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.

Maryland Historical Society Library 

Partnership with the Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Genealogical Society is pleased to work as a partner with the Maryland Historical Society, the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. Most of our membership categories include joint membership with the Maryland Historical Society. Joint members receive all of the benefits of membership in the Maryland Historical Society, 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 Historical Society complex.

The Maryland Historical Society 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 MdHS’s annual meeting each June.


Operating Year: January - December 2018

Executive Board
President: Mr. John Siemon
Vice President: Ms. Debra Hoffman
Recording Secretary: Mrs. Ellen Ward
Treasurer: Dr. Allender Sybert
Immediate Past President: Ms. Druscilla Null
At-Large Board Member: Mr. Robert Barnes
At-Large Board Member: Mrs. Alexa Corcoran
At-Large Board Member: Ms. June Higgins
At-Large Board Member: Mr. Tom McCarriar
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Janelle Mummey
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Heather O'Hara
At-Large Board Member: Ms. Malissa Ruffner
At-Large Board Member: Mrs. Nancy Waters
Appointed Positions
Advertising Editor: Ms. Janelle Mummey
Facebook Manager: Ms. Janelle Mummey
Journal Managing Editor: Ms. Malissa Ruffner
MGS News Editor: Mrs. Ellen Ward
Publicity Chairman: Ms. Heather O'Hara
Registrar: Dr. Allender Sybert
Webmaster: Ms. Druscilla Null