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

Westminster, Maryland
Old Grist & Saw Mill

Janet Colburn A Founding Member of CCGS

 Janet (Riley) Colburn
   December 11, 1942 ~ February 16, 2021 (age 78)


Janet Riley Colburn, 78, of Adamstown, Maryland, formerly of New Windsor, Maryland, died on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Buckingham’s Choice.

Born December 11, 1942 in Hanover, PA, she was the daughter of the late Ray D. and Lalia (Scott) Riley.  She was the loving and devoted wife of 52 years to Allen D. Colburn.

Janet graduated from Westminster High School class of 1960, Hood College in 1964, and went on to get a Master’s in Education from Western MD College in 1972, and a Master’s in Library Science from University of MD College Park in 1979.  Spending a brief career in education, Janet went on to an over 30 year career as a librarian at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County public library system.  She was instrumental in adding a genealogy section to the library specific to Carroll County’s family histories.  She was an active member and past-regent of the D.A.R., member and founder of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, former board member of Carroll Community College (received an honorary Doctorate degree for her many years of service as a board member).  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in New Windsor.

Surviving in addition to her husband Allen are son, Keith Colburn and wife Lisa of Ellicott City; daughter, Amy Cook and husband Theodore of Severn; grandchildren, Ethan Colburn, Elizabeth, Sarah, Benjamin and Rachel Cook; brother, Arthur Riley and wife Vickie of Westminster; sisters, Marjorie Lohnes and husband Fredric of Westminster and Donna R. Riley of Westminster; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis St., Westminster with the Rev. Marty Kuchma officiating. Burial will follow in the Westminster Cemetery. Friends and family may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  Due to pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required while in the funeral home.  The services will be live-streamed for those unable to attend at (  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Welcome To The CCGS Website!

  The Carroll County Genealogical Society President and Board would like to welcome the many researchers to our website that was created for you, our members and the public in pursuit of genealogical research.  Our informational offerings are rich and we continue to grow our digital content.  As we work to improve the historical records offered at our site we hope that you would join us if you are not a current member.  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.      

COVID Impacts - Feb 2021

Our general membership meetings continue to be cancelled.
Research Thursdays at the Westminster Branch Library are cancelled until further notice.    
While our open research time is cancelled our research services are still available.  Please see the Research Request page from our menu selection.  You can now purchase research time through our PayPal Account Services on the CCGS Store Page.  Thank you for your continued support!

Board Meeting

  The CCGS Board met on 6 Oct 2020 to continue planning and taking care of CCGS business.  We met for about 2 hours in pleasant surroundings in Landon C Burns Park in Westminster.  In attendance were Andrea Kehoe, Carol Wheatly, Russ Hudson, Jane Brown-Wise, Judy Wagner, Ann Horvath, and our photographer Wanda Hall.  We will cover more of our discussions in the upcoming December newsletter.