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P.O. Box 275
Easton, MD 21601

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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 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.

Please visit the USGS Bookstore.

Welcome to USGS !

The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland is celebrating its 42nd 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 become a member of USGS.

Join the USGS Facebook Group

Join the USGS Facebook Group to stay connected and to get the latest news, updates and to be informed of upcoming events. It is a great way to connect with other researchers in the area and help others research their families in the 5 county area.

USGS Research Center

USGS Research Center

12156 Greensboro Road
Greensboro, Maryland


Please visit the USGS Calendar for our hours, meetings and upcoming events.

For more information and to see our inventory of research materials, please view the USGS Research Center page.

Please visit the USGS Bookstore to see our publications for sale. Our publications are available in both book and e-book format (CD-ROM PDF searchable format). Purchases may be made in person, by mail and by paypal. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Kelly for books: 410-482-8072 or Mary F. Engle for e-books:

USGS Meetings

General meetings are held at the USGS Research Center at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the months of January, March, May, September and November, (please note the new day and time of meetings).

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.

Please visit the USGS Calendar for upcoming meetings. Meeting time and place may be verified by calling Jean Kelly: 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, or email to

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

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,