Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401
Sign up directions:
Read the biographies of genealogists to choose who you would like to work with.
Select a time slot that will work for you.
Check the appropriate sign up box and click "Submit and Sign Up" at the bottom of the page.
Fill out the requested information (first/last name, email address, answers to a few questions regarding your brick wall issue; please be as detailed/specific as possible and please do not provide information on multiple brick wall issues, only one per appointment, time permitting).
Click "Sign Up Now" at the bottom of the page.
On the next screen click on the box "Return To Sign Up." Your name should appear on the sign up page next to the person you chose to work with at the appropriate time slot.
NOTE: If you signed up for an appointment and find that you cannot make it to the session, please notify the contact person (contact info below) ASAP so that we may then open up your slot for another person.
The sign up is set to only allow one appointment per person so that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to work with someone. Appointments are 1 on 1 only, no group appointments and slots tend to fill up quickly. We have two 30 minute appointments per genealogist during the second half of the session. Please do not sign up for those appointments unless you expect your question to take longer than the normal 20 minute appointment to handle.
Also, given the nature of research, we cannot guarantee your problem will be completely solved in one day, if at all. However, the professional genealogists will do everything that they can to assist and guide you in your research.
If all appointment slots are filled prior to the session, we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the event.
Genealogist Noreen Goodson: She has been doing genealogy since 1981. Since 2005 she has been Secretary of BAAHGS (Baltimore's AfroAmerican Historical & Genealogical Society) /Agnes Kane Callum Chapter. She has been teaching Beginning Genealogy workshops since 2006 and, along with Angela Walton-Raji, she has been co-hosting a monthly beginning genealogy workshop at the Historical Society of Baltimore County in Cockeysville since 2012.
Genealogist Rebecca Koford: Holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially the War of 1812. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for national and local genealogical conferences around the country as well as webinars for Legacy and APG. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. Rebecca is the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). She is administrator of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills. She was appointed as the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in July 2018. Rebecca and her very patient husband live in Mount Airy, Maryland. She volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick.
Historian, Archivist II Jean B. Russo: Ph.D. in colonial history, 1983; archives employee for 15 years. Primary expertise in Maryland colonial history; familiarity with probate, land, and court records. Co-author of Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America (Johns Hopkins Press, 2012).
Christopher T. "Chris" Smithson, A.A.S.: Specializing in Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and Cecil County from the Colonial to 21st Century, documentation retrieval, brickwall ancestors, patriotic and hereditary lineage research, and missing heirs research as well as African-American research.. Conducts research at the Maryland State Archives, and the Maryland Historical Society. Currently serves as the Genealogist, Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Genealogist General of the Hereditary Order of the Signers of the Bush Declaration. Author of 7 books. Awarded Florence Kendall SAR Membership National Award. Featured in the journal of “American Psychologist” for solving the mystery of “Little Albert”.
Genealogist Allender Sybert: Genealogist with decades of experience dealing with mostly Maryland genealogy records and research. Current treasurer and registrar and past president of the Maryland Genealogical Society.
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