Periodicals Department Collection and State Library Resources

Genealogy Reference Request Guidelines



There is no charge for research or for e-mailed copies at this time. To mail physical copies, there is a $2.00 minimum charge for up to seven (7) pages; each page beyond the first seven costs $0.20 apiece plus tax. Prepayment is not necessary; an invoice will be sent to you. All checks or money orders should be made out to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.



Monthly genealogy reference requests to the Periodicals Department are limited to death notices, obituaries, and out-of-state directory searches. You may request up to a total of five items per month from these categories. If you submit more than five items, only the first five on the list will be researched. All other requests beyond the five items will have to be resubmitted the following month.

To search for information in the newspapers in our collection, we will need the exact month, day and year of death and/or burial, as well as the last known residence or place of burial if outside of Baltimore City. We will check the appropriate newspapers five days around the date supplied. Please note that our collection of 19th century city directories on microfiche is incomplete and may not cover the year you are requesting.

We cannot search an entire month or more for a name or event! If you have only a month and/or year, there are resources available to assist you. Please see our Indexes to the Baltimore Sun and Evening Sun, Other Genealogical Resources, and A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Periodicals Department pages.

The following is an example of how to format your requests:

 Name   Category  Last Known Residence or Location   Date 
 Jane Doe  Death Notice/Obituary Baltimore City  12/18/1877 (Date of death)
 John Doe  Death Notice/Obituary Taneytown, MD  1/18/1925 (Date of death)
 Jamie Doe  Death Notice/Obituary Harford County  7/5/1963 (Date of burial)
 Jack Doe  Out-of-State City Directory Boston, MA  1884
 James Doe  Out-of-State City Directory Buffalo, NY  1835