Maryland Archives and Libraries
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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Maryland.
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Allegheny County Library System Washington Street Library · Baltimore City Archives · Dorchester County Central Public Library · Enoch Pratt Free Library · Frederick County Artz Public Library · Frostburg State University Ort Library · Historical Society of Pennsylvania · Johns Hopkins University George Peabody Library · Library of Congress DC · Maryland Genealogical Society · Maryland State Archives · Maryland Historical Society · Maryland Historical Trust Library · Maryland State Law Library · National Archives and Records Administration (Archives I) DC · National Archives at College Park, Maryland (Archives II) · National Archives at Philadelphia PA · Pennsylvania State Archives · Talbot County Free Library · University of Maryland McKeldin Library · Washington County Free Library
Online Records of Maryland
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
101 Independence Ave. SE
- Archives II houses documents created after 1900 at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury, modern military records, passport applications, and District of Columbia records. Many residents of Maryland are found among their records.
- Has federal agency and court records for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. All U.S. federal censuses 1790-1940, and indexes. Also have passenger arrivals in Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore, pension and bounty land warrant applications, naturalizations 1790-1990, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases.
- The National Genealogical Society (NGS) aims to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records. It is the premier American national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. In conjunction with a sponsoring local genealogical society, it stages an annual NGS Conference. They also provide genealogical education courses, publications and videos. Their NGS Book Loan Collection is now housed at the St. Louis County Library in Missouri. Their online collections include The National Intelligencer (Washington, DC) newspaper index 1800-1850, indexed Bible records and family groups from NGS members.
Washington National Records Center
- Older than 15-years federal criminal court, federal civil court, and federal bankruptcy court records, and the federal agency records from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- This facility has the largest genealogical book collection in Maryland, and family Bibles, newspapers, and biographies.
- This is the premier facility for locating Maryland ancestors. The Maryland State Archives online has nearly all available public records from 1634 to 1789; most original state and county records through the mid-twentieth century; microfilm copies of land, probate, and vital records to the present; and over 130 major card indexes to Maryland land records and early settlers, newspapers, county records, church records, family, and business records. This is the most complete collection of any of the 13 colonies. It can take up the three days just to check the indexes. For more information about the state archives, see the following references.
- Maryland. Hall of Records. A Guide to the Index Holdings at the Hall of Records. Rev., Bulletin, [Maryland. Hall of Records] No. 17. (Annapolis, Maryland: Hall of Records, 1972.) FHL book 975.2 A1 no. 56. This is a county-by-county list of indexes and years covered.
- Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Guide to Government Records at the Maryland State Archives: A Comprehensive List by Agency and Record Series. (Annapolis, Maryland: Maryland State Archives, 1992.) FHL book 975.2 A3g. This guide lists record types, years covered, and series number.
- Papenfuse, Edward C., et. al. A Guide to the Maryland Hall of Records: Local, Judicial and Administrative Records on Microfilm. Volume 1. (Annapolis, Maryland: Hall of Records Commission, 1978.) FHL fiche 6049468; book 975.2 A3pa v. 1. Volume one is a detailed list of many records on microfilm for Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City, Maryland. These include court, probate, and land records. The archives has additional computer printout lists for all counties. You can write to them for information about records of specific localities and time periods.
- Radoff, Morris Leon, et al. The County Courthouses and Records of Maryland, Part Two: The Records. (Annapolis, Maryland: Hall of Records Commission, 1963.) FHL fiche 6054101 (fiches 4 and 5), 6054105; book 975.2 B4ma no. 13 This is a county-by-county list of record types, years covered, and series number.
Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
Internet: Maryland State Law Library
Allegheny Co Lib Sys Washington St LibAllegheny County Library System Washington Street Library
31 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Internet: Washington Street Library
- They have a western Maryland historical collection with genealogies, and local histories. Cumberland, Maryland, was the start of the National Road to Ohio and farther west.
2165 Druid Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21211
Internet: Baltimore City Archives
- Two useful guides to Baltimore records are:
- Cox, Richard J., and Patricia M. Vanorny. "The Records of a City: Baltimore and Its Historical Sources." Maryland Historical Magazine 70 (Fall 1975): 286-310. FHL book 975.2 H25m v. 70
- LeFurgy, William G. The Records of a City: A Guide to the Baltimore City Archives. (Baltimore, Maryland: City Archives, 1984.) FHL book 975.26 A3bc
Cambridge, MD 21613
Internet: Dorchester County Public Library
- Their collection includes many Maryland Eastern Shore, and Delaware historical references.
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
Internet: Enoch Pratt Free Library
- Excellent local, county, and Maryland state records.
110 East Patrick Street
Frederick , MD 21701
Internet: C. Burr Artz Public Library
- They have Maryland history, genealogy, and more.
- Their Special Collections maintains material about Western Maryland and contiguous counties in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, answers genealogical reference questions, and provides an obituary copy service.
Johns Hopkins Univ Peabody Library
- This collection has strengths in British and American history, biography, geography, and exploration and travel including a large map collection.The also have many manuscripts.
Prince George's Co Genealogical Society
- 5,500 volumes, surname files, family group sheets, Bible records and microfilms. Focused primarily on Prince George's County, Maryland, and the eastern states.
- Look here for their many Maryland Eastern Shore, and Delaware historical references. Their collection includes church records, burial permits, Talbot County genealogy links, Bibles, family records, manuscripts, maps, local oral histories, and vertical files.
College Park, MD 20742-7011
Internet: Theodore R. McKeldin Library
- Their Maryland historical collection is quite large.
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown MD 21740
- The Western Maryland Room is a genealogical resource which includes published histories, oral histories, books, periodicals, and family folders.
Outside Maryland Repositories
- Their colonial records include many references to Maryland settlements. This huge collection has indexes and original sources associated with the Pennsylvania Archives series, such as vital, military, prison, naturalization, land records, census, ships lists, railroads, mines, and 1.5 million online records  including online genealogy guides.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699
- Has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish, and other settlers in William Penn's colonies of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This is also an excellent place to learn about early settlers of Maryland. Records which have been published are normally well-indexed. This society also has 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century manuscripts (letters, diaries, account books, deeds, minutes, and scrapbooks), passenger arrival lists and indexes,  local and regional history, ethnic and immigrant studies materials, 600,000 books, 20 million manuscripts, over 300,000 graphics items, and 300 years of newspapers.
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Carnegie Library 2nd floor
801 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Internet: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
- Think of this as the state archives for the District of Columbia because of the 200 years of local history documents for genealogists. This includes families and notable individuals, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, religious institutions, local houses of worship, funeral homes, diaries and personal papers, and early 18th century land records. Researchers are welcomed in the Kiplinger Research Library by prior appointment only Tuesday through Friday. Access to the library and collections is free of charge.
- Contact Information in The Library of Congress (accessed 12 May 2010).
- The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in The Library of Congress (accessed 8 January 2014).
- Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
- William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 126-27.
- NGS Mission in National Genealogical Society (accessed 14 January 2017).
- NGS Membership Trifold pdf in National Genealogical Society (accessed 14 January 2017).
- Home in National Genealogical Society (accessed 7 January 2017).
- Individual Member Benefits in National Genealogical Society (accessed 14 January 2017).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 29.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.
- Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections: Home in Lewis J. Ort Library (accessed 20 January 2017).
- George Peabody Library in Special Collections & Archives in Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries & University Museums (accessed 20 January 2017).
- Library information in Prince George's County Genealogical Society (accessed 7 January 2017).
- Genealogy in Talbot County Free Library (accessed 13 September 2015).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
- Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.
- About Our Collections in Historical Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 27 December 2013).
- About the Library and Collections in Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (accessed 7 January 2017).
- Research in Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (accessed 7 January 2017).