The Maryland State Archives is the official archive for the State of Maryland and they have vast online collections including marriage & death records, census records, land records and more.

 

 

 

Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

MSA Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

 

Marriage Records

Maryland Marriage Indexes by Robert Barnes, 1777-

 

 

Death Records

Baltimore City Death Index, 1875-1880; 1943-1949

 

 

Cemeteries

Mount Auburn CemeteryCemetery of former slaves, clergymen, teachers, doctors, military veterans, and Civil Rights leaders as well as countless African-American families.

 

 

Wills & Probate

Maryland Colonial Probate Records, 1634-1777

Abstracts of Prerogative Court Wills, 1743- (external link)

Kent County Register of Wills, 1781-1790

Index to Colonial Probate Records, 1634-1777

Elie Vallette, The deputy commissary’s guide within the province of Maryland … (1774)

Hartsook and Skordas, Land Office and Prerogative Court Records of Colonial Maryland (1946)

Vital Records Indexing Project (external link)

 

 

 

 

Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

MSA Residence Records

 

Census Records

Maryland Census Indexes

1776 Maryland Census – Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Prince George’s, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties

1778 Maryland Census – Caroline, Charles, and Queen Anne’s Counties

1870 Maryland Census – Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties and Baltimore City

1880 Maryland Census – Anne Arundel County only

 

 

Colonization

Early Settlers of Maryland  – The New Early Settlers of Maryland comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas’ Early Settlers of Maryland.

 

 

Directories

Annapolis – Annapolis City Directory, 1910

Annapolis – Annapolis City Directory, 1924

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1827

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1833

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1835

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1837

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1842

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1847-48

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1853-54

Baltimore – Matchett’s Baltimore Director for 1855-56

Baltimore – Baltimore Wholesale Business Directory and Business Circular for the Year 1845

Baltimore – Baltimore Wholesale Business Directory and Business Circular for the Year 1852

Baltimore – Baltimore Wholesale Business Directory and Business Circular for the Year 1853

Baltimore – Woods’ Baltimore Directory for 1856-57

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 1st Annual Edition, 1913-1914

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 2nd Annual Edition, 1914-1915

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 4th Annual Edition, 1916-1917

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 5th Annual Edition, 1917-1918

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 6th Annual Edition, 1918-1919

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 7th Annual Edition, 1919-1920

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 8th Annual Edition, 1920-1921

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 9th Annual Edition, 1921-1922

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 10th Annual Edition, 1922-1923

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 11th Annual Edition, 1923-1924

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 13th Annual Edition, 1925-1926

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 14th Annual Edition, 1927

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 15th Annual Edition, 1928

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 16th Annual Edition, 1929

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 17th Annual Edition, 1929-1930

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 18th Annual Edition, 1930-1931

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 19th Annual Edition, 1931-1932

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 20th Annual Edition, 1932-1933

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 21st Annual Edition, 1933-1934

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 22nd Annual Edition, 1934-1935

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 23rd Annual Edition, 1935-1936

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 24th Annual Edition, 1936-1937

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 25th Annual Edition, 1937-1938

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 26th Annual Edition, 1938-1939

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 27th Annual Edition, 1939-1940

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 28th Annual Edition, 1940-1941

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 29th Annual Edition, 1941-1942

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 30th Annual Edition, 1942-1943

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 31st Annual Edition, 1943-1944

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 32nd Annual Edition, 1944-1945

Baltimore – THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 33rd Annual Edition, 1945-1946

 

 

Land & Property

Maryland Land Records, ca. 1634-present –  Maryland Land Records  – Digital image retrieval system for land record in Maryland. Deeds, Mortgage and Deeds of Trust, and Land Records

MDLandRec.Net – A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland

Maryland Land Plats & Surveys

John Kilty, Land-Holder’s Assistant, and Land Office Guide (1808)

Digital Image Reference System for Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats (external link)

Hartsook and Skordas, Land Office and Prerogative Court Records of Colonial Maryland (1946)

Opinions & Findings of the Commissioner of Land Patents

Edward B. Mathews, Counties of Maryland: Their Origins, Boundaries and Election Districts (1906)

Kent County Court, Bonds, Indentures, and Land Records, 1694-1707

Index to Maryland Provincial and General Court Deeds, 1658-1790

Provincial Court Land Records, 1676-1700

Provincial Court Land Records, 1699-1707

Provincial Court Land Records, 1707-1710

Provincial Court Land Records, 1709-1719

Provincial Court Land Records, 1719-1723

Provincial Court Land Records, 1724-1731

Provincial Court Land Records, 1731-1737

Provincial Court Land Records, 1737-1744

Provincial Court Land Records, 1744-1749

Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1759

Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1756

Provincial Court Land Records, 1756-1759

Provincial Court Land Records, 1759-1762

Provincial Court Land Records, 1762-1763

Provincial Court Land Records,  1763-1765

Provincial Court Land Records, 1765-1770

Provincial Court Land Records, 1770-1774

General Court of the Western Shore Land Records, 783-1786

Volume 852 – Maryland County and State Boundary Review: Bibliographical Essay and

Selected Bibliography 

 

 

Maps

Maps

 

 

Naturalization & Citizenship

Immigration and Naturalization Records and Guide

 

 

Taxation

1783 Maryland Tax Assessment Index, By County, then Name

Maryland Tax Records Online

County Tax Records
Volume 696 – Somerset County Tax Lists, 1723-1759Reports
Volume 431 – 1881, Report of the State Tax Commissioner
Volume 432 – 1916, 1st Biennial Report of the State Tax Commission
Volume 433 – 1961, 23rd Biennial Report of the Department of Assessments and Taxation
Volume 434 – 1986, 43rd Report of the Department of Assessments and TaxationState Tax Records
Volume 81 – Assessment of 1783 (external link)
Volume 729 – 1798 Federal Direct Tax – MarylandState Treasurer
Maryland Tax-Exempt Bonds: The Case of Betsy Patterson

 

 

 

 

 

Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

MSA Military Records

Military Records (Archives of Maryland Online)

Maryland National Guard Index, 1898-1933

Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution

History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-6, Volume 2

History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-6, Volume 1

The Maryland Line in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865

See also Ryan Polk, “Holding the Line: The Origin of the ‘Old Line State'”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

MSA Daily Life Records

Biographies

Biographies & Histories, these include African Americans, Artists, Government leaders, Teachers, Soldiers & Sailors, Women & more

Dr. Lois Green Carr’s Biographical Files of 17th and 18th Century Marylanders

 

 

Buildings

Maryland Inventory Historical Properties Comprised of nearly 90,000 resources, composed of archaeological sites, building, structures, objects and survey districts.

 

 

Church & Religion

Church & Religion/Religious Records

Muslim, Jewish, and many Christian denominations are included – this is a searchable catalog; search by title, denomination, or county; records vary by denomination but may include births & baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials, families, communicants, confirmations, and more

Guide to Lutheran Records

 

 

Colonial Spelling Variations

The New Early Settlers of Maryland – is a free guide to spelling variations in some of the databases at the Maryland State Archives and has helpful tips on how to search their records based on possible spelling variations that have occurred over time.

 

 

Court

County Courts

Court of Appeals

Brief description and history

James McSherry, “The Former Chief Judges of the Court of Appeals,” (1905)

Volume 368 – Carroll T. Bond, The Court of Appeals of Maryland, A History

Proceedings Volume 77 – 1695-1729

 

Court of Chancery

William L. Marbury, “The High Court of Chancery and the Chancellors of Maryland” (1905)

Chancery Records – Volume 748 – Chancery Court, Chancery Record, 1671-1712

 

General Court of the Western Shore

Volume 680 – Index to Maryland Provincial and General Court Deeds, 1658-1790

Volume 728 – General Court of the Western Shore Land Records, 1783-1786

Proceedings – Volume 51 – 1669-1679

 

Reports

Volume 201 – 1809-1832, Bland’s Reports

Volume 198 – 1809-1832, Bland’s Reports annotated by Brantly

Volume 200 – 1847-1854, Johnson’s Reports

 

Miscellaneous Court Records

Volume 153 – Michael Dalton, The Country Justice  (1690)

Volume 819 – C. Ashley Ellefson, Seven Hangmen of Colonial Maryland  (2009)

Volume 822 – C. Ashley Ellefson, Servants and Slaves: Status, Runaways, Punishments (2010)

Provincial Court –  Brief description and history

Judicial and Testamentary Business

Volume 4 – 1637-1650

Volume 10 – 1649/50-1657

Land Records
Volume 680 – Index to Maryland Provincial and General Court Deeds, 1658-1790
Volume 717 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1676-1700
Volume 718 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1699-1707
Volume 719 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1707-1710
Volume 720 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1709-1719
Volume 721 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1719-1723
Volume 697 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1724-1731
Volume 698 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1731-1737
Volume 699 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1737-1744
Volume 700 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1744-1749
Volume 701 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1756
Volume 702 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1756-1759
Volume 723 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1759-1762
Volume 724 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1762-1763
Volume 703 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1763-1765
Volume 725 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1765-1770
Volume 726 – Provincial Court Land Records, 1770-1774

 

Proceedings

Volume 41 – 1658-1662
Volume 49 – 1663-1666
Volume 57 – 1666-1670
Volume 65 – 1670/1-1675
Volume 66 – 1675-1677
Volume 67 – 1677-1678
Volume 68 – 1678-1679
Volume 69 – 1679-1680/1
Volume 70 – 1681-1683

 

 

Employments

St. Mary’s County Career Files – The Career Files consist of over 47,000 5×8 index cards and slips of paper, with both typewritten and handwritten research notes about over 6600 individuals.

 

 

Government & Legal

Early State Records, a digitized government record

Archives of Maryland Online an online Maryland State Archives site that provides “over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland’s government”

Maryland Government & History (all three branches of government)

Government Publications  – Published sources, from annual and other department and agency reports to newsletters and press releases.

Guide to Government RecordsFinding aid created to assist users in their search for particular records such as birth, death, marriage, court, land, and legislative.

Fiscal Records

Executive Records

Early State Records

Constitutional Records

Judicial Records

Legislative Records

Maryland Manual

Session Laws

 

 

Libraries, Museums, & Archives

Library CatalogPublished records & sources on Maryland history, government, geography, and natural resources; municipals; regional studies; Chesapeake Bay; research guides and more.

Archives of Maryland OnlineHistorical documents that enable users to research topics on Maryland’s constitutions and proceedings, session laws, proceedings of the General Assembly, governors’ papers, military records and more.

Special CollectionsFinding aid of records acquired as gifts or deposits by private donors that consist of personal letters, diaries, organizational & religious records, newspapers, photographs, maps and documents.

 

 

Magazines & Publications

Maryland Historical Magazine      Original issues of the magazine have been scanned and made available online. An imaging project between Maryland Historical Society and the Archives.

 

 

Medical

Medicine in Maryland – Marylanders who have worked in various medical occupations, including a list of hospitals and medical schools operating in Maryland between 1752-1920.

 

 

Newspapers

Niles’ Register Cumulative Index   Searchable index to The Weekly RegisterNiles’ Register and Niles’ National Register on topics and articles from 1811-1849 in a weekly newspaper founded in Baltimore.

All Digitized Newspapers 

Aegis & Intelligencer, 1864-1923, 1887-1889

American and Commercial Daily Advertiser, 1802-1853, 1802-1814

American Eagle, 1855-1864, 1856-1857

American Sentinel, 1855-1928, 1856-1928

American Union, 1860-1926, 1860-1926

Baltimore American, 1883-1964, 1913

Baltimore Clipper, 1839-1844, 1841

Baltimore Clipper, 1847-1865, 1860-1865

Baltimore Whig, 1810-1814, 1810

Calvert Gazette, 1885-1957, 1937

Calvert Journal, 1867-1957, 1937

Cambridge Chronicle and E. Shore Advertiser, 1825-1827, 1825-1827

Cambridge Chronicle and Maryland Weekly Advertiser, 1827-1828, 1827

Cambridge Chronicle, 1822-1825, 1824-1825

Cambridge Chronicle, 1828-1855, 1828-1855

Cambridge Chronicle, 1871-190?, 1871-1873, 1903-1904

Cambridge Democrat, 185?-1866, 1849-1863

Cambridge Era, 1878-1882, 1878-1879

Cambridge Herald, 1857-1866, 1865

Cambridge Tribune, 1936-19??, 1937-1947

Caroline Intelligencer, 1831-183?, 1831

Cecil County Star, 192?-19??, 1936-1939

Cecil Whig, 1841-Present, 1870-1874

Centreville Evening Times and Eastern Shore Publick Advertiser, 182?-18??, 1828-1932

Centreville Observer, 1864-1936, 1871-1918

Centreville State Rights, 1860-1864, 1860

Centreville Times & Eastern Shore Advertiser, 1822-182?, 1826

Centreville Times and Eastern-Shore Public Advertiser, 1831-18??, 1832-1834

Chestertown Transcript, 1862-1946, 1866-1946

Clearspring Sentinel, 1849-1851, 1849-1851

Daily Banner, 1897-2008, 1897

Democrat and News, 186?-1965, 1881-1898

Democrat, and Dorchester Advertiser, 1845-185?, 1845-1850

Denton Journal, 1847-1965, 1870-1916

Dorchester Aurora, 1835-1840, 1835-1840

Dorchester Era, 1883-1900, 1884

Eastern-Shore Star, 1841-1843, 1842

Eastern-Shore Whig and People’s Advocate, 1828-1841, 1828-1841

Easton Gazette, 1822-1929, 1825-1906

Easton Journal, 1863-1874, 1863-1865

Easton Star, 1843-1896, 1843-1891

Ellicott City Times, 1870-1958, 1870-1899

Enterprise, 1893-19??, 1919-1935

Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser, 1796-1825, 1803-1808

Frostburg Mining Journal, 1871-1913, 1887-1901

Kent County News, 1946-Present, 1965

Kent News, 1840-1946, 1840-1934

Leader, 1887-19??, 1887-1899

Log Cabin Advocate, 1840-1840, 1840

Maryland Colonization Journal, 1835-1840, 1835-1840

Maryland Courier, 1872-1883, 1877

Maryland Gazette and Political Intelligencer, 1813-1823, 1813-1823

Maryland Gazette and State Register, 1824-1826, 1824-1826

Maryland Gazette, 1727-1734, 1728-1729

Maryland Gazette, 1745-1813, 1745-1813

Maryland Gazette, 1827-1839, 1827-1839

Maryland Gazette, and Frederick Weekly Advertiser, 1790-1792, 1790

Maryland Journal and True American, 1828-1834, 1828

Maryland Journal, 1834-18??, 1835

Maryland Journal, 1845-1852, 1845-1849

Maryland Journal, 1865-1905, 1889-1890

Maryland Journal, and Museum of Politics, Agriculture, and Foreign Literature, 1841-184?, 1844-1845

Maryland News Sheet, 1861-1862, 1861-1862

Maryland Republican, 1809-1817, 1809

Maryland Republican, 1826-1866, 1838

Maryland Suffrage News, 1912-19??, 1912-1920

Midland Journal, 1885-1947, 1936-1941

Montgomery County Sentinel, 1855-1974, 1860-1872

Montgomery Independent, 1927-1946, 1936-1937

Montgomery Press, 1899-19??, 1936-1938

Planter’s Advocate and Southern Maryland Advertiser, 1851-1853, 1853

Planter’s Advocate, 1853-1861, 1853-1861

Port Tobacco Times, and Charles County Advertiser, 1845-1898, 1845-1864

Queen Anne’s Record the Centreville Observer, 1936, 1936

Queen Anne’s Record, 1933-1936, 1936-1939

Queen Anne’s Record-Observer, 1936-1956, 1936

Queenstown News, 1882-1956, 1888-1956

Republican Citizen, 1836-1890, 1866-1870

Republican Star, or, Eastern Shore General Advertiser, 1802-1814, 1802-1814

Republican Star, or, General Advertiser, 1814-1832, 1814-1832

Rockville True American, 1820-182?, 1822

Sharpsburg Enterprise, 1878-188?, 1878-1882

Somerset Herald, 1838-184?, 1840-1844

South, 1861-1862, 1861-1862

St. Mary’s Enterprise, 1883-1947, 1920

State Rights Advocate, 1857-1860, 1860

Williamsport Leader, 1884-1887, 1884-1886

Williamsport Transcript, 188?-189?, 1887-1894

 

 

Photos

 

 

Slavery

Searching for Ancestors Who Were Slaves, 18,200 digitized cards with “name of owner; name, age, and complexion of free black; how freed; date; and citation. Slave statistic entries also give military service and election district”

Legacy of Slavery Database, more than 300,000 names of slave owners, slaves, and free blacks from 1830-1880

Mount Auburn CemeteryCemetery of former slaves, clergymen, teachers, doctors, military veterans, and Civil Rights leaders as well as countless African-American families.

PG County Freedom RecordsOver 18,000 index cards of free blacks and former owners listed in Prince George’s County records.

 

 

MSA Modern Helps

Research

Guide to Family History Research in Maryland

Guide to Maryland Vital Records including Adoption Records research

Guide to Maryland Marriage Records

Guide to Maryland Divorce Records

Guide to Military Records

All Maryland Indexes

Search the site index for everything on the site

 

 

 

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Open: T-F and most Saturdays: 8:30am-4:30pm

Closed: Sunday, Monday, and Saturdays of holiday weekends

on Saturdays when open, Search room closes for lunch from 12pm-1pm

 

 

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