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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Holiday Luncheon - December 5

Finding a European Village of Origin 
Jim Beidler
Saturday, December 5, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Matthew's 1600 Restaurant
1600 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228 

Jim will present the case study of Johannes Dinius, a 1765 immigrant to Pennsylvania to show how scraps of evidence can lead to the discovery of the European hometown. Jim is a Pennsylvania native, who specializes in German genealogy as well as research in his home state. He’s currently writing Trace Your German Roots Online for Family Tree Books.

Cost:   $40 - Members
            $50 - Non-members
Pre-registration deadline: 2 December 2015 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)

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.



FGS Discount Offer - NY Research Guide

Exclusive limited time offer! During the month of November only, MGS members can purchase the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer at a substantial discount. This offer is available courtesy of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and the Federation Of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to members of FGS member societies.

Published earlier this year by the NYG&B, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer has gathered numerous accolades and quickly sold out its first print run. The comprehensive, 856-page book has become the de facto textbook for New York genealogical research.
For more information on this discounted offer, members should log in to the Members Only area of the web site and click on the "FGS Discount Offer" link in the navigation bar.


October Newsletter

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-----
  • Your registration form for our Holiday Luncheon – “Finding a European Village of Origin”  presented by Jim Beidler
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – “Some Unusual Terms Found in 18th Century Newspapers”
  • R.I.P. Agnes Kane Callum (1926-2015)
  • Tax Planning? Consider a Donation to MGS
  • Fall Seminar –  “Identifying Your Ancestors and Telling Their Stories” Program Review
  • Family History Festival at the Maryland State Archives 
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • The Family Exchange


August 2015 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.
This issue of the Journal boosts three new authors, several returning authors, and an excellent addition to the Research in the Counties feature, by Robert Barnes.
In this issue:
  • Nicholas Fessenden has written an excellent article on Baltimore’s German, Irish, and Jewish Immigrants.
  • Stephen Hatton has shared an interesting case study of his ancestors John and Sarah Hatton, highlighting the naming patterns often used by our ancestors.
  • Gloria Gibson Day discusses analyzing conflicting data to identify her ancestor, William H. Day.
  • Jane F. Burgess has written an excellent article on using nineteenth-century Baltimore City Directories for genealogical research. 
  • Clair Prechtel-Kluskens has shared compiled records of Marylanders who are in the Bureau of Pensions, Law Division Case Files, A-BON.
  • Debi Wynn has written an article on the Maryland Rosie the Riveters who served their country during World War II working in Maryland defense plants.
  • The Research in the Counties Feature has a new addition written by Robert W. Barnes on Researching in Baltimore County.
  • Nancy Lauer has shared the Birth page of her great grandmother, Mattie Oler's Bible.
  • Jane F. Burgess discusses how to understand meanings of data in old documents.

In addition to these articles, the August 2015 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert, and Jane F. Burgess, as well as a new genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess. Robert Barnes has shared several intriguing short subjects that appeared in various Baltimore newspapers.


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.