MDGenWeb Genealogical, Historical, and Heritage Societies

One of the most valuable resources available to anyone researching their family lines is the local historical or genealogical society. These organizations work hard to preserve many of the actual documents, historical buildings and personal effects of bygone eras. Often they are staffed completely by volunteer researchers and rely upon the contributions and donations of their members. Many societies maintain newsletters and keep active vertical files of member pedigree charts. If you haven't taken the time to write or visit one of Maryland's Societies, why not plan a visit now? You might be pleasantly surprised to find family connections, documented lineages, and maybe a distant cousin!

Tips on Writing to Societies

When writing to a society, please make sure that you take the time to word your letter carefully. If you are seeking information regarding your ancestor, be precise and give clear and careful attention to details. Also, specify what kind of information you are hoping to find: birth record, marriage record, death record, will, census record, etc. Some societies charge for lookup services, photocopies and for postage.

Regional Listing of Societies

If you know of an address change, kindly email Shari Handley and I will make the correction. Also, if a society is online we want to link to their web pages as well.

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Western Maryland

Allegany Regional Family History Society
Box 1804
Elkins, WV 26241

ALLEGANY COUNTY

Genealogical Society of Allegany County
PO Box 3103
La Vale, MD 21504-3103
(301) 777-8850
Allegany County Historical Society
The Gordon-Roberts House
218 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 777-8678
or visit the ACHS facebook page

GARRETT COUNTY

Garrett County Historical Society and Museum
107 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
(301) 334-3226

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Washington County Historical Society
The Miller House
135 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
John Brown Historical Foundation
The Kennedy Farm House
2406 Chestnut Grove Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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Capital Region

FREDERICK COUNTY

The Historical Society of Frederick County
24 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-1188
Middletown Valley Historical Society
305 West Main Street
PO Box 294
Middletown, MD 21769
(301) 371-7582
The Frederick County Genealogical Society
PO Box 412
Frederick, MD 21705
Nancy Thrasher Cherry, President: (301) 572-4406
Emmitsburg Area Historical Society
15339 Sixes Bridge Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 471-3306
Thurmont Historical Society
Creeger House
11 North Church Street
PO Box 251
Thurmont, MD 2l788
(301) 271-1860

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society
Meetings are held at the Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Montgomery County Historical Society
111 West Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 340-2825
Montgomery Preservation
PO Box 4661
Rockville, MD 20849-4661
Chevy Chase Historical Society
8005 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-6141
Silver Spring Historical Society
PO Box 1160
Silver Spring, MD 20910-1160
Boyds Historical Society
19510 White Ground Road
PO Box 161
Boyds, MD 20841

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Prince George's County Genealogical Society
PO Box 819
Bowie, MD 20718-0819
(301) 262-2063
Prince George's County Historical Society
PO Box 14
Riverdale, Maryland 20738-0014
(301) 220-0330
Greenbelt Historical Society
204 Lastner Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5156
Laurel Historical Society
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 725-7975
Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Prince George's County, MD Chapter
PO Box 44252
Fort Washington, MD 20749-4252
Riversdale Historical Society
4811 Riverdale Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
(301) 864-0420

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Central Maryland

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Central Maryland Chapter
PO Box 648
Columbia, MD 21045-0648

ANN ARUNDEL COUNTY

Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
PO Box 221
Pasadena, MD 21123
Anne Arundel County Historical Society
PO Box 385
Linthicum, MD 21090-0385
(410) 768-9518
Kuethe Library Historical and Genealogical Research Center
Includes the holdings of both the Anne Arundel County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
5 Crain Highway SE
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 760-9679

BALTIMORE CITY and BALTIMORE COUNTY

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
Agnes Kane Callum Baltimore Chapter
PO Box 9366
Baltimore, MD 21228
Baltimore County Genealogical Society
Meetings are held at the Parkville Senior Center
8601 Harford Road, Room 308
Parkville, MD 21234
Mailing address: PO Box 10085
Towson, MD 21285-0085
Historical Society of Baltimore County
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 666-1878
Catonsville Historical Society
The Townsend House
1824 Frederick Road
PO Box 9311
Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 744-3034
Dundalk - Patapsco Neck Historical Society
PO Box 21781
4 Center Place
Dundalk, MD 21222
(410) 284-2331
or visit the Dundalk Historical Society & Museum facebook page
Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River
516 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221
(410) 574-6934
or visit the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River on facebook

CARROLL COUNTY

Carroll County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1752
Westminster, MD 21158
Historical Society of Carroll County
210 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-6494

HARFORD COUNTY

Harford County Genealogical Society
143 North Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Historical Society of Harford County
143 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 838-7691

HOWARD COUNTY

Howard County Genealogical Society
Box 274
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 750-7430
Howard County Historical Society
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 480-3250

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Southern Maryland

CALVERT COUNTY

Calvert County Historical Society
PO Box 358
70 Church Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-9303
(410) 535-2452

CHARLES COUNTY

Charles County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1537
White Plains, MD 20695-1537
Charles County Historical Society
La Plata Train Station and Museum
101 Kent Avenue
PO Box 2806
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 934-2564
African American Heritage Society of Charles County
7485 Crain Highway
PO Box 2250
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 609-9099

ST. MARY'S COUNTY

St. Mary's County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1109
Leonardtown, MD 20650
St. Mary's County Historical Society
PO Box 212
41680 Tudor Place
Leonardtown, MD 20650
(301) 475-2467

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Upper Eastern Shore

Upper Shore Genealogical Society
USGS Research Center Library
12156 Greensboro Road
Greensboro, MD 21639
(410) 438-2878

CAROLINE COUNTY

Caroline County Historical Society
Museum of Rural Life
16 North Second Street
PO Box 514
Denton, MD 21629
(410) 479-2055

CECIL COUNTY

Historical Society of Cecil County
135 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 398-1790
The Old Bohemia Historical Society
PO Box 61
Bohemia Church Road
Warwick, MD 21912
(302) 378-5800

KENT COUNTY

Kent County Historical Society
101 Church Alley
PO Box 665
Chestertown, MD 21620-0665
(410) 778-3499

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

Queen Anne's County Historical Society
Tucker House
124 South Commerce Street
PO Box 62
Centreville, MD 21617
(410) 758-3010

TALBOT COUNTY

Historical Society of Talbot County
25 South Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 822-0773

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Lower Eastern Shore

Lower DelMarVa Genealogical Society
PO Box 3602
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 742-3501 or (410) 546-0314
or visit the LDGS facebook page
Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council
212 West Main Street, Suite 309
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
(410) 677-4706
or visit the LESHC facebook page

DORCHESTER COUNTY

Dorchester County Historical Society
The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester
1003 Greenway Drive
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-7953

SOMERSET COUNTY

Somerset County Historical Society
Teackle Mansion
PO Box 181
11736 Mansion Street
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(410) 651-2238
Somerset County Historical Trust
c/o Mrs. Howard Yerges, Executive Director
10380 Anderson Road
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(401) 651-0788
Skipjack Heritage, Inc.
PO Box 158
Deal Island, MD 21821
Milton "Bunky" Carew, President: (410) 422-6333
Crisfield Heritage Foundation
J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum
3 Ninth Street
PO Box 253
Crisfield, MD 21817
(410) 968-2501

WICOMICO COUNTY

Wicomico County Historical Society
Pemberton Historical Park
Pemberton Drive
PO Box 573
Salisbury, MD 21803-0573
(410) 860-0447
The Allen Historical Society
Passerdyke Cottage
3474 Allen Road
PO Box 31
Allen, MD 21810
George Shivers, Historian: (443) 523-0983
Westside Historical Society
Barren Creek Heritage Center and Museum
413 Main Street
Mardela Springs, MD 21837
Sylvia Bradley, Executive Director: (410) 726-8047

WORCESTER COUNTY

Worcester County Historical Society
209 Willow Street
PO Box 697
Pocomoke City, MD 21851
(410) 632-1265 or (410) 632-2600

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Statewide

Maryland Genealogical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 685-3750
Genealogical Council of MD
PO Box 10096
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-0096
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place, 3rd Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032
(410) 514-7600
Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc.
PO Box 1533
Ellicott City, MD 21041
or join the CPMBS facebook group
Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
PO Box 334
Glenn Dale, MD 20769
Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland
c/o Jewish Community Center
3506 Gwynbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117-1498
(443) 255-8228
United Methodist Historical Society of the Baltimore-Washington Conference
Lovely Lane Museum Library
2200 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 889-4458
The Society of the Ark and the Dove
PO Box 401
Riderwood, MD 21139-0401
The Order of the First Families of Maryland
29 Dana Point Avenue
Ventura, CA 93004-1656
Maryland Society - Sons of the American Revolution
PO Box 1
Cockeysville, MD 21030-0001
Maryland Daughters of the American Revolution
4701 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

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Nationwide

National Genealogical Society
4527 17th Street, North
Arlington, VA 22207-2399
(703) 525-0050 or (800) 473-0060
Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
(512) 336-2731
Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-1776
Sons of the American Revolution
809 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-1776

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