Research helpers


Genealogy Helpers

There is a lot of data online at the Maryland Archives, but it is not always easy to find. Even when you get to it, it is hard to see what is there, since it only seems to provide a search function which allows you to find something if you already know exactly what it is called.

The following are direct links into specific parts of the Maryland Archives website.

and as well as a few into Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.

Help is needed to locate some electronic records at the Archives that are supposed to be available, but are not. While I continue to search for these and enquire at the Archives, if anyone has information on how to find them, I would appreciate suggestions.

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DataYearsMSA
Series ID
(link to data)
Notes
Births/Baptisms    
Maryland Births and christenings, index1650-1995-Electronic index (Family Search)
Counties birth index1898-1909SM1997 PDF files (~90 MB each)
Original certificates available on paper at T1886 (1898-1913).
1910-1919S104511 PDF files (also included in SM27 following)
1910-1951SM27119 PDF files, ~100-400 MB each
Counties birth index - delayed1860-1919SM292 PDF files for A-C (487 MB) and D-H (277 MB)
S-Z on scanned microfilm, I-R needs to be scanned.
Baltimore City birth index1875-1941CM113459 PDF files, 20-60 MB each
See CM1135 for list of originals to determine film number
Go to Archives to view originals (up to 1913).
Up to 1924 available with proof of death.
1950-1972T1344117 PDF files (~20 MB each) (Soundex) Originals not available
Marriages/Divorces    
Maryland Marriage References - Barnes1623-1820S1527Index 123 - alphabetical listing from various sources.
Maryland marriage index1649-1886SE27

177 PDF files of card index (~3 MB each)
(Contains very few for Baltimore, only ones are for 1865-1866. None for Harford or Howard Co.)

Hint: Always check the land records. Sometimes there is a "pre-nup" recorded, especially when a widow with extensive property is getting married.

Maryland marriage references (Burns)abt 1650-1780-FamilySearch - 23 files (PDF) - does not provide info about marriages, only evidence that a marriage existed. Contents:
VolNamesVolNamesVolNamesVolNames
1A7E13L19Sab-Sma
2Bac-Bot8F14McA-Mez20Sme-Syv
3Bou-Byw9G15Mic-Myr21T
4Ca-Clay10Haa-Hen16N-O22U-Whi
5Cle-Cy11Hep-Hyn17Pac-Pyn23Wi-Z
6D12I-K18Q-R  
Maryland marriages, index1658-1940-Electronic index (Family Search)
Maryland marriages, index1666-1970-Electronic index (Family Search)
Baltimore County
Marriage index
1777-1799-This is taken from CM174 below.
Available at FamilySearch (with free log-in) 1777-1799 (1 PDF file, 60MB)
Baltimore County
Marriage index
1777-1851-Available at FamilySearch (with free log-in) 1777-1832   1832-1851 (Electronic indexes)
But must go to Family History Center.
Baltimore County
marriage register
1777-1851CM174 Chronological - not alpha
1777-1832 5 PDF files (729 MB total) (also on MF WK1396-1397)
See 1777-1799 from FamilySeach above for alphabetical index.
1832-1851 on microfilm (WK1397-1398) - go to Archives to view. Key:
   1832-1839 - images 1-164
   1839-1846 - images 165-334
   1846-1851 - images 335-497 (last part very bad copy, unreadable)
Electronic index for 1832-1851 available from FamilySearch (above)
Rootsweb transcription project 1800-1816 - 10,000 items completed
Marriages from newspapers
(Ancestry.com)
1796-1816Link 
1837-1850Link 
1851-1860Link 
Baltimore County
marriage register
1851-1886CM1752 PDF files, arranged by 1st letter of surname, chronological within each, both bride and groom (653 MB total)
   1851-18551856-1886    
BrideFile 1: pp. 1-40File 1: pp. 79-190
GroomFile 1: pp. 41-77File 2: pp. 1-309
Baltimore County
marriage register
1865-1987+CM176Scanned up to 2002, but must go to Archives to view.
Baltimore City
marriage license index
1851-1865CM2041 PDF file (288 MB)
Arranged by 1st letter of surname, chronological - males (use CM205 instead)
1851-1885CM20522 PDF files of card index (200-300 MB each)
Alphabetical card index (males)
1886-1914T2426114 PDF files of card index (10-20 MB each, total 1.3 GB)
Alphabetical card index (males)
MD Marriage index - Female1914-1930SM184All scanned. It appears that it is intended to be available online, but there is an error. Go to Archives for Microfilm.
1951-1968SM22427 PDF files, ~50-100 MB each
1969-1972SM2268 PDF files, ~100 MB each
MD Marriage index - Male1931-1940S1951Arranged by Soundex. (not online - go to Archives for originals - paper)
1951-1968SM22338 PDF files, ~50 MB each, total 1.77 GB
1969-1972SM22511 PDF files, ~50-70 MB each
MD Marriage index - Male/Female1951-52, 58, 60-61,1973-1989S185145 PDF files, ~90MB each
Marriage certificates (Counties and City)1951-1990SM259491 PDF files, ~100 MB each for 1951-1981 (others not available online)
Grouped by county. They can be found by "serial number" which is what is found in the indexes CM223-226 and S1851.
MD Divorce index - Female1961-1972S1893459 PDF files
MD Divorce index - Male1962-1973S1952613 PDF files
Marriages index1990-2004SE14430 PDF files
County codes: Allegany (01); Anne Arundel (02); Baltimore (03); Calvert (04); Caroline (05); Carroll (06); Cecil (07); Charles (08); Dorchester (09); Frederick (10); Garrett (11); Harford (12); Howard (13); Kent (14); Montgomery (15); Prince George's (16); Queen Anne's (17); St.Mary's (18); Somerset (19); Talbot (20); Washington (21); Wicomico (22); Worcester (23); Baltimore City (30); Maryland Stats (35)
Nearby Counties Anne Arundel
Created 1650
FamilySearch index - 1777-1886
Licenses, 1851-1886, CM116 (MF scanned)
Licenses, 1905-1933, CM117 (MF scanned)
Divorces, 1966-1991, CM1413 (64 PDF files)
Carroll
Created 1837
marriage index (typed) 1837-67, register (original) 1837-41 CM1285 (1 PDF file, 15 MB)
marriage register (typed) 1837-67, rest same as CM1285 CM1282 (1 PDF file, 36 MB)
marriage register, 1837-1851 CM298 (E-pub)
marriage register, 1851-1886 CM297 (E-pub)
marriage index, 1865-1886 CM299 (E-pub)
marriage index, 1886-1914, CM299 (MF @ Archives)
FamilySearch index - marriages 1778-1797
FamilySearch index - marriages 1837-1899
FamilySearch index - marriages 1841-1865
Cecil (Elkton)
Created 1706
FamilySearch - Marriage register 1777-1840
FamilySearch - Marriage index 1840-1865
marriage index, female 1928-1935 CM353 (4 PDF files, 290 MB total)
marriage index, male, 1928-1977 CM354 (102 PDF files, 30-90 MB each)
Frederick
Created 1748
marriage index, male, 1778-1851, CM493 (1 PDF file, 160 MB)
marriage index, female, 1778-1851, CM492 (1 PDF file, 146 MB)
marriage index, male, 1851-1865, CM480 (1 PDF file, 160 MB)
marriage index, female, 1851-1865, CM471 (1 PDF file, 146 MB)
marriage index 1865-1886 Groom  Bride
FamilySearch index 1778-1797
FamilySearch index 1811-1840 (1 PDF file, 8 MB)
FamilySearch index 1841-1865 (1 PDF file, 9 MB)
Harford
Created 1773
Marriage register 1782-1851, CM586 (microfilm @ Archives)
Marriage register 1851-1886, CM581 (microfilm @ Archives)
Local files (PDF) of above: 1782-1784 | 1791-1807 | 1807-1822 | 1822-1837 | 1837-1853 | 1853-1864 | 1864-1870 | 1870-1876 | 1876-1882 | 1882-1886
FamilySearch index, 1774-1886 (1785-1791 is missing)
Howard
Created 1851
Nothing available online or @ Archives on microfilm
(Howard District of AA County)
FamilySearch index - 1840-1850 license book
FamilySearch - Marriage Register (1840-1851)
Deaths/Burials    
Maryland deaths, index (Burns)1715-1763-Compiled index from Books 1-49 (Accounts) 1 PDF file of 256 pages, alpha by surname. Gives year, book/folio, county
Deaths from newspapers1796-1816LinkAncestry (pay)
1837-1850LinkAncestry (pay)
1877-1992LinkFamily Search (free)
Death index (counties) (cards)1898-1910SE6Whole state, E-book, same as SE58 (also in SM25)
1910-1944SE7
Not online
Whole state, see SE58 and SM25.
Death index (counties)1898-1951SM25Whole state, 121 PDF files, 50-200 MB each, same as in SE58 and SE8.
Death index (counties) (cards) 1898-1944 SE58
135 PDF files
total 1.5 GB
Whole state (except Baltimore City)
Alphabetical card index - name, date, county, race, age
1 file per letter and year range

Note: The actual death certificates are at SE42 (1898-1910), SE43 (1910-1951), SE44 (1951-1969), SE45 (1969-1972), and SE46 (1973-2001). Although links are shown, the data is restricted. To view the entries for one county within each of these lists, use the "filter" at the top. You have to go to the Archives to view the actual death records.
(Hint: You don't need the certificate number to find it. The certificates are alphabetized within each month.)
1945-1968 SE8
54 PDF files
total 592 MB
Death index (counties)1973-2014SE15140 PDF files (112 MB total)
Explanation of codes used.
City death Index1875-1942
1950-1972
CE42193 PDF files, 10-40 MB each
   1875-1893 by 1st letter of surname (tedious to search)
   1894-1903 by 1st letter surname, 1st letter given name (little easier)
   1904-1942 by 1st letter Surname, next vowel (easier still)
   1950-1972, Soundex (huge files)
To find the original certificates, see the following at the Archives only:
   CM1132 for 1874-June 1950 (microfilm, all scanned).
   CE502 for Jan 1950-1972 (electronic images)
   SE46 for 1973-2001 (electronic images)
1875-1880 &
1943-1949
S1483
Use this
Electronic search by name to find date and certificate number. Note that the microfilm number given is not where the original is located. Use CM1132 to determine the microfilm number, which can be viewed at the Archives.
Alternative index for 1875-1880 (which does give the correct microfilm number.)
1834-1840BRG19-13
(2 e-books)
A-M & Mc-Z
Interment reports (card index) - See BRG 19-1 for originals. Links to begin of each:
   A  |   B  |   C  |   D  |   E  |   F  |   G  |   H  |   I  |   J  |   K  |   L  |   M  |   Mc  |  
   Mc  |   Me  |   N  |   O  |   P  |   Q  |   R  |   S  |   T  |   U  |   V  |   W  |   XYZ  |  
(Remember not to use the "Jump to Page" function. Edit the address bar instead. Also, use Control + to enlarge image.)
1827, 1835-60, 1864, 1867SC5458
(22 MB)
Suspicious deaths - Coroner Inquests index (1 file)
See BRG19-1 for originals
Maryland deaths and burials, index1877-1992-Electronic index of 11,686 records at FamilySearch
City/County death index1972-2001n/aIn 1972, the city and state recording was combined. Although the certificates themselves are available at the Archives, the index is not. Ask at the Reference desk, as some staffers have access to the Division of Vital Records index. However, if you know the death date, you should be able to find it without an index. The list of records is at SE46 (at Archives only).
Mortality schedules (census)

1850 (deaths
1 June 1849 -
31 May 1850)
SM61-1541 PDF file - whole state (374 MB)
Baltimore is images 21-116
1860 (deaths
1 June 1859 -
31 May 1860)
SM61-2241 PDF file - whole state (145 MB)
City is images 26-121, County is images 122-145
1870 (deaths
1 June 1869 -
31 May 1870)
SM61-2881 PDF file - whole state (294 MB)
City is images 94-233, County is images 60-93
Obituaries (newspapers)1837-1880+ Rootsweb Transcription project (but apparently not updated since 2011)
Wills/Probate    
MD Probate records  Raw data (all MD) @ FamilySearch.org

Compiled index for Baltimore City/County (organized and annotated)

Colonial probate records index1634-1777SE426 files, 330 MB total.
One index per first letter (page-by-page card search)
This is mostly an index into the files contained in the next entry.
Colonial wills1635-1777S53860 files, 5.13 GB total. Note: copies also available in the next item.
Colonial wills, accounts, etc.1635-1777TE1Huntington Collection - 256 microfilms taken in 1946. Contains court judgments, wills, balance books, inventories, accounts, inventories, testamentary, BA and AA County deeds, Black, Red, Brown, Blue Books, and index to wills, inventories, account, etc.
Note that some wills are recorded both here and in Baltimore County.
Colonial wills, Prerogative Court1635-1777S53860 PDF files. ~100 MB each, 3.8 GB total
Books 1-41
See following items for abstracts of most. (same as SM16)
1635-1777SM16Contains Book 1, plus links to Books 2, 11, 12, 13, 16, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 32, 34 found in TE1-246 through -250
See chart in AOL, Volume 415.
1635-1777-Index to Libers 1-41
1685-1743-(list of following 7 volumes) Abstracts of Libers 4-23, index in each vol. Contents:
vol. 2 - Wills 1685-1702 (Liber 4-11);
vol. 3 - Wills 1703-1713 (Liber 11-13);
vol. 4 - Wills 1713-1720 (Liber 13-15);
vol. 5 - Wills 1720-1726 (Liber 16-18);
vol. 6 - Wills 1726-1732 (Liber 19-20);
vol. 7 - Wills 1732-1738 (Liber 20-21);
vol. 8 - Wills 1738-1743 (Liber 22-23).
1742-1764-Abstracts of Liber 23-31 (Gibb)
1763-1765-Abstracts of Liber 32-33 (Burns)
1770-1772-Abstracts of Liber 38 (Burns)
Baltimore County, Wills1664-1969Index
CM189
6 PDF files, ~60 MB each
Names, year of will, book/folio reference
See next item for wills for 1675-1852, Books 1-24.
Go to Archives for actual wills at: CM188 for 1666-1979 (scanned MF)
Also check above under "Colonial Wills", since some are also recorded there.
Also check land records - some wills are recorded there.
1675-1852-Books 1-24
Online at Familysearch.org (requires login, which is free)
1666-1979CM188Microfilm, all scanned, go to Archives to view. Hopefully, these will be online soon! See above item for part.
1783-1845-Abstracts (by Burns) at FamilySearch
 Vol 4, 1783-1791
Vol 5, 1791-1797
Vol 6, 1897-1802
Vol 7, 1802-1805
Vol 8, 1805-1811
Vol 9, 1810-1815
 Vol 10, 1815-1819
Vol 11, 1819-1824
Vol 12, 1824-1827
Vol 13, 1827-1831
Vol 14, 1831-1834
Vol 15, 1834-1836
 Vol 16, 1836-1838
Vol 17, 1838-1840
Vol 18, 1840-1842
Vol 19, 1842-1844
Vol 20, 1844-1845
Baltimore County, Estate Docket index1908-1965CM1494 PDF files, ~80 MB each
Names, year, book/folio reference
Go to Archives for actual estate dockets at: CM148 for 1908-1970
Baltimore City, Wills1850-1951
1960-1969
Index
CM220
11 PDF files, ~50 MB each
Names, year of will, book/folio reference
Go to Archives for actual wills at: CM219 for 1852-1970
1925-1940 also available at FamilySearch.org (or see following)
1852-1940Index (1922-1941)Files with all supporting documents, can be found at two locations at FamilySearch.org (free login required). This link is a combined index.
Also the following indexes with online data (lots of big files):
Baltimore County
CM126, Account of sale, index 1780-1851, 1 file
CM128, Admin accounts, index 1631-1966, 10 files
CM131, Admin docket, index 1851-1912, 3 files
CM147, Equity docket, index 1851-1984, 20 files
CM149, Estate docket, index 1908-1965, 4 files
CM156, Inventories, index 1666-1965, 9 files
CM182, Orphans court, index 1777-1967, 13 files
Baltimore City
CM192, Accounts of sale, index 1851-1960, 11 files
CM194, Admin accounts, index 1851-1968, 26 files (actually starts at 1848)
CM199, Guardian account, index 1851-1863, 1 file (actually goes to 1869)
CM201, Inventories, index 1851-1863, 1895-1965, 19 files (actually starts at 1839)
CM209, Orphans Court Proceedings, index 1851-1967, 56 PDF files, 60-100 MB each

Courts and legal
Provincial judgment records1658-1775SM20Most are in Maryland Online Volumes and TE1-83 thru TE1-108
Chancery papers
Index (names)
1713-1853S1432Index 60 - 1 file (3MB), also called SSF512. This has 12,422 entries.
Chancery papers
Tract index
1713-1853S1433(Supposed to be) Index 61 - This link is wrong and leads to the same file as S1432. But, since it is basically a text file, it can be searched for tract name.
Chancery, index (BA & BC)1785-1908S1472Index 81 - 1 file (2MB)   Local file with notes
Chancery 1760-1853
(12,226 items)
1760-1853S512Essentially same as S1432 above. Divorces, foreclosures, estates, etc.
Only the list of descriptions is online (except for 5 of the 12,226 which have files online), but description lists all the names.
Mostly alphabetical by 1st listed name, but not completely. Use filter on description to reduce display to a name of interest. Sorts by date, description, and citation do not work correctly!

Chancery 1815-1851
(4,443 items)
1815-1851C295Divorces, foreclosures, estates, etc.
Chronological order
Chancery 1851-1870
(1,865 items)
1851-1870C168
Equity Docket index (County)1851-1984CM14720 PDF files, one for each time period. 50-100 MB each
Alpha index of defendant, gives name of complainant, year, and Docket/folio number
The files are viewable under CM146 (at the Archives).
Equity Docket index (City)1853-1982CM129537 PDF files, one for each group of names, ~150 MB each.
Equity Docket index (City)
Circuit Court #2
1888-1982CM129640 PDF files, one for each group of names and time period, ~50 MB each.
Immigration/Naturalization
Passenger arrival index (Baltimore)1833-1866BRG55-471 PDF files, about 150-250MB each, total 12 GB.
The manifests are at MSA T-2821, (but with no data available online). There appears to be microfilm - a list can be found at BRG55-1, but these are not available at the Archives under these numbers. The originals are presumably located at the City Archives.    
Passenger arrivals (Baltimore)1820-1948-M327 - This data (1820-1897) at FamilySearch.org contains 171 rolls of microfilm, which is a Soundex card file:
  • A "browse" function. These cards look similar to the cards in BRG55-4 above, but sometimes have different data.
  • A search function by name
Description
This data at FamilySearch.org contains:
Naturalization petitions (index cards)1797-1951M1168FamilySearch.org - Provides two options: a search form and browse images
Naturalization register1792-1906 At FamilySearch:
vol 1 - vol 4, pg 261 (1792-1835) (vol 1-2 have index);
vol 4, pg 260 - vol 7 (1835-1840);
vol 8-10 (1840-1844);
vol 11-13 (1844-1852);
vol 14-17 (1852-1855);
vol 18-21 (1855-1885);
vol 22-24 (1885-1906)
Naturalization docket (County)1796-1851CM13291 microfilm (scanned), Book 1
Naturalization Record (County)1832-1851CM13301 microfilm (scanned), Books 2 and 4
Naturalization Record
(County) - Minors
1846-1851CM13311 microfilm (scanned), Book 3
Naturalization Record
(City) - Minors
1845-1851CM13141 microfilm (scanned), Book 3
Declaration of intent
(City)
1851-1903CM13081851-1856: Book 13, 1 microfilm (scanned)
1858-1903: Book 14, 1 microfilm not scanned
Declaration of Intent (City)
Index
1867-1906CM13121 PDF file, 33 MB (for Books 5, 8, 11, 13, 16, and 24 only)
Go to Archives for microfilm at CM1306 for records.
Naturalization, index (City)1867-1906CM13181 file - gives name, year, place of origin, and book/page of record (Books 1-22, 1867-1906). A-Z. Actually, very few after 1899.
For microfilm that has been scanned see:
   CM1315 for Books 1 (1867-1872), 4 1872-1879), 6 (1878-1881), 7 1881-1887), 10 (1887-1889), 12 (1889-1892) (scanned) and 17 (1892-1895), 19 (1895-1900), 20 (1899-1903), and 26 (1903-1906) (not scanned).
   CM1317 for Books 2 (1867-1876), 3 (1876-1886), 9 (1886-1889), 14 (1889-1891), 15 (1892-1894), 18 (1894-1900) (scanned) and 22 (1899-1903), and 25 (1903-1904) (not scanned).
   CM1320 for 1851-1900, Books 11 (1851-1854), 5 (1854-1857), 15 (1857-1884), and 12 (1884-1900) (scanned).
   CM1321 for 1851-1900, Minors, Books 4 (1851-1861), 3 (1861-1875) (scanned) and 6 (1875-1884), 7 (1884-1894), 8 (1894-1900) (not scanned)
Baltimore City Stuff
Baltimore City Directories (UM)1816-1923n/aSearchable, PDF copies of many directories (30-300 MB each)
Baltimore Cty Directories
(at MD Archives)
1827-1856n/aSearchable (1827, 1829, 1833, 1835, 1837, 1842, 1847, 1853, 1855, 1856)
Baltimore Cty Directories
(on Ancestry.com)
1890, 1899,
1912, 1913
n/aYou must first be logged onto Ancestry.
1890 | 1899 | 1912 | 1913 |
Surname index - City Archives~1796-1930BRG76-359 PDF files (60-90 MB each) - Alphabetical card index, about 4500-5000 cards per file
Sample    
Record groups - City Archives1796-1938eBookSample
Lookup codes found on surname index
See also CE40 for full detail
Better yet, find a single PDF file here.
Record groups - at MSA1756-1938CE40Sample
Use this to lookup codes found on surname index
Contains full details
Subject index - City Archives1756-1937BRG76-4Alphabetical list (1591 images) - displays one at a time. Key:
  A-Bal, images 2-149
Ban-Ch, 150-232
Ci-Col, 234-328
Com-Fi, 330-476
Fl-Ha, 478-570
  He-Ho, 572-670
Hu-Ly, 672-768
Ma-Mu, 770-913
N-Pu, 916-1036
Q-Sc, 1038-1104
  Se-Su, 1106-1209
T-Vi, 1211-1312
War1812, 1314-1501
Was-Yo, 1503-1589
Baltimore City & County
Union veterans schedule
(census)
(Don't use this link, see right column.)
1890SM61-351
(City)
The Archives system for this is very hard to use. (Link in far left column.) It brings up 1124 "thumbnails" that totals more than 400 MB. So use this only if you have a very fast interface or have a lot of time to kill. Otherwise, use this display tool to display one page at a time. The County begins at image 928.
1890SM61-352
(County)
Baltimore City Wards1797-presentn/aThis link provides great, interactive maps showing the Wards of the City during various periods.
Bio of Leading Families1897-FamilySearch (LDS film #1356432) 59 MB
Other
Huntington Collection1735-1900TE1Collection of 256 rolls of MF made in 1945-1946. It contains a variety of items. While portions are included under the appropriate subjects in this "Helper", here is a full list.  
Census index (Maryland))1776, 1778S1419Index 46 (17 little files)    Single file with combined index (2 MB)
Settlers index1634-1680S1503Index 117 - Provides search by name, reference, etc.
Maryland Historical Magazine1906-2009SC5881PDF copies of MD Historical Magazine (about 10-20 MB each)
Current tax data2016n/aFind owner, deed reference, plat number, block number (in city)

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Updated 28 Oct 2018