♦ MGS offers webinars on a regular basis about genealogical topics, sources, and research tips, and members have members-only access to our entire collection of webinars
. This includes our Maryland Minutes
series on topics unique to Maryland research. While some of our webinars are publicly available, most are available for MGS members only.
♦ Members receive the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal
three times per year and our e-newsletter, MGS News
. The Journal
publishes articles containing Maryland source records, family histories, “how-to” articles to improve genealogical research skills, book reviews and other features. MGS members have online access to full-text searchable digitized copies of all volumes of the Bulletin
(1960-2007) and the Journal
(2008-present). MGS News
contains timely information on seminars, workshops and other programs sponsored by the Society, as well as other news of interest to the genealogical community.
♦ Members receive advance notice of virtual and in-person programs sponsored by the Society and discounted registration fees. (See our history of past events
.) Some events are for members only, such as our free MGS Virtual Meetups, where you can interact with other members and MGS Board Members to ask questions and discuss genealogy research issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual events replaced the workshops, seminars, and luncheons that we previously offered at locations around Maryland. MGS will be scheduling a mixture of virtual and hybrid educational programming moving forward.
♦ Members receive a reduced fee for use of the Society’s research services
. For a fee of $20.00 per hour for members, or $30.00 per hour for non-members, the Society will perform limited research of records at the Maryland State Archives and the library at the Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC).
♦ Members are entitled to submit queries
and information about families they are researching for publication online, plus add the surnames they are researching to the online Surname Exchange
♦ Joint members, who receive memberships in both the Maryland Genealogical Society and the MCHC (formerly known as the Maryland Historical Society) enjoy the benefits of membership in the MCHC, including free admission to the MCHC Library, one of the premier research facilities for Maryland genealogy, with outstanding collections of published and unpublished Maryland genealogical sources, family histories, manuscripts, church records, newspapers and other research aids, some of which are available nowhere else. Other benefits of MCHC membership include free admission to the MCHC Museum and advance notice of and discounts on MCHC programs and publications. For more information on the MCHC and its membership benefits, consult their web site