Election of MGS At-Large Board Members
2020 Slate of Candidates
Robert Barnes is a native of Baltimore City and has a Master’s Degree in Education from what is now Towson University. He retired from teaching after 36 years in the Baltimore City Schools and is now devoting his time to genealogical research and publication projects. He was President of the Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS) in 1964 and also served as President of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society. Mr. Barnes has had over 50 years’ experience tracing Maryland families. He is the author of many source books, compiled family histories, and guides, including: Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777; Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800; Maryland Marriages, 1801-1820; Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759; Guide to Research in Baltimore City and County; British Roots of Maryland Families; and, most recently, Baltimore County Marriage Evidences and Family Relationships, 1659-1800. He is the creator of two web pages at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, where he worked part time for some years. He has taught courses in research and given many lectures at genealogical conferences, seminars, and one-day programs in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and at the National Genealogical Society.
As a child, trips with Donna Carter's grandmother to the family cemetery plot always brought about the question, “Who are these people?” At 13, Donna began to piece together her Eastern European family tree, with earliest immigrants arriving in Baltimore from Hannover, Germany, in 1853. Many years later, her researching has expanded to include extended families and that of local Baltimore City/County history. She is a long time participant in various transcription projects which developed into books and databases. As a member of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, she currently serves as Recording Secretary.
Alexa K. Corcoran
Alexa K. Corcoran is delighted for the opportunity to expand her involvement in the Maryland Genealogical Society. She earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2018, after previously completing BU’s Genealogical Essentials course. She specializes in mid-Atlantic research, regularly visiting Maryland and Washington D.C. repositories, and has an avid interest in genetic genealogy, serving as the Co-Chair of Utah Genealogical Association DNA Special Interest Group of the Utah Genealogical Association. A graduate of ProGen Study Group (38), a peer group organized to support professional and aspiring genealogists, Alexa has attended advanced courses at major genealogical institutes across the country. She is the principal of Archway Genealogy. Alexa has a Bachelor’s degree in History with a Certificate in the Program in American Studies from Princeton University, and a Master’s degree in History from the Johns Hopkins University, specializing in U.S. History, Women’s Studies, and Popular Culture. When not building keeping up with the latest developments in genealogy at conferences, workshops, or online, Alexa enjoys hanging out with her two teenage daughters. She can frequently be found operating her own "MomUber" service, shuttling between high school and extra-curricular activities around Charm City.
Jackie Fox is the managing editor of the MGS Journal. She has had a long career in journal publishing, having worked as a copyeditor, managing editor, and publications director for several nonprofit professional associations in the Washington, DC, area. She was director of the US journals program for Oxford University Press for seven years. In her current position, she is publications director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and has served as managing editor of their journal for the past 17 years. In addition to her publications experience, Jackie has for several decades researched her own family in the Baltimore area, in New England, and in Wales.
Debra A. Hoffman
Debra A. Hoffman, professional genealogist, author, and lecturer, specializes in Maryland and German research. She has a certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS)-German Records from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Earlier this year, she coordinated “Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the first such week-long program on Maryland research. She served as MGS vice-president for two years and is also active in the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. She is the principal of Hoffman Genealogical Services.
Tom McCarriar was born in Baltimore City, and raised in Howard County, Maryland. He has BS and MS degrees in Math from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively, and served in the Navy after graduation. He retired in 2015 after working for the Department of Defense for nearly 40 years. Tom started his genealogy research more than 20 years ago, and has traced his McCarragher family (through several alternate spellings) from its emigration from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1814, through New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, to its arrival in Baltimore in 1830. He is also researching his mother’s family in Georgia and his paternal grandmother’s family in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Since retiring, Tom has continued to pursue the “paper trail,” but has also focused extensively on genetic genealogy. He has tested with all the major DNA testing companies, and provides advice on DNA testing strategies, interpreting results, and working with DNA matches to anyone interested in learning more about their genetic roots. He has given presentations on a variety of genetic (and other) genealogy topics at Howard Community College, Anne Arundel County libraries, and other genealogical organizations. Tom is a member of the National Genealogical Society, and he frequently attends national genealogy conferences as well as local classes, workshops, and lectures. He volunteers at the Maryland Archives, working with FamilySearch to photograph Maryland probate records that are becoming available online. Tom is a past president of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. He has served the past seven years as an At-Large Member of the Executive Board of the Maryland Genealogical Society and is the MGS delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Janelle Bartlett Mummey
Janelle Bartlett Mummey became interested in genealogy many years ago after inheriting some of her paternal grandfather’s research. She joined the Maryland Genealogical Society in 2014 and later also several local societies. She was elected as an at-large member of the board in 2018 and manages the MGS Facebook page. Janelle moved to the area in 1998 after college to do legislative work on Capitol Hill and has since held several different positions, in and out of legislative work, around Maryland and DC. Janelle holds a BA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; an MPA from the University of Baltimore; and most recently a master’s of science degree in Law from the University of Maryland Baltimore, Maryland. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she now lives in Pasadena, Maryland with her husband where she enjoys researching her family history, watching sports, reading, and spoiling her rescue beagles.
David Powell was in born in Baltimore City and has been researching his own family history for over 25 years. Dave is the current President of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society and he was previously the Treasurer of that organization. He is also a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and a member of its Board of Directors. Dave teaches genealogy courses at the Community College of Baltimore County and at local senior centers, libraries and genealogy societies. He has given numerous talks on genealogy, DNA, and foreign research to various groups throughout Maryland. He has done extensive research in France, Scotland, Wales, England, Canada, Poland and the United States. Mr. Powell retired as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AAI Corporation in 2007. He holds a BA degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Information Management. He has been active in various boards and forums in the Mid-Atlantic region for information systems curriculum development and Information technology networking and eCommerce.
Malissa Ruffner, a board-certified genealogist since 2014, is the Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) that meets each summer at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. She works for the Georgetown Memory Project, tracing descendants of slaves held on Jesuit plantations in Maryland. She joined the board of the Maryland Genealogical Society in 2012 as an at-large member, served two years as vice-president, and two years as the managing editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.
Ellen Ward lived most of her life in Baltimore County, Maryland, and is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a degree in Computer Information Systems. She retired from the Baltimore County Public Library where she worked for almost 30 years. Ellen has been working on her personal family history for about 14 years. She completed ProGen, a nineteen-month study group focusing on the book Professional Genealogy. She was Recording Secretary for the Maryland Genealogical Society for several years, a Member-at-Large for a year before that and is currently editor of MGS News, the society’s digital newsletter. She is also a member of the National Genealogical Society as well as local genealogical groups. Ellen attends national and local genealogy conferences and workshops and enjoys keeping up with the latest genealogy news by listening to podcasts, watching webinars, and reading blogs, magazines and books.