May 22 — 18th Century Newspapers
Bob Barnes

Robert_Barnes 2016_APR. Courtesy of Greg BurtonWhat Can Be Found in 18th Century Newspapers Besides Marriages and Deaths.

About Robert Barnes
Bob Barnes, is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is active in the Maryland Genealogical Society,  the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire.

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Volunteer Opportunity
Prepare Historic Documents for Digitization at the Maryland Archives

FamilySearch and the Maryland Archives are digitizing the Wills and Probate Records held in Annapolis. This project ensures that these vital records are preserved and the images are accessible by the public.

Volunteers are needed to prepare documents for imaging

  • Work a 3-4 hour shift on a day of your choice: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly; flexible schedules Monday-Friday, between 8:30 – 4:30 at the Maryland Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis 21491
  • Requirements include:
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to work closely and collaborate with other volunteers
    • Desire to assist in preservation efforts
  • Responsibilities include:
    • Examining documents for conservation issues
    • Unfolding and flattening documents for imaging
    • Ensuring that documents are in camera-ready order
    • Creating a name index to make these records name-searchable online

For more information or to volunteer, contact:
Carol Petranek, FamilySearch Volunteer Coordinator
email:; phone: 301-572-4105

Facebook Groups

  • We have opened a Facebook groups page. Membership is open to anyone.
  • Members can post messages. This is more interactive than our regular Facebook page, which will remain as a news feed.
  • 95 members as of 16 APR 2016.
  • The BCGS groups page is at →


Our Mission

BCGS_Seal_150x150The Baltimore County Genealogical Society was founded in 1977 to help educate members in tracing their family ancestry, to collect and publish material related to genealogy, and to encourage the open exchange of genealogical ideas and experiences.

  • We collect and maintain substantial materials for Baltimore city, the counties of Maryland, U.S. states and more.
  • Our Library has computers connected to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  • General meetings are held in our Library on the fourth Sunday of the months of September through June (except December), at our headquarters:

Parkville Senior Center
Room 308 (Elevator available)
8601 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234


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