Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society


MGS offers webinars on a regular basis about genealogical topics, sources, and research tips, particularly those that are unique to Maryland. While some are publicly available, most are available for MGS Members only. Not yet a member of MGS? Learn more about joining.

Vital Records Research
The next offering in our posted webinar series is Researching Your Family Tree - Vital Records presented by David Powell. 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.
In this webinar, techniques for finding birth records, marriage records, death records and other life events are discussed. The Maryland State Archives, FamilySearch, and Ancestry websites are used to demonstrate the research that can be performed. Newspaper archives can also be used to learn details about your family. Using civil records and church records to discover more about your ancestors will give you the “roots” to grow a vibrant and full family tree.
This webinar is the second in a four-part series that was developed by MGS and presented to registered attendees during September and October 2021 in partnership with Maryland Public Television.
David Powell was born in Baltimore City and has been researching his own family history for over 25 years. He is the current President of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society and was previously the Treasurer of that organization. He is also a member of the MGS and a member of its Board of Directors. Dave teaches genealogy courses at the Community College of Baltimore County and at local senior centers, libraries, and genealogy societies. He has given numerous talks on genealogy, DNA, and foreign research to various groups throughout Maryland. He has done extensive research in France, Scotland, Wales, England, Canada, Poland and the United States.

Webinar Collection
MGS Members have access to a collection of all of our past webinars, some of which have been offered for general public viewing and others offered for Members only. The following webinars are available in the Members Only webinar collection
- A Tangled Web: Researching the Enslaved in Maryland
- Baltimore City Marriage Index, 1851-1914
- Census Research, With a Brief Introduction to Beginning Genealogical Research
- Colonial & Revolutionary Military Records of Maryland
- Colonial Research in Maryland
- Using Maryland State Archives Probate Records With FamilySearch
- Using Sanborn Maps

Introduction to Genealogy - With a Focus on Maryland
MGS membership isn't required to view Finding Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop, which provides an introduction to genealogy - with an emphasis on Maryland research. This 70 minute video covers getting started in genealogy, online genealogy, African American research, and DNA testing for genealogy. 
Click here to view the webinar segment-by-segment or in its entirety and to access the webinar handouts. MGS would like to thank our partner, Maryland Public Television, which sponsored this webinar.