Genealogical Society Events and Programs


Upcoming Meetings

Genealogical Society meetings are held at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD. Call 240-314-5019 for directions. There is ample free parking. We request a voluntary donation of $5.00 from non-members. If Montgomery County Schools are closed due to weather, we do not meet.


Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30pm

The District of Columbia Archives: keeper of the records, treasures,
memories and archives of the District of Columbia. by William Branch.

This presentation will provide an overview of the birth, marriage and death records, wills, land records, indentures of apprentices, jail records and more. Records on file include Alexander Graham Bell, birth records of Duke Ellington and more.

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm

Women’s Voices: The Importance of Preserving Our Stories by Anne Bolen.

A look back on how we have learned from the women in our own families. As the role of women in America has changed, how have we preserved the story of those that lived in different decades and places?

Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30pm

The Family Tree: Crowdsourcing and Collaborating to Memorialize Your Ancestors by Carol Kostakos Petranek.

The collaborative nature of the Family Tree allows an ancestor’s descendants to work together to create a unique ancestor page. Vital statistics with the requisite supporting documentation create the backbone of an ancestral profile, but photos and stories bring him/her to life. This session will explore the Family Tree structure and demonstrate on how to add digital media to enrich your family’s history.


On-going Programs

First Friday of the month, 10:30-12:30   Genealogy Help at the Jane C. Sween 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. MCHS’s Librarian Sarah Hedlund and trained volunteers will help answer your genealogical questions. It is recommended you call first to determine the month’s topic. Included with $5 Library research fee (MCHS members free).  For more information, call 301-340-2974.


Recent Meetings

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:30pm

Holiday Party Show and Tell

Bring a finger food dish and your new genealogical discoveries to share or a brick wall (we’ve all had them!) to pose to get suggestions from the group on how to get around it,  at our annual holiday party.


Wednesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

Colonial Times to 1820 by Sharon Hodges.

It was often difficult for a foreigner living in one of the 13 Colonies to obtain British Citizenship. Did your ancestors naturalize? Understanding how the naturalization process worked in Colonial times can answer many questions for genealogists and help locate records.


Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm

Genealogy and Maps – A perfect Marriage for Tracking Ancestors by Sharon Maclnness.

Genealogist use, or should use, maps of many different kinds to locate their ancestors, track their migrations, etc. This presentation follows a family as it migrated across the country using national, state and county maps, google, genealogical mapping software and other map services.


Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30pm

Pension Research: You Stopped Too Soon by Craig Scott

Pension Research: Most just touch a pension application file. But there is so much more. There is pension law, application files, pension ledgers, payment vouchers, last and final payments.


Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30pm

Ancestors in the US Military: Online and in Military Archives by
Margaret McMahon.

Learn how to use online resources to locate information about your ancestors’ US Military service. The discussion will include information about how to use military archives in your research.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

German Ancestors: You CAN Cross “der See”by Pamela Loos-Noji.

You do not need to be an expert on German genealogy.  With a set of books detailing all the parishes of Germany, and with the websites <> and you can get back several generations (or more) in Germany.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

Is it Time to Hire a Professional?by Lorraine Minor.

Professional genealogists offer a wide range of services. Learn about these services, what to expect when you employ a professional and what you need to provide to get the most out of their services.