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.
Note: The Helper buttons below use pop-up windows. If you do not see them, you must tell your browser to accept pop-ups for this site.
Data Years MSA Series ID (link to data) Notes
Births/Baptisms Helper for birth records
Maryland Births and christenings, index 1650-1995 - Electronic index (Family Search)
Counties birth index 1898-1909 SM199 7 PDF files (~90 MB each) Original certificates available on paper at T1886 (1898-1913).
1910-1919 S1045 11 PDF files (also included in SM27 following)
1910-1951 SM27 119 PDF files, ~100-400 MB each
Counties birth index - delayed 1860-1919 SM29 2 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 index 1875-1941 CM1134 59 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.
1950-1972 T1344 117 PDF files (~20 MB each) (Soundex) Originals not available
Marriages Helper for marriage records
Maryland Marriage References - Barnes 1623-1820 S1527 Index 123 - alphabetical listing from various sources.
Maryland marriage index 1649-1886 SE27
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 index - male 1777-1851 S1398 48 PDF files 1 GB total (Indexes 7-15)
Maryland Marriage index - female 1777-1851 S1399 1 PDF file online (Abb-Dau), rest being scanned.
Maryland marriage references (Burns) abt 1650-1780 -
@ Family Search
This does not provide info about marriages, only evidence that a marriage existed. Note: To jump forward, edit the page number in the lower right corner.) Suggestion: download 23 PDF files for later reference.
The following are links to archived copies of the 23 PDF files:
Maryland marriages, index 1658-1940 - Electronic index (Family Search)
Maryland marriages, index 1666-1970 - Electronic index (Family Search)
Baltimore County Marriage index 1777-1799 - This is taken from CM174 below. Online copy (requires login @ Family Search), but result is hard to use. Local archived copy (1 PDF file, 7.6MB) for simple use.
Second archived index (1 PDF file, 60 MB) easiest to use.
Marriages 1777-1804 S1005 Scharf collection - MF available at Archives
Baltimore County Marriage index 1777-1851 - Available at FamilySearch (with free log-in) 1777-1832 1832-1851 (Electronic indexes)
Baltimore County marriage register 1777-1851 CM174
Chronological - not alpha 1777-1851 8 PDF files (770 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) 1796-1816 Link
Baltimore County marriage register 1851-1886 CM175 2 PDF files, arranged by 1st letter of surname, chronological within each, both bride and groom (653 MB total)
1851-1855 1856-1886 Detailed list
Bride File 1: pp. 1-40 File 1: pp. 79-190
Groom File 1: pp. 41-77 File 2: pp. 1-309
Baltimore County marriage register 1865-1987+ CM176 Scanned up to 2002, but must go to Archives to view.
Baltimore City marriage license index 1851-1865 CM204 2 PDF files (157 MB & 290 MB) of same thing Arranged by 1st letter of surname, chronological - males (use CM205 instead)
1851-1885 CM205 22 PDF files of card index (200-300 MB each, 4.66 GB total) Alphabetical card index (males)
1886-1914 T2426 114 PDF files of card index (10-20 MB each, total 1.3 GB) Alphabetical card index (males)
Baltimore City Marriage register 1865-1919 CM206 39 PDF files, 6 GB total Register arranged by 1st letter of groom's Surname. Gives date, ages, residences, single/widowed,divorced, minister (same as in CM205 and T2426)
MD Marriage index - Female 1914-1930 SM184 All scanned. It appears that it is intended to be available online, but there is an error. Go to Archives for Microfilm.
1951-1968 SM224 27 PDF files, ~50-100 MB each
1969-1972 SM226 8 PDF files, ~100 MB each
MD Marriage index - Male 1931-1940 S1951 Arranged by Soundex. (not online - go to Archives for originals - paper)
1951-1968 SM223 38 PDF files, ~50 MB each, total 1.77 GB
1969-1972 SM225 11 PDF files, ~50-70 MB each
MD Marriage index - Male/Female 1951-52, 58, 60-61,1973-1989 S1851 45 PDF files, ~90MB each
Marriage certificates (Counties and City) 1951-1990 SM259 491 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.
Marriages index 1990-2004 SE144 30 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)
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 1837-1899
FamilySearch index - marriages 1841-1865
Cecil (Elkton) Created 1706
FamilySearch - Marriage register 1777-1840 (20 MB)
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
MD Divorce index - Female 1961-1972 S1893 459 PDF files
MD Divorce index - Male 1962-1973 S1952 613 PDF files
Baltimore City index 1853-1982 CM1295 Circuit Court, Equity Docket 37 PDF files (4.7 GB total) - Must go to Archives for actual documents
Baltimore City index 1888-1982 CM1296 Circuit Court #2, Equity Docket 40 PDF files - Must go to Archives for actual documents
Baltimore County index 1851-1984 CM147 Equity Docket index - 20 PDF files (100-1200 MD each) Must go to Archives for actual document
Deaths/Burials Helper for death records 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 newspapers 1796-1816 Link Ancestry (pay)
1837-1850 Link Ancestry (pay)
1877-1992 Link Family Search (free)
Death index (counties) (cards) 1898-1910 SE6 23 PDF files, whole state, same as p/o SM25
1910-1944 SE7 100 PDF files, Whole state. Sam as ? (1945-1951 not online)
Death index (counties) 1898-1951 SM25 Whole state, 121 PDF files, 50-200 MB each, same as in SE58 and SE8.
Death index (counties) (cards)
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.)
SE8 54 PDF files total 592 MB
Death index (counties) 1973-2014 SE151 42 PDF files (118 MB total) Explanation of codes used.
City death Index 1875-1942 1950-1972 CE42 193 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.)
1834-1840 BRG19-13 (2 e-books) A-M & Mc-Z Interment reports (card index) - See BRG 19-1 for originals. Links to begin of each:
(Remember not to use the "Jump to Page" function. Edit the address bar instead. Also, use Control + to enlarge image.)
1827, 1835-60, 1864, 1867 SC5458 (22 MB) Suspicious deaths - Coroner Inquests index (1 file) See BRG19-1 for originals
Maryland deaths and burials, index 1877-1992 - Electronic index of 11,686 records at FamilySearch
City/County death index 1974-2014 SE151 42 PDF files, 112 MB total. In 1972, the city and state recording was combined. City/County death records 1974-2014 SE46 Viewable only at the Archives. If you know the death date, you should be able to find it without an index, since they are grouped by month and alphabetical within each month.
Mortality schedules (census) Helper for mortality schedules 1850 (deaths 1 June 1849 - 31 May 1850) SM61-154 1 PDF file - whole state (374 MB) Baltimore is images 21-116
1860 (deaths 1 June 1859 - 31 May 1860) SM61-224 1 PDF file - whole state (145 MB) City is images 26-121, County is images 122-145
1870 (deaths 1 June 1869 - 31 May 1870) SM61-288 1 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 Helper for probate records
MD Probate records (by County) @ FamilySearch.org Raw data (all MD) @ FamilySearch.org
Lists of FamilySearch probate documents for Baltimore City/County.
Alternate compiled index for Baltimore City/County (organized and annotated)
See below for nearby counties.
Colonial probate records index 1634-1777 SE4 26 files, 330 MB total. One index per first letter (page-by-page card search) This is a combined index into the files for wills, accounts, inventories, and balance books.
Alternate search function.
Colonial wills 1635-1777 S539 Index (5 PDF files, 106 MB total). 1 and 2 are good typed alphabetized indexes, 3 and 4 are handwritten in liber/folio order. 5 does not appear to include Baltimore County
S538 60 files, ~100 MB each, 5.44 GB total. Note: copies also available in the next item.
Colonial wills, accounts, etc. 1635-1777 TE1 Huntington Collection - 256 microfilms taken in 1946, each including 4 or 5 books. 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.
Unfortunately, the list at the Archives does not provide links to online data. Use following for links: Full list
Note that some wills are recorded both here and in Baltimore County.
Testamentary Proceedings index 1657-1777 S1394 121 PDF files(~1 GB total)
Testamentary Proceedings 1657-1777 FS Cat 2656567 Books 1-47
Probate index 1777-1854 S1395 34 PDF files
Colonial wills, Prerogative Court 1635-1777 SM16 Contains Books 1-2. See TE1 (next) for Books 3-41. See chart in AMO, Volume 415.
1635-1777 TE1 Index to Libers 1-41
1685-1743 Family Search Abstracts of Libers 1-23, index in each vol. Contents:
vol. 1 - Wills 1635-1685 (Liber 1-10);
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).
1743-1764 Abstracts of Liber 23-31 (Gibb) - From S538
1763-1765 Family Search Abstracts of Liber 24, 30-33 (Burns)
1770-1772 Family Search Abstracts of Liber 38 (Burns)
Prerogative Court - Accounts 1718-1777 Family Search Index and Books 1-74
Baltimore County, Wills 1664-1969 Index CM189 6 PDF files, ~60 MB each - gives names, year of will, book/folio reference
- For early wills, use index to determine book, use index in that book to determine page.
- Also check above under "Colonial Wills", since some are also recorded there.
- Also check land records - some wills are recorded there.
See next item for wills for 1675-1852, Books 1-24.
1675-1852 Family Search Books 1-24
1666-1979 CM188 1666-1919, Books 1-20 online. Microfilm for rest, all scanned, go to Archives to view.
1783-1845 Family Search 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 index 1908-1965 CM149 4 PDF files, ~80 MB each Names, year, book/folio reference Go to Archives for actual estate dockets at: CM148 for 1908-1970
Baltimore City, Wills 1850-1951 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)
1852-1940 Index (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 (some) online data (lots of big files):
C531, Accounts, Prerogative Court, 1718-1777, 74 files
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
CM1160, Indentures 1794-1823, 11 files
CM192, Accounts of sale, index 1851-1960, 11 files
CM194, Admin accounts, index 1848-1968, 26 files
CM199, Guardian account, index 1851-1869, 1 file
CM201, Inventories, index 1839-1863, 1895-1965, 19 files
CM208, Orpahns Court Proceedings 1851-1920, 131 files
CM209, Orphans Court Proceedings, index 1851-1967, 56 PDF files, 60-100 MB each
Helper for probate records
List of FamilySearch probate records
Nearby Counties Anne Arundel Created 1650 Probate Records at Family Search
Carroll Created 1837 Probate Records at Family Search
Harford Created 1773 Probate Records at Family Search
Howard Created 1851
Cecil Created ? Probate Records at Family Search
Finding Aid for Archives files for all counties.
Immigration, New Early Settlers (Gibb) 1633-1683 SC4341
Naturalization index (Index 41) 1637-1776 S1414 1 PDF file 15 MB - Index into:
- Provincial Court Judgements 1656-1773 (S551/SM20)
- Commission Book, 1733-1750, 1761-1773 (S1080/SM171)
- Black Book series, 1701-1773 (S987/SM3)
- Bacon's Laws, 1637-1763
Passenger arrival records (Baltimore) 1833-1866 1909-1948 BRG55-1 Passenger Arrival Records (many scanned, none online)
1833-1875 BRG55-2 1 PDF File - Register of arriving ships, including number of passengers
1832, 1834 BRG55-3-list 4 boxes - Quarantine and foreign (poor?) Bonds Not online, but each list gives all names.
1833-1866 BRG55-4 71 PDF files, about 150-250MB each, total 12 GB. The manifests are at MSA T2821, (but with no data available online). There appears to be microfilm for some - 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. Helper
Passenger arrivals (Baltimore) 1820-1948 - M327 - This data (1820-1897) at FamilySearch.org contains 171 rolls of microfilm, which is a Soundex card file. See NARA explanation here.
"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:
A "browse" function that contains 3 data sets, unfortunately, the first two being interleaved in the list which is very confusing:
search function by name for the above 3 databases
Naturalization petitions (index cards) 1797-1951 M1168 FamilySearch.org - Provides two options: a search form and browse images
Naturalization register 1792-1906 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) 1796-1851 CM1329 1 microfilm (scanned), Book 1
Naturalization Record (County) 1832-1851 CM1330 1 microfilm (scanned), Books 2 and 4
Naturalization Record (County) - Minors 1846-1851 CM1331 1 microfilm (scanned), Book 3
Naturalization Record (City) - Minors 1845-1851 CM1314 1 microfilm (scanned), Book 3
Declaration of intent (City) 1851-1903 CM1308 1851-1856: Book 13, 1 microfilm (scanned) 1858-1903: Book 14, 1 microfilm not scanned
Declaration of Intent (City) Index 1867-1906 CM1312 1 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) 1867-1906 CM1318 1 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), & 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) & 25 (1903-1904) (not scanned).
CM1320 for Books 11 (1851-1854), 5 (1854-1857), 15 (1857-1884), & 12 (1884-1900) (scanned).
CM1321 for 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) 1816-1923 n/a Searchable, PDF copies of many directories (30-300 MB each)
Baltimore Cty Directories (at MD Archives) 1827-1856 n/a Searchable (1827, 1829, 1833, 1835, 1837, 1842, 1847, 1853, 1855, 1856)
Baltimore Cty Directories (on Ancestry.com) 1890, 1899, 1912, 1913 n/a You must first be logged onto Ancestry. 1890 | 1899 | 1912 | 1913 |
Surname index - City Archives ~1796-1930 BRG76-3 59 PDF files (60-90 MB each) - Alphabetical card index, about 4500-5000 cards per file Sample Helper
Record groups - City Archives 1796-1938 eBook Sample Lookup codes found on surname index See also CE40 for full detail Better yet, find a single PDF file here.
Record groups - at MSA 1756-1938 CE40 Sample Use this to lookup codes found on surname index Contains full details
Subject index - City Archives 1756-1937 BRG76-4 Alphabetical 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 (Don't use this link, see right column.) Union veterans schedule (census) 1890 SM61-351 (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.
1890 SM61-352 (County)
Baltimore City Wards 1797-present n/a This link provides great, interactive maps showing the Wards of the City during various periods.
Bio of Leading Families 1897 - FamilySearch (LDS film #1356432) 59 MB
Biographies 1635-1789 AMO Vol 426 Includes those who were in the legislature, which is just about every (man) who was important.
Huntington Collection 1735-1900 TE1 Collection of 256 rolls of microfilm 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, 1778 S1419 Index 46 (17 little files) Single file with combined index (2 MB)
Census index (Maryland)) 1880,1900,1920 SM62 Soundex card index, 300 PDF files
Settlers index 1634-1680 S1503 Index 117 - Provides search by name, reference, etc.
Maryland Historical Magazine 1906-2009 SC5881 (no copies) PDF copies of MD Historical Magazine (about 10-20 MB each) Index and links to volumes
Current tax data 2020 n/a Find owner, deed reference, plat number, block number (in city)