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.
If you are already a member of the Society, you can log in by clicking on the Members Only link. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become a member and begin receiving all the benefits of membership.  
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New Maryland Minutes Webinar

The next offering in our Maryland Minutes webinar series is presented by Rebecca Whitman Koford, and covers Colonial & Revolutionary Military Records of Maryland. This video provides an overview of Maryland’s colonial-era military actions and takes us through state military records that are available in Maryland. You will also learn where and how to access these records, and many examples are provided.
This video is available in our Members Only section, where you also can view all of the previous webinars in our collection. Not yet a member of MGS? Learn more about joining.
Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM.  Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially the War of 1812.  She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (FGS), RootsTech, and webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.  Rebecca is the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) and has instructed at SLIG and GRIP. She serves on the Board of Directors for the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy.  She is Executive Director for the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and as Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed).


1950 Census Webinar - December 4th

The 1950 census will be released to the public on April 1, 2022. Are you ready? On December 4, starting at 10:00am, the Maryland Genealogical Society is sponsoring a free, members-only webinar, "The 1950 Census: It’s Coming Soon!" This webinar will tell you what you need to know about the 1950 federal census, which will be available on the special National Archives 1950 census website. We'll review the questions that were asked, the interesting innovations and changes the Census Bureau made during this census, the Indian Reservation Schedules, differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses, and much more!

Our speaker Claire Kluskens, digital projects archivist and genealogy/census subject matter expert at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), blogs about the 1950 census at the History Hub.  She spearheaded the completion of over 330 NARA microfilm publications and currently works on projects that provide digital access to records in the online National Archives Catalog.

After the census presentation Q & A session, we'll also have a short overview of the benefits of MGS membership, including valuable tools and resources on the MGS web site.
Members, to register for the webinar please go to the Members Only section of the web site. Not a member? Join now!


November 2021 MGS News

The November 2021 edition of MGS News is now available. If you are a MGS member, you should have received the issue by email. If you are a member and haven't provided us with your email, please contact us at so that you can begin to receive MGS News
Archived copies of this issue and previous issues are available in the Member's Only area. 


The MGS Journal

The April 2021 issue of the Journal is available. Members receive their copies by mail. Earlier issues of the Journal also are available for sale, and members receive a discounted price. Click here for information on prices and how to purchase.
In this issue, Allison Rollinson Makl leads off with the story of three generations of a prominent Maryland family, the Woods and Crains. She acknowledges that the family was affluent and thus not difficult to trace, but underlying their successes and civic contributions are the realities of the lives of people who were enslaved by them. Tony Nardo makes good use of court cases and property transactions to piece together the interconnected stories of the Norwood, Hyatt, and Watkins families. Helen Hinchliff explores the source of a wedding announcement that may well have been a practical joke. John Richardson relays the story of a group of “heirs” who thought that they could profit from a scam by claiming a multi-billion-dollar inheritance. (Look for the contest at the end of the article!) And Carleton Weidemeyer has provided an extensive transcription of the Baltimore Circuit of the United Evangelical Church. Once again Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert and Malissa Ruffner review current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here.


Baltimore City Online Marriage Index (1851-1914)

As of March 8, 2021, we have added the final 27,690 records to complete our online Baltimore City Marriage License Index  covering 1851-1914. The database has 243,638 marriage records. This Members Only index is designed to help you find/identify ancestors who obtained Marriage Licenses in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914. The searchable electronic index contains names and dates from index cards in the Maryland State Archives Record Series CM205 (1851-1885) and Record Series T2426 (1886-1914). The original index cards are alphabetized by the name of the groom. Many of the original cards are out of order and hard to read. This MGS index provides the first searchable index to the names of brides, as well as grooms!
The 1851-1914 Index is now 100 percent complete online. (as of 8 Mar 2021). People from all over Maryland, as well as other states and other countries, married in Baltimore. If you have ancestors that may have married in Baltimore City between 1851 and 1914, find them in the MGS index.
To access the data, click on Members Only, then sign in and look for “Baltimore Marriage Index” on the left side of the page.
MGS would like to thank the 38 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours completing this project. Many thanks also to Board Member John Siemon for his coordination of the project and to Board Member Dave Powell for his database expertise. Click here to see a list of all who worked on this project.


MGS Now Selling Used Books

(Image by Emma Lopez, posted on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)MGS is pleased to announce that used genealogy-related books are now available for purchase on the For Sale page. MGS members receive a 12% discount on purchases. (Be sure to be signed in on the website as a member before ordering!) All prices already include shipping and handling. Sales are first come, first served!
In addition to books on Maryland, our current inventory includes the following topics: family histories, general interest and methodology, U.S. resources, Mayflower and New England, photography, lineage societies, British research and Scottish clans, German genealogy, royalty and nobility, Norman ancestry, and heraldry. We will be adding books as they become available.