Your Guide to Researching Maryland Ancestors
State Capital: Annapolis
Wikipedia's Maryland entry gives facts and information about the state and you can click on any of the links at the bottom of the page for information about a county, city or other local informtion.
Maryland State Facts and Information (MyMaryland Genealogy site)
Maryland The 7th State ... " the only site you'll ever need to learn everything about Maryland... " (that's its subtitle)
Each of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state. If you do a lot of U.S. research, you may want to purchase on of them for your home library.
Books you might purchase or use in a library are listed below.
Bookmark or print out these FHL documents:
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state of Maryland ; Then Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers
Don't even think aboout starting research without a map at hand !
Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary.
Maryland is served by the National Archives Mid Atlantic Region. See their Family History Records at the Archives Facility [Mid Atlantic Region] for an overview of records they hold for genealogical research.
Visit the website of The Maryland Genealogical Society as well as other genealogy or historical societies in Maryland. The MGS publishes The Journal (used to be called Bulletin, which is now avialable on CD ) The tables of contents for each of the issues is available online.
Find other genealogical and historical societies
Maryland Cemetery Records For general information, see my guide to cemetery records... it will open in a new window so you can leave it open.
Find online Maryland cemetery transcriptions through one of these sites
Maryland Church Records
Maryland City Directories
Maryland County and Local histories
A bibliography of Maryland County Histories through Queen Anne's Co. is available on the Google books project from Filby's.
Maryland Early Settlers
Search Early Settlers of Maryland
Maryland Land & Property Records
Maryland Institution Records, including slavery, criminal and court records
Maryland Military Rceords
Maryland Naturalizations (For genearal information about Naturalizations, see my "Guide to Finding and Using Naturalization Records"-- it will open in a new window so you can leave it open)
Maryland Newspapers and obituaries
Maryland Probate Records
Maryland Vital Records
Queries... Placing or answering queries at these sites might result in a mutually beneficial contact with other researchers
LookUps... You may find help at one of these sites and you may want to volunteer to help others...