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.

 

 

MSA Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

 

Marriage Records

 

Death Records

 

Wills & Probate

 

 

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

 

Directories

 

Land & Property

 

Maps

 

Naturalization & Citizenship

 

Taxation

 

 

 

MSA Military Records

 

 

 

 

MSA Daily Life Records

Biographies

 

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

Court of Chancery

Miscellaneous Court Records

Provincial Court –  Brief description and history

Government & Legal

 

Newspapers

 

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

 

 

 

MSA Modern Helps

Research

 

 

 

Hours of Operation

  • 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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