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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Fall Seminar - October 3

Identifying Your Ancestors and Telling Their Stories
Dr. Thomas W. Jones
Saturday, October 3, 9:15 am to 3:15 pm
(Registration & continental breakfast at 8:30 am. Buffet lunch included.)
Holiday Inn-Laurel West (Free parking is available.)
15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707 

Join us for a day of four one-hour lectures by Dr. Thomas W. JonesCG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and author of Mastering Genealogical Proof*, a popular textbook on genealogical assessment and reasoningRetired from a thirty-year career in higher education and professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has been a co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and coordinates advanced research and writing courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research. He also teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate Program. He is known for his meaty lectures benefiting genealogists of all experience levels. We are pleased to welcome him to Maryland! 

Lectures (Summaries provided on the Events page):
Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor
Missing Something? Getting the Most Out of Genealogical Evidence
Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?
Going Beyond Bare  Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives

Cost:   $65 - Members (Pre-registered by September 30)
            $75 - Non-members (Pre-registered by September 30)
Pre-registration deadline: 30 September 2015 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)

Mastering Genealogical Proof will be available for purchase for $24 (including tax); cash or checks only.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn for the night of October 2 at $99 (plus tax). Call 301-776-5300 and let them know you are attending the Maryland Genealogy Society event on Saturday

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.


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.


July Newsletter

The July 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 are:
  • Your registration form for our Fall Seminar – “Identifying Your Ancestors and Telling Their Stories” presented by Dr. Thomas W. Jones
  • Leave No Stone Unturned – “County Probate Records”
  • MGS Members Receive Book Award Honors
  • MGS Officer Election Results/ Victoria Kinnear appointed to the Board
  • R.I.P. Donna Valley Russell (1928–2015)
  • Basics + Workshop “Dig Into Digitized Records” Program Review
  • Maryland Historical Society Appoints Mark Letzer as New Executive Director
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops, and
  • The Family Exchange


Seminar Handouts Available

As a benefit to Members, we are now making handouts from educational seminars available in the Members Only section of the Web site. Obviously, this material won't cover every aspect of the seminar - there's really no substitute for actually being present to see and hear the presentations. But we hope that these handouts will be useful, particularly to those of you who live some distance away and cannot attend our events.
The first set of handouts available are from our June 27th Basics+ Seminar: Dig In to Digitized Records.


Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected officers, who have commenced their two-year terms. Incoming officers are: Druscilla Null, President; Malissa Ruffner, Vice President; Ellen Ward, Recording Secretary; and Allender Sybert, Treasurer. John Siemon remains on the Board in an ex officio capacity as immediate past President.

At its June meeting, the Executive Board also filled a vacant slot among the at-large board members by appointing Victoria Kinnear to the Board. We look forward to benefitting from her excellent expertise. The Board also voted to appoint Betty deKeyser, past Vice President, to remain on the Board. Victoria, Betty, and our other at-large board members serve terms through May 2016, when the next election for at-large board members will take place. 

Thank you to all of our officers and board members who 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.