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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Save the Date for Our Fall Seminar!

Save the date- October 3 - for our full-day Fall Seminar, featuring well known lecturer and researcher Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.
The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Laurel-West Hotel at 15101 Sweitzer Lane in Laurel. Look for additional details and registration information in the coming weeks.


Basics+ Workshop - June 27

Dig In to Digitized Records                                                               
Saturday, June 27, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm                                                 
(Registration & continental breakfast at 8:30 am)
Severna Park United Methodist Church (Free parking is available. )
731 Benfield Road
Severna Park, MD 21146 
More original genealogical records are being digitized online all the time.  Speakers will cover records available online from FamilySearch, Maryland State Archives and other facilities, plus how to cite, label and store digitized records you find, so you can find them again.  Techniques can be used to find non-Maryland records as well.  Online research can be fun and rewarding, but it can be wasted time if you don’t follow good techniques.  Learn more about it in these presentations.
Malissa Ruffner, CGSMTools for Digging: Maryland and Beyond
John Siemon – Finding Your Ancestors in Maps and City Directories
Carol Kostakos Petranek – Using FamilySearch to Find Your Ancestors
Cost:    $25.00 – Members  (Pre-registered by June 24)
            $30.00 – Non-members (Pre-registered by June 24)
Pre-registration deadline:   24 June 2015 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)
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.


April Newsletter (with Election Ballot)

The April 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
  • Candidate bios and your ballot for the election of officers for 2015-2017
  • Your registration form for our Basics Plus Workshop –  “Dig into Digitized Records
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – “Lesser Known Records”
  • In Memoriam – Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CGSM, FMGS
  • New on the MGS Website – The “Links” Page
  • Review of the MGS Spring Luncheon –  “Coming to Baltimore: The German, Irish, Polish and Jewish Communities
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops, and
  • The Family Exchange


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.

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.


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.