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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MGS Journal

In the most recent issue of the Journal, Ed Funk, who previously wrote about the dramatic and tragic story of his ancestor, Johannes Ziemer, now brings us another in-depth look at one of his forebears, Jakob Conrad Funk. The story takes place in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore, where the immigrant Jacob Funk and his family planted a garden that supplied the family as well as the neighborhood with fruits and vegetables. But trouble began when Thomas Chappell opened a fertilizer plant on an adjacent property. The fumes and fallout from the plant meant the end of the garden, and thus began a lengthy court battle between the two men. This may be one of our earliest documented cases of environmentalism versus industrialization.
In an article that clears up some misinformation, Dann Norton uses court records to distinguish between two Green families, one in St. Mary’s County and one in Charles County. He concludes that there were two Mary Greens and two Sarah Greens living at the same time. Vanessa Wood has tackled an equally confusing family in her article about Green Halsey of South Carolina and his descendants, who eventually moved to Maryland for better economic opportunities. Green was enslaved, but his son Solomon lived as a free man in South Carolina and later in Baltimore, and the family forged strong bonds and thrived in their new home. Dave Powell brings us the interesting but tragic story of his ancestor, David Bonsack. Using a family bible, court records, and newspaper accounts, the author relates that David’s mother left her husband and had an affair with one of his employees, which resulted in David’s birth. David served in the army in the Civil War, married, and became a minister, but he later ran off with one his parishioners—and a good sum of money. Sadly, there is no happy ending here. Finally, John Sinks describes two sets of records in the Montgomery County Court recorded in March 1778 that have been widely overlooked: returns of oaths of fidelity followed by the enumeration of free men over 18, commonly known as the 1778 Maryland Census. As always, we keep you informed about new genealogy publications with Allender Sybert’s reviews.
MGS Members can read this newest issue online in the Members Only section. All are welcome to consult the full table of contents and the tables of contents of earlier issues. Earlier issues of the Journal are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. We are actively seeking articles for the Journal, and encourage you to take a look at our submission guidelines


Webpage Spotlight: Online MD Birth Certificates

Check out our new webpage on locating Maryland birth certificates online. Starting in 1875 in Baltimore City and in 1898 in the counties, birth certificates that are at least 100 years old are available on the Maryland State Archives website and the Internet Archive website. We've pulled together on one webpage the key links you'll need and tips for successful searching.
This page and a companion webpage on locating Maryland death certificates online are are among the Maryland genealogy research guidance highlighted on the MGS website.


MGS Welcomes New Vice President

The MGS Board has appointed Board Member Sandy Quick to serve as the organization's Vice President following the resignation of Janelle Bartlett Mummey from that position. She will serve until new officers are elected and take office next June. For information about Sandy, see her bio. Welcome to the leadership team Sandy!
While Janelle is stepping back from a role as an officer, we are pleased to announce that she is remaining on the Board in the capacity of an At-Large Board Member and will continue as our Facebook manager. Thank you Janelle! 


Election Results

By FutUndBeidl; you to all who voted in the recent election. Congratulations to our newly elected At-Large Board Members, who started their two-year terms on June 1st.

  • Jaclyn Fox 
  • Debra A. Hoffman
  • Tom McCarriar
  • Anthony Nardo, Jr.
  • Druscilla Null
  • David Powell
  • Sandy Quick
  • Shawna Sherrell
  • Bridget M. Sunderlin, CG®
Thank you to outgoing At-Large Board Member Susan Fabian for her service to MGS, particularly for her work with our Facebook page.


All Issues of the MGS Journal Now Online

We’re excited to announce that all issues of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, from 2008 to the present, are now available online to MGS members! The Journal’s predecessor publication, the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, already was online, which means that members can now access over 60 years of informative articles on Maryland families and genealogical records. 
To access the issues, sign in as a member and select “MGS Bulletin & Journal” from the dropdown menu under "Members Only" on the left navigation bar. To learn what articles appear in each issue, you can consult the Journal cumulative table of contents and the Bulletin cumulative table of contents. Cumulative indexes for all volumes also are available for review.
New issues of the Journal will be posted as they are published.


April 2024 MGS News

The April 2024 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


Used Genealogy Books For Sale

(Image by Emma Lopez, posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)MGS has an inventory of used genealogy-related books 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; U.S., British, German, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia research; photography, lineage societies, royalty and nobility, heraldry, and general interest. We will be adding books as they become available.


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.