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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Find Your War of 1812 Ancestors - Sep 6

Saturday, September 6, 2014; 9:30 am to 3:45 pm
(Registration and continental breakfast at 9:00 am)  
“Assembly of Troops Before the Battle of Baltimore,” Thomas Ruckle Sr., ca1814. Maryland Historical Society, 1879.2.1. View from Hampstead Hill, now Patterson Park.                                         
Seminar Location:
The Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Learn about the War of 1812 and where the records are. Visit the Maryland Historical Society’s wonderful War of 1812 Exhibit, the largest in Maryland.   This includes the new “BEARINGS of Baltimore, Circa 1815,” an interactive, detailed 3-D map/image of Baltimore as it was during the War of 1812.
Burton K. Kummerow-  Chasing Our 1812 Ancestors: Lessons for a Public Historian
John Deeben- War of 1812 Naval Records
John Deeben- War of 1812 Discharge Certificates
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG- War of 1812 Pension Records

Jointly sponsored by The Maryland Genealogical Society and The Maryland Historical Society.
Price includes continental breakfast, box lunch (select sandwich at registration.), and access to library and museum at the Maryland Historical Society.

Cost:    $45.00 – Members of sponsoring organizations (Pre-registered by Sept. 2)
              $50.00 – Non-members (Pre-registered by Sept. 2)

Pre-registration deadline:   Sept. 2, 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.  Be sure to select your sandwich choice.  To register by mail, click here for a registration form to fill in and mail.
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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 is your registration form for our Fall Luncheon – "Finding Your War of 1812 Ancestors"; Leave No Stone Unturned – "The War of 1812: A Select Bibliography of Articles in Periodicals";  the SurveyMonkey Survey Results Are In!; Robert M. Bartram Awarded MGS Certificate of Merit; George Garmer – MGS Member to the Rescue; Victor S. Dunn, CG wins 2014 Mosher Award Competition; Tips for using; What’s Next in the August Issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal; WANTED: Editor/staff for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal; Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops; and The Family Exchange.
Don't forget to look under Events, Local and Regional tab on this website to view upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops.


Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected At-Large Board members, whose two-year terms start on alternate years from the officers’ terms. We welcome Gloria Gibson Day, Debra A. Hoffman and Rebecca Whitman Koford as new members of the Executive Board. All bring excellent expertise and enthusiasm to the Board, and we look forward to their input and ideas.

We’d like to express our thanks to outgoing Board members Gary Kerns, Jane Burgess, and Ron Leach for their effort and support over the years. And thanks to those At-Large Members continuing on the Board for another two-year term: Jerry Hynson, Jon Livezey, Tom McCarriar, Dru Null, and Malissa Ruffner.

All of these individuals, as well as the officers and those who work behind the scenes, volunteer their time to share their love of genealogy and to make the MGS a success.


Robert M. Bartram Honored

After many years of dedicated service to the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Maryland Historical Society, and the genealogical community, Mr. Robert M. Bartram was presented with a MGS Certificate of Merit at the Maryland Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on June 18, 2014. 
Bob was President of MGS in 1969-70, and editor of both the MGS Newsletter and Bulletin from 1973-75. He worked at and volunteered for many years at the Maryland Historical Society library and chaired their Genealogy Book Award Committee for 17 years. For his many years of service to genealogists, MGS recognized Bob with the Certificate of Merit on the occasion of his “retirement” from the Genealogy Book Award Committee. It was announced that Allender Sybert will replace Bob as chairman of the committee.
MGS Certificates of Merit are awarded to individuals and organizations for meritorious services contributing to the advancement of the Society and its objectives.  A comprehensive list of all recipients of MGS Certificates of Merit is available here.


April 2014 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.
   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.


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.