Angela Packer McGhie

9519 Kings Grant Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723

Phone: 240-568-0881


Contact between 8:00am to 6:00pm Eastern


Angela was honored in August of 2010 with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Association of Professional Genealogists for her leadership and service.


Read All About Your Ancestors by Locating Historic Newspapers Newspapers are a valuable resource for genealogical data. Discover which newspapers were printed in the time and location your ancestors lived, and how to access them now. Major collections of digitized newspapers will be covered.

Tract Books: Master Index to Federal Land Records Tract books document the disposition of federal land. They can be used to locate patented and cancelled land entries as well as neighboring land owners.

Studying Genealogy: A Personalized Approach Each person has a difference background in genealogy, as well as a unique set of ancestors to research. Participants will devise an individual plan to study locations their ancestors lived, and records, resources and techniques to enhance their research. Suggestions include traditional and virtual educational options.

Creating an Effective Research Plan Learn a process for focusing your research objective and identifying sources that may help you answer your research questions. Discussion will include information on accessing records and evaluating information.

Mining for Family History in Federal Land Records Did your ancestor have a homestead or buy land on the frontier? Come learn about the federal land entry papers at the National Archives and the genealogical information they provide.

Virtual Genealogy Education Sharpen your genealogy research skills through online classes, webinars, study groups, tutorials and conferences. Choose from free programs, short term classes or comprehensive certificate programs, all from the comfort of your home.

Exploring the FamilySearch Wiki The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free collection of family history research guides and articles provided by genealogists from around the world. There are over 70,000 articles on genealogical records, locations and methods that are a valuable resource for genealogists.

A Genealogical Treasure Hunt in Federal Records Treasure can be found if you are willing to mine in military service and pension files, homestead records, passport applications, naturalization records, census enumerations, and other collections from the National Archives.

Accessing Records of the National Archives Federal records contain valuable genealogical information on our ancestors. Learn how to search collections of military, census, immigration, land and civilian records at the National Archives, and which records are available online or by mail.

Speaking Conditions:

Speaker provides PowerPoint presentations.
Speaker is prepared to provide own projector.
Speaker supplies camera-ready handouts.
Speaker requires screen, table, and extension cord.
Speaker expects honorarium and travel expenses.
Speaker provides presentations at all levels: basic, intermediate and advanced.
Speaker will develop new lectures upon request.

Previous Engagements:

National Genealogical Society Family History Conference (2012, 2013)
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2011, 2012, 2013)
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (2013)
Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research (2013)
Washington D.C. Family History Conference (annually 2008 - 2013)
Baltimore Family History Conference (annually 2009 - 2013)
National Institute for Genealogical Research (2011)
Howard Community College (2009-2011)
Fairfax (Virginia) Genealogical Society (2011, 2013)
Ashburn (Virginia) Family History Seminar (2011)
Oak Crest Genealogy Society Baltimore, Maryland (2011, 2012, 2013)
Montgomery County (Maryland) Genealogy Club (2009, 2011)
Carroll County (Maryland) Genealogical Society (2010, 2011)
Prince Georges County (Maryland) Genealogy Society (2009, 2010)
Catonsville (Maryland) Genealogical Society (2009, 2010)
Baltimore County (Maryland) Genealogical Society (2009)
Howard County (Maryland) Genealogical Society (2009)


Angela Packer McGhie is a genealogical researcher, lecturer and instructor. She is the administrator of the ProGen Study Program where she manages online groups studying Professional Genealogy. Angela is the coordinator for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and has taught at the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Howard Community College. Angela serves on the education committee of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the immediate past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG. She has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and writes a blog on genealogy education at Angela lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

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