Have you been looking for a speaker for your society or group? You can book Dr. McMahon for genealogy presentations or classes.

Click here for reviews of Dr. McMahon’s books and talks. Letters of recommendation are available upon request.

Dr. McMahon has been an invited speaker at:

  • Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
  • Baltimore County Genealogical Society
  • Howard County Genealogical Society
  • Washington DC Family History Center Family History Conference
  • Baltimore Family History Center Family History Workshop
  • Prince George’s County Genealogical Society
  • Anne Arundel County Public Library
  • Genealogical Society of Marion County (Indianapolis)
  • Riderwood Village Genealogy Club
  • Carroll County Genealogical Society
  • Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • The Huguenot Society of Maryland
  • Fairfax Genealogical Society (Virginia)
  • Tabb Library (York, VA)
  • Oak Crest Genealogy Group

Current presentation topics are listed below. We are open to customizing the topics for your society’s needs.

  • “Researching Your WWI U.S. Army Ancestors”. 2017 marks the centennial of United States’ involvement in the War to End All Wars (World War I). Learn more about the military service of your doughboy ancestors using online databases, repositories, social networking and other resources. Use what you learn to create a narrative to share with your family. 
  • “Google for Genealogists”. Learn how to search for ancestors using Google and its tools. You will learn how to construct searches to look for your ancestors on the web and be introduced to the use of selected search techniques.
  • “Beyond Genealogy Basics: Online Databases”. Go beyond the basic records to learn more about your ancestors through some of the online databases available for immigration, US Military Service, and graves.
  • “Genealogy: Using”. Learn how to use the website for locating records, family trees, research resources, and courses.
  • “Genealogy: Using Newspapers”. Explore the use of newspapers to expand your research. Learn how to find the publications available, with emphasis on some online resources.
  • “Genealogy: Using Online Land Records”. Learn how to find and use Land Records that are now online at in your genealogical research.
  • “Get Started Blogging!” It’s time to get your research on the Web, and put out some cousin bait! This class will take you through the steps to start a simple blog using both Blogger and WordPress.
  • “Internet Searching for Genealogists”. Learn how to search for ancestors using the internet. You will learn how to search for ancestors on the web using Google and Mocavo.
  • “Introduction to Genealogy”. Learn about basic genealogical research and library resources such as and HeritageQuest.
  • Using Fold3. The historical military records at Fold3 are now available with some Maryland County library cards. Learn what is available and how to search this database of military records.
  • “Online Probate Records”. Expand your research to include the use of probate records. Learn where to look for them online, and how to use them on FamilySearch.
  • “Ancestors in the US Military: Online and in Military Archives”. Learn how to use online resources to locate information about your ancestors’ US Military service. The discussion will include information about how to use military archives in your research.
  • “First steps in Irish Research”. Get started on your quest for Irish ancestors. Where to look in the US and Irish records and resources will be discussed.
  • “Genealogy: The U.S. Census”. Learn about your ancestors’ professions, immigration, and vital details. This presentation will help you get started using online U.S. and state census records.
  • “Genealogy: Using DNA”. Learn about the types of DNA testing available for genealogists, the companies doing it, and how to use DNA in your genealogy research.
  • “Genealogy: Using Family Trees”. Find out about the use of electronic and online family trees to capture and share your research.
  • “Social Media and Genealogy”. Explore the use of social networking in genealogical research, from message boards to Second Life, including the use of Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.