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.
If you are already a member of the Society, you can log in by clicking on the Members Only link. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become a member and begin receiving all the benefits of membership.  
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Vital Records Webinar Posted

The next offering in our posted webinar series is Researching Your Family Tree - Vital Records presented by David Powell. This video is available in our Members Only section, where you also can view all of the previous webinars in our collection. Not yet a member of MGS? Learn more about joining.
In this webinar, techniques for finding birth records, marriage records, death records and other life events are discussed. The Maryland State Archives, FamilySearch, and Ancestry websites are used to demonstrate the research that can be performed. Newspaper archives can also be used to learn details about your family. Using civil records and church records to discover more about your ancestors will give you the “roots” to grow a vibrant and full family tree.
This webinar is the second in a four-part series that was developed by MGS and presented to registered attendees during September and October 2021 in partnership with Maryland Public Television.
David Powell was born in Baltimore City and has been researching his own family history for over 25 years. He is the current President of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society and was previously the Treasurer of that organization. He is also a member of the MGS and a member of its Board of Directors. Dave teaches genealogy courses at the Community College of Baltimore County and at local senior centers, libraries, and genealogy societies. He has given numerous talks on genealogy, DNA, and foreign research to various groups throughout Maryland. He has done extensive research in France, Scotland, Wales, England, Canada, Poland and the United States.


New Issue of the MGS Journal

The August 2021 issue of the Journal is now available. Members receive their copies by mail. Earlier issues of the Journal also are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.
In this issue, Druscilla Null leads off with the story of the Francesco Messina family and Baltimore's Italian Colony,” which may be the first article the Journal has published that focuses on Italian immigration. Helen Hinchliff continues the story of Frank Earlougher, his descendants, and the questions surrounding his will. Karen Bowman and Mary Lorimor trace the children and grandchildren of Benjamin Sampson and Jemima Standiford of Baltimore County in Part 1 of their research. (Part 2 will appear in the next issue.) Anne Smittle sorts out the records of two men named Jeremiah Leggett. And Richard Messick relates the story of how St. Vincent Cemetery is being restored. Once again Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert reviews current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


November 2021 MGS News

The November 2021 edition of MGS News is now available. If you are a MGS member, you should have received the issue by email. If you are a member and haven't provided us with your email, please contact us at so that you can begin to receive MGS News
Archived copies of this issue and previous issues are available in the Member's Only area. 


Baltimore City Online Marriage Index (1851-1914)

As of March 8, 2021, we have added the final 27,690 records to complete our online Baltimore City Marriage License Index  covering 1851-1914. The database has 243,638 marriage records. This Members Only index is designed to help you find/identify ancestors who obtained Marriage Licenses in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914. The searchable electronic index contains names and dates from index cards in the Maryland State Archives Record Series CM205 (1851-1885) and Record Series T2426 (1886-1914). The original index cards are alphabetized by the name of the groom. Many of the original cards are out of order and hard to read. This MGS index provides the first searchable index to the names of brides, as well as grooms!
The 1851-1914 Index is now 100 percent complete online. (as of 8 Mar 2021). People from all over Maryland, as well as other states and other countries, married in Baltimore. If you have ancestors that may have married in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914, find them in the MGS index.
To access the data, click on Members Only, then sign in and look for “Baltimore Marriage Index” on the left side of the page.
MGS would like to thank the 38 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours completing this project. Many thanks also to Board Member John Siemon for his coordination of the project and to Board Member Dave Powell for his database expertise. Click here to see a list of all who worked on this project.


MGS Now Selling Used Books

(Image by Emma Lopez, posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)MGS is pleased to announce that used genealogy-related books are now available for purchase on the For Sale page. MGS members receive a 12% discount on purchases. (Be sure to be signed in on the website as a member before ordering!) All prices already include shipping and handling. Sales are first come, first served!
In addition to books on Maryland, our current inventory includes the following topics: family histories, general interest and methodology, U.S. resources, Mayflower and New England, photography, lineage societies, British research and Scottish clans, German genealogy, royalty and nobility, Norman ancestry, and heraldry. We will be adding books as they become available.


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.