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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New MGS Fellows and Awardees Named

At the Spring Luncheon on April 5th, five new Fellows of the Maryland Genealogical Society were honored and several recipients of Certificates of Merit were announced. Edward P. Arthur, Jane F. Burgess, Isabelle Board Obert, Patricia O'Brien Shawker, and Allender Sybert were designated as MGS Fellows and Druscilla J. Null was awarded a Certificate of Merit at the luncheon.  Certificates of Merit were also awarded to Ronald J. Leach, and Wiiliam W. and Martha E. Reamy, who could not attend the luncheon. 
Fellowships are given to members of the Society who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding genealogical scholarship and contributions to the Society and to the genealogical community. Certificates of Merit are awarded to individuals and organizations for meritorious services contributing to the advancement of the Society and its objectives. For details on the service of this year's awardees, click here. A comprehensive list of all MGS Fellows and recipients of Certificates of Merit is available here.


April 2014 Issue of the Journal

The April 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 April 2014 issue includes the following articles:
  • John P. Deeben provides an article that discusses original records for  War of 1812 pensions and bounty land claims using Maryland examples at NARA as we continue to commemorate the War’s bicentennial.
  • Kenneth W. Heger, Ph.D., presents two engaging accounts involving voyages of ships operating out of Baltimore in 1800 and 1801 using rare NARA records of the United States Consulate at Bremen.
  • Helen Hinchliff, Ph.D, CG, FASG, contributes a documented genealogical narrative based on original and sound derivative records resulting in proof identifying two John Hush men living in Baltimore in the eighteenth-century and their family relationships. She also explores the possibility that a Hush family member lived in Frederick County.
  • Jane F. Burgess, CG, FMGS, reviews laws and social factors affecting early naturalizations in the proprietary colony of Maryland, documenting names of a number of denizens and naturalized citizens from original and quality derivative records.
  • David C. Bailey, Sr. focuses on migration using NARA records and records of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), tracking post-war movement of Maryland’s Union Civil War veterans to California and other Western areas.
  • Kellie Scott Mullins demonstrates that the perception of name and identity for family members may not be correct. She executes a strategy to determine documented kinship of the Eliza Jane Scott family of nineteenth-century Baltimore.
  • Robert W. Barnes, FMGS, provides a display of useful derivative records created from data in original libers pertaining to Baltimore County administration bonds of the 17th and 18th centuries at the state archives. A bond may supply the first permanent record of a deceased person.
  • Reverend Christos Christou, Jr. submits Bible records for the Clarence Edgar Wilson family from Baltimore and supplies corroborating evidence and an old family photograph. 
  •  Jane F. Burgess furnishes a column concerning early prohibited marital relationships in Maryland based on kinship and affinity—helpful information for studying ancestors. 
In addition to these documented feature articles and departmental articles/columns, the April 2014 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert FMGS, Betty deKeyser and Jane F. Burgess; a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess; and an index with many names. To see an abstract of the Table of Contents of this Journal issue that includes 188 pages,  click here.


Basics+ Workshop - May 31, 2014

Maryland Land Records and Resources
Saturday, May 31, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
(Registration and continental breakfast at 8:45 am)
Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Inc. (Free parking is available.)
19 Crain Highway South
Glen Burnie, Md. 21061
Maryland’s land records are available back to Colonial times and can yield a wealth of family history.  Learn about various resources and how you can trace the history of property or a house.  Find your ancestor’s deed!!
Robert Barnes -  Maryland's Colonial Land Patent Process
Vernon Skinner - Debt Books, Rent Rolls, and Other Sources for Tracing Land Ownership
Liz Coelho - Using the New Web Site - a demonstration
Cost:    $25.00 – Members of sponsoring organizations (Pre-registered by May 27)
            $30.00 – Non-members (Pre-registered by May 27)
Jointly sponsored by The Maryland Genealogical Society,  Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kuethe Library Historical and Genealogical Research Center.
Pre-registration deadline:   27 May 2014 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)
To register online using PayPal or a credit card, click on the "Add to Cart" button below. To register by mail, click here for a registration form to fill in and mail.


New Tax List Transcriptions Posted

Just in time for income tax season, we've posted a series of new transcriptions of 18th century Maryland tax lists. Tax records can offer invaluable genealogical clues and are particularly important for eras or locations where census records are not available. The lists were transcribed by Karen Walker, who has generously donated her transcriptions to the Maryland Genealogical Society.
Lists for the following nine counties are available: Anne Arundel, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Kent, Prince George's, St. Mary's, and Talbot. To access the lists and learn more about these early tax records, click here.


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.


January Newsletter

The January issue of The Newsletter of the Maryland Genealogical Society is 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.


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.