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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MGS Holiday Luncheon -Dec. 3

African-American troops of the 803rd Pioneer  Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine.Finding World War I US Army
Troop Ship Records
(Space is still available for walk-ins. It's going to be a great lunch and presentation.)
Presentation by Dr. William J. Sheleski
Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Matthew's 1600 Restaurant
1600 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD  21228
Join us for a great Holiday Luncheon and hear about the wartime experiences of our ancestors 100 years ago. The United States entered World War I on April 17, 1917. Over the next 18 months, the United States sent 2,071,463 Soldiers and Marines to Europe. Every single one of these troops went to Europe by sea, transported by 347 ships making an aggregate total of 1,228 voyages. The records of this massive deployment can be accessed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. As we approach the Centennial of America's entry into The Great War, this presentation focuses on how one amateur genealogist used an assorted series of disparate facts, hints, educated guesses, and (mostly) dogged determination to find the records of his grandfather’s deployment to and from Europe during the War. In the process, he learned about other available World War I records, many of them obscure, and how to access them.
[Photo: African-American troops of the 803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine.  Courtesy: Library of Congress ]
Buffet Menu: Chicken Marsala and rice pilaf, Beef Burgundy and mashed potatoes, Crab Alfredo and penne pasta, salad, vegetable du jour, and Dessert Sampler. Coffee, tea and soda.
Cost:    $35 - MGS members       $40 - Non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)
Registration Deadline: Advanced registration is now closed, but space is available for walk-ins.

October Newsletter

The October 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 registration form for our Holiday Luncheon  –  “Finding World War I US Army Troop Ship Records”
  • Leave No Stone Unturned –Church Records
  • Fall Seminar Review  –  Research Riches in Our Backyard: The National Archives, Library of Congress, and DAR Library”
  • National Archives Launches New “Digital Vaults” Online
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • Membership Categories
  • The Family Exchange


August 2016 Issue of the Journal

The August 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 has a variety of articles spanning many decades of our ancestors’ lives. David C. Bailey, Sr., has documented the Roster of John F. Reynolds Post #6 of the Grand Army of the Republic. These valuable records are often overlooked by researchers. Mr. Bailey has not only captured this information; it is a reminder of more obscure record sources available.
Jo Ann Sands Barsda and John M. Siemon have co-authored an article on the lives of their World War I ancestors and have provided a history of the 115th Infantry, 29th Division, Company M. In addition to the synopsis of the service of Joseph Sands and Otto H. (Otts) Siemon, the authors have assembled an excellent listing of resources and bibliographic information on World War I.
Thomas L. Hollowak has presented an interesting analysis of information regarding the death his ancestor, Captain Joseph T. Ennis.
Daniel J. Lougnot submitted an article in French that was translated and edited for the Journal. With assistance from a board member, it became an excellent article. I believe you will enjoy reading Julien P. Friez (1851–1916), from Grandvillars to Baltimore.
Once again, Robert Barnes has submitted an article from a little known resource, The Diary of William Faris, documenting the Faris family descending from Charles Faris, a Quaker and clockmaker in the eighteenth century.
If your ancestors lived in Baltimore County from mid-October 1810 through February 1812, check out the abstracts in Allender Sybert’s article, Gleanings from the Baltimore County Orphans’ Court Proceedings, Part 9:  1810–1812. Earlier abstracts can be found in previous issues of the Journal starting in 2010.
This issue’s Stronger Genealogical Skills article by Jane Burgess, Why Are Names Missing from the Population Schedule But Found on the Agricultural Schedule? 1850 Montgomery County Census Case Study, discusses names enumerated in one census schedule but not in another of the same district and year.
Mrs. Burgess has also provided a challenging crossword puzzle for us to solve on Prince George’s County.
There are ten excellent book reviews for those looking for new resource materials and midnight reading.

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.