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Baltimore City (and area) Church Records

There are many church records in the Archives' "Special Collections", the organization of which is not obvious the first dozen times you look at it. The following are those which provide online digitized copies and is compiled from a tedious search of all 1164 items in the Archives Special Collection list of Maryland churches.

These digitized records are made available online to view for free, either as a PDF file or a link to a web page that provides a page-by-page search (E-book). In either case, you have to find the proper page for particular information, since these are generally many 100's of pages (images) long. Numbers in [square brackets] in the list of contents (the "Full list" buttons below) are image numbers within the PDF file or web page.

"e-book" in the File size column means there is no file to download; rather it opens a web page which provides page-by-page viewing. A size given in kB or MB indicates there is a file to download. Some items provide a choice between "e-book" and a PDF file.
(The PDF files are all very large, so it's best to right click on a link, download and save the file, and then open it later for viewing, using a PDF viewer rather than a browser's built-in viewer.)

Hint: For the web pages that display the data one page at a time, you have to go to the right page by entering the page number. There is an error on the Archives website, so if you enter a page number in the "Jump to page" field, it often returns a "Service Temporarily Unavailable" response. If this happens, instead of using the "Jump to page" field, just edit the page number in the browser address bar instead.

Besides the following which are online, the Archives has many other microfilm records for these and other churches. Click on the link in the 2nd column for a full list for those churches listed, or go to the full index for all churches in Maryland.

I have also searched the records and provided a list of other churches for the Baltimore area for which there is microfilm available, but none online, so they are not listed below. You need to go to the Archives to view the microfilm. List here. The Baltimore County Genealogy Society has some.

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Other Baltimore church references

Helpful tool for finding locations of churches: here

For another list of files and microfilm available at the Baltimore County Genealogical Society in Parkville, which has many not listed below, see list here.

Family Search has an index of Maryland Church Records 1668-1995 (requires free log-in).

ChurchLink to
Special
collection
Link to
file or
web page
File sizeHelperDescription of contents
Lutheran (including Evangelical)
Zion, Lutheran
Holliday and Lexington Streets
2600 M1546 287 MB 1785-1938: Baptisms 1785-1867; Marriages 1786-1938; Confirmations 1787-1831; Communicants 1787-1832; Deaths 1785-1852, 1861-1920;
M1547 266 MB 1842-1953: Baptisms 1842-1858, 1867-1953; Marriages 1843-1858, 1939-1953; Burials 1923-1953;
Parish register 1953-1977: Pastors; Church council; Membership; Loose papers; Baptisms; Confirmations; Marriages; Funerals; Christenings 1966-1973; Confirmations; 1869-1947; Confirmations; 1923-1953; Confirmations 1941
M1548  1929-1969; not online - see microfilm
Salem German Evangelical
Lutheran
Catonsville
2602 M1668 e-book 1848-1857: church ordinances and constitution; church history; membership; baptisms; confirmations; marriages; deaths; genealogy of members;
Protocoll - Record Book of Salem Congregation 1852-1903: Constitutions; membership 1864, 1867, 1871, 1893, 1895-1900; membership 1852-1857, 1859, 1861; minutes, congregational meetings 1849-1901; cashbooks kept for cemetery lots;
Translation of "Protocoll-Buch..." 1883-1901: constitution; alphabetical record of members; baptisms 1883-1901; marriages 1883-1901; burial 1883-1901; annual summary 1883-1889;
Record of Jerusalem Congregation 1850-1883: births and baptisms 1850-1883; marriages 1876-1882, 1859-1874, 1880; deaths 1867-1882; Account book 1874-1884, 1890 Cemetery cash book (Salem) 1850-1948; Cemetery Memorandum Book (Salem) 1850-1907;] Cemetery lots and plots (Salem) 1849-1945: lots and plots; church accounts 1924; Record of interments, District 1 1913-1969
M1669  Histories 1890-1974 - see microfilm
Salem Church
Evangelical Lutheran
Randall St and Battery Ave
5641 M13062 350 MB Register 1885-1979 (includes baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals, and communions)
St James, Randallstown
But many entries are St Peters
 ---Electronic seach at FamilySearch (Film #1036848)
Film #933995 item 6, images 474-494
United Evangelical (Zion Lutheran)
East Ave/Dillon (Canton)
5329 M1271256 MB Baptisms (transcript) 1873-1926
M12713 Baptisms 1889-1906 (not online - see previous)
M1271485 MB Baptisms 1873-1889, 1907-1926, marriage 1873-1889, 1907-1925, funerals 1907-1918, etc.
M12716, etc.  Baptisms, marriages, etc, 1926-1934 (not online)
Methodist Episcopal
In 1837 there were 14 Methodist Episcopal churches in Baltimore, including 4 African.
City Station
Methodist Episcopal
4004 M410 251 MB Members and classes 1838-1865; Baptisms 1866-1881; Marriages 1866-1881
M411 203 MB Various Records 1819-1865: Memoranda of white members 1818-1824; Baptisms 1819-1821, 1834-1865; Marriages 1807-1863;
Register, East Baltimore Station (Fells Point) 1800-1818: Members and classes: 1800-1836
M408
M409
M462
  Marriage 1799-1838, Baptisms 1799-1835, etc.; not online
Members and classes 1809-1843; not online
Probationers 1822-1833; not online - see microfilm
High Street Church
Methodist Episcopal
2886 M457 171 MB Various Records 1844-1896: Class records 1844-1866; treasurer's report, Centenary Fund, High Street Station; official members 1867; members 1844-1895;
Register 1858-1868: marriages 1858-1868; baptisms 1858-1868;
Register 1867-1896: baptisms 1868-1896; marriages 1867-1895; class records, lists of members 1844-1896
Jefferson Street
Methodist Epicopal
2622 M446 157 MB Various Records 1839-1907 Church record, class roll books, class leaders roll book, Mount Auburn Cemetery records, and cemetery lot sales
Registers 1854-1862, 1896-1915; Baptisms and Marriages 1862-1896; Membership 1864-1896, 1897-1915
Mount Washington
Methodist Episcopal, later United Methodist
5189 M12331 117 MB Various Records 1869-1920, 1916-1998: (includes pastors, official members, members in full connection, classes, probationers, marriages, baptisms, pastoral and statistical records)
Sandymount Church
Methodist Episcopal
4432 M2115 44 MB  Various Records 1857-1947 (includes annual business meeting minutes, stewards minutes, treasurer's records, and Sunday School records)
Wesley Chapel
Methodist Episcopal
2885 M456 144 MB Class records 1859-1906, probationers/members 1870-1906, baptisms 1871-1905, marriages 1871-1906
Protestant Episcopal
St. John's and St. George's Parish, index1642   2 PDF files (index to film 14132, item #2 - not online):
   Index to births, marriage, deaths, part 1 (15 MB)
   Index to births, marriage, deaths, part 2 (21 MB)

St. John's Parish records, Joppa/Kingsville

1642-   Electronic search (of film 14132, items 1, 3, and 4)
1789-1807, 1819-1861 record, Electronic search (of film 14133, items 2 & 4)
St James Parish, Monkton2670---Electronic index to: Marriages 1787-1814, births 1775-1815, burials 1792-1807 film #14451
St. Mary's
Protestant Episcopal
Hampden
39th and Roland
2644 M497 e-book Parish register 1885-1961: baptisms 1889-1961; marriages 1899-1961; burials 1890-1961
Vestry minutes 1891-1900, 1905-1929
M685  1905-1929, vestry minutes, not online - see microfilm
St. Paul's
Protestant Episcopal
(Church of England)
Charles and Saratoga
2652 M995 418 MB 1791-1794; Baptisms 1832-1933; Marriages 1836-1934; Burials 1837-1935
M994
M996
M997
  Registers 1710-1933, marriages 1817-1836
Vestry records 1878-1904
Services 1904-1916; not online - see microfilm
St Thomas, Protestant Episcopal, Homestead, Towson 4464 M11437 107 MB 1. Families and members 1858, 1878, 1886; Baptisms 1856-1895; Communicants/Confirmations 1858-1894; Marriages 1855-1890; Burials 1873-1895
2. Vestry minutes 1858-1889
3. Marriage register 1956-1974
M11438 262 MB 1. Register 1893-1927: baptisms 1893-1936; confirmations 1893-1936; communicants 1893-1927; marriages 1893-1936; burials 1893-1937
2. Register 1937-1962: communicants 1938-1949; baptisms 1937-1962; confirmations 1938-1962; burials 1937-1962
3. Marriages 1937-1946 (typescript)
Trinity Church
Protestant Episcopal
1845-1903 last @
Broadway and Pratt
2614 M247 166 MB Parish register 1845-1895: baptisms 1845-1894; marriages 1845-1895; burials 1845-1895
Parish register 1893-1903: baptisms 1893-1903; marriages 1894-1903; burials 1894-1903
Vestry minutes 1879-1904 [265]
Baptisms, marriage, deaths 1802-1819 [406-471]
St Thomas, Protestant Episcopal, Garrision Forest 2656(M11536)-- Following at FamilySearch.org:
Electronic index: births, marriage, deaths, 1728-1891
Browse original index and register 1728-1891 (film #14450)
Index, Film #14450 item 2, images 4-39
Register, Film #14450 item 3, images 46-91
St John's (Western Run) 1820-1891 2661(M267)--Electronic search: births, marriages, deaths
Marriages 1824-1885 (Browse images)
Trinity (1796-1819) --- Following at FamilySearch.org:
Electronic index: births, marriage, deaths, 1694-1891 (film #14451)
St James----
St Johns (1694-1891)----
Roman Catholic
In 1837 there were 7 Roman Catholic churches in Baltimore.
Minor Basilica of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2707 M1517-2 7 MB Maryland General Hospital
M1517-3 890 MB Marriages: Index 1783-1889; registers 1783-1861
M1510
M1511
M1512
M1513
M1514
M1515
M1516
M1518
M1522
   St Peters: Baptisms 1782-1811, marriages 1783-1795, burials 1790-1795, etc.
St Peters: Baptisms 1812-1837; Cathedral baptisms, marriage, burials 1822-1849
Baptisms 1827-1854, marriage and burials 1843-1849
Baptisms 1854-1870
Baptisms 1871-1878
Chapel baptisms 1843-1869, Cathedral baptisms 1878-1893, general index 1782-1854
Baptisms 1893-1976
Marriages 1827-1926
Interments 1793-1977
    Not online - see microfilm
Corpus Christi2683M2920 147 MBBaptisms 1881-1928
M2921213 MBBaptisms 1929-1982, Marriage 1881-1908
M2922115 MBMarriages 1908-1982, Communions 1843-1981, burials 1881-1965, deaths 1966-1982
Holy Cross
Roman Catholic
110 E West St
2573 M1915 499 MB Baptisms 1858-1872, 1872-1894 indexed; Marriages 1860-1871;
M1917-2-1
M1917-2-2
M1917-2-3
143 MB
209 MB
82 MB
Confirmations 1873-1906 indexed
Confirmations 1909-1951 alphabetical by year
Confirmations 1956-1978 indexed
M1916-1
M1916-3
641 MB
641 MB
Baptisms 1894-1922
Baptisms 1922-1937
M1918  Marriages 1872-1947; Burials 1870-1979; Not online - see microfilm
Holy Rosary2701M3615 903 MBMarriages 1893-1924
M3607-3614
M3616-3618
  Baptisms 1887-1962, marriages 1887-1892, deaths 1887-1892 (not online)
Marriage 1924-1984, deaths 1893-1984 (not online)
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Roman Catholic
previously St. Laurence
Fort Ave, Locust Point
2679 M2685 e-book General register 1860-1928: baptisms 1860-1910 indexed; marriages 1866-1873, 1908-1928; confirmations 1865
M2687 e-book Marriage registers, indexed, 1886-1937, 1937-1981; interments, 1899-1962 partially indexed; death registers 1962-1970, 1962-1981; confirmations 1906-1952, 1956-1981 indexed
M2686,2688  Baptisms, Communions 1909-1981; Not online - see microfilm
Sacred Heart of Jesus2524M1525186 MB Baptisms 1873-1900
M1526-Baptisms 1891-1917 (not online)
M1531255 MBMarriages 1874-1947
M1532154 MBMarriages 1940-1977, burials 1877-1901, 1905-1911
M1527, 1529, 1530
1533
- Baptisms 1913-1977 (not online)
Interments 1912-1978 (not online)
St. Alphonsus
Roman Catholic
Saratoga and Park
2530 M1584 e-book Death records (1857-1879)
M1595406 MB Baptisms 1845-1881, etc.
M1596 e-book Baptisms 1882-1935 (some Lithuanian) indexed
M1598 319 MB Marriages 1845-1909, 1891-1919 (Lithuanian, from the records of St. John the Baptist), 1910-1977 (Lithuanian)
M1599110 MB Confirmations, communions, deaths 1869-1977
M1597,M4874  Not online - see microfilm
For baptisms, marriage, and death records for 1804-1840, see St John's German M1584; for 1840-1845, see St James M1572, M1576.
St. Ann's
Roman Catholic
Greenmount and 22nd St
2672 M2934276 MB Marriage registers, indexed, 1873-1967; interments, indexed, 1874-1959; death register, indexed, 1960-1982
M2934 does not
work correctly!
e-book
M2931
M2932
M2933
M2935
  Not online - see microfilm
Baptisms 1873-1907
Baptisms 1908-1928
Baptisms 1928-1968
Communions 1873-1979
St. Brigid
Roman Catholic
2537M1634    The following are not online at the Archives. These files were found elsewhere:
Baptisms 1858-1866Register (100MB, 105 images)index (7.5MB)
Baptisms 1865-1871Register (50 MB, 56 images)no index
Baptisms 1872-1884Register (240 MB, 275 images)index (19 MB)
Baptisms 1884-1888Register (74 MB, 90 images)no index
Baptisms 1888-1897Register (206 MB, 283 images)index (16 MB)
Marriages 1858-1864Register (20 MB, 23 images)no index
Confirmations 1860-1865
first communions 1858-1865
Register (9 MB, 10 images)no index
M1637118 MBMarriages 1858-1881, 1901-1928 (1858-1864 part transcribed from above)
M1639342 MBCommunion/confirmation 1888-1978; Deaths, w/index 1901-1978
M1635, M1638  1898 and later; not online - see microfilm
St. Francis Xavier
Roman Catholic
1501 E Oliver St
1712 M2146 154 MB St Paul's Marriage Record 1889-1946; Index
M2083-2089
M2143-2145
M2147-2148
  Baptisms 1871-1923; not online - see microfilm
St. Ignatius
Roman Catholic
1853-1978
2532 M1602 285 MB Marriage registers 1853-1936 with index
M1603 507 MB Marriage registers, indexed, 1936-1977; death registers, indexed, 1897-1978
M1600,1601  Baptisms 1853-1936; not online - see microfilm
St. James
Roman Catholic
1840-1977
Aisquith and Eager
2528 M1572 693 MB Baptisms 1840-1908
M1575 463 MB Marriages 1841-1937
M1576 153 MB Marriage Registers 1937-1975; Marriage Registers of those baptized at St. James and married elsewhere 1909-1910
M1573,1574  1908 and later, not online - see microfilm
St. John the Evangelist
Roman Catholic
1853-1966
Valley and Eager
2529 M1578 303 MB Baptismal Registers 1877-1901; Index
M1579 229 MB Baptisms 1890-1915; Index
M11757259 MB Deaths, 1871-1966
M1577,1580-1583
11757
  Baptisms 1853-1877; Deaths 1871-1966; not online - see microfilm
St John's German Catholic (1799-1841) 2675 M1584e-book Begins on image [191]. Baptisms/marriages 1803-1840, deaths 1820-1845
St. Joseph's
Roman Catholic
1839-1962
2571 M1687 e-book Baptismal Registers 1883-1919; Indexes (page by page)
M1689 e-book Marriage Registers 1839-1962; Indexes;
Death Registers 1849-1962; Indexes (page by page)
M1686  Baptisms 1839-1862; confirmations 1862-1865; communions 1862-1883; not online - see microfilm
M1688  Baptisms 1919-1962; communions 1914-1955, 1960-1962; confirmations 1871-1873, 1922-1943, 1883-1903, 1917; not online - see microfilm
St. Leo the Great (Italian)
Roman Catholic
1874-1981
227 s Exeter St
2698 M3275 614 MB Historical Sketch of St. Leo's Parish, 1881-1922;
Baptisms 1881-1905 (Italian and Irish)
M3284614 MB Marriages 1927-1982; deaths 1874-1907, 1910-1982; first communion register 1913-1981
M3276-3283,3285  Marriages 1882-1915, etc.; not online - see microfilm
St. Martin's
Roman Cahtolic
1867-1980
Fulton St
1189 M2654 e-book Baptisms 1867-1902, with indexes
M2655-2662  1902 and later; not online - see microfilm
St. Mary's Star of the Sea
Roman Catholic
Locust Point
2681 M2704 408 MB Baptisms 1868-1891 and indexes
M2705 529 MB Baptisms 1891-1910 and indexes
M2712 210 MB Deaths 1922-1981 and index; communions 1874-1893
M2706-2711  1911 and later; not online - see microfilm
St. Michael's Ukranian
Roman Catholic
1852-1977
7 S Wolfe St
2526 M1538  Baptisms 1852-1880, (not online)
M1539 214 MB Baptisms 1880-1892, part indexed
M1540 261 MB Baptisms 1893-1908
M1541,1542  Baptisms 1907-1972
M1543 573 MB Marriages 1928-1977; Deaths 1860-1870, indexed, 1882-1903 (part)
M1544 271 MBMarriages, indexed, 1852-1928
M1545 e-book Death registers 1882-1977 (part), 1882-1977 indexed, except 1903-1929 indexed in separate book (not available)
St. Patrick's
Roman Catholic
1806-1977
Bank and Broadway
2527 M1563--Baptisms 1825-1849, 1852-1872 - not online
M156495 MB Baptisms1869-1892
M1565119 MBBaptisms 1892-1924
M1566,1567--Baptisms 1918-1963 (not online - restricted)
M156841 MBBaptisms, marriage and deaths 1806-1825
M1569 e-book Marriage records 1825-1926 (with index)
M1570110 MBMarriages 1927-1977, indexed
M1571 100 MBDeaths 1825-1977, indexed
St Philip and James
Roman Catholic
1940-1963
2801 N Charles
2016 M1645 326 MB Marriage register 1962-1978; burials 1900-1978
M1642-1644,5273  1898 and later; not online - see microfilm
St. Vincent de Paul
Roman Catholic
1834-1978
120 N Front St
2533 M1611 e-book Baptisms 1834-1880
M1613-3 887 MB Marriages 1834-1966
M1614 258 MB Marriages 1967-1978; burials 1870-1893, 1905-1978; confirmations 1871-1910
M2073 e-book  Cemetery records (page by page). Alphabetical, but only goes to Flaherty, image 3209
M1612  Baptisms 1880-1921; not online - see microfilm
St. Wenceslaus (Bohemian)
Roman Catholic
1868-1979
2111 Ashland Ave
2569 M1670 413 MB Baptisms 1872-1892
M1675 260 MB Marriages 1872-1978
M1676 191 MB Deaths 1880-1979
M1671-1674  1892 and later; not online - see microfilm
Greek Orthodox
Annuciation Cathedral, 24 W Preston
founded 1906 at Homewood/Chase
(incl Church of the Holy Trinity 1920's)
There are no records at the Archives for any Greek Orthodox churches in Baltimore.
St Nicolas, 520 S Ponca St
founded 1952
St Demetrius, 2504 Cub Hill Rd
founded 1969
United Methodist
Old Otterbein
United Methodist
(later German Evangelical Reformed)
2879 M441 368 MB Various Registers 1785-1883 (includes baptisms, marriages, deaths, and vestry minutes; some books are written in German)
Sharp Street Memorial
United Methodist
4010 M3112 250 MB Bettye C. Thomas's History of Baltimore Sharp St. Memorial M.E. Church 1787-1920 (250MB); Class Book 1825-1841; Church Record 1872-1884, 1872-1884, 1876-1885, 1888-1891
M3113 149 MB Church record 1884-1888; class roll books 1864, 1864-1869, 1874, 1877, 1888; class leaders roll book 1896-1907; Mount Auburn Cemetery records 1839-1884; cemetery lot sales 1872-1882
M3114 253 MB  Mt. Auburn Cemetery lot titles 1872-1885; cemetery lot owners book 1872-1893; cemetery records 1883-1901, 1885-1892; quarterly conference minutes 1880-1892; board of trustees cash books 1863-1893
M3115, M3116, and M3117 e-book 1874-1927 Minutes, financial, etc.
West Baltimore Station
United Methodist
4008 M2107 228 MB There is some confusion, as film M2107 seems to contain:
1.Fells Points, East Baltimore Station, 1954-1958
2.Scandinavian Meth Epis, 1915-1942
3.Caroline St Meth Epis, 1851-1900
M2108-2110,2619  General registers 1869-1960; not online - see microfilm
Hebrew (Jewish)


There were many in Baltimore, but no records are online at the Archives. Go to Jewish Museum of Maryland (in Baltimore)

Other
First German United Evangelical, United Church of Christ 2887 M1549-1  Index of baptisms 1850-1874 (see also below)
M1549-2 156 kB  Index of marriages 1850-1864 (transcript) (see also below)
M1549-3 287 kB  Index of deaths 1864-1884 (transcript) (see also below)
M1550-5 279 kB  Index of marriages 1880-1911 (transcript) (see also below)
M1551  1920 and later; not online - see microfilm
 MD Genealogical Society has following transcriptions online (for members):
   Baptisms 1850-1874
   Burials 1864-1884 and 1889-1919
   Marriages 1851-1911
New Jerusalem Swedenborgen
1793-1862
     Search (at FamilySerach.org)

Link to Helpers for some church films not online. Use these when you go to Archives to view microfilm.

Here is a link to a useful tool to find where churches were in Baltimore.

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Updated 9 July 2018