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.

NOTE: The Rockville Senior Center is currently closed due to COVID-19. The meetings will be held via Zoom until circumstances permit us to meet safely.

Email to register and get the Zoom link.

Click here to view the spring 2021 schedule.

Ongoing Programs

First Friday of the month is currently suspended as the Jane Sween Library remains closed at this time due to COVID-19. 

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, November 18 at 7:30pm

Research in Family Bibles by Claire McDonald

For many families, the old family Bible is a valued treasure that not only reflects the spiritual lives of their ancestors but shares their stories as well. In this presentation, librarian/archivist Claire McDonald explores the history of the family Bible in America and offers tips and tools for using family Bibles to gain information and insights into your family history. Participants are invited to bring their own family Bibles to add to the richness of the conversation.

Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30pm

General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) by Christopher Locke

2020 marks four hundred years since the Mayflower arrived in Massachusetts. Learn about the Society including its formation in the US and Maryland and 400th anniversary goings-on. Mr. Locke will also discuss the basis for joining, how to build an application and the state of DNA research vis-a-vis the Pilgrim ancestors.


Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30pm

Getting the Most out of by Sharon MacInnes

Ancestry has changed dramatically over the past couple of years. Are you using the latest search options and filters? Do you know how many free resources (including expensive books like The Source and The Redbook) are available on its wiki?  Can you find the books and databases and maps that relate to your ancestors effectively (and, by the way, what are databases)?  What are the pros and cons of using online trees and posting your own tree?  How would taking Ancestry DNA test help you?  We’ll explore these topics and others during this presentation.\