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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2019 Spring Luncheon

Autosomal DNA: Specific Steps to Success
                 by Jim Bartlett
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Libations, 8541 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108
Join MGS for a great lunch and another excellent speaker on using DNA techniques. Jim Bartlett will share proven steps to determine common ancestors with your DNA matches, including how to create robust trees, communicate with matches, and track your information. 
Jim has been a genealogist since 1974. He started the Bartlett DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA in 2002. Soon thereafter, he began teaching DNA to various genealogy groups in Maryland and nearby states. Jim has become a huge fan of the Triangulation process and chromosome mapping – the ultimate human puzzle. Jim was the featured speaker at our MGS Basics Plus Seminar in 2013. His presentations were excellent, and you will not be disappointed to hear about techniques he uses to analyze and track your results.
Cost: $40 - MGS Members     $45 - Non-members
The lunch buffet will feature a choice of Caprese Chicken, Salmon with Basil Butter, or Lasagna. Also includes green beans, red bliss potatoes, and cake for dessert. Soft drinks included.
Registration deadline: April 1 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, availability permitting.
Pay below with PayPal or download and mail in the registration flyer by clicking here.
Names of Registrants


View Back Issues of the MGS Bulletin

We are pleased to announce that digitized copies of Volumes 1-38 of the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin are now available in the Members Only portion of the web site. 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.
There are 150 issues available dating from 1960 to 1997. While the earliest issues from the 1960s are more like a newsletter than the later issues of 100+ pages, all have interesting content. You can consult the cumulative table of contents to learn what articles appear in each issue.
Each issue is a PDF that is full-text searchable. Our ultimate goal is to offer the capability to search across all issues in a single search, and we are working toward adding that feature.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at


August Journal Issue Available

The August 2018 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 issue's variety of content reflects the depth and breadth of Maryland genealogical research.  Lamonte Tepper provides a significant crossing-the-pond case study on the Rolphs of Kent County, Maryland, dating back to the 1600s, while new contributor Sandy Quick profiles her grandfather's World War I service using his letters to the women in his life. Allender Sybert and Ellen C. Ward offer us closer looks and better access to apprenticeship records of Anne Arundel County and Cecil County wills, respectively.  Nancy Lee Waters solves one of those "how is he related to us?" mysteries.  Helen Hinchliff, FASG, returns with another look at an early Baltimore businesswoman. Her engaging writing style  makes us all feel like we are there. And we continue to benefit both from Robert W. Barnes's work on Maryland families, and Jane Burgess's crossword puzzle talent. Three book reviews highlight new sources and reference works, including the new edition of Professional Genealogy, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. 
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


MGS Journal Article on Babe Ruth

This August marked the 70th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death, but the popularity of this American icon – and Baltimore native son – lives on.
Last year, MGS published an article on Babe Ruth's genealogy in the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. It upends some old myths and traces Ruth’s family back to his immigrant Ruth great-grandfather and to earlier Ruth ancestors in Germany.
MGS members have had a chance to read the article (since receipt of the Journal is a member benefit), but now we're making the article available online. Click here to read “‘My Father Was of German Extraction’: Babe Ruth’s Ruth/Rüdt Ancestors.”
You'll find more information about the Journal and how to submit articles for publication on our Publications Page.


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.