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Overview[edit | edit source]

A periodical is a regularly published magazine, newsletter, or journal. Several valuable periodicals concerning Maryland genealogical research exist. Many genealogical and historical societies publish magazines and newsletters. The articles in these periodicals often include the following:

  • Family genealogies and pedigrees
  • Helpful articles on research methodology
  • Transcripts or indexes of biographical sketches, censuses, church records, migration lists, military records, obituaries, wills, vital records, and more
  • Historical background
  • Current and historical maps
  • Information about local and national records, archives, and services
  • Interesting articles about social life and customs
  • Book advertisements and book reviews
  • Advertisements of professional researchers
  • Queries or requests for information about specific ancestors that can help you contact other interested researchers


Periodicals[edit | edit source]

The following sources are the major genealogical periodicals for Maryland:

  • Maryland Genealogical Society Journal 1961-. Published by the Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Family History Library book 975.2 B2mb,49 volumes. Formerly known as the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin.
  • Maryland Historical Magazine 1906-. Published by the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Family History Library book 975.2 H25m, 103 volumes; vols. 1-68 on 21 Family History Library films beginning with 547210. Full text versions of volumes 1 thru 17 are available at Google Books. Recent issues emphasize history and have less genealogical information.
  • Maryland Magazine of Genealogy 1978-1982. Published by the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Family History Library book 975.2 D25ma, 5 volumes. This publication was absorbed by the Maryland Historical Magazine in 1983.
  • The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist 1959-1990. Published by Raymond B. Clark, Jr., P.O. Box 352, St. Michaels, MD 21663. Family History Library book 975 B2m, 31 volumes.
  • The Maryland Genealogical Bulletin 1930-50. Published by Robert F. Hayes, Jr., ed. Family History Library book 975.2 B2h; vol. 10 is on film 547581 item 2; Volumes. 12-20 on fiche 6017749.) Formerly known as the Maryland Historical and Genealogical Bulletin.
  • Western Maryland Genealogy 1985-2003. Published by Donna Valley Russell, ed., P.O. Box 505, New Market, MD 21774. Family History Library book 975.2 D25w, 19 volumes.
  • George K. Schweitzer, Maryland Genealogical Research ([Knoxville, Tennessee]: G.K. Schweitzer, c1991), pp. 98-101. Family History Library book 975.2 D27s; see section 19 on "Genealogical Periodicals."


Obtaining Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Copies of periodicals are available from the local societies that publish them. Major archives with genealogical collections will have copies of many periodicals, particularly those representing the area they serve. The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. PERSI is available online and is especially useful because it refers to countless items published in thousands of family history periodicals worldwide. Learn more at the PERSI wiki page here:

  • The Maryland State Archives at http://www.msa.md.gov/ has an index to selected articles published in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, Maryland Historical Magazine, and Western Maryland Genealogy.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1987-. (Family History Library book 973 D25per; 40 fiche 6016863 (1847-1985); 15 fiche 6016864 (1986-1990).) Partially indexes over 5,000 English-language and French-Canadian family history periodicals. The microfiche indexes are cumulative; book indexes since 1986 are year-by-year. For further details see the PERiodical Source Index Resource Guide (34119).
  • Find My Past Researchers can use the Internet edition of this index at Family History Centers via their site.

Once you locate an article in a periodical, check the FamilySearch Catalog and regional or local libraries for available copies. The Family History Library has collected many periodicals, with some available in digital format and accessible online. Maryland periodicals may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog with a Place and Subject search, as found here: Maryland-Periodicals. They can also be found by using:

  • Place Search of the country, state/province, and county
  • Title Search of the periodical
  • Keyword Search for the publishing society name.

Also find Periodical resources available at other libraries via WorldCat. As with the FamilySearch Catalog search, search WorldCat using society names, locality names, and periodical title names. Learn more about how to search WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog on our Wiki pages.


Websites[edit | edit source]

Maryland Genealogical Society:http://www.mdgensoc.org/

Maryland Historical Society:http://www.mdhs.org/