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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Recording of MCHC Webinar Now Available

A recording of our recent webinar, Using MCHC Resources for Genealogy, is now available for viewing. The library of the Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) is a treasure trove of materials to help genealogists in their research.
Presenters Catherine Mayfield, Library Director, and Francis O'Neill, Senior Reference Librarian, provide an in-depth discussion of the library's special collections, unique indexes, and wealth of genealogical publications. They also discuss how to use the library's online catalog, as well as new digital materials that MCHC has begun to post on its web site (with free access). 
The webinar and associated handouts are available here.


Finding Your Roots With DNA Workshop Series

The Maryland Genealogical Society is pleased to partner with Maryland Public Television to offer a new workshop series, Finding Your Roots With DNA. The three bi-weekly sessions (June 1, June 15, and June 29) will introduce you to genetic genealogy and DNA testing, explain what your DNA test results mean, and help you start to make sense of all the new cousins on your DNA match list. You will learn the value of DNA testing and analysis and how it can be an integral part of your genealogical research.
MGS Board Member Tom McCarriar will be the series presenter. He has been researching his family history for more than twenty years, and his interest in genetic genealogy dates back to his first DNA test in 2011. Since then he has taken courses, read books, and attended workshops, institutes, and conferences on genetic genealogy too numerous to list. Tom is currently teaching traditional and genetic genealogy courses at Howard Community College, and at local libraries and genealogical societies. He is President of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and is a member of the National Genealogical Society as well as several state and local genealogical societies.
Those who register for the series will receive: coupons toward a MyHeritage DNA test kit and a MyHeritage "Complete Plan", a one-year MPT Passport membership or membership extension, and a one-year membership to MGS.  (Sorry, the MGS membership benefit is not applicable to current MGS members.)  In addition, attendees at each live workshop will be entered to win a free autosomal DNA test kit from MyHeritage (a $89 value)!
The registration fee is $80.00 for the series. The event registration page provides further details on each session in the series.


Vote for MGS Board Members

Every two years, MGS holds an election of its at-large Board Members. (Officers are elected on alternate years.) The Board has approved the following slate of candidates developed by the Nominating Committee. 
Susan V. H. Fabian — Jaclyn Fox — Debra A. Hoffman — Tom McCarriar — Janelle Bartlett Mummey — David Powell — Sandy Quick — Bridget M. Sunderlin, CG — Ellen Ward
Biographical sketches are available on the candidates.
Voting is being held through an online ballot. The link to use for voting has been sent to MGS members by email and also is available in the Members Only section of the web site. The deadline to vote is Noon on May 24.
Thank you to all our members for participating in this election and for your continuing support for MGS.


May 2022 MGS News

The May 2022 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. 


New Issue of the MGS Journal

The December 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, we continue the story by Karen Bowman and Mary Lorimor of  Benjamin Sampson and Jemima Standiford of Baltimore County, here tracing their predecessors. (Part 1 in the August issue told the story of their descendants.) In an earlier issue, John V. Richardson Jr. examined a $250,000,000 genealogical scam that had fooled some people into believing themselves to be heirs to the House “fortune.” We invited readers to further explore the case and offered a finder’s fee to anyone who could uncover more information or records relating to the case. Journal reader Tony Nardo rose to the challenge and found significant new information, demonstrating the importance of using land records and even Google searches. Paul Heinegg has spent several decades documenting the history of free African American communities. In this issue he adds to our knowledge about Benjamin Banneker’s parentage with his recently discovered 1731 court petition from Mary Banneker. Our Photo Vault article explores the families of Nicholas and John Thomas Nelson of Harford County. Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert and Jane Burgess review current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


The 1950 Census - Using and Indexing

You probably know that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will release the 1950 Census on April 1, but did you know that you can help ensure the accuracy of its index? MGS is one of many organizations around the country that are spreading the word about this opportunity. An index created by artificial intelligence and handwriting recognition will be made available at the same time as the census. This technology will bring us an index quicker than ever before, but the potential for errors in the index could be high. In response, FamilySearch is coordinating a volunteer effort to review the index and correct errors. Sign up to get updates about how to become part of this exciting project.
For great guidance and information on the 1950 Census and how to use it, check out the following links:
Overview of What's in the 1950 Census is an updated version of the presentation Claire Kluskens gave for MGS members in December 2021.


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.


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.