You'll love this if:
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Maryland
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Maryland brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Maryland —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Maryland ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Maryland history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Maryland research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Maryland guide:
- The first settlers, mostly English Protestants, entered Maryland in 1634. The colony briefly became a haven for
Roman Catholics, thanks to the 1649 Maryland Toleration Act, but then Catholicism was outlawed in the colony from 1688 until the American Revolution.
- The Continental Congress took Maryland's first census in 1776 for a population-based tax to fund the Revolution.
- For more death data, check newspaper obituaries through MSA's Maryland Newspaper Project, or look for Maryland newspapers digitized or indexed online like those at Ancestry.com or ProQuest (available at many public libraries).
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.