The Caroline County Public Library system is closed Friday April 19, 2019 in observance of Good Friday.

Genealogy & Local History

Local History

Caroline County Almshouse Ledgers on Digital Maryland

1875 Map of Caroline County

Historic Caroline County Mills

Frederick Douglass Birthplace

Library Databases

Ancestry Library Edition
Internet site which points to some free genealogical sites and some sites you must subscribe to. Includes the Social Security Death Index. Full access available in the Library. Library use only.

Heritage Quest
HeritageQuest Online provides libraries with a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.

Denton Journal
The Denton Journal newspaper from 1870-1965.

Eastern Shore Research

Todd Family of Caroline County

Caroline County Historical Society

Caroline County Almshouse Ledgers on Digital Maryland

Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland
Serves genealogical activities of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties. Publishes Chesapeake Cousins and has a reference library.

Maryland Genealogical Web Project, Caroline County

Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
Repository for documents and artifacts relating to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Talbot County Free Library's Local History and Genealogy Page

Dorchester County Public Library's Genealogy Page

Maryland Research

Marriage License Index- Howard County, Maryland 1860-1939
There was no waiting period in Howard County and over 90 percent of the marriages were of out-of-county couples. If a relevant entry is found, the full marriage license, which contains additional information, can be ordered for a fee.

General Interest

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Large collection from all over the world

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
More than 55,550 genealogy links.

Ellis Island Records
Look up family immigration records for free.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Internet Family Tree Maker
Search for family names, take a free genealogy class, etc.

Heraldry on the Internet
Heraldry research on the Internet, including coat of arms and flags.
United States Vital Records

Check the Interesting Web Links from the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Census Online - Links to Selected Online Census Records

Military Personnel Records

Local Agencies, Organizations and Genealogists

Caroline County Public Library

Central Library
100 Market Street
Denton, Maryland 21629
Voice: 410-479-1343

A small genealogical collection which includes cemetery records, wills, history and newspapers on microfilm. The Library can perform brief searches and provide guidance to those doing more extensive research.

See also Talbot, Dorchester, and Queen Anne's Counties public libraries.

Visit the Library's Web site at:
Send Reference and Genealogy requests to:

Gale Genealogy Connect Database, Provided by the Library

Caroline County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Caroline County Court House
Room 104
P.O. Box 458
Denton, Maryland 21629
Voice: 410-479-1811
Local depository of birth, marriage and land records.

Caroline County Health Department

403 South Seventh Street
Denton, Maryland 21629
Voice 410-479-0556

Maryland birth certificates may be purchased here for $10.00. Must show photo ID. Their web site can be found at

Caroline County Historical Society

Museum of Rural Life
16 North Second Street
P.O. Box 514
Denton, Maryland 21629
Voice 410-479-2055
Hours: Limited - Call first. Their web site is

Federalsburg Historical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 84
Federalsburg, MD 21632
Voice 410-754-8964
Bart Johnson, President

Museum is located off Morris Avenue, behind the Town office, in the Covey and Williams building.
Hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 11AM-3PM, during the months of Sept-Dec, and Apr-Jun.
Their web site is and their email is

General Perry Benson Chapter, DAR

c/o Mrs. Ginny Fleming
24780 Pealiquor Road
Denton, Maryland 21629
Voice 410-479-1152

Greensboro Chapter - Caroline County Historical Society

114 West Sunset Avenue
P.O. Box 681
Greensboro, MD 21639-0681
Voice: 410-482-2100
1st & 3rd Sunday of the month- 1-3pm
This group supports county wide preservation activities and focus' on the preservation and dissemination of the history of the Town of Greensboro and the surrounding area.
Their web site is
and their email is

Kitty Knight Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812

Fran Moore (Mrs. Robert)
479 Heron Point
Chestertown, Maryland 21620-1681
Voice 410-778-0121
The first and only Eastern Shore Chapter.

Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture

Salisbury University
Power Professional Bldg., Office 190
Wayne Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
Voice 410-543-6312

Includes genealogical resources in collection. Their web site is located at

Ridgely Historical Society

P.O. Box 155
Ridgely, MD 21660
Cathy Schwab, President
The Ridgely Historical Society is a chapter of the Caroline County Historical Society, created in April 2006. Meetings are the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 PM, at the Ridgely Town Hall at 2 Central Avenue. Call to confirm meeting time and location before planning to attend. Donations of Ridgely memorabilia are gladly accepted.

Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland, Inc.

P.O. Box 275
Easton, Maryland 21601

Houses a research library and publishes Chesapeake Cousins, a quarterly newsletter listing surname and other genealogical information of special interest to searchers of the Upper Eastern Shore.
Its web site can be found at

Maryland Room Reference Links

This rich resource of Digital Resources (includes Maryland City Directories) and Archives UM (Finding Aids and Special Collections). Note the History & Culture Bibliography and Index access to Family & Personal Papers

Division of Vital Records

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Reisterstown Road Plaza
6550 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Voice 410-764-3038
Toll-free 1-800-832-3277 (recorded message - to verify fees)

Provides certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates, and verification of divorce in Maryland. Caroline County Public Library has information explaining how to obtain these certificates and provides a listing of bureaus of vital records across the U.S.

Web Address:

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Voice 410-685-3750

Publishes Maryland Historical Magazine, a quarterly newsletter
of special interest to genealogy searchers and historians in Maryland.

Web Address:

Maryland Historical Trust

100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032
Voice 410-514-7600
Web address:
Authorized to acquire and maintain properties of historic or architectural merit; assists organizations, local government, businesses and individuals in restoring and acquiring historic properties; publishes books and other documents naming and illustrating historical architecture in Maryland.

Maryland Register of Wills

Use the Estate Search Index to find a will. Caroline County's index goes back to 1853 and copies of the documents can be ordered online.


- A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland
The Maryland Judiciary, the 24 elected Court Clerks of Maryland and the Maryland State Archives have joined in partnership to provide up to date access to all verified land record instruments in Maryland. This service is currently being provided free to all those interested in testing the system. Users are encouraged to provide feedback.

Maryland State Archives

Hall of Records Commission
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Voice 410-974-3914 or 410-974-3916
Toll-free 800-235-4045
Maryland's central depository of government records of permanent value.
Web Address:

Guide to Government Records at Maryland State Archives

An index to paper, microfilm and electronic holdings, searchable by record name, source of the record and type of record. The search can be narrowed to specific geographic areas. ( This section covers just a portion of the Archives' holdings. It does not include the Special Collections and Library, which must be searched separately.)

Overview of Reference and Research at Maryland State Archives

This webpage is rich in content, but can be challenging to search.

Maryland State Archives Death Record Index

This index covers 1898- 1944 for Maryland's 23 counties and 1875-1972 for Baltimore City. It also provides a convenient method to order copies of the indexed death certificates.
Web Address:

Maryland State Archives Marriage Certificates, Index

The index covers marriages in all counties of Maryland from 1951-1989 (except 1978). Brides and Grooms are indexed separately,
in alphabetical order. (Search in Series Box on right- S1851)
Web Address: .