The Maryland Members' Ancestry Project (Md-MAP) is an electronic database of the Maryland ancestry of current and past MGS members. The information is being obtained from paper pedigree charts that have been submitted to the Society over the past 40 years and from electronic files submitted by current members. The data may be searched, viewed, and saved in the form of family group sheets, pedigree charts, and descendant charts. Md-MAP is a work in progress, but already contains information on almost 32,000 individuals.
While Md-MAP is only accessible to members in our Members Only section, anyone can review the cumulative list of surnames in the database. Following each surname in the list, a number in parentheses shows the number of individuals with that surname. The list will be updated periodically as new information is added to Md-MAP.
Will and Probate Indexes
The Maryland State Archives is participating in a joint project with the Comptroller of the Treasury, the Registers of Wills, and FamilySearch to have the state's probate records from 1634 to 1940 indexed, scanned, and made available online. The indexed information eventually will be available in an online FamilySearch database. In the meantime, as county indexes are completed, the Maryland State Archives is making the spreadsheets available for researcher use. Click here or on the link in the lefthand navigation bar to see what counties have indexes available.
First German United Evangelical Church Photographs
The Society has begun posting historical photographs and other information on Baltimore’s First German United Evangelical Church (FGUEC). Founded in 1849, the church closed its doors in 2012.
MGS member George Garmer worked with the Board of the church to secure and preserve historical documents, photographs, and artifacts prior to sale of the property. Original church registers have been donated to the Maryland Historical Society, while scans of historical photos and other materials have been provided to us to share with MGS members.
Photographs of confirmation classes, congregation members, and pastors are posted in the Members Only
area of the web site at the “FGUEC” link. Higher resolution scans of the posted photos are available. If you find ones that you are interested in they are available for sale for $5.00.
The newly posted images variously date from the 1910s through the 1990s. The identities of pictured individuals are noted for some of the photos. Scans of several historic church anniversary books are available, as is a timeline of FGUEC history. Recent photographs of the church’s interior and architectural details will be added to the site in the near future.
MGS would like to take this opportunity to thank George Garmer for his commitment to preserving the history of FGUEC and for working with MGS to help share that history with the public.
18th Century Maryland Tax Lists
Click here or on the link in the lefthand navigation bar to access these transcripts.