Our Maryland genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Maryland, as well as help you with other custom requests. With its close proximity to Washington DC, Maryland is home to genealogical archives that contain information on the entire country.
Maryland State Archives and Libraries
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Maryland researchers have access to.
National Archives II (College Park, Maryland)
The National 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, and Transportation. Not only do they contain government documents, they also have records with information on Maryland citizens.
Division of Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Division of Vital Records in Baltimore holds federal civil court, federal bankruptcy court records, and the federal agency records from Washington D.C. It is important to keep in mind that some records in their collections are not available to the public yet, per privacy laws. For example, their federal criminal court records can only be accessed if they are at least 15 years old..
Maryland State Archives (Annapolis, Maryland)
The Maryland State Archives has been called the premier facility for locating ancestors from the state. It is the most complete collection of all of the original thirteen colonies and contains birth records that span from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s and marriage records from the 1600s to the modern day. Their newspaper archives and land records also span across several centuries. It has been noted that it can take some visitors up to three days to completely look through all of the indexes.
Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Maryland Historical Society has the largest collection of genealogical books in the state. This includes more than 5 million manuscripts and over 900,000 photographs. Their collection also holds ship registries, immigration files, birth and death records. Their military records include information from the Civil War, such as an “Agreement of Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.”
Maryland Historical Trust Society (Maryland)
The Maryland Historical Trust Society holds the state’s main collection of Maryland’s architectural, archeological, and cultural resources. Individual parts of their collection include the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, which focuses on nearly 13,600 archaeological sites (prehistoric and historic). They also contain oral histories.
Baltimore City Archives (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Baltimore City Archives only allow those who have scheduled an appointment to view their records. They have Baltimore city directories and coroner’s requests from 1827-1867. They are also an excellent source for birth and death records from the area.
Dorchester County Public Library (Cambridge, Maryland)
The Dorchester County Public Library focuses on the Eastern shore of Maryland, and also includes records from Delaware.
Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is connected to the Maryland Judiciary Branch and is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. Their collections include over 5,000 genealogical items such as historical maps, photographs, and books.
Frederick County Artz Public Library (Frederick, Maryland)
The Frederick County Artz Public Library’s Maryland Room focuses on local genealogical research. Their collection documents Maryland’s religious, economical, and social history. Their collection also has many resources on the history of Frederick County such as the people, places, and communities located there.
Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (Glenn Dale, Maryland)
The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society holds genealogical articles based on the German community in the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia). They emphasize genealogical information from the 17th century to the 20th century.
Prince George’s County Genealogical Society (Bowie, Maryland)
The Prince George’s County Genealogical Society’s collection contains 5,500 volumes, surname files, family group sheets, bible records and microfilms. They focus on Prince George County records, as well as house records from other counties in Maryland and outside the state.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore is part of the Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, where records from the early history of the Catholic Church in America are kept. Their archives include baptismal, marriage, and death records from 1834 to 1989.
Salisbury University (Salisbury, Maryland)
The Salisbury University Nabb Research Center, or the Salisbury University Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, holds distinctive artifact and photograph collections that span 150 years into the past. They contain family histories, manuscripts, diaries, maps and newspapers from the Delmarva Peninsula ((Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia). This area is also referred to as the Eastern Shore. The center has government- and religious records from several counties.
Talbot County Free Library (Easton, Maryland)
The Talbot County Free Library’s collection was started in 1941 and now consists of over 4,500 books, 96 reels of microfilm of newspapers, 33 reels of census data, 30 reels of microfilm of church records, and 6 reels of microfilm of tax lists. Some of the significant items in their collection include the Arthur and Mary Louise Gutman Map Collection, which contains 38 rare maps, and Nelson Pusey’s 1000 photographs of Easton and Talbot County.
Lovely Lane Methodist Church (Baltimore, Maryland)
The Lovely Lane Methodist Church holds the United Methodist Historical Society’s archives as well as their museum. There is an abundance of historical records based on the history of the United Methodist Church since the society’s creation in 1855. The library holds biographies, histories, and historic Books of Discipline.
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
The University of Maryland McKeldin Library has quite a large collection including a special selection of information on African American genealogy which pertains specifically to Maryland history. This includes records of the Â United States Colored Troops from the Civil War that volunteered in Maryland.
Washington County Free Library (Hagerstown, Maryland)
The Washington County Free Library was established in 1968 to preserve the history of the region. The John Clinton Frye Western Maryland Room holds over 10,000 books and over 40 cubic feet of archive material that includes maps, newspapers, photographs, ledgers, and manuscripts. Their collection also contains artifacts from the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valleys, which includes all of Western Maryland- and part of Central Maryland.
Baltimore County Genealogy Society (Parkville, Maryland)
The Baltimore County Genealogy Society (BCGS) was founded in 1977. Their collections include records of the city of Baltimore, Maryland counties, and other states in the US. Their research library includes over 4,000 books. Genealogies, family folders, pedigree charts, and bible records are held here. Periodicals and society newsletters, church records, and cemetery records are also found in the society’s research library.
Historical Society of Baltimore (Cockeysville, Maryland)
The Historical Society of Baltimore County was incorporated in 1959. Their archive contains a vertical file collection, which consists of 1,900 vertical files. These files include documents about events, locations, and clubs and groups related to Baltimore County. The society’s library also contains over 9,000 genealogy surname files. The library is home to a collection of hundreds of maps. They also hold photographs, manuscript collections, and tombstone inscription files.
Carroll County Genealogy Society (Westminster, Maryland)
The collections of the Carroll County Genealogy Society are housed in the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library. Their collections include 1,100 catalogued books, and genealogical periodicals and newsletters. They also hold transcriptions from Carroll County cemeteries. Family envelopes containing information not found in books are held at the library. The collections also include mortality schedules from 1850 to 1880, and naturalization records. Lists of qualified voters, physicians and insolvency cases in Carroll County are held here as well. Back issues of the society’s newsletter, The Carroltonian, can be accessed at the library.
Historical Society of Cecil County (Elkton, Maryland)
The archives of the Historical Society of Cecil County provide the most comprehensive source of history for Cecil County. These collections are housed in the Eva M. Muse Library. The resources here include books, manuscripts, and maps. They hold 14,000 issues of newspapers dating back to 1827. Obituaries, pamphlets and vertical files have been preserved in the library. The society’s collections also include 50,000 images, along with slides, prints, glass plates, negatives, and daguerreotypes. Wills, land records, and business records are additionally housed in the library.
Historical Society of Harford County (Bel Air, Maryland)
The Historical Society of Harford County’s archive is the most comprehensive source for Harford County history. The archives contain more than 250,000 original source items that date back to the 1600s. Among their collections are court records, family histories, and county photographs. They also hold letters, diaries, and scrapbooks in their archives. Maps, postcards, playbills, and newspapers are also contained here.
Upper Eastern Shore Genealogy Society (Easton, Maryland)
The Upper Eastern Shore Genealogy Society (USGS) covers Carolina, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties on the eastern shore of Maryland. The society’s research center is home to family histories, family bible records, and books. They also have records of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware.
Our genealogists specialize in researching all different types of documentation. The list above is simply a small sample of what they can help you with.