Dorchester County Central Public Library

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General Information[edit | edit source]

Central Library

303 Gay Street Cambridge, MD 21613

410-228-7331 Fax: 410-228-6313 TDD: 410-228-0454 Sailor/Internet: 410-221-0066


Mon., Wed., and Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tues. and Thurs. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Directions to the Cambridge Library

Follow Rt. 50 East across Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Cambridge Cross Choptank River on Frederick C. Malkus, Jr. Memorial Bridge (from Talbot County to Dorchester County). Turn right at first traffic light on Maryland Ave. Follow Maryland Ave. across the Cambridge Creek Bridge. Before the traffic light bear right onto Spring St. After traffic light at Spring and Gay, turn left into the library's parking lot. Library is red brick building with arched porch on corner of Spring and Gay Streets. Travel time from Bay Bridge to Cambridge is approximately 1 hour.

Genealogy and Local History[edit | edit source]

Online Collections (County library card login required for access to these collections.)

AncestryPlus (ProQuest)
Over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. A source for conducting genealogical and local history research . Included are digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 on, The American Geneaological Biographical Index, Passe nger and Immigration Lists Index, and more. * in library use only

Dictionary of American Family Names
A dictionary like no other, the Dictionary of American Family Names documents 70,314 surnames giving their meaning, nationality, alternate spellings, common forenames associated with them, and the frequency of each surname and forename. For students studying family genealogy, or others interested in finding out more about their own lineage, the Dictionary is an ideal place to begin research.

Genealogy Connect (Gale)
Instead of spending hours scanning books for mentions of a family name, users can turn to Genealogy Connect for a one-stop search across multiple volumes, identifying connections and enriching family history.

Heritage Quest (ProQuest)
Research tools for tracing family history and American culture, for beginning and professional genealogists. Includes original page images for all documents.