New Document

75th Anniversary List of Old Defenders’ Descendants – 1889.
In the Baltimore Sun, September 6, 1889 Issue, Old Defenders and their descendants are listed. BCGS member, George Bausman Jr., extracted this information and created a searchable document. It lists the ancestors’ unit or place of service and rank, when mentioned.

It is available for viewing by visiting → The Old Defenders Project.

BCGS_Heirs_And_Orphans_600x450NEW  BOOK  FOR  SALE

Heirs and Orphans of Baltimore City and County, Maryland, 1825 – 1904 Abstracted from Annual Valuations., Carol L Porter and Patricia R Czerniewski. Baltimore County Genealogical Society, Inc., 2014, Indexed, 68 pages, 300+ records, 1,600+ names, Price: $13.00.

This book contains never before published estate records for three hundred decedents in Baltimore City and County. Many of these individuals did not have wills or administrations accounts.

Annual valuations were required to protect the interest of minor heirs when real property was involved. Information abstracted here contains orphans and decedents names; locations and description of property; dimensions and condition of the buildings thereon; slaves; appraisers names; date property was viewed; value placed upon it and the date the report was filed.

SEARCH THIS BOOK! – Use the custom search box to search the index pages of this book plus everything that is on this site. Visit the INDEXES AND RESOURCES page.

A brief discussion of this book is planned for the September General Meeting.

Please visit the link → PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE.

Margaret_McMahon_skatingwbookphotoOctober 26, Sunday, 3 pm — GOOGLE For Genealogists – Margaret McMahon
Join Dr. Margaret M. McMahon to learn how to search for ancestors using Google and its tools. You will learn how to construct searches to look for your ancestors on the web and be  introduced to the use of selected search techniques.

Margaret is the hockey-playing genealogist. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and with the advent of parenthood, she turned her technical talents to researching her family’s genealogy. She has over twenty-five years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate school professor. She is an experienced presenter at national and international technical conferences.

Fall Program of Speakers

September 28 — A Case Study: Connecting the Dots – Bill Amos
A step by step progression using several genealogical tools to come up with an interesting story. By connecting the dots — FACTS — an interesting picture emerges.

October 26 — Google For Genealogists – Margaret McMahon
Learn how to construct searches to look for your ancestors on the web and be introduced to the use of selected search techniques.

November 23 — Baltimore German Catholic Churches – John Foertschbeck

For more information visit the page → PROGRAM OF SPEAKERS.

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, Wi-Fi and is open at least 4 days per month.  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

For more information please select the following:


Publications for sale Library and Media Resources General Meetings Program of Speakers Map and Directions


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