Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society

Welcome!

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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Register Now for MGS 2019 Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 7
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Matthew's 1600, 1600 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
 
Guest Speaker – Dr. Kenneth W. Heger presenting:
“A World-Traveling Wounded Warrior: The Journeys of Henry Müller”
 
Finding information about your ancestor’s world travels prior to World War I is difficult but not impossible.  Take the case of Civil War veteran Henry Müller.  Müller joined the army as a substitute at the beginning of the Civil War and suffered a career-ending injury within the first year of his service.  Based on that injury, Müller applied for and was granted a pension.  Despite his injury, Müller rarely stayed in one place.  In fact, records of the Federal government document Müller’s time in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland, producing an enormous volume of interesting, data-rich records, tracing Müller’s travels, interactions with others, and his state of mind.  Using Müller as an example, Dr. Heger illustrates how you can use records of the Federal Pension Bureau, Department of the Interior, and Department of State to follow the movement of Americans throughout the world.  
 
We're pleased to announce that the National Institute for Genealogical Studies is providing vouchers for free courses (a $89.00 value) to attendees, as well as door prizes. So register today!
 
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. Coffee, tea and soda, included.
 
Click on "Events-MGS" to register.
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019  (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting)

 


New Issue of the Journal Available

The August 2019 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.
This issue features the first of a four-part series by Kent Randell describing the early days of the Susquehanna estate in southern Maryland. There is enough drama in this story for a streaming miniseries, and we are eagerly anticipating the next chapters. Helen Hinchliff continues her exploration of the lives of interesting women in the mid-seventeenth century in Baltimore. Aaron Jarvis traces a Maryland family as they migrate to North Carolina. And Bart Saxbe sorts out the identity of a woman in Frederick County. Book reviews by Allender Sybert and a genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane Burgess round out the issue.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.
 

 


November MGS News Available

The November 2019 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 info@mdgensoc.org so that you can begin to receive MGS News
 
This issue features news items on past and future MGS events and information on the MGS project to index the Baltimore City Male Marriage Index (1886-1914). There also is an announcement that 10 more years of digital copies of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available in the Member's Only portion of the web site. This issue also contains a new "Leave No Stone Unturned" article by Bob Barnes.
 
Archived copies of this issue and previous issues are available in the Member's Only area. 
 

 


More Digital Issues Available of the MGS Bulletin

 
We are pleased to announce that 10 more years of digital copies of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available in the Members Only portion of the web site. With the addition of issues from 1998 to 2007, MGS members can now read 48 years (1960 to 2007) of the Bulletin online. 
 
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.
 

 


Leave No Stone Unturned

“Leave No Stone Unturned” is a series of occasional articles in MGS News and its predecessor, the MGS Newsletter, by Board Member Robert Barnes. Bob has had over 50 years’ experience tracing Maryland families. He is the author of many source books, compiled family histories, and guides, and has taught many courses in genealogical research and lectured at genealogical conferences.
 
We have assembled an archive of his articles - 28 to date - which is available to MGS members in the Members Only section of the web site. MGS thanks Bob for sharing these articles on a variety of Maryland genealogy topics. 
 
 
 
 


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.