Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society


MGS offers webinars on a regular basis about genealogical topics, sources, and research tips, particularly those that are unique to Maryland. Past webinars are archived in our Webinar Collection.
Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives
In our latest Maryland Minutes webinar, Malissa Ruffner presents a comprehensive overview of the records available at the Baltimore City Archives, with many record examples. She also provides the history of the Baltimore City Archives, identifies what you won’t find there, and offers guidance if you want to plan a visit. This video is very helpful if you have ancestors in Baltimore City. Some of the specific records discussed include passenger lists, the 1868 city police census, city market records, city directories, ward maps, records pertaining to African Americans in Baltimore, and more. This webinar is available to members in the Members Only section.
Malissa Ruffner was a member of the MGS Board from 2012-2022, serving two years as vice-president and two years as the managing editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She works for the Georgetown Memory Project, tracing descendants of slaves held on Jesuit plantations in Maryland. From 2015 to 2020, Malissa served as the Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) that meets each summer at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Webinar Collection
Webinars below with links are available to non-members, while the others are available in our Members Only webinar collection
- A Tangled Web: Researching the Enslaved in Maryland
African American Genealogy  (available to non-members as well as members)
- Baltimore City Marriage Index, 1851-1914
- Census Research, With a Brief Introduction to Beginning Genealogical Research
- Colonial & Revolutionary Military Records of Maryland
- Colonial Research in Maryland
- Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives
Finding Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop  (available to non-members as well as members)
- Finding Your Roots with DNA - Part 1: Getting Started With DNA Testing
Finding Your Roots with DNA - Part 2: Understanding Your DNA Test Results
- Finding Your Roots with DNA - Part 3: Digging Into Your DNA Matches
- Maryland Immigration and Naturalization Resources
- Researching Your Family Tree - Vital Records
- Understanding Ground Rent
- Using Maryland State Archives Probate Records With FamilySearch
- Using Sanborn Maps