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.
Off to the Market! Researching Baltimore City's Market Houses
Lexington Market (Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, our most recent Maryland Minutes webinar, Debra Hoffman presents “Off to the Market! Researching Baltimore City Market Houses”. If you watched our last video by Malissa Ruffner, you learned about the collections held at the Baltimore City Archives. In this new video, Debra does a detailed overview of one of those holdings, Baltimore’s market records. She covers the history of 11 city markets and walks us through specific information contained in the record groups and how to access them. You’d be surprised about the information in these documents, which can be very valuable for genealogy researchers! This webinar is available to members in the Members Only section.
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. She coordinated “Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in 2020 and co-authored Research in the States Series: Maryland, which was published by the National Genealogical Society in 2021. She served as MGS vice-president for two years and currently serves as an At-Large Board Member and is also active in the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. She is the principal of Hoffman Genealogical Services.
Remember, you can post comments or questions about our webinars to our Facebook page. Check back there and on our website to find out when new videos will be posted, and get additional information about our overall webinar program, which will continue to grow.
Please contact Heather O’Hara at if you want to request a topic to be covered in a future video, or if you would like to volunteer to be a presenter.
Webinar Collection
Webinars below with links are available to non-members, while the others are available in our Members Only webinar collection
African American
- A Tangled Web: Researching the Enslaved in Maryland
Baltimore City
- Baltimore City Marriage Index, 1851-1914
- Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives
- Off to the Market! Researching Baltimore City Market Houses
Beginner's Overview
- Census Research, With a Brief Introduction to Beginning Genealogical Research
- 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
General Maryland Research
- Colonial Research in Maryland
- Maryland Immigration and Naturalization Resources
Military Records
Colonial & Revolutionary Military Records of Maryland
Probate Records
- Using Maryland State Archives Probate Records With FamilySearch
Property Records
- Understanding Ground Rent
- Using Sanborn Maps
Vital Records
- Researching Your Family Tree - Vital Records