Maryland Bible Records

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Online Records

  • The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has an index of over 40,000 digitized family Bible records and each day more records are digitized and added to the Index.
  • Index to Early Bible Records provides a free index to over 17,000 online and offline pre-1830 Bible records
  • Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States: 35,000 Microfilm References from the NSDAR Files and Elsewhere. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1979. FHL Book 973 D22kk v. 1; Fiche 6089183. This source contains 35,000 microfilm references from the DAR files and elsewhere.
  • Inventory of Maryland Bible Records. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1989. (Family History Library book 975.2 D23i.) This includes the surnames recorded, the years of the earliest birth and marriage, places of residence if known, and the present-day location of the original Bible and transcriptions of it.
  • TCFL Bible Records
  • Ancestorhunt Family Bibles Index

Maryland Bible Records

A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at dar.org and Holdcraft collections contain transcripts of Bible records. These are described in Maryland Compiled Genealogies. The DAR transcripts are partially indexed by:

  • Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States: 35,000 Microfilm References from the NSDAR Files and Elsewhere. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1979. FHL Book 973 D22kk v. 1; Fiche 6089183. This source contains 35,000 microfilm references from the DAR files and elsewhere.

The Genealogical Council of Maryland has published a list of 2,700 Maryland Bible records:

  • Inventory of Maryland Bible Records. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1989. (Family History Library book 975.2 D23i.) This includes the surnames recorded, the years of the earliest birth and marriage, places of residence if known, and the present-day location of the original Bible and transcriptions of it.

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.


The Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog lists more of these records under:

MARYLAND - BIBLE RECORDS

MARYLAND, [COUNTY] - BIBLE RECORDS

Web Sites

http://www.tcfl.org/mdroom/genealogy/bible.html

http://www.ancestorhunt.com/family_bibles_index.htm