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Explore Our Links Page
There have been several new additions to our Links page, where we share the URLs for free websites that hold valuable information for the genealogical researcher.
Recently added is a link to O Say Can You See, a site that explores the legal aspects and history of American slavery, with information and searchable databases of names of enslaved people who sued for their freedom along with their attorneys and the attorneys of their enslavers. The information was retrieved from court records of Washington, D.C. and Maryland as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. It contains some early history of Washington, D.C. along with detailed, interactive maps showing a number of aspects of city life in the early 1800s. A must-visit site for African American research.
Also new is a link to the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., a group formed in 1865 for residents of Washington, D.C. to gather and foster pride in their city. If your ancestors lived in D.C., they may have been members. Check this site to discover this. The organization holds monthly luncheon meetings with programs of interest to those living, visiting, or interested in Our Nation's Capital.
And be sure to check out the link to a USGENWEB site listing Landowners of Prince George's County when it was formed from Calvert and Charles Counties in 1696. You might call it the Oldest Inhabitants of Prince George's County.
Fall 2022 Bulletin Is Now Available
The latest edition of our newsletter is now available for members to download from the Members Only page. In this issue learn about researching the county's Colonial Anglican Church records, using the website Digital Maryland (see also our Links page), new library acquisitions, and hints on using new marriage records on Maryland State Archives. And more. Read about volunteers who were recently awarded for their dedication and service to our society -- you could become one of them! There are also excepts from early 20th century county voting registers; your ancestor could be on this list.
Catch up on local genealogical happenings -- and don't forget to see our Events page for information about our meeting coming up on Wednesday, October 5.
If you did not find a notification email from us about the newsletter or the monthly meeting, please check your spam folder -- emails with a large number of recipients are sometimes assumed by your email provider to be spam. The only thing we have in common with Spam is: "Sizzle and Mmmm"! :)
County Marriage Licenses Now Online
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our Vice President and Newsletter Editor, John White, the Maryland State Archives has now made available for viewing at home in your jammies Prince George's County Marriage Licenses from 1777 to 1851. We truly appreciate your efforts on this, John. If there are other records you would like us to encourage MSA to make available without a visit to Annapolis, please let us know the specific record group of interest. You may leave us a message through the Contact page of this website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access these newly available records, visit https://www.msa.maryland.gov, then click on Research Guides from the list on the left; select Marriage Records, then select the county of marriage (Prince George's), pick 1950 and Earlier. Under Marriage Licenses, pick CM-783. On the next screen, click on the Link for the time period of interest. Marriages licenses come up on hand-written pages with years at the top and licenses are listed by date. You'll have to scroll down or even advance the page to find where you need to be. If you click on the box with the number beside the title "Viewing" you can pick a new image number instead of scrolling page by page through unnecessary lists.
These records aren't indexed, but you can find an index on both ancestry.com and familysearch.org. The title on both websites is, "Index of Marriage Licenses, Prince George's County, Maryland, 1777-1886." Search there first to find the date, the use the MSA records to download a copy of the image, which is unavailable from the index, although the information contained is basically the same.
Oh, and at some point you'll need to click on a box to convince the computer you aren't a robot.
Happy researching! Let us know how you fare.
The Bulletin Subject Index
Today I have uploaded to the Member's Only portion of our website a 53-year Subject Index of our newsletter, The Bulletin. Our thanks to our long-time volunteer, Karen Miles, who carefully and painstakingly compiled this index for the good of our society and its members. We need more people like you!
Note that there are three sections to the index -- first is more specific articles about various subjects and then, under General Genealogy, there are more general articles about some of the same topics. Third, there is an index to information about our society itself. We hope this index will assist you in making full use of our website and its offerings, specifically our newsletter archives. Happy researching!
New Bulletin Now Available
The latest edition of our informative newsletter, The Bulletin, is now available under Newsletters on the Members Only page of our website. You may log on and download your copy anytime. It is Volume 54 and #1, so the only issue under the Volume 54 heading so far. I think you'll find it very informative and helpful in your research. Thanks to our editor, John White for insightful articles about bounty land, some military pensions, and much more.
If your membership entitles you to a printed and mailed copy, the issue is currently at the printer and should be ready for mailing in a day or two. You should get your copy next week. Remember that Monday is a holiday, with no mail delivery.
And Happy Independence Day! Stay safe.
Welcome to our new website.
We hope you will enjoy this new website adventure, where we have more control over updating and modifying our website than we had in the past. Our plans are to create a useful tool for members and visitors alike to learn about our society, to explore family history research, and to discover ways to be involved in our society, through volunteering, sharing information, or offering suggestions. Check this blog often for updates and news about our society, events, or other information of genealogical interest.
Nitty Gritty: There are a few things to point out. Note that on this site the links to other sites or pages will be colored red, not the typical blue underlined text you may be used to. If you are looking for a link, look for the red text on the page (not the headers).
Do you use hotmail? We have discovered our emails sent to that domain are rejected by their server. Even when there is only one addressee as the recipient, the email will not go through. This makes it very hard for us to communicate with you. If you have an alternative email provider, we encourage you to enter it on your Member Profile for us to use. You might also try entering the email, email@example.com, into your Contact List. This may help, but there is no certainty. We do try to limit emails to members, so we don't overwhelm you.
Members Only Page: To access all the benefits of your membership, you must log in to this page. If you don't remember your User Name or Password, click on the ? next to the entry box and you will be given a chance to enter your email for a link to create a new user name or password. Be sure to update your Member Profile when you have something to change.
: If you are not yet a member of our society, we encourage you to explore our site, attend our meetings (email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation), check out our publications and our library catalog. We hope you will be convinced to join us as we encourage and assist research into family history. You may join online using Paypal for payment. Click on the Online Join button from the column on the left of the page. Or you may download and complete our Membership Form
and mail it with a check for the appropriate amount to the address on the form.
Contact Us: If you have problems, suggestions, or even compliments, please email email@example.com.