Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society


Since 1959, the Maryland Genealogical Society has been promoting genealogical study and research.   Through our publications, programs, resources, and outreach, the Society can help you explore your family history.
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Basics+ Workshop

RIP: Records That Memorialize Our Ancestors' Deaths  
Saturday, June 4
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Govans Presbyterian Church (Sharp Hall), 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

Funeral services, cemetery markers, and obituaries pay tribute to those lost, comfort the grieving, and aid in our genealogical research. In recognition of Memorial Day, our Basics+ Workshop, features three presentations that discuss records that memorialize our ancestors' deaths--and their lives. 

Registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 AM; the first presentation begins at 9:00 AM.
Free parking on-site, accessible from York Road or Bellona Avenue.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CGSM – The Dead and the Dying: Cemetery and Funeral Home Research
Jacqueline Hedberg – Saving a Maryland Historic Treasure: Lessons from a Graveyard Project
Angela McGhie, CGSM – News of Their Deaths: Finding Obituaries and Notices
Cost $25 for MGS members; $30 for non-members.
Pre-registration Deadline: June 1. Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.

Click the button below to pay with PayPal or download the registration form and register by mail.


Awards Presented at the Spring Luncheon

At our Spring Luncheon on March 19, 2016, the Maryland Genealogical Society presented awards to two members for their exemplary service to the Society and to the genealogical  community.  Board member Betty deKeyser was designated a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society, and Newsletter Editor Paul F. Izat, Jr., was awarded the Certificate of Merit. The Society extends its congratulations to the awardees and its appreciation for their years of dedicated service. For more information on the accomplishments of this year's awardees, please click here. We hope you'll also take a look at the full list of MGS honorees from earlier years. 


New Discount on Publications for Members

MGS members will now receive a 12% discount on the purchase of publications. Due to rising costs, the Board recently determined that we need to raise prices on the sale of back issues of the MGS Bulletin and MGS Journal, but we have created a member discount to help offset this increase for MGS members. To receive this discount, please be sure you have signed in as a member using the "Members Only" link before purchasing merchandise on the For Sale page.


April Newsletter

The April issue of The Newsletter of the Maryland Genealogical Society is now available for viewing and/or downloading. Go to the Members Only tab, enter your username and password, and open the Newsletter tab to view the latest issue.
In This Issue-----
  • Your Ballot and Biographical Sketches of the Candidates for Election of Executive Board At-Large Members for 2016-2018
  • Your registration form for our Basics + Workshop – RIP: Records That Memorialize Our Ancestors’ Deaths”
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – County Probate Records (Continued)”
  • New Discount on Publications for Members
  • Awards Presented at the MGS Spring Luncheon
  • Spring Luncheon Review – Spring Clean your Genealogy Research
  • In Memoriam – Rev. Frederick Wallace Pyne
  • Offers a Workaround for Users of Family Tree Maker
  • Mocavo has Migrated to Findmypast
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • The Family Exchange


December 2015 Issue of the Journal

The December issue of the Journal is available. Members receive their copies by mail. Limited quantities of the current and earlier issues of the Journal also are available for sale to the public at $15.00 per issue. Click here for information on how to purchase.
Looking back over 2015, Journal Editor Nancy Lauer notes, "This issue of the Journal completes my first full year as Managing Editor. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience. The Board of Directors of the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Society’s members, the excellent group of authors, as well as the retiring Managing Editor, Jane F. Burgess, have made this a special year for me. I look forward to 2016 and all the exciting articles on genealogical research and historical significance yet to come."
In this issue:
  • Nicholas Fessenden has written Part 2 of his Baltimore’s Immigrants series. Researchers with Polish, Lithuanian, Czech, Bohemian, Italian, and/or Greek ancestors will find his article of particular interest. Perhaps his first-class documentation may help to break down a brick wall or two.
  • Stephen Hatton has written about his ancestor, Robert Wade of Anne Arundel County
  • Helen Hinchliff continues her documentation of her Earlocker family. This article discusses the wagon stand on the Cumberland Pike.
  • Rev. Christos Christou, Jr. delineates the forgotten Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Company of the War of 1812.
  • Jane Burgess continues to provide articles on solving difficult genealogical challenges, using evidence-based reasoning to identify the parents of a particular ancestor. This article discusses how she identified the father of Susan E. Soper.
  • Robert Barnes writes about the Elder family of Anne Arundel County.
  • William Hollifield has transcribed the McCauley Family Bible.
  • Jane F. Burgess presents an interesting case study using federal patent data to help determine the persona of an ancestor.
  • Robert W. Barnes shares two fascinating short subjects.

In addition to these articles, the December 2015 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert, and Betty deKeyser, as well as a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess.


To see an abstract of the full Table of Contents of this Journal issue, click here.


We're Looking for Your Photos!

Would you like to see images of your ancestors included on the MGS Web site? Members are encouraged to submit photos for inclusion in the gallery of images at the top of the page that rotate and change each time visitors go to a new page on the Web site. (Each has a caption that you can read by hovering your cursor over the image.) For more information about submitting images, click here.