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. While some are publicly available, most are available for MGS Members only. 
Our newest webinar is Understanding Ground Rent (available in our Members Only webinar collection). MGS Board member Debra Hoffman tells us what we need to know about the history and practice of ground rent, which is relatively rare outside of Maryland. She explains exactly what it is, and identifies the types of information you can find to help your genealogical research in Maryland. She also takes us through how to understand ground rent records and provides some helpful resources. If you are researching Maryland families, particularly in the greater Baltimore region, this one is for you!
Specializing in Maryland and German research, Debra A. Hoffman is a professional genealogist, owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services, and was the coordinator of the Maryland course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in 2020. She has a certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University, a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS)-German Records and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
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 Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop  (available to non-members as well as members)
- 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