About the Society

The Prince George's County Genealogical Society, founded in 1969, is the oldest Maryland County Genealogical Society in continuous existence. Its objectives are to collect, preserve, and disseminate genealogical knowledge and information, particularly that material that deals with Prince George's County, Maryland. The society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and cultural organization. Contributions, gifts, and endowments are tax deductible. The Society meets at the New Carrollton Municipal Center the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. We do not meet in July, August, or January. The Society Library housed at 12219 Tulip Grove Drive in Bowie, MD is open every Wednesday 10:00am to 5:00pm, except the first Wednesday of the month: 10:00 to 1:00. For more information, call 301-262-2063.

What's New

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  • VERA M. THORNE FAMILY HISTORY COLLECTION
    Thorne Collection boxes

    The Vera M. Thorne Family History Collection (105 Files), which was loaned to the PGCGS Library several months ago, will now be available for researchers for an indefinite period. Join those who have already taken advantage of this opportunity by visiting our Library on any Wednesday during regular business hours. You will be amazed by the amount of detailed information included in this collection!

    Thorne Collection sample

    Most of the surnames listed below are associated with the Thorne family and are from southern Prince George’s county, as well as Charles and Calvert counties. Vera did her research the hard way without a computer. Her records and notes are in long hand. She was the historian of the United Methodist Church in Friendly Maryland.


    Surnames include: Allen, Arthur, Baden, Baker, Barnes, Barrett, Bayne, Berry, Biggs, Bryan, Burch, Burgess, Cadle, Carroll, Cawood, Clagett, Clements, Clubb, Cook, Cooksey, Courts, Cox, Coxen, Culver, Davis, Day, Dean(e), DeMarr, Downing, Downs, Duvall, Dyer, Frazier, Freeland, Frye, Gallahan, Gant, Garner, Gates, Gibbons, Goddard, Grimes, Hatton, Henning, Hunt/Huntt, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jones, Kaldenback, Kerby, King, Kinneman, Lanham, Latimer, Lindsay, Locker, Loveless, Lusby, Lyles, Marden, Martin, McDaniel, Naylor, Padgett, Palmer, Payne, Phelps, Pumphrey, Pyles, Raum, Rawlings, Redd, Richardson, Riley, Robey, Roland, Russell, Sansbury, Sellner, Sheriff, Sherwood, Smallwood, Smith, Soper, Stonestreet, Swain, Sweeney, Talbert, Taylor, Tayman, Thompson, Thorn(e), Tilch-Stein, Tolson, Townshend, Turner, Wade, Walker, Wall/Walls, Ward, Webster, White, Whitmore, Wilson, and Young.

    Thorne Collection open box