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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Holiday Luncheon - December 2

Saturday, December 2, 2017                                                   
Noon to 3 PM  
Matthew’s 1600
1600 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD  21228
          Guest Speaker
      Robyn N. Smith
          will present
   Do You Have an
Artificial Brick Wall?  
Start the holidays off right by joining us for a great lunch and presentation by genealogist and historian Robyn Smith. We all talk about our “brick walls.” Often, these result from common errors we all make at times. Robyn will describe the thinking and practices that often create obstacles to solving our genealogical “brick walls.” She’ll discuss some better practices and development of new skills that often help solve many of our genealogical problems.
Ms. Smith has 18 years of experience in genealogical research. She is an author, blogger, teacher and lecturer. Her areas of expertise are Maryland research, African-American families and Slave-Era research, and Court Records research. Her interests include preserving the histories of African-American communities, encouraging genealogists to publish their family histories and promoting adherence to genealogical standards.
Cost:    $40 - MGS members       $45 - Non-members 
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.
To download and print a mail-in registration form, click here. Or you can register online using the PayPal button below.
                                  "Blue Door" Photo Credit:Jamie Thompson via Flickr,

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  – “Do You Have an Artificial Brick Wall?”
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – “Websites”
  • New Baptisms added to the Database on our Website
  • MGS Fall Seminar Review – “Judy G. Russell, JD, CG(SM), The Legal Genealogist”
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • The Family Exchange
  • Membership Categories


August 2017 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.
The Journal, under new managing editor Malissa Ruffner, continues its broad content offerings—case studies, record abstracts, compiled genealogies, biographical narratives, research guides, Bible records, book reviews, and more. A brief summary of each article appears below the title, to encourage further reading. And those who turn first to the genealogy crossword puzzle will not be disappointed! Authors represent the full spectrum of experience, from first-timers to established writers. The team of content contributors, reviewers, proof-readers, and editors worked hard to produce an educational and interesting issue that will benefit your research. 
The August issue introduces two new departments. In Maryland Brick Walls, Maryland researchers can share difficult problems. Suggestions of new avenues to pursue and information gleaned about the inquiry will be published in a future issue. Details on how to submit your own brick wall appear at the end of this month’s challenge: Who are the parents of Ann Pamela Green? 
The second new department, Maryland Sources, highlights unique material—resources of particular importance to Maryland researchers. In the first of this series, Reference Librarian Francis P. O’Neill provides historical background on the exceptional Dielman-Hayward File at the Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library. 
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


New Baptisms Added to MGS Database

MGS is pleased to report that we have added new church record content to our online database. Transcriptions are now available of early baptisms (1839 to 1849) from the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (aka Old St. Joseph’s), Baltimore, Maryland. 
Both members and non-members can search the database. However, only members can access detailed rather than basic information on each baptism. (If you are a member, be sure to sign in before searching the database.)
The original bapismal records, which have been digitized from microfilm, are available at the Maryland State Archives as Special Collection 2571. For a history of the parish, see "St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Baltimore City: Burial Records 1849–1850 and 1859–1861" by MGS President John Siemon, which appeared in the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, volume 55, no. 3 (2014). 
Many thanks to volunteer June Higgins, who transcribed these St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church baptisms as part of the MGS church record transcription project. If you are interested in participating in the project, contact John Siemon at

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.