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Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland
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Easton, MD 21601

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RESEARCH CENTER CLOSED ON JAN 20, 2024

NOTICE - The Research Center/Library will not be open tomorrow, due to the weather conditions. It will be open as scheduled on January 27, 2024. Apologies, but we'd rather be safe than sorry, given the road conditions and projected low overnight temperatures. Our schedule is pinned to the top as a featured post/announcement, so you can always check that for updates to our schedule.


UPDATED INVENTORY AVAILABLE!!


The latest version of our Research Center/Library Inventory has been posted, which includes all of our recent acquisitions, including our Maryland State-Level holdings and now including our Delaware holdings, including state-level, as well as holdings from all three counties in Delaware (Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex). Just click on the link in the left menu titled Family Research Center Inventory to look through the PDF of all of our inventoried holdings.


 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Bordley History Center
We are continuing our 50 year anniversary celebration and having meetings throughout the five counties in our area. The January membership meeting will be held at 1 PM January 13, 2024, at the Bordley History Center of the Historical Society of Kent County (HSKC) (https://kentcountyhistory.org/), 301 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. The meeting will start with a short business session. After that, Bill Leary of the HSKC will give a talk on research he has conducted on African American life in Kent County from the time of the Revolutionary war until the Civil War. We will also have some general information about the HSKC and what activities they support in preserving the history of Kent County Maryland. I think it will be a great meeting and we wish to thank the HSKC for agreeing to host a meeting! As a point of information, there is a Farmer's Market in downtown Chestertown that will end at 12 noon, so if you feel up to taking in some of the local charm of Chestertown, come to the Market before the meeting. It should be a lot of fun. There should be plenty of parking available in the area. We will again attempt to use Microsoft Teams to make the meeting available to those who cannot attend in person, since we have so many members across the United States. The meeting link is: https://teams.live.com/meet/9331156439296?p=FlYR64hOE7yEuPiT


Check Out Our Bookstore!

Go to the USGSMD Bookstore and check out our prices! USGSMD Members get 20% off select publications!


Individual Issues Now Available!

Chesapeake Cousins 46-1 cover Individual past issues of the Chesapeake Cousins from volumes 1 through 49-1 are now available for purchase.

Each issue is $9 for CD (PDF) and $17 for book format (if available).

All volumes (1 through 49-1, 94 issues) are also available on CD (PDF) for $50 and USGSMD Member price is $40 (20% OFF).

The table of contents has been updated and can be found on the Chesapeake Cousins page and at the USGSMD Bookstore.

Dorchester County Cemetery
Preservation Organization

Anchor of Hope Cemetery, Hoopers Island, Dorchester County, Maryland Anchor of Hope Cemetery Edward Dean formed a new non-profit organization to help preserve Dorchester County cemeteries.

It all began with trying to preserve the Anchor of Hope Cemetery (aka: Travers Family Graveyard) on Hoopers Island, and it has grown from there.

Please join the Dorchester County Cemetery Preservation Organization Facebook group to get updates on their progress and to see days and times of volunteer projects.

Pictures on the left are of the Anchor of Hope Cemetery, one of the many cemeteries in Dorchester County that needs preservation.

New Family Group Sheets

FRE USGS Family Group Sheet

FRE Instructions
FRE Family Group Sheet
FRE Additional Children
FRE Additional Notes and Sources

We have created new family group sheets for the Family Record Exchange (FRE) and for submitting to the USGSMD journal, the Chesapeake Cousins. These new family group sheets may be filled out on your computer and emailed to usgsmd@yahoo.com for submission. We still accept handwritten forms, though they will not be text searchable. These forms are listed on the Chesapeake Cousins page.

Please fill out and submit your family group sheets for the next issue of the Chesapeake Cousins!


Updated USGSMD Research Center Inventory

We have added the Surname Index for the Family Research Volumes. So far, we have updated the inventories for Family Histories and the counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset and Talbot. More inventories will be added soon. Please check out the updated inventory of our collection on our USGSMD Research Center Inventory page.


Locating and Preserving Cemeteries
From Inadvertent Damage

As a result of many issues where older, lesser known, cemeteries in Maryland were inadvertently discovered in the course of developments or highway construction projects, a concept for a statewide database of cemeteries was developed to include modern (GPS) location information to preclude further damage or destruction of these cemeteries. While many larger, currently operating, cemeteries are easily identified, many older and/or private cemeteries are not. The Maryland State Highway Administration and Preservation Maryland worked together to create The Cemetery Documentation Project.

It started with a test phase, in which they located and documented 100 small and historic cemeteries, not all of which had precise location information about them. The cemeteries were located and then registered in a database using an application that was developed. The database is maintained by the state in the Maryland iMap ArcGIS system. Since the test was a success, the next phase is to identify organizations that also have an interest in locating, identifying, documenting and preserving these cemeteries.

They are seeking volunteers across the state, primarily through organizations like Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland (USGSMD) (or historical societies), to “crowd source” data collection effort. They will work with counties that already have their own databases similar to this (like Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Wicomico, Howard, and Baltimore counties) to obtain their data about these types of cemeteries. The effort is NOT designed to collect data on identifying the graves in a cemetery, rather to identify and locate the cemetery itself. If you are familiar with the website “Find-A-Grave”, this database is more of a “Find-A-Cemetery” to protect it from accidental damage or destruction. They want to gather details about cemeteries, such as the cemetery name, address, size, overall photographs, caretaker or owner information, and other important notes about the cemetery. They will respect the wishes of cemetery owners who do NOT want their cemetery information to be public for some reason.

The general public cannot get access to the data at this stage of the process. They plan to address expectations of data quality and data security before data is publicly available. They want users to come through partner organizations, like USGSMD, so that there is some initial level of quality control. They will provide user accounts to volunteers to help with data collection. For USGSMD, identifying, locating, and preserving locations and information that helps fellow citizens research and document their family history and ancestry is an important function. Our prior work to develop the cemetery records for the five counties in our area are evidence of our commitment to this kind of work.

Recently, we were notified that they are registering volunteers to assist in this effort. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to the USGSMD email account of usgsmd@yahoo.com. We will provide the details for volunteers to create user accounts with the State Highway Administration to submit data.

David W. Baker, President


Caroline County Administrative Accounts Indexes

1703 - 1776 and 1790 - 1817

This index to the Caroline County Administrive Accounts of the Register of Wills records, was compiled by USGSMD member, Gary Willis, and can be found on our research links page. Thank you Gary!


Will and Probate Records Indexes

1634-1940

This is 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, Caroline and Carroll counties have been completed so far. If you would like to volunteer to help with this project, please email usgsmd@yahoo.com. These indexes can be found on our research links page.