Maryland State Archives
- 350 Rowe Blvd.
- Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: Maryland toll free 800-235-4045, or 410-260-6400
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and some Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more details, click here.
Directions, maps, and public transportation: Click here.
Internet sites and databases:
- Maryland State Archives, museum, government guide, reference, vital, land, plats, family history, slavery, ethnic, military, probate, historical maps, art, services, education, records order forms, programs, volunteers.
- Archives of Maryland Online, city directories, early state records, land, probate, military, laws, courts, slavery.
- Vital Records Indexing: • Births 1650-1995 • Marriages 1666-1970 • Deaths 1877-1992.
- Underground Railroad Database slavery censuses, runaways, prisons, pardons, chattels, deserters, inventories.
The Archives are the repository for records of Maryland state, county and municipal governments. The Archives also hold maps, newspapers, religious records, and private papers, including births 1654-1924;marriages 1640-1997; deaths from counties 1654-1991, from Baltimore City 1875-1994; divorces, adoptions, census, city directories, cemetery, church records, courts, criminal, land, immigration, naturalization, early settlers index 1633-1680, plats, probates, taxation, biographies, and periodicals. The Archives do not offer a genealogical research service—hire a local professional researcher for that service.
The Archives will be closed on some Saturdays — click here to learn which ones.
Maryland State Archives, Guide to Government Records [online] at http://guide.mdsa.net/ (accessed 21 October 2008).
If you cannot visit or find a record at the Maryland State Archives, a similar record may be available at one of the following.
- Maryland Division of Vital Records - births 1898-1972; marriages 1990-present; deaths 1968-present.
- Maryland County Circuit Courts (see individual county courthouses) - supplied many of the earlier copies of the births, marriages, and deaths at Maryland States Archives.
- National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC, federal censuses, U.S. passenger lists, passport applications, federal land including District of Columbia, military and war records, and some naturalizations.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has Bibles, biography, census, church, court, directory, immigration, gazetteer, genealogy, history, land, map, military, minority, naturalization, newspaper, periodical, public, society, tax, and vital records for the state, counties, and many towns.
- Maryland Historical Society - 5 mil. manuscripts, 600,000 books including family and local histories, city directories, histories, anti- & pro-slaver material, runaway slave ads, maps and 400,000 card biographical index.
- Maryland Genealogical Society - Online Baltimore City Church Registers, Maryland maps, newsletter index, queries, and surname exchange.
- Maryland State Library Resource Center (Enoch Pratt Free Library) - online ready reference resources, and general genealogical resources.
- Library of Virginia, digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.
- surrounding state archives in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia.