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Holiday Luncheon - December 1
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Noon to 3:00 pm
1600 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
Guest speaker Wayne Schaumburg will present:
"Christmas in Old Baltimore"
Get in the Holiday Spirit with MGS. After a great lunch, join Baltimore historian and educator, Wayne Schaumburg, for an illustrated program entitled "Christmas In Old Baltimore." The talk will focus on some of the great holiday traditions from the 1940s to the 1960s including downtown shopping at the "big four" department stores, visits with Santa, firehouse Christmas gardens, the Hochschild-Kohn's Toytown Parade, the Memorial Stadium Christmas tree sale and many others. Born and raised in the Waverly section of Baltimore, Wayne has been giving tours and illustrated lectures on Baltimore history for over 35 years covering a variety of topics from architecture to the Great Baltimore Fire. His talks are entertaining and educational and are very popular.
Buffet Menu: Chicken Marsala and rice pilaf, Beef Burgundy and mashed potatoes, Crab Alfredo and penne pasta, salad, vegetable du jour, and Dessert Sampler. Coffee, tea and soda.
Cost: $40 - MGS members $45 - Non-members
Register online using the button below, or click here
to download and print a mail-in registration form.
Registration deadline: November 25, 2018. (Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)
August Journal Issue Available
The August 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.
This issue's variety of content reflects the depth and breadth of Maryland genealogical research. Lamonte Tepper provides a significant crossing-the-pond case study on the Rolphs of Kent County, Maryland, dating back to the 1600s, while new contributor Sandy Quick profiles her grandfather's World War I service using his letters to the women in his life. Allender Sybert and Ellen C. Ward offer us closer looks and better access to apprenticeship records of Anne Arundel County and Cecil County wills, respectively. Nancy Lee Waters solves one of those "how is he related to us?" mysteries. Helen Hinchliff, FASG, returns with another look at an early Baltimore businesswoman. Her engaging writing style makes us all feel like we are there. And we continue to benefit both from Robert W. Barnes's work on Maryland families, and Jane Burgess's crossword puzzle talent. Three book reviews highlight new sources and reference works, including the new edition of Professional Genealogy,
edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here
View Back Issues of the MGS Bulletin
We are pleased to announce that digitized copies of Volumes 1-38 of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available 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.
There are 150 issues available dating from 1960 to 1997. While the earliest issues from the 1960s are more like a newsletter than the later issues of 100+ pages, all have interesting content. You can consult the cumulative table of contents to learn what articles appear in each issue.
Each issue is a PDF that is full-text searchable. Our ultimate goal is to offer the capability to search across all issues in a single search, and we are working toward adding that feature.
MGS Journal Article on Babe Ruth
August marked the 70th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death, but the popularity of this American icon – and Baltimore native son – lives on.
Last year, MGS published an article on Babe Ruth's genealogy in the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. It upends some old myths and traces Ruth’s family back to his immigrant Ruth great-grandfather and to earlier Ruth ancestors in Germany.
MGS members have had a chance to read the article (since receipt of the Journal
is a member benefit), but now we're making the article available online. Click here
to read “‘My Father Was of German Extraction’: Babe Ruth’s Ruth/Rüdt Ancestors.”
You'll find more information about the Journal
and how to submit articles for publication on our Publications Page
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.
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