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

Westminster, Maryland
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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.  

Popular RootsTech 2018 - FamilySearch
  The free online broadcast schedule has been anounced.  Check out the story here at this link.  You may want to take advantage of some of the announced programs.  February 28 to March 3.

17 January 2018 - Governor Larry Hogan Honors Century Families
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today honored Maryland’s farm families for their commitment to farming and leadership in preserving agricultural land by presenting Century Farm designations to nine families from six counties who have farmed the same land for more than 100 years. 

Century Farms 2018 Honorees from Carroll County:

Farm at the Pines (Keymar, Carroll County)
Owners Mark and Elizabeth Devilbiss currently own and operate an 82-acre multiple crop farm. The farm was purchased in 1907 by William Devilbiss, the great-great grandfather of the current owners. In addition to growing corn, wheat, barley and hay, the farm also raises dairy and beef cattle. The original house, barn and wagon shed built in 1852 are all still in use today. The Farm at the Pines has participated in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation program since the 1990s. The farm is contiguous to Terra Rubra Farm, which is the birth place of Francis Scott Key. Mark and Elizabeth are trying to meld more modern farming practices into their operation while maintaining the heritage of the farm.

Generation Farm (Westminster, Carroll County)
Owned today by William “Dale” Lauterbach, this 50-acre farm was originally purchased in 1904 by his great-grandfather John Nelson. The farm is 75 percent cropland, 10 percent wetlands and 15 percent pasture. The farmhouse was built in the 1800s, with an addition added in 1919 after a fire destroyed their previous home. The farm produces corn, soybeans and barley; and raises goats, pigs and chickens. The farm also raised cows before switching to goats. John Nelson owned four farms that were divided up amongst his four children. All farms stayed within the family but two are being honored as century farms.

RockNel (Westminster, Carroll County)
Darlene Lauterbach is the owner of RockNel—a 34-acre farm with 95 percent used as cropland and 5 percent woodland. John Nelson, grandfather of current owner Darlene, purchased the property in 1910. The original home was destroyed in 1918 when lightning struck the barn and burned all the buildings. At the time the family moved across the road to another farm owned by the family. The present home was built in 1970 along with a shop in 1985. The farm produces hay, corn and soybeans and raises a few chickens. Over the years some of the property has been rented out to neighboring farmers.

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What's New in the Library!
  Our latest addition to the CCGS library is a wonderful research book by Nancy Rice Kiddoo.  Titled "German Military Immigrants From The American Revolution In Maryland".  Nancy R Kiddoo has authored a number of books on related topics and if you are wondering if your German ancestors fought for the United States during the Revolutionary War this is a must go to book.  The book provides in depth detail and research into 794 immigrants including Church records, land and tax records, immigration history, marriages and so much more.  Make sure you visit the library and check out our latest book addition.  You are looking for this book here.

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.    


February 27
Family History Community Classes 2018
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG once again offers Genealogical Training on a monthly basis.  This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best.  Attend one or attend them all, you are sure to pick up knowledge and tips to aid you in your genealogical research.  Please see the attached ...

March 10
2018 SLRC Annual Genealogy Lecture Series
EVENT IS BEING HELD AT THE MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY Name changes, as well as differences in legal and social status, can make finding female ancestors difficult for genealogists. Where can you look for a wife's first and maiden name when she is only listed in the census as a female ...

March 19
CCGS March Meeting
Are You My Grandpa?  Men of the Same Name - Our Speaker is Rebecca Whitman Koford.  Are you finding men, in the same community, sharing a common name as you conduct your research?  Then this presentation is designed with you in mind as Ms. Koford will present case studies, hints and ...

April 6
The Joy of Genealogy
This event held by the Fairfax Genealogical Society offers a 2 Day event with six tracks and four lectures each day.  Use the Learn More button for more details.  

April 16
CCGS April Meeting
History, Records, and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived - Our speaker is Ms. Angela Packer McGhie.   In conducting research and learning about the places where our ancestors lived we are able to view them in a social and historical context, which will aide us in locating relevant records.  ...