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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1950 Census Webinar - December 4th
The 1950 census will be released to the public on April 1, 2022. Are you ready? On December 4, starting at 10:00am, the Maryland Genealogical Society is sponsoring a free, members-only
webinar, "The 1950 Census: It’s Coming Soon!"
will tell you what you need to know about the 1950 federal census, which will be available on the special National Archives 1950 census website. We'll review the questions that were asked, the interesting innovations and changes the Census Bureau made during this census, the Indian Reservation Schedules, differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses, and much more!
Our speaker Claire Kluskens
, digital projects archivist and genealogy/census subject matter expert at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), blogs about the 1950 census at the History Hub. She spearheaded the completion of over 330 NARA microfilm publications and currently works on projects that provide digital access to records in the online National Archives Catalog.
After the census presentation Q & A session, we'll also have a short overview of the benefits of MGS membership, including valuable tools and resources on the MGS web site.
New Maryland Minutes Webinar
Our next Maryland Minutes
video is now posted! Using Sanborn Maps
, presented by Barb Henry, can be viewed here
. In this presentation Barb identifies where to access Sanborn Maps for Maryland, how to read and understand them, why they are useful for genealogists, and some interesting ideas on how to use them to enhance your research.
You can view our previous Maryland Minutes
webinars, available in our Members Only section, here
. We encourage you to ask questions or post comments about our Maryland Minutes
videos to our Facebook
page. Check back on Facebook or here on the website to find out when new Maryland Minutes
videos will be posted.
Finally, if you have any ideas or requests for topics, or if you have knowledge of a Maryland-specific genealogy topic and would like to be a presenter, please contact MGS Vice President Heather O’Hara at email@example.com
The MGS Journal
The April 2021 issue of the Journal
is available. Members receive their copies by mail. Earlier issues of the Journal
also are available for sale, and members receive
a discounted price. Click here
for information on prices and how to purchase.
In this issue, Allison Rollinson Makl leads off with the story of three generations of a prominent Maryland family, the Woods and Crains. She acknowledges that the family was affluent and thus not difficult to trace, but underlying their successes and civic contributions are the realities of the lives of people who were enslaved by them. Tony Nardo makes good use of court cases and property transactions to piece together the interconnected stories of the Norwood, Hyatt, and Watkins families. Helen Hinchliff explores the source of a wedding announcement that may well have been a practical joke. John Richardson relays the story of a group of “heirs” who thought that they could profit from a scam by claiming a multi-billion-dollar inheritance. (Look for the contest at the end of the article!) And Carleton Weidemeyer has provided an extensive transcription of the Baltimore Circuit of the United Evangelical Church. Once again Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert and Malissa Ruffner review current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here
July 2021 MGS News
The July 2021 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Baltimore City Online Marriage Index (1851-1914)
As of March 8, 2021, we have added the final 27,690 records to complete our online Baltimore City Marriage License Index covering 1851-1914. The database has 243,638 marriage records. This Members Only
index is designed to help you find/identify ancestors who obtained Marriage Licenses in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914. The searchable electronic index contains names and dates from index cards in the Maryland State Archives Record Series CM205 (1851-1885) and Record Series T2426 (1886-1914). The original index cards are alphabetized by the name of the groom. Many of the original cards are out of order and hard to read. This MGS index provides the first searchable index to the names of brides, as well as grooms!
The 1851-1914 Index is now 100 percent complete online. (as of 8 Mar 2021). People from all over Maryland, as well as other states and other countries, married in Baltimore. If you have ancestors that may have married in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914, find them in the MGS index.
To access the data, click on Members Only
, then sign in and look for “Baltimore Marriage Index” on the left side of the page.
MGS would like to thank the 38 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours completing this project. Many thanks also to Board Member John Siemon for his coordination of the project and to Board Member Dave Powell for his database expertise. Click here
to see a list of all who worked on this project.
MGS Now Selling Used Books
MGS is pleased to announce that used genealogy-related books are now 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, general interest and methodology, U.S. resources, Mayflower and New England, photography, lineage societies, British research and Scottish clans, German genealogy, royalty and nobility, Norman ancestry, and heraldry. We will be adding books as they become available.