Howard County (Maryland) Genealogical Society
Howard County
Genealogical Society
Helping you discover your family history


We are excited to welcome you to the official website of the Howard County Genealogy Society. We invite you to come in, look around our site, and check out all that we offer to genealogists, family historians, and researchers.
The Howard County Genealogy Society was organized in 1976 by a group of people with a common goal:  researching and preserving their family histories. Today, with a roster of over one hundred members, and growing, HCGS continues its tradition of promoting genealogy and family history research and encouraging the affiliation of people interested in the pursuit of their ancestral heritage. 
We offer monthly programs featuring informed speakers to meet the varied interests of our members and the community.
Membership in the HCGS has its own rewards: our bi-monthly newsletter Family Tree; ability to submit surname information into our surname database, help sessions to help break through those genealogy brickwalls, special interest group meetings, and opportunities to become involved in one or more of our activities and projects. 
Member access
Members may login to access their membership profile, contribute to the forum and Surname list, view current and past newsletters, and and search our members only databases. If you are a current member and do not have a logon and password, please contact .
Non-member access
Non-members also benefit from the HCGS public databases, the research guides, and much more. Not a member? Become a member today.

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Upcoming Events
August 25
JGSMD Asl the Experts
A team of panelists who are experienced in Jewish genealogy research will give advice on research strategies as you try to break through a brick wall. Panelists include Lara Diamond, Jennifer Mendelsohn, Kira Dolcimascolo, and special guest  Israel Pickholtz!   Please submit your questions by August 18 to Joe ...
August 28
Board Meeting
Meeting to be held in the Historical Society Room.-
September 5
AAGS Rediscovering the First Freedmen’s Bureau Colored School South County 1865
Elinor Thompson, author and researcher, will speak on “Rediscovering the First Freedmen’s Bureau Colored School, South County, 1865”. Elinor Thompson is the author of Nelson's Rest: Documenting Asbury Broadneck Historic Church Communities and Burial Grounds, published in 2014. She was the primary researcher who worked with other members of the ...