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P.O. Box 275
Easton, MD 21601

Now Available:

Methodist Episcopal Church Records, Hillsborough Circuit, 1860-1890

317 pages, fully indexed and includes lists of members, marriages, baptisms, probationers and more (compiled from the original records by USGS volunteers Jean Kelly, Louise Scott, Irma Harper, Annie May Price and Joyce O'Neal and indexed by Mary Engle).

Includes churches/chapels of Caroline, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties: Hall's Cross Road, St. Paul's, King's Creek, Wye Mills, Magee's Chapel, Ridgely, Beaver Dam, Miles River, and Hillsboro.

For ordering information, stop by the USGS Bookstore, located at the USGS Research Center, email: or call 410-482-8072.

Price per book is $29.00 (MD residents add 6% sales tax) plus $6.00 shipping and handling.

Welcome to USGS !

The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland is celebrating its 41st Anniversary. Founded in 1973, the USGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by volunteers and covers Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The USGS began following a genealogy class for beginning researchers, held at the Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. From the initial class of fourteen, the organization now offers information and assistance to more than one hundred members. We welcome you to trace your family genealogy and history, visit the USGS Research Center and Bookstore, and become a member of USGS.

Cookies and Punch for the Christmas Bunch

December 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come join the fun and do some research too! Cookies and punch will be served. It will be held at the USGS Research Center, 12156 Greensboro Road, Greensboro, Maryland, and is open to the public.

We will again be offering a one day 20% off sale to members and non-members on all of our publications and e-books, in anticipation of the gift giving season. Thank you to everyone for your support. You may pre-order so that we will be sure to have them in stock. Call Jean Kelly for publications: 410-482-8072 and email Mary Engle for e-books: We also have pretty gift membership cards available.  View the list of USGS Publications for the one day 20% off sale, which includes all of our books, e-books and our new Methodist Episcopal Church Records book.

The USGS Research Center and Bookstore are open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

USGS Research Center

USGS Research Center

and Bookstore

12156 Greensboro Road

Greensboro, Maryland

The Upper Shore Genealogical Society Research Center is located on MD Route 313, Denton-Greensboro Road in Caroline County, Maryland, and is staffed by volunteers.

The USGS Research Center and the USGS Bookstore are open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except Federal holiday weekends or inclement weather. To verify the Research Center opening times or if you are planning a visit to the area and need to come on a different day or time and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Jean Kelly at 410-482-8072.

The Research Center houses collections of family histories, Bible records, research books, and more, available for your use. We also have cd's, microfilm, and microfiche, including records from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. Some periodical records are also available to search. All collections are for in-house use only.

Donations of used or new books, published or unpublished family histories, along with cd's, microfilm and microfiche are welcome. 

Contributions to the Research Center may be sent to USGS, P.O. Box 275, Easton, Maryland, 21601.

USGS Meetings

General meetings are held at the USGS Research Center at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of the months of January, March, May, September and November.

A forum for exchange is provided at these meetings with a problem solving session devoted to questions and answers from members who are experiencing difficulties in their genealogical research.

Meeting time and place may be verified by calling 410-482-8072.

Chesapeake Cousins

Chesapeake Cousins is the Society's journal helping to further the research of our members. Published twice per year in the Spring and Fall (April and October), it contains a wide variety of articles submitted by members. The articles include family charts, bible records, newspaper abstracts, military records, tax records, census records, family histories, depositions, pension lists, emigration lists, book reviews and articles of genealogical and historical interest.

If you are a member and would like to contribute to the Chesapeake Cousins Journal, please submit your article to Jean Kelly, USGS of MD, P.O. Box 275, Easton, Maryland, 21601, or call Jean Kelly at 410-482-8072.

Back issues of Chesapeake Cousins, consisting of 40 years of genealogy, history and research material (76 issues) may be purchased from the USGS Bookstore on e-book format (CD-ROM in PDF searchable format).

Cousin to Cousin Newsletter

The Cousin to Cousin Newsletter keeps our members informed of operational changes and activities, along with acquisitions of new books and family histories, meeting dates and topics and whatever else we believe to be of assistance. It is published three times per year in the months of February, June and October.  Questions, comments or submissions to the Cousin to Cousin Newsletter may be addressed to Mary Engle,