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== [http://www.co.somerset.md.us/ County Courthouse]  ==
 
== [http://www.co.somerset.md.us/ County Courthouse]  ==
  
[[Image:Somerset_County_Maryland_Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Somerset County Courthouse, Princess Anne, Md.]]
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[[Image:Somerset County Maryland Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]  
  
 
11916 Somerset Avenue <br>Princess Anne, MD 21853 <br>
 
11916 Somerset Avenue <br>Princess Anne, MD 21853 <br>
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
In 1831 the courthouse burned, but the records were saved.<ref> ''Maryland Destroyed Courthouses'' &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; at [http://mymarylandgenealogy.com/index.htm#facts2 My Maryland Genealogy] accessed 21 October 2008.</ref> For an excellent article about burned records refer to the [[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]] page.  
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In 1831 the courthouse burned, but the records were saved.<ref> ''Maryland Destroyed Courthouses'' &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; at [http://mymarylandgenealogy.com/index.htm#facts2 My Maryland Genealogy] accessed 21 October 2008.</ref> For an excellent article about burned records refer to the [[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]] page.  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Prince George's County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:  
 
Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Prince George's County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:  
  
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=2925 Methodist, 1856-1968] (includes membership, minutes, and other registers for various congregations)
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*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=2925 Methodist, 1856-1968] (includes membership, minutes, and other registers for various congregations)  
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/scm1000/scm1066/000001/000001/pdf/msa_scm1066.pdf Methodist, Smith Island Charge 1884-1967] (includes membership and church records for various congregations)
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*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/scm1000/scm1066/000001/000001/pdf/msa_scm1066.pdf Methodist, Smith Island Charge 1884-1967] (includes membership and church records for various congregations)  
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=2926 Methodist Episcopal, 1875-1967<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1274829065098_462" />]&nbsp;(includes registers, minutes, and records for various congregations)
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*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=2926 Methodist Episcopal, 1875-1967<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1274829065098_462" />]&nbsp;(includes registers, minutes, and records for various congregations)  
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=4447 Methodist Protestant, 1820s-1960s] (covers various congregations)
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*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=4447 Methodist Protestant, 1820s-1960s] (covers various congregations)  
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=3970 Presbyterian, Manokin Church, Princess Anne, Md. 1737-1964] (includes church history, register, session records, committee proceedings, treasurer's accounts, and Woman's Society Minutes)
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*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=3970 Presbyterian, Manokin Church, Princess Anne, Md. 1737-1964] (includes church history, register, session records, committee proceedings, treasurer's accounts, and Woman's Society Minutes)  
 
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=2475 Protestant Episcopal (Church of England), St. Mark's Church, Coventry Parish,&nbsp;Kingston, Md.] (includes parish registers 1745-1911 (some gaps) and vestry minutes 1772-1915)
 
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=2475 Protestant Episcopal (Church of England), St. Mark's Church, Coventry Parish,&nbsp;Kingston, Md.] (includes parish registers 1745-1911 (some gaps) and vestry minutes 1772-1915)
  
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*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
 
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth_Shown_Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
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*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
  
'''''General'''''
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'''''General'''''  
  
 
*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=767097 FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1] ff. [Somerset County families appear in Vols. 7-10, 12, 15, 17-18, 20, and 22.]
 
*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=767097 FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1] ff. [Somerset County families appear in Vols. 7-10, 12, 15, 17-18, 20, and 22.]
  
'''''Bibliography'''''
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'''''Bibliography'''''  
  
 
*'''[Covington]''' Covington, Elbert E. ''Covington and Kin.'' DeSoto, Illinois: E.E. Covington, 1973?. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=223386&disp=Covington+and+kin%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]; digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH9,53027 BYU Family History Archives].  
 
*'''[Covington]''' Covington, Elbert E. ''Covington and Kin.'' DeSoto, Illinois: E.E. Covington, 1973?. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=223386&disp=Covington+and+kin%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]; digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH9,53027 BYU Family History Archives].  
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*'''[Melson]''' Melson, Lewis B. ''The Melson Family in America: With Special Emphasis on the John-John-Daniel-Daniel-Benjamin-Samson Branch that Originated on the Eastern Shore of the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia Peninsula''. 2 vols. Annapolis: L.B. Melson, 1996. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=779738&disp=The+Melson+family+in+America%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].  
 
*'''[Melson]''' Melson, Lewis B. ''The Melson Family in America: With Special Emphasis on the John-John-Daniel-Daniel-Benjamin-Samson Branch that Originated on the Eastern Shore of the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia Peninsula''. 2 vols. Annapolis: L.B. Melson, 1996. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=779738&disp=The+Melson+family+in+America%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].  
 
*'''[Smith]''' Smith, Wesley. ''A Family History and Fifty-two Years of Preacher Life in Mississippi and Texas''. Nashville, Tenn.: University Press, 1898. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=303864&disp=A+family+history+and+fifty%2Dtwo+years+o%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]. [Discusses seventeenth-century Smith immigrants.]  
 
*'''[Smith]''' Smith, Wesley. ''A Family History and Fifty-two Years of Preacher Life in Mississippi and Texas''. Nashville, Tenn.: University Press, 1898. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=303864&disp=A+family+history+and+fifty%2Dtwo+years+o%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]. [Discusses seventeenth-century Smith immigrants.]  
*'''[Townsend]''' Bayles, John J. and James L. Taylor. ''Some Descendants of John Townsend of Snow Hill, Maryland, 1640-1698, Accomack Co., Va., and Somerset Co., Md.'' Oxnard, California: J.J. Bayles, 1989. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=458518&disp=Some+descendants+of+John+Townsend+of+Sno%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].
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*'''[Townsend]''' Bayles, John J. and James L. Taylor. ''Some Descendants of John Townsend of Snow Hill, Maryland, 1640-1698, Accomack Co., Va., and Somerset Co., Md.'' Oxnard, California: J.J. Bayles, 1989. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=458518&disp=Some+descendants+of+John+Townsend+of+Sno%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].  
*'''[Waggaman]''' Edwards, Thomas Clarke. ''The Waggamans and Their Allied Families''. Paramus, New Jersey: T.C. Edwards, 1983. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=96672&disp=The+Waggamans+and+their+allied+families%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].
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*'''[Waggaman]''' Edwards, Thomas Clarke. ''The Waggamans and Their Allied Families''. Paramus, New Jersey: T.C. Edwards, 1983. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=96672&disp=The+Waggamans+and+their+allied+families%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].  
 
*'''[Wright]''' Wright, Charles W. ''The Wright Ancestry of Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties Maryland''. Baltimore: Baltimore City Printing and Binding Co., 1907. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=195603&disp=The+Wright+ancestry+of+Caroline%2C+Dorch%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]; digital versions at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH15,61663 BYU Family History Archives] and&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=iRVlAAAAMAAJ Google Books] (full-view).
 
*'''[Wright]''' Wright, Charles W. ''The Wright Ancestry of Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties Maryland''. Baltimore: Baltimore City Printing and Binding Co., 1907. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=195603&disp=The+Wright+ancestry+of+Caroline%2C+Dorch%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]; digital versions at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH15,61663 BYU Family History Archives] and&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=iRVlAAAAMAAJ Google Books] (full-view).
  
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==== Immigration  ====
 
==== Immigration  ====
  
The [http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/html/search.html New ''Early Settlers of Maryland''] database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' ''Early Settlers of Maryland'' and Carson Gibb's ''Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland''." Available online, courtesy: [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
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The [http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/html/search.html New ''Early Settlers of Maryland''] database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' ''Early Settlers of Maryland'' and Carson Gibb's ''Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland''." Available online, courtesy: [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].  
  
Other Somerset County immigration resources include:
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Other Somerset County immigration resources include:  
  
 
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Somerset&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Somerset County, Maryland, courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
 
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Somerset&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Somerset County, Maryland, courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Somerset County Deed Books (1665-present) have been uploaded to their website: [http://mdlandrec.net/msa/stagser/s1700/s1741/cfm/index.cfm MDLandRec.Net:&nbsp;A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)
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Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Somerset County Deed Books (1665-present) have been uploaded to their website: [http://mdlandrec.net/msa/stagser/s1700/s1741/cfm/index.cfm MDLandRec.Net:&nbsp;A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
'''''Death'''''
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'''''Death'''''  
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*[http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944], available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
 
*[http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944], available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
  
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/ Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture] includes bibliographies of sources, family history guides, biographies, etc.
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*[http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/ Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History &amp; Culture] includes bibliographies of sources, family history guides, biographies, etc.  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=189813&subject_disp=Maryland%2C+Somerset&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library Catalog for Somerset County.  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=189813&subject_disp=Maryland%2C+Somerset&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library Catalog for Somerset County.  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/mary/somerset/ Genealogy Trails]  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/mary/somerset/ Genealogy Trails]  

Revision as of 00:07, 28 August 2010

United States > Maryland > Somerset County
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Contents

County Courthouse

Somerset County Maryland Courthouse.jpg

11916 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne, MD 21853

History

Parent County

  • Created 22 August 1666 from the Colonial lands.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

In 1831 the courthouse burned, but the records were saved.[2] For an excellent article about burned records refer to the Burned Counties Research page.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

City
Town
Census Districts
Communities

Neighboring Counties

Dorchester | St. Mary's | Wicomico | Worcester | Accomack County, Virginia

Resources

Cemeteries

  • A Hill Cemetery
  • All Saints Cemetery
  • Antioch Cemetery
  • Asbury Cemetery
  • Asbury Cemetery
  • Chance and Rock Creek Cemetery
  • Christ Cemetery
  • Emanuel Cemetery
  • Fairmount Cemetery
  • Grace Cemetery
  • John Wesley Cemetery
  • Landford Cemetery
  • Mariners Cemetery
  • Mount Olivet Cemetery
  • Oriole Cemetery
  • Palmetto Cemetery
  • Perryhawkin Cemetery
  • Quindocqua Cemetery
  • Quinton Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Cemetery
  • Saint Johns Cemetery
  • Saint Marks Cemetery
  • Saint Pauls Cemetery
  • Saint Peters Cemetery
  • Saint Stephens Cemetery
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Sunny Ridge Memorial Park
  • Trinity Cemetery
  • Union Cemetery
  • Upper Fairmount Cemetery
Cemetery Transcriptions

Census

  • 1800 Somerset County Census Images
  • 1850 Somerset County Census Transcriptions

Federal Census reports available 1800-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. Exception-1830 Federal Census is missing.

Church

Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Prince George's County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Court

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

  • Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Somerset County families appear in Vols. 7-10, 12, 15, 17-18, 20, and 22.]

Bibliography

  • [Covington] Covington, Elbert E. Covington and Kin. DeSoto, Illinois: E.E. Covington, 1973?. Available at FHL; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Delaymos] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60.
  • [Gibbons] Dryden, Ruth T. The Gibbons Family of Somerset County, Maryland. San Diego, California: R.T. Dryden, 1991. Available at FHL.
  • [Gordy] See Melson.
  • [Layfield] Hatcher, Patricia Law. "'Mother Nottle': A Correction to the Ancestry of George and Samuel Layfield of Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 77, No. 1 (Jan. 2002):18-24.
  • [Melson] Melson, Lewis B. The Melson Family in America: With Special Emphasis on the John-John-Daniel-Daniel-Benjamin-Samson Branch that Originated on the Eastern Shore of the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia Peninsula. 2 vols. Annapolis: L.B. Melson, 1996. Available at FHL.
  • [Smith] Smith, Wesley. A Family History and Fifty-two Years of Preacher Life in Mississippi and Texas. Nashville, Tenn.: University Press, 1898. Available at FHL. [Discusses seventeenth-century Smith immigrants.]
  • [Townsend] Bayles, John J. and James L. Taylor. Some Descendants of John Townsend of Snow Hill, Maryland, 1640-1698, Accomack Co., Va., and Somerset Co., Md. Oxnard, California: J.J. Bayles, 1989. Available at FHL.
  • [Waggaman] Edwards, Thomas Clarke. The Waggamans and Their Allied Families. Paramus, New Jersey: T.C. Edwards, 1983. Available at FHL.
  • [Wright] Wright, Charles W. The Wright Ancestry of Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties Maryland. Baltimore: Baltimore City Printing and Binding Co., 1907. Available at FHL; digital versions at BYU Family History Archives and Google Books (full-view).

Gazetteers

Immigration

The New Early Settlers of Maryland database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' Early Settlers of Maryland and Carson Gibb's Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland." Available online, courtesy: Maryland State Archives.

Other Somerset County immigration resources include:

Land

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Somerset County Deed Books (1665-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Death

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. Somerset County, Maryland State Archives Website
  2. Maryland Destroyed Courthouses &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; at My Maryland Genealogy accessed 21 October 2008.