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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New Maryland Minutes Webinar

Our next Maryland Minutes video is now posted! Using Sanborn Maps, presented by Barb Henry, can be viewed here. In this presentation Barb identifies where to access Sanborn Maps for Maryland, how to read and understand them, why they are useful for genealogists, and some interesting ideas on how to use them to enhance your research.
You can view our previous Maryland Minutes webinars, available in our Members Only section, here. We encourage you to ask questions or post comments about our Maryland Minutes videos to our Facebook page. Check back on Facebook or here on the website to find out when new Maryland Minutes videos will be posted. 
Finally, if you have any ideas or requests for topics, or if you have knowledge of a Maryland-specific genealogy topic and would like to be a presenter, please contact MGS Vice President Heather O’Hara at


New MGS - MPT Genealogy Workshop Series

The Maryland Genealogical Society is partnering with Maryland Public Television to offer a beginner-to-intermediate genealogy workshop series this fall.  The series will consist of four bi-weekly sessions covering the topics of census records, vital records, immigration records, and African-American research, and each will use Maryland examples. Those who attend also will receive a one-year membership to the Society. (Sorry, this added benefit not applicable to current MGS members.) 
Presenters include Chris Haley, Debra Hoffman, Dave Powell, and John Siemon.
The workshops are scheduled for September 2, September 16, September 30, and October 14 at 7PM. The registration fee is $80.00 for the series. If you unable to watch any of the sessions live, you'll be able to access a recording of the session after the event. The event registration page provides details on each workshop topic and the presenters. We hope you can join us for this exciting series of workshops!


The MGS Journal

The April 2021 issue of the Journal is available. Members receive their copies by mail. Earlier issues of the Journal also are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.
In this issue, Allison Rollinson Makl leads off with the story of three generations of a prominent Maryland family, the Woods and Crains. She acknowledges that the family was affluent and thus not difficult to trace, but underlying their successes and civic contributions are the realities of the lives of people who were enslaved by them. Tony Nardo makes good use of court cases and property transactions to piece together the interconnected stories of the Norwood, Hyatt, and Watkins families. Helen Hinchliff explores the source of a wedding announcement that may well have been a practical joke. John Richardson relays the story of a group of “heirs” who thought that they could profit from a scam by claiming a multi-billion-dollar inheritance. (Look for the contest at the end of the article!) And Carleton Weidemeyer has provided an extensive transcription of the Baltimore Circuit of the United Evangelical Church. Once again Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert and Malissa Ruffner review current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


July 2021 MGS News

The July 2021 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
Archived copies of this issue and previous issues are available in the Member's Only area. 


Baltimore City Online Marriage Index (1851-1914)

As of March 8, 2021, we have added the final 27,690 records to complete our online Baltimore City Marriage License Index  covering 1851-1914. The database has 243,638 marriage records. This Members Only index is designed to help you find/identify ancestors who obtained Marriage Licenses in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914. The searchable electronic index contains names and dates from index cards in the Maryland State Archives Record Series CM205 (1851-1885) and Record Series T2426 (1886-1914). The original index cards are alphabetized by the name of the groom. Many of the original cards are out of order and hard to read. This MGS index provides the first searchable index to the names of brides, as well as grooms!
The 1851-1914 Index is now 100 percent complete online. (as of 8 Mar 2021). People from all over Maryland, as well as other states and other countries, married in Baltimore. If you have ancestors that may have married in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914, find them in the MGS index.
To access the data, click on Members Only, then sign in and look for “Baltimore Marriage Index” on the left side of the page.
MGS would like to thank the 38 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours completing this project. Many thanks also to Board Member John Siemon for his coordination of the project and to Board Member Dave Powell for his database expertise. Click here to see a list of all who worked on this project.


MGS Now Selling Used Books

(Image by Emma Lopez, posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)MGS is pleased to announce that used genealogy-related books are now available for purchase on the For Sale page. MGS members receive a 12% discount on purchases. (Be sure to be signed in on the website as a member before ordering!) All prices already include shipping and handling. Sales are first come, first served!
In addition to books on Maryland, our current inventory includes the following topics: family histories, general interest and methodology, U.S. resources, Mayflower and New England, photography, lineage societies, British research and Scottish clans, German genealogy, royalty and nobility, Norman ancestry, and heraldry. We will be adding books as they become available.