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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Founded in 1844, the member and donor-supported Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) serves the people of Maryland and those interested in Maryland history through stewardship of comprehensive library and museum collections that are central to the state's history. The H. Furlong Baldwin Library is the repository of tens of thousands of books, manuscrips, microfilm, newspapers, photographs and many other resources of genealogical interest. MdHS and MGS are partners, and most MGS members hold joint memberships with MdHS.
Cyndi's List is a comprehensive, categorized, & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. The Maryland section includes links in 36 topic categories.
Digital Maryland (previously Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage or MDCH), is a collaborative, statewide digitization program headquartered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center in Baltimore. Its mission is to facilitate the digitization and digital exhibition of the historical and cultural documents, images, audio and video held by Maryland institutions.
In doing genealogy, it can be critical to understand what laws were in effect at any given time. This site provides linked digitized resources to Maryland's statutory law and case law starting in 1634, plus compilations and extras. A blog post (linked from the site) provides examples of what is on the site and how historic laws can help to solve genealogical questions.
The Maryland state page of the US GenWeb Project, which provides free genealogy Web sites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.
Information on Maryland land records, tax records, maps, and other geography-based sources for Maryland.
This consortium of information professionals in Maryland maintains a list of links to state and local repositories that have collections relating to the history and culture of Maryland.
The Maryland Judiciary, the 24 elected Court Clerks of Maryland and the Maryland State Archives have joined in partnership to provide up to date access to all verified land record instruments in Maryland.
Links to online Maryland historical newspapers.
As the historical agency for Maryland, the State Archives is the central depository for government records of permanent value. Records date from the founding of the Maryland colony in 1634 to the present.
PLATS.NET is a system developed by the Maryland State Archives, the Administrative Office of the Courts and Maryland Circuit Court Clerks to preserve and make accessible all plats filed with the Land Office and the Circuit Courts of Maryland. The site includes 17th- and 18th-century records concerning land patents.
Located directly across Rowe Boulevard from the Maryland State Archives on the outskirts of Annapolis, the Maryland State Law Library offers genealogists many resources found at the state archives without the wait.