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Baltimore City Online Marriage Index - Expanded!
We're pleased to announce the addition of five more years of data - from 1915-1919 - to the MGS Baltimore City Marriage Licenses Index! Previously, the online index was an electronic version of two Maryland State Archives card indexes with information on marriages from 1851-1914. The index now also includes additional information for marriage records from 1915-1919. The index cards for 1851-1914 are alphabetized by the name of the groom, so the MGS online index provides the first searchable index to the names of the brides. This index is also the first ever created for the marriage records from 1915-1919. The index database includes 284,643 marriage records.
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 dedicated volunteers who've spent several thousand hours completing this project. Click here
to learn more about the volunteers who worked on adding the 1915-1919 marriages to the database. Many thanks also to Board Members John Siemon and Dave Powell for coordinating creation of the index.
Showing a portion of the marriage record for the second marriage of Babe Ruth's father, 1915.
Congratulations to our newly elected At-Large Board Members:
Susan V. H. Fabian — Jaclyn Fox — Debra A. Hoffman — Tom McCarriar — Janelle Bartlett Mummey — David Powell — Sandy Quick — Bridget M. Sunderlin, CG — Ellen Ward
Welcome to our first-time Board Members - Susan Fabian, Sandy Quick, and Bridget Sunderlin. We also want to extend a warm thank you to departing Board Members Donna Carter, Alexa Corcoran, and Malissa Ruffner for your years of service.
Finding Your Roots With DNA Workshop Series
The Maryland Genealogical Society is pleased to partner with Maryland Public Television to offer a new workshop series, Finding Your Roots With DNA. The three bi-weekly sessions (June 1, June 15, and June 29) will introduce you to genetic genealogy and DNA testing, explain what your DNA test results mean, and help you start to make sense of all the new cousins on your DNA match list. You can still register even though the series has started. Recordings will be available for any sessions you miss in person.
MGS Board Member Tom McCarriar will be the series presenter. He has been researching his family history for more than twenty years, and his interest in genetic genealogy dates back to his first DNA test in 2011. Since then he has taken courses, read books, and attended workshops, institutes, and conferences on genetic genealogy too numerous to list. Tom is currently teaching traditional and genetic genealogy courses at Howard Community College, and at local libraries and genealogical societies. He is President of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and is a member of the National Genealogical Society as well as several state and local genealogical societies.
Those who register for the series will receive: coupons toward a MyHeritage DNA test kit and a MyHeritage "Complete Plan", a one-year MPT Passport membership or membership extension, and a one-year membership to MGS. (Sorry, the MGS membership benefit is not applicable to current MGS members.) In addition, attendees at each live workshop will be entered to win a free autosomal DNA test kit from MyHeritage (a $89 value)!
The registration fee is $80.00
for the series. The event registration page
provides further details on each session in the series.
Recording of MCHC Webinar Now Available
A recording of our recent webinar, Using MCHC Resources for Genealogy
, is now available for viewing. The library of the Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) is a treasure trove of materials to help genealogists in their research.
Presenters Catherine Mayfield, Library Director, and Francis O'Neill, Senior Reference Librarian, provide an in-depth discussion of the library's special collections, unique indexes, and wealth of genealogical publications. They also discuss how to use the library's online catalog, as well as new digital materials that MCHC has begun to post on its web site (with free access).
May 2022 MGS News
The May 2022 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
New Issue of the MGS Journal
The December 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, we continue the story by Karen Bowman and Mary Lorimor of Benjamin Sampson and Jemima Standiford of Baltimore County, here tracing their predecessors. (Part 1 in the August issue told the story of their descendants.) In an earlier issue, John V. Richardson Jr. examined a $250,000,000 genealogical scam that had fooled some people into believing themselves to be heirs to the House “fortune.” We invited readers to further explore the case and offered a finder’s fee to anyone who could uncover more information or records relating to the case. Journal reader Tony Nardo rose to the challenge and found significant new information, demonstrating the importance of using land records and even Google searches. Paul Heinegg has spent several decades documenting the history of free African American communities. In this issue he adds to our knowledge about Benjamin Banneker’s parentage with his recently discovered 1731 court petition from Mary Banneker. Our Photo Vault article explores the families of Nicholas and John Thomas Nelson of Harford County. Jane Burgess challenges your genealogical knowledge in the crossword puzzle, and Allender Sybert and Jane Burgess review current books and genealogical resources in our review section.
For a look at the full table of contents, click here
Used Genealogy Books For Sale
MGS has an inventory of used genealogy-related books 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; U.S., British, German, New England, Pennsylvania, Polish, Scottish, and Virginia research; photography; lineage societies; royalty and nobility; Norman ancestry; heraldry; and general interest. We will be adding books as they become available.
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