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P.O. Box 275
Easton, MD 21601

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Upcoming Events:

Jan. 11, 2020
Membership Meeting at 1:00 p.m.
with a 2-hour lecture by Dr. Clara Small on "Men of Color from the Lower Eastern Shore Who Served in the Civil War."

Mar. 14, 2020
Membership Meeting at 1:00 p.m. with lecture to follow.

April 2020
Yard sale fundraiser.

May 9, 2020
Membership Meeting at 1:00 p.m. and election of officers.

NEW Indexes for Caroline County, MD

1703 - 1776 and
1790 - 1817 Indexes to Administrative Accounts for the Register of Wills Records

These indexes were compiled by USGS member, Gary Willis! The index can be found on our research links page.

1634 - 1940 Index to Will and Probate Records
A joint project by the Maryland State Archives, Comptroller of the Treasury, Register of Wills and FamilySearch. This project began in 2013. The volunteers are working on indexing all the counties in Maryland. Baltimore and Carroll counties have also been completed. If you would like to volunteer to help with this project, please email

These indexes can be found on our research links page.


Welcome to USGS !

The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland is celebrating its 46th year. 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.

January 11, 2020, USGS General Meeting and Speaker, Dr. Clara Small

Become a Member

Consider joining others who are tracing their family's origins on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland invites you to join us in the exchange of information on Eastern Shore genealogy and on genealogical research in general.

Most of our members have interests in families who lived in the counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot. Because of this, our Society has become an important means by which residents and non-residents exchange information in research of these families.

The annual membership of $25.00 is used to cover the costs of publishing our publications and operating expenses of the USGS Research Center and is for one year beginning on the date you pay your dues. Membership includes the Society's bi-annual publication Chesapeake Cousins (April and October), the Society's bi-annual Cousin to Cousin Newsletter, and an annual Membership-Surname Directory. All of our publications provide information you can use in your family genealogical pursuits. For more information regarding the benefits of membership, please go to the Membership page.

Please fill out the new interactive USGS MEMBERSHIP FORM and email it to: If you would like to pay by check, please mail your check and membership order form to: USGS, P.O. Box 275, Easton, Maryland 21601.

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USGS Research Center

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 book form and on CD (PDF). Purchases may be made in person, by mail and by paypal. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Kelly at 410-482-8072 or e-mail:

USGS Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the Research Center, filling a position on the Board, being a guest speaker at one of our meetings, helping members with genealogical research or anything else, please email: or call Jean Kelly: 410-482-8072.