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Survey: Do you use Pratt Library's databases?
The Library offers customers free access to over 60 research databases. They contain scholarly journal articles, reports, images, newspapers and more, on a variety of topics. Here are a few examples:
  • Baltimore Sun Archive
  • and HeritageQuest
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Value Line (investing research)
  • Learning Express Library
Please take 5 minutes to help us understand your information needs. Even if you haven't tried our databases, your input will be valuable!
Periodicals Department Collection and State Library Resources
Notice: In preparation of the Central Library renovation, the periodicals Department will be sharing its current space on the Main Floor on the mezzanine level with the Humanities Department.

Other Genealogical Resources


The Periodicals Department has many resources to assist you in your genealogical research. In addition to our many Baltimore City and Maryland County newspapers, the department owns out-of-state city directories and a genealogical microfiche collection.

United States Census records for Maryland, Passenger Lists, and Baltimore City Directories are all located in the Maryland Department.


Out-of-State City Directories

The Periodicals Department has directories from other U.S. cities published between 1765 and 1865 on microfiche. Not every major city is represented, and not all dates are available for each directory. 

Directories for Other U. S. Cities, 1765-1865


Genealogical Microfiche

We hold Part 1 only of the series "Genealogy and Local History" produced by University Microfilms . The materials in this series include genealogies, genealogical periodicals, local histories, and primary sources such as vital records. The guidebook contains indexes by author, title, geographic location, and family name.


Online Resources

Maryland Archives Vital Records Indexing Project Social Security Death Index (SSDI)  

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