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Carol Kostakos Petranek
Works at Washington DC Family History Center; Citizen Archivist at National Archives
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The episode about Greek Americans is coming up on November 18!!
Those who develop a strong interest in their forebears tend to do so later in life. But that was not the way for Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Ivy League professor, whose fascinating genealogical show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." is now in its second season on PBS , remembers the precise date when his ancestral curiosity was roused. It was July 3, 1960, and he was 9 years old.
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Researching at the Mitropolis in Sparta...
Research at the Mitropolis of the Greek Orthodox Church, Sparta I had spent months preparing for this research trip, and I was anxious to visit the Archives and the Mitropolis of the Greek Orthodox...
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Finally getting to write about my trip to Greece this summer - research and family! 
Researching My Greek Genealogy & Family History
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visit Kenya one day theres is more to learn
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Dear Friends -- can you please help publicize this worthwhile project on social media sites and to forward it to individuals, genealogy and historic societies? As it continues to expand, we have a growing need for volunteers. Thank you in advance for any help you can give! 

A joint venture between FamilySearch and the Maryland Archives to digitize Wills and Probate Records is well underway. Since June, thousands of documents spanning the mid-1800’s to 1940’s have been processed and imaged. Carroll County is almost completed, and we are ready to begin on Caroline & Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. Digitized images will be made be available at no cost at FamilySearch.org.  

Additional help is need for document prep work, which includes removing fasteners and flattening documents. An index is created as each document is prepared, which will make the records name-searchable immediately. Volunteers can work anytime between 8:30 & 4:30 on a day of their choice at the Archives building at 350 Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. For additional information, contact fsmdvol@gmail.com and see http://fsmav.blogspot.com.

Carol Petranek
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Chapter 5 Homework for MGP Study Group.
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Carol, let's see if others can provide support on how to separate naratives from lists.
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To my genealogy friends -- 
At the Maryland Archives this morning the Reading Room was closed because a camera crew from Who Do You Think You Are was filming for a piece featuring actor Chris O'Donnell (NCIS). Very cool!
And.... our FamilySearch-Maryland Archive Digitization project officially starts on Friday!
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That's awesome. Have not been to the Maryland archives yet, need to do that for my ODELL family though.
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This post is about my research trip to the General Archives of Greece, Sparta office in July 2014. 
Research in the General Archives of Greece, Sparta office After months of preparation, I was so very excited to go in person to the General Archives of Greece office in Sparta! It located in a buil...
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Thrilled to hear more about your research trip, and about these dedicated archive employees. 😊
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Gary and I just returned from a 12-day genealogy field trip to Iowa and Missouri. I wrote a short article about this....
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I volunteer at both the National Archives in DC and at the Maryland Archives in Annapolis. Thank you for starting this group!
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What is the most interesting early American historical writings you have found at either place? Can you share some of it here in the group? I am sure we would be interested. 
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This blogpost underscores our discussion on peer review/sharing our research analysis.
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This is how I'm spending my summer vacation. Join us if you're in the DC area!
This team of volunteers are the last human being who will ever handle and hold thee documents.
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Co-Director of the Washington DC Family History Center, Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and FamilySearch volunteer. I am hooked on new technology, and love to research my Greek ancestors and my husband's (Gary) Czech-English-Irish-Scottish-German family. I enjoy early American history, traveling, community work and quilting. My home is Silver Spring, Maryland. 
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