Maryland Genealogical Society
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City Directories provide names and occupations of residents and much local business information.
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It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
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Newspapers are wonderful hometown records. In addition to looking for obituaries, be sure to look for articles about special events... births, baptisms/christenings, weddings and pre-nuptial events (bridal showers, etc.), birthdays (parties), anniversaries, etc. Business transactions, crimes, fires and accidents, lawsuits and many other activities were reported in newspapers; and may give great insight into your ancestors' lives.
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Town and county histories can be invaluable to form a picture of your ancestors in the time they lived in the area.