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

Welcome to Our Website!

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 forty 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
December 7
December Board meeting
The board will meet at a restrauant and dining with ther guests.  All members are welcome to attend all HCGS Board meetings.
December 14
If you have questions that need answers or information to share, choose your member-led table with others that share your research interests. Topics may be Using Facebook, Beginners table, Research in Mid-West States, Research in Maryland/Virginia, Apps for Genealogists and DNA for Genealogists. Member-Led by Dennis Ayers, Jerry Kissel, Jim ...
January 15
Introduction to the Genealogical Databases at the Family History Center
Davis Gardner will introduce us to the free genealogy databases at the Family History Center….. Find My Past, (library ed.), Newspaper Access Archive, fold3 and more.   Davis and his Wife are the new Directors of the Family History Center in Ellicott City and he is also the new ...