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




Land & Property




Naturalization & Citizenship






MSA Military Records





MSA Daily Life Records



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.



County Courts

Court of Appeals

Court of Chancery

Miscellaneous Court Records

Provincial Court –  Brief description and history

Government & Legal







  • 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





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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