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+ Seminar

Washington County / Western Maryland Research 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:30am to 2:30pm-plus
(Registration and continental breakfast start at 9:30am)
Miller House, Washington County Historical Society
135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
MGS is partnering with the Washington County Historical Society to present a Basics+ Seminar on Washington County and Western Maryland research. The event will be held in the historic Miller House, headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society and home of the kinship Family Research Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Washington County Historical Society.
Tours of the Miller House and kinship Family Research Center will be offered. Attendees also will be able to visit the Washington County Free Library (a 5 minute walk from the Miller House), which houses the Western Maryland Historical Library.
Presentations will include: 
  • Carol Miller-Schultz: “The Gems of kinship Family Heritage Research Center” - Learn about the special collections contained at Washington County’s only full time genealogy center.  You will become familiar with the family bibles, city directories, church records, rare papers and books, to name a few.
  • Jason Malott: “Researching Wills and Estates” - The Washington County Register of Wills will discuss records available in his office and navigating the Register’s records on Family Search. A reference sheet for available Circuit Court records will also be provided.
  • Mary Mannix: “Western Maryland Research” - “Western Maryland” today consists of six separate counties. Many would not consider several as “western.”  Develop an understanding of the region’s history, along with the sources and institutions for researching genealogy and local history.
‚ÄčFree parking is available on the street and in the Rochester Lot at 31 S. Prospect Street (1/2 block from the event). Limited handicap parking is available behind the Miller House.
Cost: $25.00 per person  Admission includes a continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and beverages.
Registration deadline: May 29 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)
Pay with PayPal:
Names of Registrants
Pay by check: You can download and print a flyer to register by mail by clicking here


Vote for New MGS Officers & By-Laws Amendment

Every two years, MGS holds an election for its officers. (At-large board members are elected on alternate years.) The Board has approved the following slate of candidates developed by the Nominating Committee. 
President: Druscilla Null
Vice President: Heather O'Hara
Treasurer: Allender Sybert
Recording Secretary: Betty deKeyser
Biographical sketches are available on the candidates.
Also, the MGS Board has voted to amend the MGS By-Laws to increase the maximum number of at-large Board Members from 10 to 15. Enlarging the size of the Board will enhance our ability to implement new and expanded projects. This proposed amendment must be voted on by the membership and requires an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members voting in order to be adopted.
Voting is being held through an online ballot. The link to use for voting will be sent to MGS members by email and also is available in the Members Only section of the web site. The deadline to vote is 11:59PM on May 29.
Thank you to all our members for participating in this election and for your continuing support for MGS.


New Maryland Will and Probate Indexes

The Maryland State Archives is participating in a joint project with the Comptroller of the Treasury, the Registers of Wills, and FamilySearch to have the state's probate records from 1634 to 1940 indexed, scanned, and made available online. Volunteers are preparing the documents for scanning and indexing the records. The indexed information eventually will be available in an online FamilySearch database. In the meantime, as county indexes are completed, the Maryland State Archives is making the spreadsheets available for researcher use.
Many thanks to MGS Board Member Tom McCarriar - who is participating as a volunteer on the project - for providing us with copies. Click here to see the index spreadsheets currently available - Baltimore County, Caroline County, and Carroll County. Visit the Maryland State Archives web site for more information about volunteering for this or other projects.


View Back Issues of the MGS Bulletin

We are pleased to announce that digitized copies of Volumes 1-38 of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available 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.
There are 150 issues available dating from 1960 to 1997. While the earliest issues from the 1960s are more like a newsletter than the later issues of 100+ pages, all have interesting content. You can consult the cumulative table of contents to learn what articles appear in each issue.
Each issue is a PDF that is full-text searchable. Our ultimate goal is to offer the capability to search across all issues in a single search, and we are working toward adding that feature.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at


January MGS News Available

The January 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 so that you can begin to receive MGS News
This issue features news items on past and future MGS events, and a new project to index the Baltimore City Male Marriage Index (1886-1914). 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. 


December Journal Issue Available

The December 2018 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.
Two new authors are featured in the December issue. Richard D. English has been researching his English line for decades and it shows in this case study, James English and Descendants of Colonial Somerset: Newly Available Evidence Reveals Hidden Lines, that features both documentary and Y-DNA evidence. Jane F. Burgess's crossword puzzle on Y-DNA is an apt companion piece. Pennsylanian Pam Pracser Anderson traces Frank Feather's migration pattern between Pennsylvania and Maryland by unearthing clues of Franks's carvings. Debbie Hooper, a leading expert on Eastern Shore research, turns her attention and ours to the lower Eastern Shore counties of Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico, providing valuable guidance. Allender Sybert continues his series of abstracts of apprenticeship records of Anne Arundel County, with every name indexed.  University Archivist Emeritus Anne S. K. Turkos tells us everything we need to know if we have University of  Maryland students or faculty among our ancestors. Four book reviews highlight new sources and reference works, from historical studies to how-to guides. 
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


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.