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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The Lacemaker: The Fabric of Family (Luncheon)

Saturday, April 8, 2017
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Liberatore's Timonium, 9515 Deereco Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Our speaker, David K. Truscello, Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, will share the story of his visit to his grandfather's Italian village, from how he prepared for the trip to why the experience exceeded his hopes and imagination. Enjoy Italian food and background Italian music as we greet spring and our fellow genealogists!

Buffet Menu: Bruschetta, Salad, Sausage & Peppers, Chicken Picatto, Penne Vodka Sauce, Vegetables,and Assorted Mini-Pastries. Coffee, tea, and soda.
Cost: $40 - MGS Members    $45 - non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)
Click the button below to register online or download the registration form and register by mail.


Seeking: New Editor of the Journal

After two years as Editor of the Journal, Nancy Lauer is stepping down from that position following the April 2017 issue. We would like to thank Nancy for a job well done! Now the work of finding a new Editor begins.
We are seeking qualified applicants interested in being considered for the position of Managing Editor of the Journal. This is a prestigious, well-respected publication in the genealogical field, and taking the helm is a good way to get your skills noticed. Detailed information about the position and needed skills is available here. If you have interest in or questions about the Managing Editor position, please contact


Jerry M. Hynson (1938-2017)

The Society was sorry to hear that Jerry M. Hynson passed away on 23 February 2017. Jerry was named a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society in 2004, served as President from 2001-2003, and was a Board Member for a number of years. He also served as an officer of the Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. He published numerous books, including the multi-volume Maryland Freedom Papers, which won the Maryland Historical Society’s 1999 Norris Harris Prize for the best compilation of genealogical source records of Maryland. Among Jerry's other publications were The African American Collection, Kent County, Maryland; Cecil County Maryland Indentures, 1777-1814; Anne Arundel County, Maryland Marriage Licenses, 1865-1888; Free African Americans of Maryland 1832; and Absconders, Runaways, and Other Fugitives in the Baltimore City and County (Maryland) Jail, 1831-1864.
An obituary appeared in the Baltimore Sun on 24 February 2017.


January Newsletter

The January 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-----
  • Your registration form for our Spring Luncheon  –  “The Lacemaker: The Fabric of Family”
  • Leave No Stone Unturned  –Church Records
  • Holiday Luncheon Review  –  “Finding World War I US Army Troop Ship Records
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies Membership – “What It Means to You”
  • The Library of Congress unveils a new website
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • Membership Categories
  • The Family Exchange


December 2016 Issue of the Journal

The December 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.
Helen Hinchliff has continued her thesis on her family from previous issues of the Journal, with a new article, Charles Pierpoint, 1720–1785, Friend of Baltimore County:  Disowned for Marrying His First Cousin.
Readers will learn from a case study presented by Jane Burgess, Identifying Mrs. Abner H. Fox of Baltimore Affected by a Perilous Explosion in 1901:  A Case Study Using Aggregated Evidence. Ms. Burgess used varied sources that culminates in her excellent analysis in her informed conclusion.
Dann Norton’s article, Patrick McAtee, Uncle and Nephew:  Who Died When?, discusses the varying problems encountered when men of several generations have the same name. Those of us who share this dilemma will appreciate Mr. Norton’s analysis and evaluation of the multiple Patrick McAtees.
Robert Barnes once again has transcribed records little known and not digitized for the benefit of our readers in Record of Baptisms of the Summerfield Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1844–1872.
This issue contains a continuation of Allender Sybert’s Gleanings from the Baltimore County Orphans’ Court Proceedings to include the years 1812–1814.
Bible records are an excellent source of information in genealogical research but are often difficult to locate. Four contributors have transcribed and shared five family bible records: 
Seely Kenny Foley, the Buck/Hiss Family Bible; William Hollifield, the Hollifield Bible; Rev. Christos Christou, Jr., two family bibles, the Henry M. Hutson Family Bible, and the Thomas C. Collins, Jr., Family Bible; and Russell A. Rahn, the Upshur Family Bible Records.
For those looking for reading suggestions for 2017, there are eight book reviews contributed by Robert W. Barnes, Allender Sybert, John Trezise, and Betty deKeyser.
Jane Burgess continues her regular crossword feature with a challenging puzzle on Carroll County: Genealogical Information.
To see an abstract of the full Table of Contents of this Journal issue, 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.