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.
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2020 Spring Luncheon

Saturday, April 4, 2020
12 Noon to 3 PM
Libations, 8541 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108
Guest Speaker: Carol Kostakos Petranek
Preserving and Sharing the World’s Records:  We Can Help!
Major genealogy companies have embarked on a profound initiative—to preserve the world’s records of genealogical value, and to make them available to researchers in digital format. However, smaller countries are frequently overlooked by the largest companies, even though their records are of huge importance to specific communities. This presentation will discuss my digital preservation initiatives as a volunteer in Sparta, Greece, and how to become involved in a "niche" region. I will show examples of the records that are being preserved and discuss upcoming projects.
Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as an Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is an active member of the Greek genealogy community, participating in Greek associations, teaching at local and national conferences, and blogging at Carol is a volunteer at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and serves as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. She is affiliated with FamilySearch on several initiatives, including a digitization project at the Maryland Archives, and with MyHeritage on record acquisitions in Greece.  
Cost: $35 - MGS Members     $40 - Non-members
The lunch buffet will feature a choice of Caprese Chicken, Salmon with Basil Butter, or Lasagna. Also includes green beans, red bliss potatoes, and cake for dessert. Soft drinks included.
Register online using the PayPal button below, or download and mail the registration form HERE.
Pre-Registration Deadline: March 30, 2020 
Walk-in registration is an additional $5 and subject to space being available.
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Baltimore Marriage Index (1886-1914) Online Launch

MGS is pleased to announce the online launch of the ongoing Baltimore City Marriage Licenses (1886-1914) Index project. This Members Only index is designed to help you find/identify ancestors who obtained Marriage Licenses in Baltimore City in the subject time period. When complete, the index will include names and dates from 157,000 index cards in the Maryland State Archives Record Series T2426. The original index cards are alphabetized by the name of the groom, so the MGS index provides the first searchable index to the names of the brides!
17, 666 new records added on February 11, 2020, now up to 17+ percent complete online.
Currently, the index is 17+ percent complete (online), with more to be added in the near future following rigorous quality checks of the data. So check back periodically, as we will be posting new data often.
MGS would like to thank the more than 30 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours getting this project to this point. Many thanks also to Board Member John Siemon for his coordination of the project and to Board Member Dave Powell for his database expertise.


January MGS News

The January 2020 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 information on the MGS 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. 


August 2019 Issue of the Journal

The August 2019 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.
This issue features the first of a four-part series by Kent Randell describing the early days of the Susquehanna estate in southern Maryland. There is enough drama in this story for a streaming miniseries, and we are eagerly anticipating the next chapters. Helen Hinchliff continues her exploration of the lives of interesting women in the mid-seventeenth century in Baltimore. Aaron Jarvis traces a Maryland family as they migrate to North Carolina. And Bart Saxbe sorts out the identity of a woman in Frederick County. Book reviews by Allender Sybert and a genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane Burgess round out the issue.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


More Digital Issues Available of the MGS Bulletin

We are pleased to announce that 10 more years of digital copies of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available in the Members Only portion of the web site. With the addition of issues from 1998 to 2007, MGS members can now read 48 years (1960 to 2007) of the Bulletin online. 
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.
The Bulletin is packed with family genealogies and transcriptions from source records, including bible records, church records, tombstones, court records, etc. You can consult the cumulative table of contents to learn what articles appear in each issue. The issues are PDFs that are full-text searchable.


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.