Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society


Since 1959, the Maryland Genealogical Society has been promoting genealogical study and research.   Through our publications, programs, resources, and outreach, the Society can help you explore your family history.
If you are already a member of the Society, you can log in by clicking on the Members Only link. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become a member and begin receiving all the benefits of membership.  
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Register Now for MGS 2019 Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 7
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Matthew's 1600, 1600 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
Guest Speaker – Dr. Kenneth W. Heger presenting:
“A World-Traveling Wounded Warrior: The Journeys of Henry Müller”
Finding information about your ancestor’s world travels prior to World War I is difficult but not impossible.  Take the case of Civil War veteran Henry Müller.  Müller joined the army as a substitute at the beginning of the Civil War and suffered a career-ending injury within the first year of his service.  Based on that injury, Müller applied for and was granted a pension.  Despite his injury, Müller rarely stayed in one place.  In fact, records of the Federal government document Müller’s time in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland, producing an enormous volume of interesting, data-rich records, tracing Müller’s travels, interactions with others, and his state of mind.  Using Müller as an example, Dr. Heger illustrates how you can use records of the Federal Pension Bureau, Department of the Interior, and Department of State to follow the movement of Americans throughout the world.  
We're pleased to announce that the National Institute for Genealogical Studies is providing vouchers for free courses (a $89.00 value) to attendees, as well as door prizes. So register today!
Cost:    $40 - MGS members       $45 - Non-members  
Buffet Menu:Chicken Marsala and Rice Pilaf, Beef Burgundy and mashed potatoes, Crab Alfredo and penne pasta, salad, vegetable du jour, and dessert. Coffee, tea and soda, included.
Click on "Events-MGS" to register.
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019  (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting)


More Digital Issues Available of the MGS Bulletin

We are pleased to announce that 10 more years of digital copies of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available in the Members Only portion of the web site. With the addition of issues from 1998 to 2007, MGS members can now read 48 years (1960 to 2007) of the Bulletin online. 
Access is available to MGS members as an exclusive member benefit. After signing in as a member, look for the "MGS Bulletin Archive" link under Members Only on the lefthand navigation bar.
The Bulletin is packed with family genealogies and transcriptions from source records, including bible records, church records, tombstones, court records, etc. You can consult the cumulative table of contents to learn what articles appear in each issue. The issues are PDFs that are full-text searchable.


August MGS News Available

The August 2019 edition of MGS News is now available. If you are a MGS member, you should have received the issue by email. If you are a member and haven't provided us with your email, please contact us at so that you can begin to receive MGS News
This issue features news items on past and future MGS events, and the results of the Society's recent elections. There is information on the MGS project to index the Baltimore City Male Marriage Index (1886-1914). Other stories include a new database for descendants of Maryland enslaved families. This issue also contains a new "Leave No Stone Unturned" article by Bob Barnes.
Archived copies of this issue and previous issues are available in the Member's Only area. 


New MGS Journal Editor Appointed

MGS is pleased to announce that Jackie Fox has been appointed by the Executive Board to be the new Editor of the MGS Journal, succeeding Malissa Ruffner, who is ending her 2-year term.

Jackie has had a long career in journal publishing, having worked as a copyeditor and proofreader, 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 and in New England.

Many thanks to Malissa for her years of service to the Journal! Her excellence as Editor ensured that the Journal continued as a high quality publication devoted to informative and well-reasoned articles on Maryland families and sources.
If you have an interest in writing for the Journal or serving as a peer reviewer, contact Jackie at


April Issue of the Journal

The April 2019 issue of the Journal is available. Members receive their copies by mail. Limited quantities of the current and earlier issues of the Journal also are available for sale. Members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.
This first issue of 2019 features the work of some of our most dedicated contributors. Rebecca Whitman Koford uses comparison of original signatures and correlation of timelines to differentiate between different men of the same name in the Porter family. Helen Hinchliff adds another article to her series on the women in her family from early Baltimore, this time solving a puzzle of an orphan’s parents. Two articles address Eastern Shore topics – Debbie Hooper, a leading expert on Eastern Shore research, explores the life and ancestors of Walter Jump Roe of Caroline County, and Robert Barnes examines families and individuals with the Taylor surname in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dorchester County. Through the lens of the experience of her Huhn family ancestors, Nancy Lee Waters looks at the history of the packet ships that brought immigrants to America. Carleton Weidemeyer profiles the life of Henry Noah Greninger, notably his experiences in the Civil War. Western Maryland researchers will be interested in librarian Joseph Berger’s article on an indexing project for historic Hagerstown newspapers. Book reviews by Allender Sybert and a genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane Burgess round out the issue.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


New Maryland 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. Volunteers are preparing the documents for scanning and indexing the records. 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.
Many thanks to MGS Board Member Tom McCarriar - who is participating as a volunteer on the project - for providing us with copies. Click here to see the index spreadsheets currently available - Baltimore County, Caroline County, and Carroll County. Visit the Maryland State Archives web site for more information about volunteering for this or other projects.


Leave No Stone Unturned

“Leave No Stone Unturned” is a series of occasional articles in MGS News and its predecessor, the MGS Newsletter, by Board Member Robert Barnes. Bob has had over 50 years’ experience tracing Maryland families. He is the author of many source books, compiled family histories, and guides, and has taught many courses in genealogical research and lectured at genealogical conferences.
We have assembled an archive of his articles - 28 to date - which is available to MGS members in the Members Only section of the web site. MGS thanks Bob for sharing these articles on a variety of Maryland genealogy topics. 

We're Looking for Your Photos!

Would you like to see images of your ancestors included on the MGS Web site? Members are encouraged to submit photos for inclusion in the gallery of images at the top of the page that rotate and change each time visitors go to a new page on the Web site. (Each has a caption that you can read by hovering your cursor over the image.) For more information about submitting images, click here.