Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society

MGS Response to Covid-19

We have temporarily stopped accepting new orders for research. We regret the interruption in our services, and we thank you for your understanding and patience. Our usual slate of educational programs and events has been suspended, but we have just launched a new webinar series. 
Everyone please continue to take care and stay well. 



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.  
And we hope that you'll follow us on Facebook for timely news and information.


Intro to Genealogy Webinar - Focus on MD

In January 2021, MGS partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to present Finding Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop, which provided participants with an introduction to genealogy - with an emphasis on Maryland research. Topics covered included getting started in genealogy, online genealogy, African American research, and DNA testing for genealogy. We're pleased to be able to make this workshop and associated handouts available on the MGS website. The presenters were Alexa Corcoran, David Powell, John Siemon, and Robyn Smith. 
Click here to watch individual segments or the whole workshop and to access the workshop handouts. 


The MGS Journal

The April 2021 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, 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 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.


Introducing the MGS Photo Vault

We’re pleased to announce our newest web site feature - the MGS Photo Vault. This image gallery contains photographs of 19th- and early 20th-century Marylanders. Over 100 photographs have been uploaded to date.
Most of the photographs are from the collection of Gary B. Ruppert, a past MGS Board Member who was named a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society in 2009. Upon his death in 2017, his heirs graciously donated his collection of photographs and genealogical materials to MGS.
Fortunately, a sizable number of the photographs are labeled. (The one to the right is identified as Georgie Brown.) The identity of people in the unlabeled images is not currently known, but we hope by posting them that some might be identified.
Making the photographs available online is a work in progress. We encourage you to check periodically to see what new images have been added.


MGS Now Selling Used Books

(Image by Emma Lopez, posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)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.


Digital Issues of the MGS Bulletin

MGS Members can read 48 years (1960 to 2007) of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin in the Members Only portion of the web site. 
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.