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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Fall Seminar - October 3

Identifying Your Ancestors and Telling Their Stories
Dr. Thomas W. Jones
Saturday, October 3, 9:15 am to 3:15 pm
(Registration & continental breakfast at 8:30 am. Buffet lunch included.)
Holiday Inn-Laurel West (Free parking is available.)
15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707 

Join us for a day of four one-hour lectures by Dr. Thomas W. JonesCG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and author of Mastering Genealogical Proof*, a popular textbook on genealogical assessment and reasoningRetired from a thirty-year career in higher education and professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has been a co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and coordinates advanced research and writing courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research. He also teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate Program. He is known for his meaty lectures benefiting genealogists of all experience levels. We are pleased to welcome him to Maryland! 

Lectures (Summaries provided on the Events page):
Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor
Missing Something? Getting the Most Out of Genealogical Evidence
Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?
Going Beyond Bare  Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives

Cost:   $65 - Members (Pre-registered by September 30)
            $75 - Non-members (Pre-registered by September 30)
Pre-registration deadline: 30 September 2015 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)

Mastering Genealogical Proof will be available for purchase for $24 (including tax); cash or checks only.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn for the night of October 2 at $99 (plus tax). Call 301-776-5300 and let them know you are attending the Maryland Genealogy Society event on Saturday

To register online using PayPal or a credit card, Select "Member/Non-Member" and click on the "Add to Cart" button below. To register by mail, click here for a registration form to fill in and mail.


Seminar Handouts Available

As a benefit to Members, we are now making handouts from educational seminars available in the Members Only section of the Web site. Obviously, this material won't cover every aspect of the seminar - there's really no substitute for actually being present to see and hear the presentations. But we hope that these handouts will be useful, particularly to those of you who live some distance away and cannot attend our events.
The first set of handouts available are from our June 27th Basics+ Seminar: Dig In to Digitized Records.


Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected officers, who have commenced their two-year terms. Incoming officers are: Druscilla Null, President; Malissa Ruffner, Vice President; Ellen Ward, Recording Secretary; and Allender Sybert, Treasurer. John Siemon remains on the Board in an ex officio capacity as immediate past President.

At its June meeting, the Executive Board also filled a vacant slot among the at-large board members by appointing Victoria Kinnear to the Board. We look forward to benefitting from her excellent expertise. The Board also voted to appoint Betty deKeyser, past Vice President, to remain on the Board. Victoria, Betty, and our other at-large board members serve terms through May 2016, when the next election for at-large board members will take place. 

Thank you to all of our officers and board members who volunteer their time to share their love of genealogy and to make the MGS a success.



April 2015 Issue of the Journal

The April 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.
This is the inaugural issue for newly appointed Journal Editor Nancy Lauer. Nancy would like to thank the many members of the Maryland Genealogical Society for all their help and assistance in the transition from the previous managing editor. Special thanks go to the MGS President, John Siemon, the retiring managing editor, Jane F. Burgess, and several members who graciously have given their time to conduct peer reviews of the various articles submitted for publication. 
In this issue:
  • Helen Hinchliff has provided two excellent articles on her ancestors and a follow up on the indentured immigrants coming into the Port of Baltimore.
  • John Trezise has written an article on the Revolutionary War service of Captain Daniel Dorsey.
  • Robert Barnes documents the Maryland Revolutionary Pensioners who moved to Tennessee. 
  • Our resident expert on the War of 1812, Rebecca Whitman Koford, has submitted an article on the War of 1812 records that can be found outside of the National Archives. 
  • Allender Sybert continues his transcription of the Baltimore County Orphans' Court Proceedings.
  • Bible records, always a valuable source for genealogists, are documented by two of our authors. Jane F. Burgess offers a transcription of the family bible of Ebenezer Bradford Hebbard and his wife, Christiana Smith Sim, and Rev. Christos Christou, Jr., documents the Clabough Family Bible.‚Äč
  • Jane F. Burgess uses a case study to provide guidance on abstracting deeds.
In addition to these articles, the April 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.

July Newsletter

The July 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 are:
  • Your registration form for our Fall Seminar – “Identifying Your Ancestors and Telling Their Stories” presented by Dr. Thomas W. Jones
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – “County Probate Records”
  • MGS Members Receive Book Award Honors
  • MGS Officer Election Results/ Victoria Kinnear appointed to the Board
  • R.I.P. Donna Valley Russell (1928–2015)
  • Basics + Workshop “Dig Into Digitized Records” Program Review
  • Maryland Historical Society Appoints Mark Letzer as New Executive Director
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops, and
  • The Family Exchange


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.