Carroll County Genealogical Society
Carroll County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1752
Westminster, Maryland  21158
Carroll County Genealogical Society

Westminster, Maryland
McKinstry Mill

Welcome To The CCGS Website!

  The Carroll County Genealogical Society President and Board would like to welcome all researchers to our new website that was created with you, our members in mind and the public in pursuit of genealogical research.  We hope our presentation of information is engaging and helpful and if you are not currently a member you would consider a membership in our society.  Our informational offerings are rich and our plans are to grow as we work to improve the information and historical records offered to the general public and our membership.  Enjoy the site, explore and research. Genealogical research is rewarding and we hope that you find your experience with us positive and will return often in your research.  

  Membership Renewal
  Memberships currently renew for all members on 1 September.  Please ensure that when you renew, your contact information is current. We need current addresses to ensure that you receive your copy of the Carrolltonian and a current email if you have one so that you can be kept aware of CCGS events and changes.  Don't get lost, stay in touch!
  If you have difficulty in making changes please contact the CCGS Membership Chair - Judy Wagner at the following email address: and she will be happy to help you with any changes needed.  

  Our Collections Highlighted
  At times some CCGS members or researchers visiting CCGS on Research Thursdays, will ask what they can do with their research collections.  How can they share the information they have learned?  We can point to our library shelves that hold an amazing collection of published books in multiple formats.  You will find family and surname research from small manuscripts to intricately bound research across multiple volumes.  We have had speakers at our membership meetings that often focus on sharing research by publishing, creating family photo collections to simple scrapbook making.  Many of our published books are written by CCGS members.  These collections are readily available for the researcher.  One member, Charles R Appler has created an Appler Family Newsletter which he publishes and provides to CCGS.  Published for 35 years this collection of Appler and associated family news is a treasure to researchers interested in this family with Carroll County roots.  He has taken his research to a different level documenting and sharing not only history but current family information.  We have a copy of a recent newsletter that you can view here.  We have additional newsletters in our family history section available for your research.      

Our focus, our history...
Carroll County was formed in 1837 it's boundaries created from Baltimore and Frederick Counties.  It is an area rich in history and stories of families starting a new beginning. When the first settlers left the Atlantic Coast and the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay heading west, past the first fault drop in the streams and rivers flowing from the mountains to the coast they found rich farmland and quick running streams to power mills before the Appalachian Mountains.  It was here that many families had their first start in a wild frontier and it is from here that families would begin to migrate further west to the Ohio River Valley and southward towards Tennessee and Kentucky.  
Here on these pages the volunteers of the Carroll County Genealogical Society will strive to create the story of the many families who lived here, their history, their struggles and the records of their lives left behind for today's generations to recover and learn.  Genealogy is just one facet in telling the history of our land and of our Nation.  So as history intertwines with your family, rediscover your past and gain an understanding of how you reached your place in history today.