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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2023 Holiday Luncheon

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October 2023 MGS News

The October 2023 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


MGS Journal

In the most recent issue of the Journal, Helen Hinchliff investigates the curious story of multiple people named Harriet Davidson and Jacob Shott who were married in Baltimore in the early 1800s. Were these all different people? Or were there errors in the records? The author sorts through all the available evidence and provides a chronology of the lives of each of the Harriets and Jacobs, with the goal of coming to a supportable conclusion about who married whom. Michael Hait examines the case of two Civil War soldiers with the same name: Isaac Hawkins. One Isaac Hawkins came from Prince George’s County and the other from Calvert County, but there are many parallels in their experiences. John Deeben relates the story of a battalion of Maryland soldiers who met with disaster in the Battle of the Wabash, one of the worst disasters in U.S. military history. The author provides a list of the names of Gaither’s Battalion. Bridget Sunderlin explores the question of the identities of the parents of Martha Cecelia Wright. In this case study, she demonstrates the use of various kinds of records, including church records, civil records, and DNA, to bring together the evidence for identifying Martha’s parents.
Fredric Saunders offers a correction to an earlier article on the identity of Jane Cornish, based on newly available digitized records from Tiverton, in Devon, England. Sandy Quick brings us the third part of her series on using GPS for genealogical purposes. Part 1 of this series described what GPS is and explored why GPS coordinates are essential elements in our genealogical records. Part 2 described how to capture this valuable data. And Part 3 demonstrates how to use GPS data in genealogical research. And Allender Sybert reviews current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click hereEarlier issues of the Journal are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.


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.