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.
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Spring Luncheon - Saturday, March 19

Spring Clean Your Genealogy Research
Presentation by Mary Mannix
Saturday, March 19, 2016
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Red Brick Station Restaurant
The Avenue at White Marsh
8149 Honeygo Blvd.
White Marsh, MD 21236
Are you wondering where to start with your boxes and filing cabinets? What's worth saving? Are your pictures and documents appropriately stored for future generations? What kind of library or repository would be interested in your research files? What steps can you take now to make sure your hard work isn't lost?
Mary Mannix will bring her archival perspective to bear on our collection management issues. She is the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries, a position she has held since 1998. For eleven years, she was the Library Director of the Howard County Historical Society. She received an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland and and public history courses at Hood College.
Cost $35 for MGS members; $40 for non-members.  
​Pre-registration Deadline: March 14. Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.

Click the button below to pay with PayPal or download the registration form and register by mail.


January Newsletter

The January issue of The Newsletter of the Maryland Genealogical Society is now available for viewing and/or downloading. Go to the Members Only tab, enter your username and password, and open the Newsletter tab to view the latest issue.
In This Issue-----
  • Your registration form for our Spring Luncheon – “Spring Clean Your Genealogy Research” by Mary Mannix
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – County Probate Records (Continued)”
  • New on the MGS Website  –   New Links Added
  • Holiday Luncheon Review  –  “Finding a European Village of Origin”
  • Digitization of Probate Files Continuing at MSA; Volunteers Needed       
  • Announcement – has discontinued Family Tree Maker
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • The Family Exchange


December 2015 Issue of the Journal

The December 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 to the public at $15.00 per issue. Click here for information on how to purchase.
Looking back over 2015, Journal Editor Nancy Lauer notes, "This issue of the Journal completes my first full year as Managing Editor. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience. The Board of Directors of the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Society’s members, the excellent group of authors, as well as the retiring Managing Editor, Jane F. Burgess, have made this a special year for me. I look forward to 2016 and all the exciting articles on genealogical research and historical significance yet to come."
In this issue:
  • Nicholas Fessenden has written Part 2 of his Baltimore’s Immigrants series. Researchers with Polish, Lithuanian, Czech, Bohemian, Italian, and/or Greek ancestors will find his article of particular interest. Perhaps his first-class documentation may help to break down a brick wall or two.
  • Stephen Hatton has written about his ancestor, Robert Wade of Anne Arundel County
  • Helen Hinchliff continues her documentation of her Earlocker family. This article discusses the wagon stand on the Cumberland Pike.
  • Rev. Christos Christou, Jr. delineates the forgotten Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Company of the War of 1812.
  • Jane Burgess continues to provide articles on solving difficult genealogical challenges, using evidence-based reasoning to identify the parents of a particular ancestor. This article discusses how she identified the father of Susan E. Soper.
  • Robert Barnes writes about the Elder family of Anne Arundel County.
  • William Hollifield has transcribed the McCauley Family Bible.
  • Jane F. Burgess presents an interesting case study using federal patent data to help determine the persona of an ancestor.
  • Robert W. Barnes shares two fascinating short subjects.

In addition to these articles, the December 2015 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert, and Betty deKeyser, as well as a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess.


To see an abstract of the full Table of Contents of this Journal issue, click here.


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.