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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2016 Fall Seminar

Research Riches in our Backyard: NARA, DAR, and LC
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Double Tree by Hilton

5485 Twin Knolls Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Maryland researchers have easy access to some of  the premier genealogical desintations in the country. Come join us for a full day of inspiration and instruction on how take advantage of your geographical good fortune! Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:00 AM. The presentations kick off at 10:00 AM. For complete details on the day's schedule and the topics to be covered, see the registration form. 
A Federal Family Tree - Malissa Ruffner, CGSM      

Introduction to the DAR Library - Steve Davidson, MLS
Genealogical Research at Archives II in College Park, Maryland  - Kenneth Heger, Ph.D.            

Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress - James Sweany, MSLS
Cost $65 for MGS members; $75 for non-members. Pre-registration deadline is September 17, 2016. 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.


Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected slate of at-large Board Members. Re-elected to another term are Gloria Gibson Day, Debra A. Hoffman, Victoria Kinnear, Rebecca Whitman Koford, and Tom McCarrier. And we are pleased to welcome four new Board Members - Robert Barnes, Jo Ann Barsda, Seely Foley, and Nancy Waters Lauer.

Bob Barnes is a MGS Fellow and past MGS President who is returning to the Board. Nancy Lauer is an award-winning author and has been the editor of the Journal for the past year. Seely Foley is a retired social studies teacher who has been researching her deep Maryland roots that go back to the 17th century. Jo Ann Barsda has been researching family history for 15 years and volunteers with the Maryland WWI Centennial Commission.

Thank you to all of our officers and board members who volunteer their time to share their love of genealogy and to make the MGS a success.

April 2016 Issue of the Journal

The April 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.

This issue of the Journal commences with an intriguing article on slavery and freedom by Robyn N. Smith. Ms. Smith introduces us to her ancestor, Minty, and the harshness of slavery before the Civil War.

 Willard S. Moore writes about the John Tudor family of Maryland and their ultimate settlement in Ohio.

 Helen Hinchliff continues her saga of the Earlougher family by writing about Henry Davis, a Conestoga wagon maker.

 Jane F. Burgess, a returning author, presents an interesting analysis of the will of George Washington.

 Kenneth W. Heger introduces readers to a little known resource, the American Consulate records in Oldenburg, Germany.

 Ellen C. Ward abstracted wills of Cecil County, Maryland. Readers researching here may find an undetected gold nugget.

 John Siemon transcribed the burial records of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Baltimore City.

 Four excellent short articles are included such as Robert Barnes’ article about the list of books brought to Maryland by William Rind in 1762. Those looking for something old but new may find a treasure for late night reading.

 Gloria Gibson Day was intrigued by a headstone she saw while visiting St. Paul’s Parish and has researched and written about the person interred there.

 Kenneth Heger identifies the names of six invalid Maryland pensioners listed by the Department of War in 1795.

 William Hollifield discusses a letter from a person identified only as Q.R.S. published in the Sun on 31 March 1874. This letter reports the death of six Marylanders.

Jane F. Burgess has provided an article for the Stronger Genealogical Skills department on genealogy assumptions. Also provided by Ms. Burgess is a challenging crossword puzzle testing the reader’s knowledge of Montgomery County, Maryland.


In addition to these articles, the April 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.


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


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.


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.