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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Spring Luncheon - March 28

The Maryland Genealogical Society cordially invites you to its 2015 Spring Luncheon.
Date: March 28, 2015, Noon to 2 p.m.
Location:   North Baltimore Plaza Hotel
                  2004 Greenspring Drive
                  Timonium, MD 21093
Presentation: Coming to Baltimore: the German, Irish, Polish and Jewish Communities
                                                                                Locust Point Immigration Pier - LOC photo             
Speaker: Nicholas Fessenden
Nick taught history for more than 30 years at Friends School, Towson University and the Maryland Institute of Art.  He is currently President of The Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland, and is a leader in planning and promoting the Baltimore Immigration Memorial and the upcoming renovation of the Immigrant House Museum in Locust Point.  Join us for friendship, an excellent lunch, and a great presentation on Baltimore immigration.
Luncheon selection: Chicken Marsala or Roast Sirloin
All meals include salad, rolls, vegetables, beverages, and dessert.
Cost:    $35 -MGS members       $40 - Non-members 
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2015.
Advance registration for this event is now closed.  Walk-ins are welcome for an additional $5.


Recent Additions to Links Section

We've added a new section about digitized books to our "Links" page. An increasing number of books of genealogical interest are available online. Those where copyright has expired generally are available in their totality for free. For more recent works, excerpts (not the whole book) are often available on Google Books. Go to our "Links" page for links to a number of the major sites where you can search for digitized books.


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, there is your registration form for our Spring Luncheon on 28 March –  “Coming to Baltimore: The German, Irish, Polish and Jewish Communities”; Leave No Stone Unturned – “Inventories May Provide Unusual Clues”; Making a Gift to MGS is Easy with our New Donations Webpage; The Genealogical Research System of the DAR; Access to Archival Databases (AAD) of the National Archives; Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops; and The Family Exchange.


December 2014 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.
The new December 2014 issue includes articles focusing on genealogical study for Maryland ancestors and some of them may not have always lived in Maryland:
  • Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg, an award-winning author, furnishes a fascinating account of the Edward Simmons family from Dorchester County, using sources to fill the void that occurred from burned courthouse records.
  • James P. Burgess, Journal Consultant, focuses on Washington, D.C. cemetery data for a captivating narrative about prominent Marylanders in the War of 1812.
  • Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, provides a solid study with sound data and methodology to prove identity and family relationships for Baxter family members who lived in Harford County.
  • Jane F. Burgess, CG, FMGS, employs credible data and strategy in a case to answer genealogical questions for Houshalter [Householder] family members in Washington County using direct and indirect evidence.
  • Druscilla J. Null, MGS Webmaster, crafts a fine study that confirms the place of origin for European ancestors who arrived in Baltimore in 1848.
  • Helen Hinchliff, Ph.D, CG, FASG, presents valued insights based on records for George Davidson and family of Baltimore County.
  • John Siemon, MGS President, weaves together an engaging discussion of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baltimore and its burial records.
  • Robert W. Barnes, FMGS, offers the third part of useful Baltimore County administration bonds from an early liber. A bond may supply the first permanent record of a deceased person.
In addition to these documented articles, the December 2014 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert, FMGS, and Jane F. Burgess, a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess, an index by Linda Kennedy with many names, and advertisements that Gary Kerns coordinated. To see an abstract of the Table of Contents of this Journal issue that includes 196 pages,  click here.


New Journal Editor Appointed

We're pleased to announce that Nancy Lauer has been appointed as the new Managing Editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, beginning with the April 2015 issue. Nancy not only is an award-winning author, but she lectures extensively in the region and has presented at national conferences. Currently she is the secretary of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and teaches continuing education classes on Microsoft applications at Howard County Community College.
Nancy is soliciting new manuscripts and would love to hear from people interested in writing about research in Maryland. Email her with questions and submissions at For information on submitting an article, see our guidelines
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing editor Jane Burgess for her excellent work over the past few years. The Journal is the Society's flagship publication, and Jane worked tirelessly to maintain and enhance the high quality of the publication. While she is stepping down as Managing Editor, we look forward to reading more of her own well-researched articles in future issues.
We'd also like to thank Gary Kerns, who is stepping down as the Journal's Advertising Editor, a post he has ably filled for several years. Our new Advertsing Editor is MGS Board Member Malissa Ruffner. For information on placing an advertisement in the Journal, review our advertising guidelines and contact Malissa at


FGUEC Photos and History Available

1931 FGUEC ChoirThe Society has begun posting historical photographs and other information on Baltimore’s First German United Evangelical Church (FGUEC). Founded in 1849, the church closed its doors in 2012.  
MGS member George Garmer worked with the Board of the church to secure and preserve historical documents, photographs, and artifacts prior to sale of the property. Original church registers have been donated to the Maryland Historical Society, while scans of historical photos and other materials have been provided to us to share with MGS members.
Photographs of confirmation classes, congregation members, and pastors are posted in the “Members Only” area of the web site at the “FGUEC” link. Higher resolution scans of the posted photos are available. If you find ones that you are interested in they are available for sale for $5.00.
The newly posted images variously date from the 1910s through the 1990s. The identities of pictured individuals are noted for some of the photos. Scans of several historic church anniversary books are available, as is a timeline of FGUEC history. Recent photographs of the church’s interior and architectural details will be added to the site in the near future.
MGS would like to take this opportunity to thank George Garmer for his commitment to preserving the history of FGUEC and for working with MGS to help share that history with the public.


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.