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Maryland Genealogy

A guide to resources in Special Collections about Maryland Genealogy.

Subject Searching in the USMAI Catalog

When you’re looking for items about a topic and don’t know the title or author of these items, the most effective way to search is by subject. The USMAI catalog allows you to search by subject using “subject beginning with” or “subject words” in the simple search toolbar, or by “subject” alone in the Advanced Search toolbar. For more information on how to use the USMAI catalog, check out this tutorial from the UM Libraries.

Though you can often find materials using common keywords, or natural language, it’s more efficient to search using controlled vocabulary: words or phrases used by indexers and catalogers to describe materials. When searching for items about Maryland genealogy, below are some general subject headings you can use to find materials. These keywords can also be typed into the "title" search fields for more effective searching.

General Maryland Genealogy

Maryland, Genealogy

Maryland, Biography

Maryland, Census, (insert year or leave blank)

Landowners, Maryland, Registers.

Heads of households, Maryland, Registers.

Registers of births, etc., Maryland

Death Notices, Marylnad

Military Genealogy

Soldiers, Maryland, Registers.

Sailors, Maryland, Registers

Maryland, History, Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775, Registers.

Maryland, History, War of 1812, Registers.

African American Genealogy

African Americans, Maryland, Genealogy.

Free African Americans, Maryland, Genealogy.

Freedmen, Maryland, Registers.

Slaves, Maryland, Baltimore, Registers

Biographies/Individual Family Histories

Maryland, Biography

Maryland, History

African Americans, Biography

African Americans, Maryland, History

Women, Maryland

Women, Maryland, Biography

Women, Maryland, History

(insert family name)

Ex.: Rice Family

      Carroll Family

Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993

Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

Census Indexes/Genealogy Resources

American Newspapers, Maryland

American Newspapers, (insert county or city name)

College Park (Md.), Directories

Prince George's County (Md.), Directories

Maryland, Census, (insert year or leave blank)

Heads of households, Maryland, Registers.

Cemetery Records

Cemeteries, Maryland

Cemeteries, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Ex: Cemeteries, Maryland, Baltimore

Inscriptions, Maryland

Inscriptions, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Ex: Inscriptions, Maryland, Anne Arundel County

Registers of Birth, etc., Maryland

Registers of Birth, etc., Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Ex: Registers of Birth, etc., Maryland, Baltimore

Probate Records

Court Records, Maryland

Decedents' Estates, Maryland

Probate Records, Maryland

Wills, Maryland

Wills, Maryland, (insert county name)

Ex.:  Wills, Maryland, Anne Arundel County

Wills, Maryland, Baltimore County

Wills, Maryland, Harford County

Wills, Maryland, Howard County

Wills, Maryland, Montgomery County

Land Records

Land grants, Maryland

Land Tenure, Maryland

Land Tenure, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Ex.: Land Tenure, Maryland, Anne Arundel County

Landowners, Maryland, Registers

Local History

Maryland, Biography

Maryland, History

Maryland, History, Revolution, 1775-1783

Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Maryland, History, Local

Maryland, Politics and Government

Maryland, Population

Maryland, Race Relations

Women, Maryland

(insert city or county name), History

Ex.: Baltimore (Md.), History

Prince George's County (Md.), History

Prince George's Count (Md.), History, Local

Prince George's County (Md.), Genealogy

Combine county or city name with any of the aforementioned subject headings for more specific results

African Americans, Maryland

(insert ethnic or religious group), Maryland

Genealogy by County or City Name

(insert county or city name, Genealogy)

Ex.: Baltimore (Md.), Genealogy

       Dorchester County (Md.), Genealogy

       Prince George's County (Md.), Genealogy

(insert county or city name, History)

Anne Arundel County (Md.), History

Baltimore (Md.), History

Baltimore (Md.), History, Local

(insert county or city name, Biography)

Ex.: Harford County (Md.), Biography

Cities and Towns, Maryland

(insert subject heading), (insert county or city name)

Ex.: Wills, Anne Arundel County (Md.)

Genealogy by Religious Organization

Baptismal records, Maryland

Baptismal records, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Ex.: Baptismal records, Maryland, Baltimore

Catholics, Maryland, (insert city or county name), Genealogy

Church Records and Registers, Maryland

Church Records and Registers, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Lutherans, Maryland

Marriage Records, Maryland

Marriage Records, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Quakers, Maryland, Genealogy

Quakers, Maryland, (insert county or city name), Genealogy

Registers of Births, etc., Maryland

Registers of Births, etc., Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Maryland Census Schedules/General Genealogical Resources

American Newspapers, Maryland

American Newspapers, Maryland, (insert county or city)

(insert county name), Census, (census year), Indexes

Ex.: Harford County (Md.), Census, 1810

Maryland, Census, (insert year)

Ex.: Maryland, Census, 1920

Vital Records

Death notices, Maryland

Death notices, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Registers of Birth, etc., Maryland

Registers of Birth, etc., Maryland, Howard County

Marriage Records, Maryland

Marriage Records, Maryland, (insert county or city name)

Obituaries, Maryland

Obituaries, (insert county or city name)