Maryland Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers in Maryland.

Maryland State Archives
Hall of Records Building
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: 410-260-6400
Fax: 410-974-2525

The Maryland State Archives at has nearly all available public records from 1634 to 1789; most original state and county records through the mid-twentieth century; microfilm copies of land, probate, and vital records to the present; and an extensive number of volume and card indexes.

For more information about the state archives, see:

Maryland. Hall of Records. A Guide to the Index Holdings at the Hall of Records. Rev., Bulletin, [Maryland. Hall of Records] No. 17. Annapolis, Maryland: Hall of Records, 1972. (Family History Library book 975.2 A1 no. 56.) This is a county-by-county list of indexes and years covered.

Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Guide to Government Records at the Maryland State Archives: A Comprehensive List by Agency and Record Series. Annapolis, Maryland: Maryland State Archives, 1992. (Family History Library book 975.2 A3g.) This guide lists record types, years covered, and series number.

Papenfuse, Edward C., et. al. A Guide to the Maryland Hall of Records: Local, Judicial and Administrative Records on Microfilm. Volume 1. Annapolis, Maryland: Hall of Records Commission, 1978. (Family History Library book 975.2 A3pa v. 1; fiche 6049468.) Volume one is a detailed list of many records on microfilm for Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City, Maryland. These include court, probate, and land records. The archives has additional computer printout lists for all counties. You can write to them for information about records of specific localities and time periods.

Radoff, Morris Leon, et al. The County Courthouses and Records of Maryland, Part Two: The Records. Annapolis, Maryland: Hall of Records Commission, 1963. (Family History Library book 975.2 B4ma no. 13; fiche 6054101 parts 4-6.) This is a county-by-county list of record types, years covered, and series number.

National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Downtown Philadelphia)
900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
Telephone: 215-606-0100
Fax: 215-606-0116

National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia)
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025
Telephone: 215-305-2000
Fax: 215-305-2038

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Wahington, D.C. 20408-0001
Telephone: 202-357-5000

Maryland Historical Trust Library
100 Community Place,
Crownsville, MD 21032
(410) 514-7655 (Call for hours of operation)
Online catalog

Maryland Historical Society Library
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4674
Telephone: 410-685-3750, extension 349
Fax: 410-385-2105

A useful guide is:

Cox, Richard J., and Larry E. Sullivan, eds. Guide to the Research Collections of the Maryland Historical Society: Historical and Genealogical Manuscripts and Oral History Interviews. Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Historical Society, 1981. (Family History Library book 975.2 H23g.) This index has about 20,000 references to individuals and families.

Genealogical Council of Maryland
P.O. Box 10096
Baltimore, MD 20898-0096

Maryland Genealogical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4674
Telephone: 410-685-3750, extension 360
E-mail Address:

Baltimore City Archives
2165 Druid Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21211
Telephone: 410-396-0306

Two useful guides to Baltimore records are:

Cox, Richard J., and Patricia M. Vanorny. "The Records of a City: Baltimore and Its Historical Sources." Maryland Historical Magazine 70 (Fall 1975): 286-310. (Family History Library book 975.2 H25m v. 70).

LeFurgy, William G. The Records of a City: A Guide to the Baltimore City Archives. Baltimore, Maryland: City Archives, 1984. (Family History Library book 975.26 A3bc.)

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
Telephone: 410-396-5430
Fax: 410-396-1441

Johns Hopkins University
George Peabody Library
17 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Telephone: 410-659-8179
Fax: 410-659-8137

University of Maryland College Park Libraries:
Theodore R. McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742-7011
Telephone: 301-405-0800 

Maryland State Law Library
Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: 410-260-1430
Fax: 410-974-2063

To learn more about the record-keeping systems of Maryland counties, use the inventories of the county archives published in about 1940 by the Historical Records Survey. The Family History Library has copies of most of these inventories.

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