Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society

Get Involved - Projects

A major goal of the new MGS Web site is to get both members and non-members more active in the society and Maryland genealogy in general, having fun and benefitting in the process.  Our goal is to provide more information and possibilities for both members and non-members alike.  Below are some ideas to help you get more out of our Web site and your membership.
 
Update Member Contact Information
This is important (especially your current email address) for MGS to send you information and for others to contact you if you post information on the Surname Exchange or other future features of the Web site.  Your email address will not be publicly viewable online (except when you have included it in a submission to the Newsletter's Family Exchange) and will not be given to other organizations.  Click on the "Members Only" link in the lefthand navigation bar to sign in. Then click here and scroll down to #3 to learn how to update your email address.
 
Submit Your Family Photos for Display
Go here to learn requirements and how to submit your family photos for the rotating images at the top of the MGS Web pages.  You must be a member to submit photos.
 
Add Your Surnames to the Surname Exchange
Members can enter the surnames they are researching.  You must be logged in and viewing your Profile in the Members Only Section to enter surnames.  Click here for instructions. Members and Non-members can submit an email to the person researching a surname on the list by clicking on the envelope icon next to the surname.  After entering your information and clicking "Send email," your message will be sent to the member who listed the surname.  MGS cannot guarantee a response from the member.
 
Contribute Articles or Data
If you have information or data to share, you are invited to submit it for inclusion on the MGS Web site, for others to read or possibly download.  Information should be on genealogy in general, or Maryland genealogy / history.  Articles / data whose rights are owned by others cannot be posted without their permission. So copyright / source information will be required for any submissions. You will be given credit for the submission in the posting unless you desire otherwise. For further information or to submit articles / data, send an email to webmaster.mdgensoc.org.
 
Volunteer
Like most organizations, the Maryland Genealogical Society is always looking for help from its members. Do you enjoy planning events? Transcribing records? Proofreading or indexing publications? There are many opportunities as a volunteer to become an active participant in MGS activities. You can give as little or as much time as you are able. For those in a position to contribute more time, volunteering might lead to an opportunity to help run the organization through nomination to serve on the Executive Board. 
 
As an example, we are looking for volunteers to help in transcribing paper pedigree charts into electronic format for addition to our Maryland Members' Ancestry Project (Md-MAP) Database. As a volunteer, you would periodically receive images of charts by email. You would then enter the charts into whatever genealogical computer program you use, generate a GEDCOM file for each, and email them back. For more information on this project, contact webmaster@mdgensoc.org.  
 
Calls for volunteers are usually posted in the Newsletter and on the Web site. You can also obtain more information by contacting us at president@mdgensoc.org.
 
Make Suggestions
If you have a suggestion regarding errors or content on the MGS Web site, send an email to webmaster@mdgensoc.org. If you have suggestions regarding MGS Programs or events, send an email to vice-president@mdgensoc.org. Information on Research Requests or to contact the Executive Board is in the menu to the left.
 
Tickner Funeral Home Record Transcription Project
This is a major MGS project to transcribe these great records held by the Maryland Historical Society.  It has been started, but is currently in the replanning stages.  We may be looking for volunteers in the future to help with transcriptions and we are hoping this can be done at home, even if you don't live in Maryland.  Read more about it here.