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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Basics+ Workshop

Finding Your Maryland Roots Online
Saturday, June 29, 2024
10:00am - 3:30pm
Virtual event via Zoom
We hope that you can join us for our virtual Basics+ Workshop Finding Your Maryland Roots Online. This event supplements this spring's MGS-MPT webinar series, Finding Your Roots Online, by focusing specifically on Maryland internet resources and collections. Speakers are Rachel Frazier, Director of Reference Services at the Maryland State Archives, and MGS Board Members David Powell and Druscilla Null.
Presentations will include: 
  • Introduction to Online Genealogical Records at the Maryland State Archives 
  • Online Colonial Records at the Maryland State Archives 
  • Finding Maryland Records on Ancestry, FamilySearch, and 
  • "The Maryland Motherlode": Using Online Maryland Birth and Death Certificates 
  • Finding Maryland Roman Catholic Records Online on Findmypast 
Recordings of the presentations will be available to registrants for later viewing for 60 days.
Registration Info
$40 for MGS members, $50 for non-members. Online registration deadline: June 28, 2024Mail-in registration deadline: June 21, 2024.
To register online using PayPal or a credit card, fill in the requested information below and click on the "Add to Cart" button.
Name of Registrant
Email address
To register by mail, download a registration form.

Register to Watch Recorded MPT/MGS Workshops

The Maryland Genealogical Society is pleased to once again partner with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to offer a new beginner-to-intermediate genealogy webinar series. Finding Your Roots Online includes four (4) two-hour sessions focused on the fundamentals of key online sources of genealogical records and how to use them to research your ancestors. Sessions were held in April and May, but you can still register to view the recorded sessions.
Topics include:
  • Doing a Deep Dive Into Ancestry’s Collections
  • Digging Deeper Into FamilySearch’s Free Records
  • Ancestors in Black and White: Resources for the Era of Slavery and Beyond
  • Crossing the Pond: Resources for Finding Our Ancestors in the U.S. and Abroad
Registrants will also receive a one-year introductory membership to the Maryland Genealogical Society (not applicable to current MGS members) and a one-year MPT Passport membership or membership extension.  You can register on the MPT registration page.
The cost of the series is $100.00. Handouts will be provided for each session.
The workshop series will be led by nationally known speaker Annette Burke Lyttle, who was the presenter for the 2023 MGS/MPT webinars on records and research. Her company, Heritage Detective, LLC, provides professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She is coordinator of the Virtual Intermediate Foundations course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and editor of The Florida Genealogist.


Election Results

By FutUndBeidl; you to all who voted in the recent election. Congratulations to our newly elected At-Large Board Members, who started their two-year terms on June 1st.

  • Jaclyn Fox 
  • Debra A. Hoffman
  • Tom McCarriar
  • Anthony Nardo, Jr.
  • Druscilla Null
  • David Powell
  • Sandy Quick
  • Shawna Sherrell
  • Bridget M. Sunderlin, CG®
Thank you to outgoing At-Large Board Member Susan Fabian for her service to MGS, particularly for her work with our Facebook page.


National Award Honors Work of Jane Burgess

Congratulations to former MGS Board Member (and former MGS Journal Editor) Jane Burgess upon her receipt of a National Genealogical Society 2024 Award of Merit. These awards are presented to individuals and organizations to recognize exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy that have significantly aided research or increased interest in genealogy. The award announcement reads:
Jane Farrell Burgess, CG, has written more than a dozen family history books and proven a dozen Revolutionary War patriots. Active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), she has served in officer roles in her DAR chapter, helping others obtain membership. She has written and published over fifty journal articles on Maryland families as well as families in other states. She served as editor or co-editor of the Maryland Genealogical Journal for over four years. Burgess has supported numerous individuals in proving lineages in various societies and continues to support others on their genealogical journey.
In 2009, MGS gave Jane Burgess a Certificate of Merit and, in 2014, made her a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society for her outstanding genealogical scholarship and contributions to MGS and to the genealogical community.


All Issues of the MGS Journal Now Online

We’re excited to announce that all issues of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, from 2008 to the present, are now available online to MGS members! The Journal’s predecessor publication, the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, already was online, which means that members can now access over 60 years of informative articles on Maryland families and genealogical records. 
To access the issues, sign in as a member and select “MGS Bulletin & Journal” from the dropdown menu under "Members Only" on the left navigation bar. To learn what articles appear in each issue, you can consult the Journal cumulative table of contents and the Bulletin cumulative table of contents. Cumulative indexes for all volumes also are available for review.
New issues of the Journal will be posted as they are published.


April 2024 MGS News

The April 2024 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


MGS Journal

In the most recent issue of the Journal, Helen Hinchliff investigates the curious story of multiple people named Harriet Davidson and Jacob Shott who were married in Baltimore in the early 1800s. Were these all different people? Or were there errors in the records? The author sorts through all the available evidence and provides a chronology of the lives of each of the Harriets and Jacobs, with the goal of coming to a supportable conclusion about who married whom. Michael Hait examines the case of two Civil War soldiers with the same name: Isaac Hawkins. One Isaac Hawkins came from Prince George’s County and the other from Calvert County, but there are many parallels in their experiences. John Deeben relates the story of a battalion of Maryland soldiers who met with disaster in the Battle of the Wabash, one of the worst disasters in U.S. military history. The author provides a list of the names of Gaither’s Battalion. Bridget Sunderlin explores the question of the identities of the parents of Martha Cecelia Wright. In this case study, she demonstrates the use of various kinds of records, including church records, civil records, and DNA, to bring together the evidence for identifying Martha’s parents.
Fredric Saunders offers a correction to an earlier article on the identity of Jane Cornish, based on newly available digitized records from Tiverton, in Devon, England. Sandy Quick brings us the third part of her series on using GPS for genealogical purposes. Part 1 of this series described what GPS is and explored why GPS coordinates are essential elements in our genealogical records. Part 2 described how to capture this valuable data. And Part 3 demonstrates how to use GPS data in genealogical research. And Allender Sybert reviews current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
The full table of contents for the newest issue is available to review, as are the tables of contents of earlier issues. Earlier issues of the Journal are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. We are actively seeking articles for the Journal, and encourage you to take a look at our submission guidelines


Used Genealogy Books For Sale

(Image by Emma Lopez, posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)MGS has an inventory of used genealogy-related books 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; U.S., British, German, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia research; photography, lineage societies, royalty and nobility, heraldry, and general interest. 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.