Maryland Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections

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This entry was originally written by Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The Maryland Historical and Genealogical Bulletin was published privately in twenty-one volumes from 1930 to 1950. The Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin has been published by the Maryland Genealogical Society since 1960 and has included the usual fare of genealogical records, including marriage licenses, cemetery and Bible records, wills, militia lists, naturalizations, railroad employees, slave lists, and vital records, as well as compiled genealogies.

Maryland Historical Magazine has been published by the Maryland Historical Society since 1906 and has included much historical and genealogical material. Like many other historical magazines, the Maryland Historical Magazine stopped publishing genealogical material for some years. In 1980 Genealogical Publishing Company issued two volumes of Maryland Genealogies: A Consolidation of Articles from the Maryland Historical Magazine.

The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist was introduced in 1959 by Raymond B. Clark, Jr., and his mother, Sara Seth Clark, who published the standard abstracts of records and genealogies. The Maryland Original Research Society of Baltimore Bulletin was published in Baltimore from 1906 to 1913 and included lists of early settlers, genealogies, cemetery and family Bible records, militia lists, oaths of fidelity, and so forth. A reprint in one volume, edited by Albert Levin Richardson, was published in 1979 by Genealogical Publishing Company.

Western Maryland Genealogy, published by GenLaw Resources, Box 9187, Gaithersburg, MD 20898-9187 covers Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington counties. Considerable Maryland material, including genealogies, newspaper abstracts, tax lists, records of servants, and other source records, can also be found in the ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly''.


One of the first places to hunt for a Maryland newspaper is Newspapers in Maryland Libraries: A Union List, by Eleanore O. Hofstetter and M. S. Eustis (Baltimore: Maryland Department of Education, Division of Library Development, 1977). The Maryland State Archives has many newspapers, as well as guides to and abstracts from them. See also Newspapers of Maryland: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection of Newspapers in the Maryland State Archives (Annapolis, Md.: Maryland State Archives, 1990).

Newspaper abstracts have been published for several localities, especially for Baltimore. These include three works by Robert Barnes: Marriages and Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers, 1796'1816; Marriages and Deaths from the Maryland Gazette, 1727'1839 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973, 1978); Gleanings From Maryland Newspapers, 1727'95, 4 vols. (Lutherville, Md.: Bettie Carothers, 1975'76); and Thomas L. Hollowak's two-volume Index to Marriages and Deaths in The (Baltimore) Sun, 1837'1850 '¦ 1851'1860 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978). Abstracts of obituaries and marriages in The Sun and Sun Almanac for 1861 to 1915 were continued in volumes by Joseph C. Maguire, Jr., Francis P. O'Neill, and Walter E. Arps, Jr. Other large-scale compilations are those by F. Edward Wright: Western Maryland Newspaper Abstracts 1786 '¦ 1810, 3 vols.; and, with I. Harper, Maryland Eastern Shore Newspaper Abstracts '¦ (1790'1834), 8 vols. (Silver Spring: Family Line Publications, 1981'87). See also Karen Mayer Green, comp., The Maryland Gazette, 1727'1761: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts (Galveston, Texas: Frontier Press, 1990). The Gazette was Maryland's first newspaper and also included news about Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Other newspaper items, mostly marriage and death notices, have been published for the counties of Allegheny, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery, and Washington.


Avril J. M. Pedley, comp., The Manuscript Collections of The Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1968) supplements the Cox/Sullivan Guide (see Background Sources) and is updated in the Maryland Historical Magazine by notes of subsequent additions to the manuscript collection.

Indexes to many special collections, including the Calvert family collection (at the Maryland Historical Society) and other private papers, state documents, and census and election records, as well as guides to photograph collections, are at the Maryland State Archives.