State Organizations

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

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: