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Sources of Records in Maryland


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State-wide Resources:

Maryland State Archives
The official repository for Maryland records: vital, probate, land, judicial, marriage, etc., Also maintains a large collection of church and census records, and newspapers.
Website: http://www.mdsa.net
Email: archives@mdarchives.state.md.us
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Maryland Hall of Records

Maryland State Law Library (Court of Appeals Building, 1st floor)

361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(Adjacent to the Tawes State office Complex)
Phone: 410-974-3395
Fax: 410-974-2063
Will research obituaries, for a small fee, if the death date is provided. Collections include law and related disciplines, genealogy, United States and Maryland history, and newspapers. Open Moday, Wednesay and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Email: mdlaw.library@courts.state.md.us

Maryland Historical Society Library

201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-4674

Website: http://www.mdhs.org

Central Branch, Enoch Pratt Library

400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-4484; Phone: 410-396-5468 or 1-800-492-5626 (Maryland residents only)

Email: per@mail.pratt.lib.md.us (Periodicals Department) Will research obituaries, for a small fee, if the death date is provided.

Websites: Main Library: http://www.pratt.lib.md.us; Maryland Dept. http://www.pratt.lib.md.us/slrc/md

Guide to Maryland Newspapers: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/news/html/news.html

The Periodicals Department maintains an extensive collection of census records, city directories, telephone books, immigration records, and newspapers from around the entire state. The Maryland Room maintains a large collection of material on the state.


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County Resources:

Allegany County: Organized 1789 from Washington County
Courthouse
30 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21502-3043
Phone: 301 777-5922

Allegany County Genealogical Society:

215 Bowen Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Email: hmoorel@mindspring.com

Allegany County Historical Society:

218 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301 777-8678

 

Anne Arundel County: Organized 1650; original county.

Courthouse:
Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21404
Phone: 410-222-1434
Land Records: contact Circuit Court, PO Box 71, Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21404.
Probate records: Contact Register orf Wills, 101 South Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society:

P.O. Box 221
Pasadena, MD 21123-0221
Meetings are held at the United Methodist Church, 651 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland, at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.
Website: http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Trails/4256/gensoc.htm

Anne Arundel County Historical Society:

7101 Aviation Blvd, near BWI
PO Box 385
Linthicum, Maryland 21090-0385
Phone: 410-768-9518

Kuethe Library

Historical and Genealogical Research Center
5 Crain Highway, SE
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone: 410-760-9679
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Collections include Anne Arundel County and Maryland material; information from the eastern and central states as well as some western material. The collection also includes manuscripts, maps, photographs, genealogical, biographical, an subject files.

 

Baltimore City: Organized 1729, became independent of Baltimore County in 1851.

Courthouse:
Phone: 410-396-3100
Land Records: Land Records Division, 100 North Calvert Street, Room 610, Baltimore, MD 21202-3417. These records are in the Courthouse.
Probate Records: Register of Wills, 111 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. These records are in the Old Post Office Building across from the Courthouse.
Marriage records: prior to 1920 are at the Maryland State Archives

Baltimore City Archives

2165 Druid Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-396-0306 (you may get an answering machine)

 

Baltimore County: Organized 1659; original county.

 

Courthouse:
County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 410-887-2601

Baltimore County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 10085
Towson, MD 21204
Meetings are held 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road in Parkville, at the intersection with Hiss Avenue. The entrance to the society, which is on the second floor, is at the rear of the building. Meetings are held the fourth Sunday of each month except July, August and December. The library is open at noon prior to meetings, as well as the 2nd Thursday and Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Website: http://www.serve.com/bcgs/bcgs.html

Baltimore County Historical Society

9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Library Phone: 410-666-1876 Fax: 410-666-5276
Museum Phone: 410-666-1878
Email: bchs@bcpl.net
Website: http://www.baltocohistsoc.org
Library hours: Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, except in August when the library is closed. Monday, 10 am to 2 pm. Wednesday, 1 pm to 4 pm.

Baltimore County Library, Towson Branch

320 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Maintains an extensive collection of Baltimore County newspapers.

 

Calvert County: Organized 1650; original county.

Courthouse
175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-1600, ext. 271
Land and Probate Records from 1882

Calvert County Genealogical Society

P. O. Box 358
Prince Frederick, MD 20676

Calvert County Historical Society

P.O. Box 358
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-2452

 

Caroline County: Organized 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne.

Courthouse
Market Street
P.O. Box 458
Denton, MD 21629-0207
Phone: Clerk of Circuit Court, 410-479-1811
Register of Wills, 410-479-0717
Land records from 1773; Naturalization records, 1773-1945; Marriages from 1773; Wills from 1688; Estate proceedings from 1852

 

Caroline County Historical Society

12 North Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
Phone: 410-479-0274

 

Carroll County:; Organized 1836 from Baltimore and Frederick

Courthouse
55 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157-5107
Phone: 410-857-2985
Land and Probate records

Carroll County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1752
Westminster, MD 21158
Website: http://www.carr.org/ccgs/ccgs.html
Meetings are held at the Carroll County Public Library, 50 East Main Street, Westminster, MD, in the Dixon Room at 7:30 pm monthly. Non-members are welcome.
Library Website: http://www.carr.lib.md.us/ccgs/ccgs.html

Historical Society of Carroll County

210 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-6494
Website: http://www.carr.org/hscc/

 

Cecil County: Organized 1674 from Kent County

Courthouse
County Office Building
East Main Street
Room 101,
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-996-5373
Land, probate, and vital records

Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 11
Charlestown, MD 21814

Historical Society of Cecil County

135 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921

 

Charles County: Organized 1658, original County.

Courthouse
P.O. Box B
Charles Street and Washington Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646-0167
Phone: 301-932-3202
Land and probate records

Historical Society of Charles County

Charles County Community College
P.O. Box 261
Port Tobacco, MD 20677
Phone: 301-934-4130

 

Dorchester County: Organized 1668, original county.

Courthouse
P.O. Box 26
206 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613-0026
Phone: 410-228-0480

Dorchester County Historical Society

902 LaGrange Avenue
P.O. Box 361
Cambridge, MD 21613
Website: http://www.bluecrab.org/dchs/
Dorchester County Genealogical Magazine: http://members.tripod.com/~dcgm/dcgmindex.html
Dorchester County Tours http://www.dorchesterlibrary.org/tours/home.html

 

Frederick County: Organized 1748 from Prince George's County

Courthouse:
100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone (301) 694-1976
Land Records from 1748; Naturalization, 1801-1906; Probate, Contact Register of Wills

Frederick County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 234
Monrovia, MD 21770-0234
Phone: 301-834-9907
http://rootsweb.com/~mdgenweb/frecogs.htm

Historical Society of Frederick County, Inc.

24 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301 663-1188

Frederick County Library

C/O Ms. Mary Lou Mariner
2489 Five Shillings Road
Frederick, MD 21701-9325

C. Burr Artz Central Library

5340 Spectrum Drive, Suite A
Frederick, Maryland 21703
Phone: 301-631-3764
Fax: 301-631-3789
Email: mm0028@mail.pratt.lib.md.us
Library contains a Maryland Room.

 

Garrett County: Organized 1872 from Allegany County

Courthouse:
203 South Fourth Street
Oakland, MD 21550-1535 .
Phone 301 334-1937
Land records, contact Circuit Clerk; Naturalization, contact Circuit Court; Vital, contact County Health Dept; Probate, contact Register of Wills

Garrett County Historical Museum

107 S. Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: 301 334-3226 or 301- 334-3403

 

Harford County: Organized 1773 from Baltimore County.

Courthouse
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014-3833
Phone: 410-838-6000
Land records from 1779, contact Clerk of Circuit Court; Probate records, contact Register of Wills.

Harford County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 15
Aberdeen, MD 21001
http://www.rtis.com/reg/md/org/hcgs
Meetings are held the 3rd Sunday of January, March, May, September, and November at 2 pm in the Churchville Presbyterian Church, Routes 22 and 136

Historical Society of Harford County

143 North Main Street
P.O. Box 366
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-838-7691
Hours: Tuesday, 10 am-12 noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. (court records); Wednesday, 8 am to 2 pm (archives); Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm (family history, resource library, maps, black history); 4th Saturday of each month, 10 am to 2 pm (archives, family history)

 

Howard County: Organized 1851 from Baltimore County

Courthouse
8360 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4300
Phone 410-313-2111

Howard County Genealogical Society:

P.O. Box 274
Columbia, Maryland 21045
Website: http://users.aol.com/castlewrks/hcgs
Meetings are held at 7:45 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, September through June, at the Wilde Lake Middle School, 10481 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD.

Howard County Historical Society

8328 Court Avenue
P.O. Box 109
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 410-461-1050

 

Kent County: County organized 1642, original county.

Courthouse:
Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-4600, ext. 60
Land records from 1656, contact Clerk of Court; Probate records from 1669, contact Register of Wills.

Historical Society of Kent County]

P.O. Box 665
Chestertown MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-3499

 

Montgomery County: organized 1776 from Frederick County

Courthouse
50 Courthouse Square
Rockville, MD 20850-2540
Phone: 301-217-7104

Montgomery County Historical Society

111 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-762-1492
http://www.montgomeryhistory.org/
Genealogy Club
http://www.montgomeryhistory.org/Genealogy.html

 

Prince George's County: organized 1695 from Charles and Calvert Counties

Courthouse
County Administration Building
14735 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3050
Phone: 301-952-4576; land records, contact 301-952-3352; Naturalization records, contact 301-952-3318; Register of Wills, contact 301-952-3250

Prince George's County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 819
Bowie, MD 20718-0819
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdpgeorg/text/pggensoc.html

Prince George's County Historical Society

5626 Bell Station Road
Glendale, MD 20769
Phone: 301-464-5291

 

Queen Anne's County: organized 1706 from Talbot

Courthouse:
Banuo Lane
P.O. Box 460
Centreville, MD 21617
Phone: 410-758-1773

Queen Anne's County Historical Society

Piney Point Farm
Centerville, MD 21617

 

St. Mary's County: organized 1637, original county.

Courthouse
1 Courthouse Drive
P.O. Box 308
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-4568
Clerk of Court: 301-475-4558
Vital Records: 301-475-4561
Register of Wills: 301-475-5566
Land records from 1827; marriages from 1794; probate records.

St. Mary's County Genealogical Society

P. O. Box 1109
Leonardtown, MD 20650
http:/bsd.pastracks.com/smcgs

St. Mary's County Historical Society

11 Court House Drive
P.O. Box 212
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-2467

 

Somerset County: organized 1666, original county.

Courthouse:
Main Street
P.O. Box 99
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410-651-1555
Land records from 1665; probate records.

Somerset County Library:

1 South Beechwood Street
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410-651-0852

 

Talbot County: organized 1662 from Kent County

Courthouse
Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: 410-822-2611
Land records, contact Clerk of the Circuit Court; probate records, contact Register of Wills.

Historical Society of Talbot County

25 South Washington Street
P.O. Box 964
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: 410-822-0773

Talbot County Free Library

Maryland Room
100 West Dover Street
Easton, MD 21601

 

Washington County: Organized 1776 from Frederick County

Courthouse:
95 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone (301-733-8660
Land records from 1776; Naturalization records: 1787-1979; Vital Records: Marriages from 1799; marriage index from 1886; probate records.

Washington County Historical Society

PO Box 1281
Hagerstown, MD 21741-1281
Phone: 301-797-8782
Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdwchs/

Washington County Historical Society Library

135 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-797-8782
Email: histsoc@intrepid.net

Washington County Free Library,

Western Maryland Room
100 S. Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.
(301)-739-3250 ext. 123 or 136
If you plan to research in the library, the hours of the Western Maryland Room are:
MONDAY 2-6pm 7-9pm
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 9am-12noon 1pm-5pm
The Western Maryland Room is closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. The main library is open 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 9 A.M.. to 6 P.M. on Friday and 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Saturday, and 1-5 P.M. on Sunday.

Most of the genealogical books in the Western Maryland Room can be brought to the main level. However, no history books or vertical file materials can be brought downstairs. Identification is required to have anything brought to the main level.

 

Wicomico County: organized 1867 from Somerset and Worcester counties

Courthouse
North Division and Main Street
P.O. Box 198
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-543-6551
Land records from 1867; naturalization records 1879-1975; marriage licenses

Wicomico County Historical Society

P.O. Box 573
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-6794

Wicomico County Library

122-126 South Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-5171
Maryland Room: Genealogy assistance available on Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m.

 

Worcester County: organized 1742 from Somerset county

Courthouse
Market Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone: 410-632-0600

Worcester County Library

307 N. Washington Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone: 410-632-2600
Worcester Room: Genealogy assistance available on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Satudays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Worcester County Historical Society

P.O. Box 111
Snow Hill, MD 21863


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Regional Research Facilities:

Lower DELMARVA Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3602
Salisbury, MD 21801
Information on meetings, membership, books and publications, resources, services and projects of the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society. The lower Delmarva peninsula covers Accomack and Northampton Counties on the eastern shore of Virginia, the 2 lower counties of Delaware - Kent and Sussex, and the mid-shore counties of Maryland - Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester. Also has links to other great, entertaining and informative genealogy-based web sites in the area.
Website: http://bay.intercom.net/ldgs/index.html

Upper Shore Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 275
Easton, MD 21601
Website: http://www.chronography.com/usgs/index.html

Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture

Salisbury State University, Wayne Street, Salisbury
Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of each month, except January, February, June, July, and August.
Call 410-742-3501 or 410- 546-0314 for details.
Website: http://nabbhistory.ssu.edu/

Catonsville Historical Society

Genealogical Section
P.O. Box 9311
Catonsville, MD 21228

Family Historians

Box 25 CWF
9800 Savage Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755

Heritage Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 113
Lineboro, MD 21088

Unitarian & Universalist Genealogical Society

10605 Lakespring Way
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Washington D.C. Genealogical Library

P.O. Box 49
Kensington, 20895


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Miscellaneous Resources:

Social Security Death Index:
Provides birth and death dates and locations, if available. Provides information on how to obtain copies of original Social Security applications.
Social Security Death Index - CLICK HERE

Ellis Island Website: http://www.Ellisislandrecords.org

U. S. Geological Survey

Excellent way to locate towns, rivers, cemeteries.
Website: http://mapping.usgs.gov/


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