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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MGS Holiday Luncheon -Dec. 3

African-American troops of the 803rd Pioneer  Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine.Finding World War I US Army
Troop Ship Records
Presentation by Dr. William J. Sheleski
Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Matthew's 1600 Restaurant
1600 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD  21228
Join us for a great Holiday Luncheon and hear about the wartime experiences of our ancestors 100 years ago. The United States entered World War I on April 17, 1917. Over the next 18 months, the United States sent 2,071,463 Soldiers and Marines to Europe. Every single one of these troops went to Europe by sea, transported by 347 ships making an aggregate total of 1,228 voyages. The records of this massive deployment can be accessed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. As we approach the Centennial of America's entry into The Great War, this presentation focuses on how one amateur genealogist used an assorted series of disparate facts, hints, educated guesses, and (mostly) dogged determination to find the records of his grandfather’s deployment to and from Europe during the War. In the process, he learned about other available World War I records, many of them obscure, and how to access them.
[Photo: African-American troops of the 803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine.  Courtesy: Library of Congress ]
Buffet Menu: Chicken Marsala and rice pilaf, Beef Burgundy and mashed potatoes, Crab Alfredo and penne pasta, salad, vegetable du jour, and Dessert Sampler. Coffee, tea and soda.
Cost:    $35 - MGS members       $40 - Non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.)
Registration Deadline: November 26, 2016
Cick the button below to pay with PayPal or click here to download the registration form and register by mail.


Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected slate of at-large Board Members. Re-elected to another term are Gloria Gibson Day, Debra A. Hoffman, Victoria Kinnear, Rebecca Whitman Koford, and Tom McCarriar. And we are pleased to welcome four new Board Members - Robert Barnes, Jo Ann Barsda, Seely Foley, and Nancy Waters Lauer.

Bob Barnes is a MGS Fellow and past MGS President who is returning to the Board. Nancy Lauer is an award-winning author and has been the editor of the Journal for the past year. Seely Foley is a retired social studies teacher who has been researching her deep Maryland roots that go back to the 17th century. Jo Ann Barsda has been researching family history for 15 years and volunteers with the Maryland WWI Centennial Commission.

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.


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-----
  • Your registration form for our Fall Seminar – Research Riches in Our Backyard:
    The National Archives, Library of Congress, and DAR Library”
  • Leave No Stone Unturned –County Probate Records (Continued)
  • MGS Election Results
  • Genealogy Book Prizes Awarded by the Maryland Historical Society
  • Basics + Workshop Review – RIP: Records That Memorialize Our Ancestors’ Deaths”
  • Change in Library Hours for the Maryland Historical Society
  • Elevating Genealogical Education at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Slow to Learn: ProQuest’s HeritageQuest now uses Ancestry Interface
  • Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops
  • The Family Exchange


April 2016 Issue of the Journal

The April 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 commences with an intriguing article on slavery and freedom by Robyn N. Smith. Ms. Smith introduces us to her ancestor, Minty, and the harshness of slavery before the Civil War.

 Willard S. Moore writes about the John Tudor family of Maryland and their ultimate settlement in Ohio.

 Helen Hinchliff continues her saga of the Earlougher family by writing about Henry Davis, a Conestoga wagon maker.

 Jane F. Burgess, a returning author, presents an interesting analysis of the will of George Washington.

 Kenneth W. Heger introduces readers to a little known resource, the American Consulate records in Oldenburg, Germany.

 Ellen C. Ward abstracted wills of Cecil County, Maryland. Readers researching here may find an undetected gold nugget.

 John Siemon transcribed the burial records of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Baltimore City.

 Four excellent short articles are included such as Robert Barnes’ article about the list of books brought to Maryland by William Rind in 1762. Those looking for something old but new may find a treasure for late night reading.

 Gloria Gibson Day was intrigued by a headstone she saw while visiting St. Paul’s Parish and has researched and written about the person interred there.

 Kenneth Heger identifies the names of six invalid Maryland pensioners listed by the Department of War in 1795.

 William Hollifield discusses a letter from a person identified only as Q.R.S. published in the Sun on 31 March 1874. This letter reports the death of six Marylanders.

Jane F. Burgess has provided an article for the Stronger Genealogical Skills department on genealogy assumptions. Also provided by Ms. Burgess is a challenging crossword puzzle testing the reader’s knowledge of Montgomery County, Maryland.


In addition to these articles, the April 2015 issue contains book reviews by Robert Barnes, Allender Sybert, and Betty deKeyser, as well as a new 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.