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
June 6
(PGCGS Meeting) Researching in the Prince George’s Co. Historical Society Library
Prince George’s Co Genealogical Society Meeting. Topic:  Researching in the Prince George’s Co. Historical Society Library.    Presented by Susan Pearl  
June 7
(AAGS meeting) Finding Your Ancestors in Maps
 Presented by John Siemon.  This presentation will cover the uses for maps in researching family history, plus many places to find detailed maps that show where your ancestors lived.  His talk will include some online demonstrations and how to put them in your family history documents.  John Siemon has been ...
June 13
HCGS June Meeting - Documenting Doughboys: Sources for WWI Service Members at the National Archives
In 1973 a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, destroyed most of the Army service records for the years that included service in World War I.  Despite the destruction of those records, there are alternative records that can provide information about service during the ...