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Genealogy Resources

 

 

  •  Ancestry Library Edition

    (Availability: public computers in BCPL Libraries)

    Genealogy research product that provides access to more than 2 billion names, more than 3,000 databases, primary source documents and images and a variety of genealogical research features, with new resources added daily

 

 

  • Death Indexes and Records

    A directory of online death indexes listed by state and county, including death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial records, as well as information about searching the Social Security Death Index

 

  • FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a search engine to perhaps the largest collections of names, as well as provides other genealogy information and sites
     

  • Genealogy Reference

    Links to sites for genealogy research including Cyndi's List, USGenWeb, and other web resources, as well as print resources and subscription services.
     

  • Genealogy Subject Guide

    Links to genealogy resources compiled by the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center
     

  • Genealogy How To Guides

    Index of How to Guides for genealogy research, provided by the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center
     

  • GenSoftReviews
    Guide to computer programs available for genealogy study- also online newsgroups, mail lists and publications. Includes user ratings and  reviews
     

  • Guide to Family History Research
    Excellent overview of the process and resources
     

  • HeritageQuest
    Availability: Public PCs in BCPL Libraries or from elsewhere with a valid library card from a Maryland public library through Sailor. The HeritageQuest Collection includes federal census records, source documents, and indexes. Rich with demographic and genealogical detail, the collection contains personal data such as education, place of birth, language, occupation, veteran status. Includes images.
     

  • Maryland City Directories

    A guide to print and digital Maryland City Directories available in the Special Collections at the University of Maryland. Includes a complete list of Baltimore City Directories and those that are digitized.
     

 

Ancestry Library Edition Database

Heritage Quest Database

 

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African American Genealogy Resources

 

  • African American Genealogy: How -To Guide

    by the African American Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Maryland.
    Tells you how to get started in researching your family's genealogy and the tools available online and at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which is the Maryland State Library and serves all Maryland residents.
     

  • African American Genealogy Mailing List
    A resource from AccessGenealogy.com.  Dedicated to rediscovering and sharing records that document the names and lives of former slaves, freed persons, and their descendants.
     

  • AfriGeneas
    Devoted to African American genealogy. Also an African ancestry research community featuring a mail list, message boards, and daily and weekly genealogy chats.

  • Freedman's Bureau 1865 to1872

    provided by National Archives. In the years following the Civil War, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands provided assistance to tens of thousands of former slaves and impoverished whites in the Southern states and the District of Columbia. Their records are available on microfilm through the National Archives.
     

  • Freedman's Bureau Online

    from Freedman's Bureau.com. Publishes transcriptions of the records of the Bureau, including Freedmen's marriage certificates, reports of outrages against freed slaves, and labor records.
     

  • Genealogy Research Databases

    provided by Baltimore County Public Library. Find digital images of federal census records, and primary source documents, and indexes. Rich with demographic and genealogical detail. All are available on public computers in our libraries and some from home with a valid library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library.
     

  • History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers War of 1861 to 1865 Volume 2
    provided by Maryland State Archives. This volume covers "colored" troops.
     

  • Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
    by Maryland State Archive. The Beneath the Underground database features entries of over 300,000 individuals including, white and black, slave owners, enslaved and free individuals from primarily the years of 1830 through 1880 to review.
     

  • Maryland State Archives: African American Resources
    Describes the holdings and records available at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland, including published and manuscript resources.
     

  • Newspaper Research Databases
    Provided by Baltimore County Public Library. Search for full text articles and obituaries in several current and historic newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper: 1893 - 1988. All are available on public computers in our libraries and some from home with a valid library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library.
     

  • Starting Your Own Genealogy Research
    By the Maryland Department of Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland,  A guide to the many genealogy resources available in the Maryland Department on families that lived in Maryland.
     

  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
    Sponsored by Emory University. Look for particular voyages in this database of documented slaving expeditions. Also an African Names database of Africans aboard slave ships, using name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation.

     

Obituaries

 

Customers can email a request for an obituary lookup through our Ask a Question service, but must provide the exact date of death (day, month, and year).  We are able to search 5 days before and after the date supplied.  BCPL cannot search for obituary requests with only a month and year of death

 

  • Legacy.com

    Search obituaries from more than 650 newspapers in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Search by name, obituary keyword, or newspaper.

 

  • Maryland Obituaries at Rootsweb

    Extracts and copies of obituaries and death notices from Baltimore area newspapers, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Howard County.

 

  • Maryland Obituaries Search

    Guide to Maryland obituary records, including searching of online obituary records and Maryland historical documents and links to recommended Maryland genealogy records.

 

  • Newspaper Research Databases

    provided by Baltimore County Public Library

    Search for full text articles and obituaries in several current and historic newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper: 1893 - 1988. All are available on public computers in our libraries and some from home with a valid library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library.
     

  • Obits Archive.com

    Collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices, indexed by name of deceased person, with searchable text, allowing searching by place of residence, occupation, etc.
     

Vital Records

 

  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Vital Records
    The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Maryland. The Division also provides divorce verifications and information on procedures for registering an adoption, legitimation, or an adjudication of paternity. 
     

  • United States Vital Records Information

    Contacts for all states and territories with links to individual countries and cities; links to foreign countries; fee information and dates of records held

     


Revised: December 9, 2016