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


All meetings scheduled will be held as a Zoom meeting. 
Members:  A link to the next Zoom meeting may be found in email sent prior or in the Members Only page.
Visitors:  A link to the Zoom meeting may be obtained on the Events page under the event description.
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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
May 17
Re-Opening of the Ellicott City Family History Center
  My name is Kellie Nuss and I am the new director of the Family History Center located in the Elliott City meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’m sure you’re familiar with many of our past directors and volunteers, and I look forward to ...
May 19
Tips and Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds
National Archives Genealogy Series Wednesday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET Tips and Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds  Presenters: Missy McNatt & Dorothy Dougherty Skill level: Beginner Handout: coming soon! YouTube As the family historian, you have amassed information and records that will one day pass ...
June 1
From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees
National Archives Genealogy Series Tuesday, June 1, at 1:00 p.m. ET From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees  Presenters: Cara Lebonick & Cody White Skill level: Experienced (all are welcome!) Handout: coming soon! YouTube Researching ancestors who worked for federal agencies is a popular topic at ...