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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DNA Fall Seminar Registration

Four Presentations by Blaine Bettinger
"The Genetic Genealogist" 
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Doubletree by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
(Ample free parking)
Cost:    $70 – MGS Members, $80 - Non-members
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For our Fall Seminar, MGS presents a day of DNA, with nationally recognized DNA specialist Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.
Blaine's four presentations will provide insights to newcomers to DNA testing as well as more experienced users of DNA for genealogy.
  • Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
    Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are the workhorses of genetic genealogy, and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives, both close and distant.
  • Introduction to Autosomal DNA
    For years, genealogists have focused on Y- DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.
  • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
    Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800s, 1700s, and beyond. Together we’ll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their 18th and 19th century mysteries using autosomal DNA.
  • Using Third Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
    Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are third-party tools that allow test takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators and the identification of genetic cousins. Together we’ll explore some of these tools and learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff.
The day includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon. Registration opens and breakfast is served at 8:30 AM. The program begins at 9:15 AM.
Traveling from a distance? Rooms are available at the Doubletree by Hilton. A Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn Express also are nearby.


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.


April Issue of the MGS Journal

The April 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.
In this issue, first-time MGSJ author Robert C. Greiner studies the Godwin family of Queen Anne’s County. Helen Hinchliff takes us on a walking tour of old Baltimore. That article is nicely complemented by Jane Burgess’s crossword puzzle on the Old Streets of Baltimore City. Darcie Hind Posz, also a first-time contributor, provides a Frederick County case study that relies on Quaker records. Part II of Robyn N. Smith’s Prather family journey from slavery to freedom appears. Our third first-time contributor, Brent Evan Newton, shares serendipitous discoveries of his Maryland roots. Eric Stoykovich, of the University of Maryland Libraries, introduces us to the Baltimore News American Photo Collection and the best way to access it for genealogical research. William Hollifield rescued Bounds family Bible record page from a flea market and transcribed its content. Four book reviews highlight new sources and reference works. 
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.