Fourth Generation Funeral Director to Speak About Funerals

By Beth Boulden-Moore

It’s the beginning of fall, and at the Historical Society of Cecil County that means it’s time to resume our monthly history programs. Kicking off the fall season on October 3 is a program called “Death and Burial Traditions”.

Fourth generation funeral director, James H. Turner, will present a short history of funerals in America. This program will include the religious practices of various denominations, the role of furniture makers in early funerals, the history behind embalming, and the historical progression of funeral homes. Mr. Turner will also discuss the evolution of funeral services and the changes in funeral traditions. Newer trends, such as “green burials” and do-it-yourself services will also be presented.

For genealogists, Mr. Turner will discuss what types of family history information can be learned from cemeteries and cemetery records. The types of records available to genealogy researchers, such as funeral notices and death certificates, will also be a topic of discussion. The development of death certificates and burial permits will be discussed as well.

Both sides of Mr. Turner’s family were involved in the funeral business. Although Mr. Turner was born in Philadelphia, he has Cecil County ties. His mother, Eleanor B. Quein, was born in Pleasant Hill, MD. He is an avid genealogist and is a member of the Historical Society of Cecil County. Mr. Turner currently resides in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The historical society’s research library will be open that day from 10:00 AM until 1:45 PM. The research fee for non-members is $5.00. Historical society members are always free!

Program Information: The program will be held at the historical society (135 East Main Street) and it begins at 2 PM. The cost for this event is $5.00 for non-members and as always, MEMBERS ARE FREE! Registration is not required.

For more information, call (410) 398 – 1790.

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Cecil County Farm Museum Hosting Antique Tractor, Truck & Car Show

 Cecil County Farm Museum will be

hosting an antique tractor, truck & car show

912 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921

June 20, 2015

9 a.m. ’til 4 p.m.

Collectibles & demonstrations

Antique equipment

Food & ice cream will be available for purchase

Kids activities

Music

 for more information call:  Ben Haines 302-545-3657

Public is welcome   Free admission

Who Do You Think You Are, Cecil County?

Researching your family’s history combines detective work, reading, and technology. The historical society is here to help, with its unique resources and experienced volunteers. As part of its 2015 programming, the Historical Society of Cecil County is holding a two-part genealogy workshop.

Part 1 of “Who Do You Think You Are, Cecil County?” took place on March 7. The hands-on genealogy workshop had about 30 participants attending. Beth Moore began the workshop by showing participants how to begin family research by talking to family members, searching at the historical society, and searching online. Volunteer Jo Ann Gardner then shared free research websites, such as the Maryland Archives and Family Search. Audience members were able to visit these websites on their own laptops and tablets as they were presented.

Part 2 of “Who Do You Think You Are, Cecil County?” will take place at 2 PM on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The second workshop is designed for those with intermediate and advanced skills, but beginners are welcome. Learn how to use the unique resources of the historical society in your research. Also learn about DNA, visiting cemeteries, archives, and other places while researching. Our own land records expert, Darlene McCall, will show you how land records can be used in family history research. Bring your laptop or tablet and your family information.

Each workshop is FREE for historical society members and just $5.00 for non-members.

Participants in the first workshop listen to one of the lectures.

Participants in the first workshop listen to one of the lectures.

The initial "who do you think you are, Cecil County" took pace March 7.

The initial “who do you think you are, Cecil County” took pace March 7.

 

Programming Committee Announces 2015 Schedule for Events

2015 Programming Schedule

 

 March 7, 2015     Who Do You Think You Are, Cecil County?  Part One – Beginning Genealogy

May 2, 2015        Who Do You Think You Are, Cecil County?   Part Two – For Intermediate and Advanced Family History Researchers

June 6, 2015       Happy Birthday, Cecil County! Celebrate our county’s 341st birthday!

Oct. 3, 2015        Death and Burial Traditions

Nov. 7, 2015       Rosie the Riveter – Enjoy a performance by award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung as she portrays Rose Leigh Monroe who worked at the largest factory in the world – Willow Run in Michigan. Watch as Rosie presents, chooses audience volunteers, and teaches about women in WWII.

Dec. 5, 2015        Repeal Day Celebration – Celebrate the repeal of prohibition at our second Bootleggers’ Ball.

All programs are held at the historical society – 135 E. Main St.

All programs begin at 2 PM. Cost is $5.00 for non-members. MEMBERS ARE FREE

The Society is located at 135 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD.

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Society Offers Genealogy Workshops March 7 & May 2, 2015

Interested in family history, but don’t know where to start? Or do you simply want to sharpen your skills? The Historical Society of Cecil County is holding two genealogy workshops on March 7 and May 2.

The first workshop is designed for beginners. Learn how to begin your family research using family, government, and electronic resources. Learn about the unique resources of the Historical Society of Cecil County. Bring your laptop or tablet and your family information.

The second workshop is designed for those with intermediate and advanced skills. Learn how to use the unique resources of the historical society in your research. Also learn about DNA, visiting cemeteries, archives, and other places while researching. Our own land records expert, Darlene McCall, will show you how land records can be used in family history research. Bring your laptop or tablet and your family information.

Each workshop is FREE for historical society members and just $5.00 for non-members.

TIME:  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.