Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study
Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.


Find out how Lois Mackin’s research journey allowed her to provide color and context to give a fuller picture of a family living in Wisconsin.

Whether you have Irish relatives or not, you will find out that in most cases, it will be U.S. records that point to the overseas origins of immigrant ancestors.

This case study focuses on a late 19th C family where, by broadening the search to other family members, one can eventually find answers in Irish sources.

Presentation: via Zoom.

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Researching the History of a House
Julie Saylor

MARCH 26, SUNDAY, 3 pm
  • Just because a house isn’t a famous landmark doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a rich history.
  • Researching a building or property can require knowledge of many of the same resources as genealogical research.
  • It can also be an exciting trip into the lives of those who lived or worked there.


In this program, Julie Saylor, librarian in the Maryland Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, will talk about where to find government records related to a building or property, how to research historical archives for information, and what to look for on site for clues.

Presentation: via Zoom.

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Baltimore as a Canning Capital
Jack Burkert

APRIL 23, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Join us at the BCGS library for an in-depth look at Baltimore’s canning industry.

Learn how for one hundred years Baltimore was a major player in the food canning industry, becoming the center of canning in the United States.

More than one hundred packing houses shared space with can-making factories and the homes of thousands of workers.

Come listen to the story of the workers who made canning happen and how they and their children lived and worked.

Presentation: In-person.

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Discovering the Details: Genealogical Resources at the Maryland State Archives
Rachel Frazier

MAY 28, SUNDAY, 3 pm

Spend the afternoon at the BCGS library for an updated look at the digital and paper holdings at the Maryland State Archives.

Reference Archivist Rachel Frazier will discuss the increased availability of records now available online since the pandemic, as well as new finding aids.

She will also focus on resources and collections to help solve difficult research challenges for Baltimore County genealogy and beyond.

Presentation: via Zoom or In-Person – TBD.

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Research Day

JUNE 25, SUNDAY, 12-4 pm

Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM.

The Computer Genealogy Interest Group meets at 1 pm.

  • We will be scanning Bibles and historical documents.
  • Bring in what you have and have it copied to digital media. Please bring a USB drive to make a copy of these scans.


We are pleased to announce the beginning of the Maryland Birth Index Project beginning with Baltimore City 1875-1891 (142,952 records).

  • Early birth indexes included parents’ names only.
  • You can enter a Surname to find family groups.

Special thanks to GAIL BRESNAN for getting this Baltimore City birth index project started and for contributing a large majority of the database so far.


Our next step is transcribing the Baltimore City Birth Index 1892 – 1972.
Please contact us, if you would like to transcribe portions of the index.

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Our Mission

The 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:

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