The Shipleys of Maryland

An Organization of the Descendents of Adam Shipley Who Came to Maryland From England in 1668

Welcome to the Shipleys of Maryland website.  We are an organization of the descendents of Adam Shipley, an Englishman who came to Maryland in 1668 and settled in Anne Arundel county.  Our organization was founded on October 4, 1925.  Membership is open to all descendents of Adam Shipley, as well as their spouses.  We publish a newsletter twice a year, hold a family picnic each June, and hold an annual luncheon every October.  We published an extensive 3 volume, 2400 page geneology book in 2002, and also published a supplement early in 2011.


  • Memberships are available on either an annual or lifetime basis.  Membership entitles you to receive our newsletter, our membership directory, information about activities of the Shipley organization, as well as an opportunity to network with other family members.  An annual membership is $20.  Life memberships are $200.  You do not have to reside in Maryland to be a member- in fact, about half of our members live outside of Maryland.  Download the membership application form at the "Join Us" tab.


  • Our newsletter provides a convenient way to keep abreast of Shipley news and activities.  Published annually, it consists of 15-20 pages that provide organizational news (committee reports, director reports), family news (letters, memorials, births, milestones), recipes, and several feature articles of historical or genealogical interest for Shipleys.  Our current newsletter is available to members only.  Previous issues can be downloaded from the "Publications" tab.

  • We have two genealogical publications available for anyone who is interested.  Please use the book order section of the membership form on the "Join Us" tab.  You do not have to be a member to order books. 

    • "The Shipleys of Maryland, 2002."  This 3 volume set consists of over 2,400 pages which both update and expand on the information provided in our 1968 and 1938 editions.  We released the book amid much fanfare at our October 2002 annual meeting.  The book set costs $150 (plus shipping and MD tax, if applicable).

    • "Supplement 1 (2010)" is a compilation of additional genealogical information and corrections for the period of December 2000 (when the 2002 book closed) through December 2008. The 138 page supplement is printed on archival quality paper with a soft cover using the same format as the 2002 edition. The supplement matches both the color and size of the 2002 edition so that the set will be nicely matched on your bookshelf.  The supplement is priced at $10 (plus shipping and MD tax, if applicable).

    • For those of you who do not already own the 2002 book, we are offering the 2010 Supplement and the 2002 book as a package for a special price of $135, plus shipping and tax.