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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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


MGS Journal Article on Babe Ruth

This August marked the 70th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death, but the popularity of this American icon – and Baltimore native son – lives on.
Last year, MGS published an article on Babe Ruth's genealogy in the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. It upends some old myths and traces Ruth’s family back to his immigrant Ruth great-grandfather and to earlier Ruth ancestors in Germany.
MGS members have had a chance to read the article (since receipt of the Journal is a member benefit), but now we're making the article available online. Click here to read “‘My Father Was of German Extraction’: Babe Ruth’s Ruth/Rüdt Ancestors.”
You'll find more information about the Journal and how to submit articles for publication on our Publications Page.


Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected slate of at-large Board Members: 

  • Robert Barnes
  • Alexa Klimas Corcoran
  • June Baker Higgins
  • Tom McCarriar
  • Janelle Bartlett Mummey
  • Heather O’Hara
  • Malissa Ruffner
  • Nancy Lee Waters

We thank the outgoing Board Members - Jo Ann Barsda, Gloria Day, Seely Foley, and Rebecca Koford - for their service, and thank the incoming Board Members for volunteering their time and energy to make the MGS a success.


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.