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


SPECIAL NOTICE:  The meeting scheduled for April 8 has been cancelled. The Board will continue to evaluate the latest local coronavirus pandemic conditions to determine if the next scheduled meetings (May 13 and June 10) could be held without endangering the health of our members.
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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
April 3
(FGS) Spring Conference, "Lines to our Past"
  The Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring conference "Lines to our Past" will be held 3-4 April 2020 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191.  Please go to for details on the program and to register. IMPORTANT: As an affiliate to FGS, HCGS members are ...
April 3
(MCHS) Genealogy Help
  MONTGOMERY CO ON-GOING PROGRAMS   First Friday of the month 10:30 to 12:30pm Genealogy Help at the Jane C.Sweeny Research Library.  First Friday sessions are open to anyone needing help. Some months have a specific topic or theme and others are more nuts and bolts.  MCH’s librarian Sarah ...
April 4
(MGS) Preserving and Sharing World Records: We Can Help!
  Maryland Genealogical Society 2020 Saturday, April 4, 2020 Spring Luncheon @ Libations, 12:30 to 3pm.    Lecture presented by:  Carol Kostakos Petranek presents Preserving and Sharing World Records: We can help!  www.