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P.O. Box 275
Easton, MD 21601

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Upcoming Events:

General Meeting
March 9, 2019
1:00 P.M.
Open to the public.
For more information: USGS Calendar


The Caroline Sun
Newspaper articles from The Caroline Sun, Caroline County, Maryland, 1902 to 1959.

For more information, go to The Caroline Sun bookstore page.


Calvary-Asbury United Methodist Church Records
Transcribed records from Dudley's, Dams, Roesville, Sudlersville, Templeville and Millington Churches, with full name index, from 1802 to 1954.

For more information, go to the Calvary-Asbury United Methodist Church Records bookstore page.

Federation of Genealogical Societies

About USGS

Our Mission
Our History
Officers and Committees
USGS Meetings
Chesapeake Cousins (USGS Journal)
Cousin to Cousin Newsletter
USGS Bylaws

Our Mission

The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It has a goal to discover, collect and disseminate data and records significant to history and family research, much of which reveals links between community and the land, as well as the education of its members and others in the techniques of genealogical research.

By being a member of the Society you will be joining many others who share this goal while tracing their family's origins to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Serving as a focal point for genealogical activities in the counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot, the Society is an important link in the exchange of information between resident and non-resident history researchers.

Our History

The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland began in 1973 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.

Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

USGS Officers

President: Mary Ellen Larrimore

Vice President: Vacant

Treasurer: William C. Schaffner

Recording Secretary: Nathalie Thomas

Corresponding Secretary: Eric Alexander

Standing Committee Chairpersons and Members

Program and Publicity Chair: Vacant
Program: Vacant
Webmaster: Nathalie Thomas

Publications Chair: Jean Kelly
Chesapeake Cousins Editor: Jean Kelly
Cousin to Cousin Newsletter Editor: Vacant
Distribution: Jean Kelly

Library Chair: Jean Kelly and Betty S. Lockwood (Acting Co-Chairs)
Assistant Librarian: Jean Kelly
Assistant Librarian: Betty S. Lockwood

Membership Chair: Diana Herr

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Hospitality Committee: Betty S. Lockwood

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Past President 2015-2018: Eric Alexander

Past President 2014-2015: Vernon L. Skinner, Jr.

Past President 2012-2014: Dr. Eric A. Cheezum


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 group sheets, lineage charts, family histories, stories of success, queries, brick wall research, family Bible records, ancestor biographies, photographs, court records, depositions, newspaper abstracts, military records, tax records, pension lists, immigration records and articles of genealogical and historical interest.

If you are a member and would like to contribute to the Chesapeake Cousins, please submit your article to Jean Kelly by mail: USGS of MD, P.O. Box 275, Easton, Maryland, 21601, or email: For more information you may contact Jean Kelly at 410-482-8072.

Back issues of Chesapeake Cousins, consisting of 42 years of genealogy, history and research material (81 issues, Volumes 1 through 42-2) may be purchased on e-book format (CD-ROM in PDF searchable format). Please visit the USGS Bookstore, and members get 20% OFF.


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 sent to


USGS Bylaws

The Bylaws of The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland were approved by unanimous vote at the November 12, 2016, general meeting.