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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Participate in Our 2014 Survey
We have 20 questions for you - literally!
We have just launched an online survey via the SurveyMonkey web site to help us identify ways to improve service for current members and to interest new members in joining the Society. We welcome input from anyone interested in the Society and its activities, whether or not you are a current member.
Taking the survey does not require revealing any personally identifiable information other than your city and state of residence. We hope you'll take a few minutes to give us your feedback. To take the survey, please click here
2014 Spring Luncheon - April 5, 2014
The Maryland Genealogical Society cordially invites you to its 2014 Spring Luncheon and Awards Presentation.
Date: April 5, 2014, 11:45 am to 2:15 pm
Location: Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel
10 W. Burke Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Speaker: Audrey Collins, Family History Specialist at The National Archives, UK
Presentation: Scandals in the Family
We all have a black sheep back there somewhere. We are pleased to have Audrey come
from England to present her thoughts and information on researching scandals. We hope to see you there.
MGS Awards: presented by Jon Livezey, FMGS
(Our first awards presentation since 2009.)
Cost: $35 -MGS members $40 - Non-members
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2014. (Walk-ins are welcome. Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)
To register online using PayPal or a credit card, select from the drop-down menu below and click on the “Add to Cart” button. To register by mail, click here
for a registration form to fill in and mail.
Recent Additions to Links Section
Check out several links of interest that we've added to our "Links" section.
Baltimore City Historic Houses of Worship Locator
- This interactive mapping site identifies the location of houses of worship established in Baltimore City before 1900. The information is based on Francis P. O'Neill's "A Guide to Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Baltimore Houses of Worship," which appeared as a series of articles in volumes 49-51 of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal
. The site provides hyperlinks to information on church records at the Maryland State Archives and the LDS Family History Library.
Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
- Newly reconstituted in late 2013, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland once again is offering educational programs related to Jewish genealogical research.
Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives
- The Library of Congress maintains a listing of local religious archives entitled "Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia."
Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
- Maintained by the Maryland State Archives, this web site includes: a searchable database of primary sources including newspapers, court records, etc.; interactive maps to help in locating property owners and slave owners; biographies; and case studies.
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 - Audrey Collins presents "Scandals in the Family" plus MGS Awards presented by Jon Livezey ; Leave No Stone Unturned – "Dr. Christopher Johnston"; New on our Website: MGS Bulletin and Journal Cumulative Tables of Contents; Letter to the Editor response to "Self Service Check-out"; Notes from our Holiday Luncheon about how to and lessons learned in finding your relatives who served during World War II; Volunteer Opportunity: Prepare Historic Documents for Digitization at the Maryland State Archives; Conferences, Seminars & Workshops and The Family Exchange.
December 2013 Issue of the Journal
The December issue of the Journal
is now 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 2013 issue includes the following feature articles:
Jon Harlan Livezey contributes an exceptional guide for research in genealogical and historical sources of Harford County.
Debbie Hooper follows the Genealogical Proof Standard to build a case using indirect evidence for identifying ancestors in Kent County.
James P. Burgess discusses selected U.S. decennial census of population data, 1950–2000, that can be accessed under special circumstances.
Joseph L. Douglas, Jr. exhibits a treasure of information from underutilized original papers of Maryland’s Civil War bounty program at the Maryland State Archives.
Kenneth W. Heger discusses two voyages in 1798 and 1799 of the Baltimore merchant ship Hampton, from records of the National Archives, exemplifying how different records can be for similar events.
Robert W. Barnes discusses land, other assets, occupations, demographics and other topics in the 2nd part of his two-part article of the way our 17th century ancestors lived in Baltimore County.
Allender Sybert presents results from Baltimore County Orphans’ Court Proceedings in 1807 and 1808 mainly addressing probate of estates and guardianships.
James R. Miller discusses selected images of old Civil War envelopes and demonstrates that old envelopes are a largely untapped source of information for genealogical research.
In addition to these documented feature articles, the December 2013 issue contains reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert and Michael Hait for books and other media, a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess concerning Maryland’s Civil War bounty program and an index with more than 1800 names. To see an abstract of the Table of Contents of this Journal
issue that includes 196 pages, 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