Society Saturday – Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Logo of the Carroll County Genealogical SocietyThe Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 PM* features Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

She will be presenting Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name. Her presentation is for all of us who discover that their ancestor has a name in common with someone else in their community.  She discusses techniques for comparing the records of these people to separate our ancestors from other lines.  Examples are included throughout the lecture with a focus on Maryland records.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are usually held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.

*Refreshments are available at 7:00 p.m. and the meetings are free and open to the public.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend. You will meet other folks interested in family research and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research.  I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL.  On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza

The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza


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2 Responses to Society Saturday – Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name

  1. Phyllis Solter says:

    At the Monday meeting ask your presenter what you do when you’ve successfully identified and separated the two men and you can’t get anyone to believe you. I’d love to have an answer to that one;

    • Thank you for your comment. Yes people do get hold of their favorite theories and never let a little thing like reality sway them. There really isn’t anything we can do to make them change their minds. For your own research, I suggest you document everything you have done so far with the evidence according to the Genealogical Proof Standard. Here is the link to Part Three and it contains links to Parts One and Two In addition to applying this standard to all my client research, I also apply it to my personal family research. That way I will leave behind for future generations documentation of what research I did, what my conclusions were, and how I arrived at these conclusions.

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