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
September 13
Genealogy: An Advanced Course
This class is for the experienced genealogist who needs help in climbing over those “brick walls,” or deciphering old handwriting, locating and evaluating those hard-to-find records, defining all those terms, what to share “ethically,” preserving documents and photos, and writing the “Great American Novel” (your family history). A trip to a research facility will be scheduled. ...
October 3
Advanced DNA: Technique Tracing Family History
Advanced DNA: Techniques for Tracing Family History is a follow-up course for students who completed DNA: Trace Your Family History. It will build on basic DNA knowledge with practical exercises in analysis techniques and understanding DNA matches. You will apply analysis tools to your own DNA test results in a workshop environment. The course will address ...
November 9
Military Records in Genealogical Research
Jeff Korman will get us started with using military records from the U.S. in our research. This lecture will cover the availability of records, the information they contain, and how to access these documents. We'll look at the agencies that are charged with housing these files from both major and ...