Maryland Family History Societies

This section lists associations from Baltimore to Dorchester giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Baltimore County Historical Society

Many resources can be accessed in the association's Research Library, which incorporate:

  • American Passenger Arrival Records
  • Burial Records
  • Census Returns
  • County Directories
  • Death Records
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Marriages
  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • Will Abstracts

A vast collection of other resources relating to the history of the State of Maryland and further afield are held by the society along with a comprehensive photograph collection.  A list of surnames is contained in Genealogy Surname Files.


Captain Avery Museum

Shady Side Rural Heritage Society has now changed its name to Captain Avery Museum.  A wide range of archives can be accessed in their Library, which include Oral Histories in various formats, Books, Articles and Newspapers. 

An on-line catalogue of these resources is available on the site.


Carroll County Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1981 to encourage and promote interest in genealogy, and to gather genealogical and historical information.

Numerous databases are accessible on the site, which incorporate:

  • 1850-1880 Mortality Schedules
  • African-Americans in 1850 Carroll Co. Census
  • Indentures 1837-1927
  • Insolvency Cases at Maryland State Archives
  • Naturalisations
  • Surnames found in Carroll Co. Cemeteries

They also have Subject Indexes to Back Issues of their publication The Carrolltonian 2002-2012, which is published quarterly.

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • Carroll Co. Cemeteries Series
  • Marriage Licences 1837-1899
  • Marriages 1900-1915
  • Register of Wills 1837-1898


Carroll County Historical Society

Established to save the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House (1807) from being demolished, the society was founded in 1939.

Many resources can be accessed in their Research Library, which include local Newspapers, a comprehensive photograph collection and their manuscript collection which include scrapbooks, maps, ledgers and family papers.


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