Howard County (Maryland) Genealogical Society
Howard County
Genealogical Society
Helping you discover your family history
There are a number of educational opportunities offered in the Howard County area on a regular basis. Some are offered in conjunction with the Howard County Library, the system of Howard County Senior Centers, Howard Community College, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, as well as the many close by county's genealogical societies and historical societies.  We encourage all to look at furthering their exposure to what others are doing, sources they have located, and how to improve your own research skills. 
 
Classes
The Howard County Community College offers several genealogy and family history related courses as Noncredit Classes in the Spring and Fall.  They are offered as part of the History and Culture area within the  Lifestyle and Leisure section.  For a current listing of family history based training scheduled see Training on the Events page.
 
Help
The Howard County Genealogical Society will be hosting a free help desk on the third Saturday of every month at the Howard County Historical Society Archive and Research Library located on the second floor of the Miller Branch Library.  This help desk is open to genealogical research in all areas of the United States, Europe and other countries. Anyone interested in genealogical research is invited to stop by and have experienced genealogists help you to "break down the brick wall" or get started on your family history. For more information call the Historical Society at 410-480-3250.
For a current listing of these events see Help Desk on the Events page. 
 
In the current environment, the Howard County Genealogical Society recognizes that the health and safety of our members, and in fact the entire community, is of paramount importance and we hope that all of you are doing well.  We are unable to have meetings or offer any services on a face-to-face basis but would still like to provide you with some assistance in your family history research.  To that end, we are inaugurating an Online Help Desk whereby you can submit questions, issues, or difficulties encountered in your own research to HCGS and one of our volunteers will attempt to provide you with solutions, suggestions or explanations.  
 
This will all be handled via e-mail and not limited to any specific time periods or to Howard County.  Send your inquiry to info@hcgsmd.org with the word “Help” in the subject line and a volunteer will soon be in touch with you.  It will be very helpful if you have digital copies of any documentation that supports your inquiry and can send that to the volunteer once you’ve been contacted.  We will have access to various genealogy websites but not to actual documents or other sources not on the Internet.  Also be aware that there may be several back-and-forth e-mails to ask questions or verify facts and our responses may take a day or more.
 
I hope you find this Online Help Desk both useful and easy to use.  It will be very informal — whatever you and the volunteer agree to — but is about all we can do at this time.