Torrey.

Burren Girl with Rita Davern
Wednesday, March 23
Burren Girl with Rita Davern  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Our ancestors never looked back. Is it time we did? The granddaughter of an Irish immigrant to the U.S. sets out to find out who her grandma was and why she left Ireland. She discovers a place and people and stories that open her eyes about herself, her people and their lives throughout some of the most difficult centuries in Irish history
We will view the film and then Rita Davern will answer questions.
Over the past 40 years, Rita Davern (originally Davoren) has traveled the Burren, birthplace of her grandmother’s people in County Clare, Ireland. She knows first-hand that, for U.S. people with European heritage, reconnecting to our homeland and our cultural history adds huge richness to our lives. Rita dedicates this film to the farm families of the rocky and fertile Burren, who keep traditional ways alive in order to protect an endangered landscape. 

DAR Applications: Finding dates, places and generation links before 1850 by Pam Loos-Noji
Wednesday, April 27
DAR Applications: Finding dates, places and generation links before 1850 by Pam Loos-Noji  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
DAR Applications require solid proof of dates, places and generational links which are often hard to find before the clues provided by the 1850 Census. Learn about records that help in this search, how to find them and how to get the most out of them. This information is invaluable to all researchers and the criteria used by DAR can help all researchers determine whether they have met the requirements fo the Genealogical Proof Standard.
Pamela Loos-Noji, PhD is a staff genealogist at NSDAR. Her specialties include research in New England and Civil War pensions and Japanese American research. She has worked, volunteered, and lectured for fourteen years.

Beyond Names and Dates –Telling the Family Story by Christina Lyons
Wednesday, May 25
Beyond Names and Dates –Telling the Family Story by Christina Lyons  (Monthly Educational Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Christina will describe her process of writing a family history, focusing on her recent book project, The Nichols Family: An American Story. She will touch on historical research techniques, narrative non-fiction writing, manuscript development and elements for book design (photos, maps, letters, etc.).
Christina Lyons is a personal historian and journalist who combines her skills in research, interviewing, and writing to help clients trace their ancestry and tell their family stories. Christina has more than 34 years of experience as a journalist in the Washington, D.C., area, including as a longtime editor and writer for Congressional Quarterly (now CQ-Roll Call). She has had extensive professional training in personal reflection techniques, autobiography writing, narrative storytelling, and genealogy. Her latest client project, The Nichols Family: An American Story, is a more than 330-page, illustrated book describing 400 years of a family’s history.
Christina’s company is called ByLyons LLC.