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

Westminster, Maryland
Historic Oak

Welcome To The CCGS Website!

  The Carroll County Genealogical Society President and Board would like to welcome all researchers to our 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.  

September Renewals

  It is that time of the year when the bulk of yearly memberships for Carroll County Genealogical Society come due.  Please login under the Members Only option from the menu to determine if your renewal is due at this time.  If you are presented with the Membership Renewal Banner you may select Profile from the menu and proceed as directed.  This year we have added Renewal Instructions as a menu selection, where you can familiarize yourself with the renewal process before proceeding to renew.   
  If you need assistance please contact the Membership Chair, Judy Wagner via email -
  Thank You for your continued support of the Carroll County Genealogical Society.  

National Night Out

  On Tuesday 14 August, Carroll County Genealogical Society members set up a display for the Carroll County National Night Out event held in Eldersburg at the Volunteer Fire Hall.  The event was well attended by the community and CCGS was one of the many organizations who set up displays.  There was plenty of great food offerings from local restaurant businesses and give aways for the kids.  The event was filled with demonstrations from the Volunteer Fire Department and Carroll County Sherriff Department. Our members answered many questions from the public about the Society and genealogy.     

CCGS Annual Dinner Meeting

  CCGS members gathered on June 10 for the annual business and dinner meeting.  Our Hospitality Chair Wanda Barnes and her committee organized a great event for 49 guests.  Hosted by Carroll Lutheran Village in New Windsor Md., the setting was perfect, the rain ended early and the sun was shining.  Wanda knows a thing or two about putting on these events and she always seems to outdo herself with each one. 
   Our speaker for the evening was Robyn N. Smith and her presentation was excellent and well received by the Society members.  Focusing on cluster research techniques and utilizing the "FAN Club" principle, Robyn presented case studies demonstrating the application of these research techniques.  Her presentation captured the audience and it seemed many left the event wanting to try out what they had learned with their own research.
   Robyn N. Smith and president Eileen Souza
For more pictures of the event please look here  Annual 2018 Dinner

New in the Library!

Stoner Brethren, A History of John Stoner (circa 1705 – 1769) And His Descendants, was published in 1993 by the author, Richard R. Weber and recently donated to our collection. It is a wonderful resource with names of many local families that married into the Stoner family and it covers up to the 8th generation from the immigrant. There are transcriptions of probate, tax and land records. Some photographs have been included. There are also many notes, references, a bibliography and it is fully indexed. This is a wonderful resource for those researching those elusive Brethren of the area that is now the western part of Carroll County.
We are very grateful to the donor for this book and feel sure that it will be of value to our researchers.
Look for it in the Family History book section.
Note: If you are considering donating slightly used books from your collection that you are no longer using, check our library catalog to see if it is something that we already own.

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  

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:

August 28
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 ...

September 17
CCGS September Meeting
Our speaker for the evening is Andy Hochreiter and he will present,      "Using DNA to Trace Family: The Basics"     Direct to Consumer DNA test kits have introduced an important tool for genealogists and family historians.  Genetic Genealogy provides another way to discover family relationships, ancestral lines ...

September 21
Family History Lock-in
  This first ever event is offered by the Carroll County Public Library at the Finksburg Branch.  CCGS is partnering with the library to offer Genealogical Research assistance to members of the community.  This event requires registration and availability is limited.  Registration will begin on 7 Sep 2018 through the ...

October 15
CCGS October Meeting
Our speaker for the evening is David Powell and he will present,   "Genealogical Oddities"            “Doing research on my family history over the past 25 years has been extremely rewarding. Doing that research I have come across many extremely interesting and sometimes unusual records. Family skeleton ...