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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MGS Holiday Luncheon Held December 3

MGS held its Holiday Luncheon on December 3, 2022, our first in-person event in 3 years. Attended by about 30 people, it was held at Café Mezzanotte in Severna Park. Dave Powell’s presentation “Finding Josie” described how he traced his orphaned mother-in-law’s roots back to Poland, requiring some standard research, perseverance, thinking “out-of-the-box,” and some luck. Good lessons for all of us doing family history research.

Thanks to Dave and all who attended and especially to those who helped make this happen. We hope to plan events in the future that will be both in-person and available on Zoom. Click here to see more Luncheon pictures.


New DNA Webinars in Webinar Collection

The newest webinars in our Members Only webinar collection are part of a three-part series called Finding Your Roots With DNA. Originally offered in the summer of 2022 in partnership with Maryland Public Television, these webinars will introduce you to genetic genealogy and DNA testing, explain what your DNA test results mean, and help you start to make sense of all the new cousins on your DNA match list. The sessions include:
Part 1: Getting Started With DNA Testing
Part 2: Understanding Your DNA Test Results
Part 3: Digging Into Your DNA Matches
The series presenter is Tom McCarriar, MGS Board Member and President of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. He has been researching his family history for more than twenty years, and his interest in genetic genealogy dates back to his first DNA test in 2011. Tom is currently teaching traditional and genetic genealogy courses at Howard Community College, and at local libraries and genealogical societies.


MGS Journal

The April 2022 issue of the Journal is now available. Members receive their copies by mail. Earlier issues of the Journal are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.
In this issue, Ed Funk leads off with the story of Johannes Ziemer, one of his ancestors, whose exploits led to tragedy, but whose bravery and self-sacrifice are still commemorated in the German village where they took place. Mike Sapp rediscovered a handwritten letter from 1832 and set out to identify the people named in the letter as well as the letter’s author and recipients. Through census records, property transactions, cemetery records, and other resources, he sorts out the Stinchcomb family in Baltimore County. Helen Hinchliff examines whether Job Davidson and Job Davis were actually the same person. Her use of birth and baptism, military, property tax, and census records, as well as occupations and locations in city directories and online sources, lead her to conclude that the two men were one and the same. Carleton Weidemeyer untangles the family tree of Jacob Schlag, in which first and second cousins, half-siblings, and step-siblings, as well as siblings in the same family with the same name, all challenge the genealogist. Our Photo Vault article by Allender Sybert explores the families of Dr. John Neff and Dr. Charles W. Neff of Allegany County. William Hollifeld has provided a transcription of the Robertson-Dashiell-Stewart Bible, Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert reviews current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


October 2022 MGS News

The October 2022 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. 


Bulletin/Journal Indexes Now Online

MGS is pleased to now make available online the indexes for (almost) all issues of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal  (2008-current) and its predecessor the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin (1960-2007). These publications represent over 60 years of articles on Maryland families and genealogical resources, and the indexes include thousands of names. 
The only missing indexes are for Volumes 28 and 29, and for two of the four issues in Volume 30. Indexing of these is planned, and the indexes will be added as they are completed. Click here to access the Bulletin/Journal indexes.
If you are a MGS member, once you find index entries of interest from the Bulletin, you can continue your research online since all issues of the Bulletin are available in the Members Only area of the web site.


Baltimore City Online Marriage Index - Expanded!

We're pleased to announce the addition of five more years of data - from 1915-1919 - to the MGS Baltimore City Marriage Licenses Index! Previously, the online index was an electronic version of two Maryland State Archives card indexes with information on marriages from 1851-1914. The index now also includes additional information for marriage records from 1915-1919. The index cards for 1851-1914 are alphabetized by the name of the groom, so the MGS online index provides the first searchable index to the names of the brides. This index is also the first ever created for the marriage records from 1915-1919. The index database includes 284,643 marriage records.  
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 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours completing this project. Click here to learn more about the volunteers who worked on adding the 1915-1919 marriages to the database. Many thanks also to Board Members John Siemon and Dave Powell for coordinating creation of the index. 
Showing a portion of the marriage record for the second marriage of Babe Ruth's father, 1915.


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, Pennsylvania, Polish, Scottish, and Virginia research; photography; lineage societies; royalty and nobility; Norman ancestry; 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.