Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society

MGS Response to the Coronavirus

We have temporarily stopped accepting new orders for research. Research repositories that had reopened by appointment have recently closed again due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases. We regret the interruption in our services, and we thank you for your understanding and patience.
Our usual slate of educational programs and events has been suspended, but we have just launched a new webinar series - see the article below. 
Everyone please continue to take care and stay well. 
~ Dru Null, MGS President



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.  
And we hope that you'll follow us on Facebook for timely news and information.


Introducing the MGS Photo Vault

We’re pleased to announce our newest web site feature - the MGS Photo Vault. This image gallery contains photographs of 19th- and early 20th-century Marylanders. Over 100 photographs have been uploaded to date.
Most of the photographs are from the collection of Gary B. Ruppert, a past MGS Board Member who was named a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society in 2009. Upon his death in 2017, his heirs graciously donated his collection of photographs and genealogical materials to MGS.
Fortunately, a sizable number of the photographs are labeled. (The one to the right is identified as Georgie Brown.) The identity of people in the unlabeled images is not currently known, but we hope by posting them that some might be identified.
Making the photographs available online is a work in progress. We encourage you to check periodically to see what new images have been added.


Maryland Minutes Webinars

We are pleased to announce the launch of MGS’s webinar program, which starts with our Maryland Minutes video series. These short, pre-recorded presentations focus on Maryland-specific genealogical topics, sources, and research tips. Our first Maryland Minutes offering is Using Maryland State Archives Probate Records with Family Search by MGS board member Malissa Ruffner. 
Our next video is scheduled to come out in early March. As we create additional videos, we will post them and then archive the presentation we are replacing to our Members Only section, so MGS members will be able to view any of the past videos.
Check back here and on our Facebook page to find out when new Maryland Minutes videos will be posted, and get additional information about our overall webinar program, which we plan to grow throughout the year.


January 2021 MGS News

The January 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. 


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.


The MGS Journal

The August 2020 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. Members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.
In this issue, Kent Randell concludes his four-part series on the families that were connected to Susquehanna with a summary of the descendants of Captain Henry Carroll. Helen Hinchliff continues her exploration of intrepid women with the conclusion of the story of Annie Legate Swindell and her encounter with Victoria Woodhull and Wall Street. Gary Ball-Kilbourne traces the parents of Samuel Kilbourn of Baltimore using indirect and negative evidence. Bridget Sunderlin has written an informative article about the contentious interactions among the descendants and heirs to the fortune of John McDonogh, a Baltimore-born millionaire and slave owner who lived most of his life in New Orleans. John Deeben describes the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Maryland and the role the bureau played in “protecting and promoting the interests of former slaves.” Angela Walton-Raji is the co-founder of the website Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau, which she describes in this issue as an interactive mapping tool that makes these records more easily accessible. And as always, we have a challenging crossword puzzle and reviews of some interesting new books and genealogical materials.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


Baltimore City Online Marriage Index (1851-1914)

We have just added 38,639 new records to our online Baltimore City Marriage License Index  covering 1851-1914. This Members Only index is designed to help you find/identify ancestors who obtained Marriage Licenses in Baltimore City in the subject time period. The searchable electronic index contains names and dates from 157,551 index cards in the Maryland State Archives Record Series T2426. Another 86,086 index cards from Record Series CM205 are being added as they are completed typing and proofreading. The original index cards are alphabetized by the name of the groom. This MGS index provides the first searchable index to the names of brides, as well as grooms!
The 1886-1914 Index is now 100 percent complete online. The 1851-1885 Index is now 68 percent complete online (as of 16 Feb 2021).
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 more than 30 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.
Typing/transcribing the original index cards is complete. We are doing a final review and verifying original information that is unreadable on the index cards. This should be completed soon. If you have ancestors that may have married in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914, find them in the index.


Digital Issues of the MGS Bulletin

MGS Members can read 48 years (1960 to 2007) of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin in the Members Only portion of the web site. 
Access is available to MGS members as an exclusive member benefit. After signing in as a member, look for the "MGS Bulletin Archive" link under Members Only on the lefthand navigation bar.
The Bulletin is packed with family genealogies and transcriptions from source records, including bible records, church records, tombstones, court records, etc. You can consult the cumulative table of contents to learn what articles appear in each issue. The issues are PDFs that are full-text searchable.


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.