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

Westminster, Maryland
Carroll Farmhouse

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.  

What's New in the Library!
The newest addition to our library collection is Historic Westminster Cemetery & Union Meeting House. Written by David W. Bearr, a Westminster Cemetery Manager and past President and our very own Mimi Ashcraft. Mimi is a long time CCGS member and contributor to the Society.  She is the current CCGS Cemetery Chairperson and Carrolltonian Newsletter editor. The Union Meeting House was one of the earliest buildings in Westminster, used by various religious groups and for other special occasions. The book provides insights into early Westminster church activities and the surrounding burial grounds. Included is a cemetery map and descriptions for three walking tours of the cemetery. Short biographies of local citizens are included with some pictures of these people, their homes or other sites associated with their lives. If you have local ancestors, you will want to take a look at this new resource, now on our shelves (call number 929.3752 B)

In Memoriam

Rodger Bundy died May 8th in Waynesboro, PA where he and his wife, Sue had lived in recent years.  Both Rodger and Sue were active in genealogy when they lived here in Carroll County. Sue was a volunteer for the Historical Society, an avid genealogy and local history researcher. She was the society’s Vice President for several years. Rodger’s knowledge of other languages, especially German and his computer skills were often shared with researchers. Our sincere condolences to Sue and the family.
See for additional details about Rodger’s life and the memorial details. 

Burial Sites - New Law

Governor Hogan of Maryland signed into law SB 1242 and HB0877:  Requiring that the owner of a burial site or land encompassing a burial site that is more than 50 years old and in which the majority of persons interred have been interred for over 50 years to consult with the Maryland Historical Trust regarding certain matters; authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City or the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant a property tax credit on a real property improvement that substantiates, demarcates, commemorates, or celebrates a burial ground; etc.
The new law is effective 1 Jun 2018

CCGS Membership Changes
  The Executive Board has made a change to the membership terms for the Genealogical Society.  Effective immediately the Anniversary Date of your membership will be the basis for your yearly membership.  Upon joining the Genealogical Society, members will be provided with a full year of membership.  The renewal process will begin on your Anniversary date and will provide a 30 day window for renewal.  A 45 day grace period is enacted to provide members a period of time before their account will be made inactive if the account is not renewed.   Any account placed in an inactive status can be reactivated by logging into the Members Section and completing a renewal action.  For a majority of our members your renewal period will remain the same based on the September 1st renewal date.  For our newest members you should find that your anniversary date for renewal is based upon your join date.  Accounts have been adjusted and checked to ensure that this process change has been seamless.  If upon review of your account you find you have questions please contact the Membership Chair, Judy Wagner at
  These changes were made to improve the membership process allowing greater flexibility and to address concerns voiced by members.  The CCGS Board is always open to ideas and changes to improve our Genealogical Society.  Suggestions and concerns are always welcome and can be addressed to the Society at  

May 22
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 ...

June 10
CCGS Annual Banquet Meeting
The CCGS annual banquet is always a good time, so make sure your there to socialize, enjoy a good meal and hear our speaker for the evening.  This is a wonderful facility with plenty of good parking and easy to access.   Our speaker for this event is Robyn N. ...

June 30
The Shipleys of Maryland - 350th Anniversary of Adam Shipley's Arrival in Annapolis
Please see the attached flyer for full details to this event.  For the Shipley descendants it looks like an incredible event with a full agenda for attendees.  This might be one you will not want to miss.

August 19
Appler Family Reunion
The Appler Family Reunion has been scheduled for 19 August.  Please contact Charles R. Appler for more information regarding registration for this event.  Email:

September 15
A Day of Genealogy - St. Mary's Genealogical Society
Please see the attached flyer for information regarding this event.  The featured speaker is J. Mark Lowe, CG,FUGA