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FGUEC Photos and History Available
The 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MGS member George Garmer worked with the Board of the church to secure and preserve historical documents, photographs, and artifacts prior to sale of the property.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.
Fall Luncheon - November 8
While much attention currently is focused on the War of 1812 bicentennial, America also is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Join us at our Fall Luncheon and hear guest speaker James Percoco of the Civil War Trust share inspriring stories of the important work of preserving the Civil War battlefields where so many of our ancestors served.
James Percoco taught United States and Applied History for 32 years at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia. The recipient of numerous education awards, Percoco was one of five individuals inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011. He now is the Teacher-in-Residence for the Civil War Trust, the Director of Education for the Friends of the National WWII Memorial, and a member of both the National Park Service Advisory Board’s Education and Centennial Committees.
Saturday, November 8
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Doubletree by Hilton
5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045
$35.00 – Maryland Genealogical Society members
$40.00 – Non-members
Lunch will include a choice of Stuffed Chicken Florentine or Salmon Filet served with salad, rolls and butter, vegetables, beverages, and dessert.
Register online by using the PayPal button below or complete and mail a registration form
. The deadline for registration is November 1.
August 2014 Issue of the Journal
The August 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 August 2014 issue includes articles pertaining to the War of 1812 in Maryland as well as various other articles:
Helen Hinchliff, Ph.D, CG, FASG, uses firsthand accounts from several men who were present at the Battle of Bladensburg to create a narrative of what her ancestor George Davidson may have experienced in his involvement at the battle.
Christos Christou, Jr. President of the Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, contributes a documented narrative of the life of Colonel James Almony who served as a captain under Colonel Hutchins during the noble defenses of Fort McHenry and North Point in September 1814.
Jon Harlan Livezey, FMGS, discusses an unexpected genealogical treasure—a printed “Family Register” form similar to those found in family Bibles—in the War of 1812 widow’s pension application file at the National Archives for Nelly Treadwell of Baltimore County.
Maya Davis, from the Maryland State Archives, supplies a documented account of Maryland slaves who came under the protection of British forces during the War of 1812. Original sources provide pertinent records to continue the search.
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, furnishes a documented case study identifying John C. Clements in the War of 1812 muster rolls of those who served in the defense of North Point and Fort McHenry. She studies the data and develops a well-reasoned conclusion.
Robert W. Barnes, FMGS, continues his series 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.
Allender Sybert, FMGS, exhibits useful derivative records showing a rich display of 1808 and 1809 data from Baltimore County Orphans’ Court proceedings found in original bound volumes at the state archives.
Reverend Christos Christou, Jr. contributes Bible records for a family from Dorchester County.
Pamela Loos-Noji provides a Letter to the Editor with documented information for a family from Washington County.
In addition to these documented articles and the letter to the editor, the August 2014 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Betty deKeyser and Allender Sybert; a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess, CG, FMGS; and an index with many names by Linda Kennedy. To see an abstract of the Table of Contents of this Journal
issue that includes 196 pages, click here.
The October 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 8 November Fall Luncheon – “Preserving the Sites Where Your Ancestors Served”; Leave No Stone Unturned – “Were Your Ancestors Literate?”; FOUND: Nancy Waters Lauer is the new Managing Editor for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal; New material for the First German United Evangelical Church posted to our website; What’s Next in the December Issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal; Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops; and The Family Exchange.
Don't forget to look under Events, Local and Regional tab on our website to view upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops. Of particular note, the Maryland State Archives is hosting a Family History and Genealogy Festival at their facility, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401 on Saturday, 4 October from 10 am to 4 pm. It will feature lectures, tours of the archives, a hands-on workshop, brick wall sessions, children's activities and exhibitors. The event is free and open to the public.
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
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.
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