Maryland Genealogical Society
Maryland Genealogical Society
Genealogy Resources and Repositories
Below are categories of links to key genealogy resources and repositories, with a particular emphasis on Maryland.
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Family History Books - on the FamilySearch web site - is a collection of more than 150,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following institutions: Allen County Public Library; Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University Idaho David O. McKay Library; Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library; Church History Library; Family History Library; Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research; Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; and Onondaga County Public Library.
Type in your search term - name, location, etc. - and see a list of books digitized by Google. Some can be viewed in their entirety for free. Portions of others (still under copyright) will be shown, along with links to where you can purchase the book or what library near you holds a copy.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
HeritageQuest Online is available through public libraries. In Maryland, if you have a Maryland public library card, you can access HeritageQuest Online at home. (If you do not have a card, visit your local library to access the site there.) Included among the resources on the site are digitized versions of more than 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
This collection includes a compilation of thousands of published books ranging from family, local and military histories, city and county directories, school, university and hospital reports, church and congregational minutes and much more. All records include images of the book's pages. Searching the collection is FREE, you do not need to have a subscription to MyHeritage.
The University Libraries' Digital Collections, close to 100 in all, cover a wide range of subject areas, including agriculture, the Civil War era, geology and geography of Pennsylvania, labor history, Pennsylvania history, Penn State history, and political protest. Many of these collections were digitized from holdings in the Special Collections Library.