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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Vote in Election of At-Large Board Members

Every two years, MGS holds an election for its At-Large Board Members. (Officers are elected on alternate years.) The Board has approved the following slate of candidates developed by the Nominating Committee. 
Robert Barnes — Alexa Klimas Corcoran — June Baker Higgins — Tom McCarriar — Janelle Bartlett Mummey — Heather O’Hara — Malissa Ruffner — Nancy Lee Waters
Some are returning Board Members, while others are new to the Board. Biographical sketches are available on the candidates.
Unlike previous years when paper ballots were used, voting this year will be held online. The link to use for voting will be sent to MGS members by email, will appear in the next issue of MGS News, and also is available in the Members Only section of the web site. The deadline to vote is 11:59PM on May 28.
Thank you to all our members for participating in this election and for your continuing support for MGS.


Basics + Workshop -- June 16

Writing and Publishing Your Family History
Saturday, June 16
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Have you been meaning to put pen to paper but aren't sure how to get started? These three presentations offer support for each stage of the work. Your ancestors are counting on you to tell their stories!
Rebecca is a Certified Genealogist (R) and a member of the MGS Executive Board. She is a frequent genealogical speaker, has written articles for the NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, and recently self-published a book.
Three one-hour lectures by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG (R):
  • Storytelling Steps: Outlining and Formatting
  • Building a Story with Social History
  • Publishing Your Family History: DIY or Professional Production?
You can register online from the link below or download a mail-in registration form. Pre-registration ends on June 1st, but walk-ins are welcome.


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 - 27 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. 

December Journal Issue

The December 2017 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.
In this issue, MGS Board Past President Druscilla J. Null takes an in-depth look at the paternal ancestry of Baltimore's own Babe Ruth. Robyn N. Smith, our December luncheon speaker, shares Part 1 of her Prather family's journey from slavery to freedom. Several articles focus on the lives of women—Helen Hinchliff's article about an early businesswoman selling pastries and Harold Henderson's story of a Civil War widow trying to hold on to her pension. Two articles highlight Maryland resources. New contributor Pam Pashke describes Maryland penitentiary and pardon records of the early 1800s, and Mary K. Mannix of the Frederick County Public Libraries shares information about the O'Donoghue Index, which helps C. Burr Artz Room researchers get the most from published family histories. If you have ever wondered about religious camp meetings and what they might have been like, program excerpts and photographs  in this issue will take you there. Bob Barnes highlights the family of Ephraim Andrews.
The December issue includes a second brick wall: Who are the parents of Thomas Jefferson Burnham?  (If you have a brick wall you'd like to contribute to a future issue, send it to Jane F. Burgess has contributed a crossword puzzle on Saint Mary's County genealogy information. And our reliable book reviewers have once again culled through new publications to help you make the best selections for your research shelf. 
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


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.