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.


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


August 2016 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 has a variety of articles spanning many decades of our ancestors’ lives. David C. Bailey, Sr., has documented the Roster of John F. Reynolds Post #6 of the Grand Army of the Republic. These valuable records are often overlooked by researchers. Mr. Bailey has not only captured this information; it is a reminder of more obscure record sources available.
Jo Ann Sands Barsda and John M. Siemon have co-authored an article on the lives of their World War I ancestors and have provided a history of the 115th Infantry, 29th Division, Company M. In addition to the synopsis of the service of Joseph Sands and Otto H. (Otts) Siemon, the authors have assembled an excellent listing of resources and bibliographic information on World War I.
Thomas L. Hollowak has presented an interesting analysis of information regarding the death his ancestor, Captain Joseph T. Ennis.
Daniel J. Lougnot submitted an article in French that was translated and edited for the Journal. With assistance from a board member, it became an excellent article. I believe you will enjoy reading Julien P. Friez (1851–1916), from Grandvillars to Baltimore.
Once again, Robert Barnes has submitted an article from a little known resource, The Diary of William Faris, documenting the Faris family descending from Charles Faris, a Quaker and clockmaker in the eighteenth century.
If your ancestors lived in Baltimore County from mid-October 1810 through February 1812, check out the abstracts in Allender Sybert’s article, Gleanings from the Baltimore County Orphans’ Court Proceedings, Part 9:  1810–1812. Earlier abstracts can be found in previous issues of the Journal starting in 2010.
This issue’s Stronger Genealogical Skills article by Jane Burgess, Why Are Names Missing from the Population Schedule But Found on the Agricultural Schedule? 1850 Montgomery County Census Case Study, discusses names enumerated in one census schedule but not in another of the same district and year.
Mrs. Burgess has also provided a challenging crossword puzzle for us to solve on Prince George’s County.
There are ten excellent book reviews for those looking for new resource materials and midnight reading.

genealogy crossword puzzle by Jane F. Burgess.


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.