Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society

About the Maryland Genealogical Society

In 2009, the Maryland Genealogical Society celebrated 50 years of helping members of the public in their quest to learn more about their family history. (For more information on the history of the Society, click here.) Through our publications, educational programs, and other outreach, we promote and support genealogical research.
The Maryland Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization.  We welcome as members anyone interested in genealogy, heraldry, history, or biography. You are cordially invited to become a member and to participate actively in the work of the Society.
Mission:  The objectives of the Maryland Genealogical Society are:
  • to encourage and instruct members in genealogical research and compilation;
  • to promote adherence to high standards of accuracy and thoroughness in genealogy;
  • to locate, preserve, index, and publish public and private genealogical records and studies; and
  • to cooperate with other organizations throughout the State of Maryland and elsewhere in the promotion of genealogical programs.

H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Center for History and Culture 

Partnership with the Maryland Center for History and Culture 

The Maryland Genealogical Society is pleased to work as a partner with the Maryland Center for History and Culture (previously known as the Maryland Historical Society), the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. Most of our membership categories include joint membership with the Maryland Center for History and Culture. Joint members receive all of the benefits of membership in the Maryland Center for History and Culture, including free access to the H. Furlong Baldwin Library, a leading research facility for Maryland history. The Maryland Genealogical Socity office is located at the Maryland Center for History and Culture complex.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture awards two genealogy prizes annually. The Sumner A. Parker Prize is for the best publication concerning a Maryland family, and the Norris Harris Prize recognizes the best publication of Maryland genealogical source records. Winners for the previous year are announced at the its annual meeting each June.


Operating Year: January - December 2021

Executive Board
President: Mr. John Siemon
Vice President: Ms. Heather O'Hara
Recording Secretary: Mr. Edward Foreman
Treasurer: Dr. Allender Sybert
Immediate Past President: Ms. Druscilla Null
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Donna Carter
At-Large Board Member: Mrs. Alexa Corcoran
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Jaclyn Fox
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Debra Hoffman
At-Large Board Member: Mr. Tom McCarriar
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Janelle Mummey
At-Large Board Member: Mr. David Powell
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Malissa Ruffner
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Ellen Ward
Appointed Positions
Advertising Editor: Ms. Malissa Ruffner
Facebook Manager: Ms. Janelle Mummey
Journal Managing Editor: Ms. Jaclyn Fox
MGS News Editor: Ms. Ellen Ward
Publicity Chairman: Ms. Heather O'Hara
Registrar/Membership: Dr. Allender Sybert
Webmaster: Ms. Druscilla Null