The 2007 edition of "Genealogical Research at the Enoch Pratt Free Library" is also available in PDF form.
Begin genealogical research at home by talking to the oldest members of your family and searching family records. Once all family records - including bibles, marriage licenses, birth and death certificates and other existing records - have been found, the next step is to locate introductory books, videos or web sites on the process of doing further genealogical research.
Genealogical research at the Central Library/State Library Resource Center of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is available in three departments: the Social Science and History Department (1st floor, north side), the Maryland Department (2nd floor, Annex) and the Periodicals Department (1st floor, south side)
Unless otherwise noted, the titles in this list are located in the Social Science and History Department. This list represents only the best sources; not all sources are owned.
Library Call Numbers:
X denotes reference copy of book; these do not circulate.
(X) denotes reference and circulating copies of book.
“q” at the end of a call number denotes an oversize book. Circulating oversize books may be shelved after regular size books.
MD denotes books in the Maryland Department
Ancestors. 10 videotapes. Brigham Young University, 1997. Sights and Sounds/Audio Visual Department.
This ten part series of 30-minute videos takes one through the research process from getting started to leaving a legacy. It covers types of military, census and other records. The set includes a video on African American research.
Croom, Emily. Unpuzzling Your Past. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2001. (X)CS47.C76 2001q
Croom, Emily. Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1996. XCS24.C76 1996q
Doane, Gilbert H. Searching for Your Ancestors. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992. CS16.D6 1992
Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing a Quality Family History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996 (X)CS16.H36 1996
Hey, David. Oxford Guide to Family History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. (X)CS9.H49 1993q
Renick, Barbara. Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. CS16.R46 2003
Willard, Jim and Terry. Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History and Genealogy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. (X)CS16.W526 1997
These include more extensive listings of specific resources such as state and county records, libraries, historical societies, family associations, military land records, bibliographies and others. The first three listings are a trilogy of essential comprehensive guides published by Ancestry publishers, and could be consulted first.
Eichholz, Alice, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2004. (X)CS49.R44 2004q
The best-detailed source on state records of all types.
Meyerink, Kory L. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998. (X)CS9.A1 1998q
Thousands of books are listed in this guide which includes compiled family and local histories, biographies, periodicals, guidebooks, printed source records, bibliographies, indexes and reference works. Printed source records also include church, census, tax, probate, land, court, military and immigration records.
Szucs, Loretto Dennis, ed. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. 3rd revised edition. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006. (X)CS49.S65 2006q
One of the most comprehensive guides available, this work explains church and cemetery records, marriage and divorce records, newspapers and city directories, military, business, ethnic, immigration, court and land records and more.
Barnes, Robert. Guide to Research in Baltimore City and County. Westminster: Family Line Publications, 1993. MD XF186.2.B35 1993q
Bentley, Elizabeth. The Genealogist’s Address Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005. (X)CS44.B46 2005q
This work lists national and state addresses for governmental, library, historical, archival, genealogical, ethnic, religious, and vital records agencies.
Croom, Emily. The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003. (X)CS47.C75 2003q
An explanation of state and federal census, immigration, courthouse, and other records plus information on African American and Native American genealogy.
Everton Publishers, Inc. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America. Tenth edition. Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002. (X)CS47.H36 2002q
An inventory of county records for each state which includes vital records, land, property, adoption, marriage records and the addresses of the county court houses.
Filby, P. William. American and British Genealogy and Heraldry: A Selected List of Books. Boston: New England Historic Genealogy Society, 1983. XCS47.A1F55 1983
This list of thousands of titles is arranged by state and country.
Greenwood, Val D. Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000. (X)CS47.G79 2000
This classic text on genealogical research explains all types of records and gives examples of their use.
Grundset, Eric. American Genealogical Research at the DAR, Washington, D.C. 2nd edition. Washington, D.C.: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. 2004. (X)CS16.G78 2004q
Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. XCS42.7.K46 2000q
Meyer, Mary Keysor. Genealogical Research in Maryland: A Guide. 4th edition. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1992. MD (X)F171.38.M48 1992q
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001. (X)CS9.P76 2001q
Peden, Henry. A Guide to Genealogical Research in Maryland. 5th edition. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2001. MD (X) F171.38.P425 2001
Pfeiffer, Laura Szucs. Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000. CS14.P48 2000q
Schaefer, Christina. The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1996. (X)CS44.S33 1996q
Covers the National Archives, the Library of Congress and other repositories.
Schaefer, Christiana. The Hidden Half of the Family: a Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. (X)CS49.S32 1999q
Smolenyak, Megan and Ann Turner. Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree. [Emmaus, PA]: Rodale, 2004. (X)CS21.S58 2004
Wright, Raymond S. The Genealogist’s Handbook: Modern Methods for Researching Family History. Chicago: American Library Association, 1995. XCS9.W74 1995q
Baltimore County Genealogical Society. Mt. Carmel Cemetery Records, Baltimore, Maryland. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1998. MD (X)F186.2.M78 v. 1-4
Note: One additional volume in the set includes Annex records (1894-1970) and disinterment-reinterment records for those moved in the construction of I-95.
Burek, Deborah M. Cemeteries of the U.S.: A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and their Records. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. (X)CS44.C46 1994q
Genealogical Council of Maryland. Directory of Maryland Burial Grounds. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1996. MD XF171.31.C4D57 1996
Wilson, Jane B. The Very Quiet Baltimoreans. Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Company, 1991. MD F189.9.W84 1991
Winterbottom, John J. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland: Caretaker Records. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1989. MD XF186.2 .M7
Additional Maryland cemetery addresses can be found online at Interment.net, which is located at http://www.interment.net/us/md/index.htm
United States. Bureau of the Census. Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790. Wash., DC: Government Printing Office, 1908. XE302.5.U575q volumes 1-12 (Also microfilm in the Periodicals Department)
The Maryland Department has microfilm of the decennial United States Census for Maryland from 1790 to 1930 with the exception of the 1890 Census, the originals of which were destroyed by fire. However, a useful substitute - a special schedule from 1890 that enumerates Union veterans and widows of Union veterans of the Civil War - is held in the Periodicals Department. The Periodicals Department also holds slave schedules from 1850 and 1860.
Indexes and guides to the Census materials include:
Paper indexes for records from 1790 - 1870 (various call numbers, Maryland Department)
The Civil War Enumeration of 1890
Partial Soundexing for 1880 (Maryland Department)
Complete Soundexing of 1900 and 1920 (Maryland Department)
Enumeration District Guide for Baltimore City for 1910 and 1930 (Maryland Department)
The Federal Censuses are also indexed in two of the electronic databases available through the Pratt homepage, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Further descriptions of these databases can be found under Databases.
Kemp, Thomas Jay. The American Census Handbook. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 2001. (X)CS49.K4 2001Q
Lainhart, Ann S. State Census Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. XCS68.L37 1992
Though not all states have census records, those that do may provide a source for filling in holes in the federal censuses, or for providing information on people before the seventy-two year federal census waiting period is over.
Szucs, Loretto D. and Matthew Wright. Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. Orem, Utah: Ancestry Publications, 2002. CS49.S984 2002q
United States. National Archives. Census Descriptions of Geographic Subdivisions and Enumeration Districts, 1830-1930. (Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29) NARA Microfilm T778; T1224. 9 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
The Maryland Department holds the microfilm from this set that covers Maryland only.
Kanely, Edna. Directory of Maryland Church Records. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1993. MD XF171.38.K36 1993
Kanley, Edna. Directory of Ministers and the Maryland Churches They Served, 1634-1990. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1991. MD (X)BV659.K36 1991 v. 1&2
Peden, Henry C. A Collection of Maryland Church Records. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1997. MD (X)F171.38.P42 1997
The Maryland Department holds Baltimore City Directories in microfilm and microfiche from 1796 to 1964. Baltimore City Directories list all employed adult men and women, and women who had been recently widowed (accounting, therefore, for approximately 40% of the city’s population), by name, occupation and address. The Maryland Department also has Baltimore telephone directories from 1898 to 1972 on microfilm, and all Maryland telephone directories from 1976 to date on microfiche.
Additional resources that may prove useful are reverse address directories, more commonly referred to as “criss-cross” directories. These volumes list streets rather than names in alphabetical order, and have the names of residents within each street name by house number. The Maryland Department has criss-cross directories for Baltimore City from 1932 to the present and for the surrounding counties for varying years.
The Periodicals Department has microfiche of city directories from some other American cities. Dates range between 1765 and 1865; specific cities and dates are listed on the Periodicals department home page: http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/periodicals/index.aspx?id=4340.
Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus. Maryland Records, Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church: from Original Sources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967.
v. 1-2 (Reprint. Vol. 1 originally published: Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1915; Vol. 2 originally published: Lancaster, Pa., 1928). MDXF173.9.B68 1967
Coldham, Peter Wilson. Settlers of Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1995. MDXF171.36.C64 1995 v. 1-5
The Compendium of American Genealogies, Seven Volumes. Chicago: A.N. Marquis, 1925-1942. XCS69.V814
Colonial Families of the United States of America, Seven Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966. XCS61.M33
Doliante, Sharon. Maryland and Virginia Colonials: Genealogies of Some Colonial Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1991. MDXF171.36.D66 1991
Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967. (X)CS61.W45q
Passano, Eleanor Phillips. An Index of the Source Records of Maryland, Genealogical, Biographical, Historical. Baltimore, Private printing, 1940. MDXF171.36.P33
Schaefer, Christina K. Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998. (X)E18.S32 1998
Skordas, Gust. The Early Settlers of Maryland: an Index to the Names of Immigrants Compiled from Records of Land Patents, 1633-1680, in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968. MDXF171.36.S55
Radoff, Morris Leon. The County Courthouses and Records of Maryland. 2 vols. Maryland Hall of Records Commission, Publication no. 12-13. Annapolis: The Commission, 1960-1963. MDXF174.1.R2Q
Sourcebook to Public Record Information: the Comprehensive Guide to County, State, and Federal Public Records Sources. Tempe, AZ: BRB Publications, 2002. (X)JK468.P76S693q
A guide to locating public records including civil, probate and criminal records at the county and municipal levels within the state court systems.
Electronic databases are available for use at all Pratt branches. They can be found under "Databases" on the Find Answers page of the Pratt Library home page.
African American Biographical Database
Gathered from biographical dictionaries and other sources, AABD features scanned pages of full text articles about thousands of African Americans. Many images are included.
Ancestry Library Edition
Accesses over one billion names (records) and searches more than 4,000 databases with new databases added daily. Includes birth, marriage, death, military service, and census records.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
This database indexes biographical sketches found in both current and older reference sources.
U.S. Census records (1790 – 1930), PERSI (index to articles in genealogy magazines), and the full texts of more than 25,000 local histories can be searched on this database. HeritageQuest Online is also accessible from home computers for Maryland residents with a library card.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
The text of five national newspapers dating from the middle of the 19th century to the late 20th century can be searched in the database. Titles currently include The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal.
Thernstrom, Stephan, et al. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1980. (X)E184.A13H38q
The Harvard guide concentrates on the history of immigrant groups including settlement dates and patterns and bibliographies for each group.
Vecoli, Rudolph. Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America . 2 volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995. (X)E184.A1G14 1995q
Includes some history of each group’s immigration to America as well as cultural, social and economic information.
Specialized guides exist for many ethnic or immigrant groups. Some are books and some can be found on the Internet. Books can generally be located in the Pratt catalog under the name of the group with the subheading “-- Genealogy”. For example: “Polish-Americans -- Genealogy”; “African Americans -- Genealogy”; “English Americans -- Genealogy”. Also check under the name of the original country with the subheading Genealogy. For example: “Germany -- Genealogy”. Listed below are examples but not a complete list of titles:
Barksdale-Hall, Roland. The African American Family's Guide To Tracing Our Roots: Healing, Understanding and Restoring Our Families. Phoenix: Amber Books, 2005. (Af-Am) E185.B3725 2005
Blockson, Charles L. Black Genealogy. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1991. (X) CS21.B55 1991
Burkett, Randall K., Burkett, Nancy Hall, Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., eds. Black Biography, 1790-1950: A Cumulative Index. Alexandria: Chadwyck-Healey, 1990. (X)E185.96.B521990 Three Volumes, Microfiche. Location: African-American Department.
Burroughs, Tony. Black Roots: a Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001. (X)E185.96.B94 2001
Byers, Paula. African American Genealogical Sourcebook. New York: Gale Research, 1995. (X)E185.96.A444 1995q
After introducing basic genealogical methods, this title gives details on an oral history of slaves, records of the Freedman's Bureau and directories of genealogical information.
Jacobsen, Phebe R. Researching Black Families at the Maryland Hall of Records. Annapolis, Maryland: Maryland Hall of Records, 1984 MD F171.38.J33 1984
Jamison, Sandra. Finding Your People: an African-American Guide to Discovering Your Roots. New York: Perigee Books, 1999 E185.96.J28 1999
Potts, Howard E., comp. A Comprehensive Name Index For The American Slave. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. Af-Am XE441.A58 INDEXQ
Rose, James M. and Alice Eichholz. Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy. 2nd Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. (X) CS21.R57 2003
Smith, Franklin Carter and Emily Anne Croom. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2003. (Af-Am) (X)E185.96S6514 2003
Thackery, David T. Finding Your African Amerian Ancestors. Orem, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2000. (Af-Am) (X)E185.96T425 2000
Woodtor, Dee. Finding a Place Called Home: a Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity. New York: Random House, 1998. (X)E185.96.W69 1999
Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your Canadian Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994. XCS82.B388 1994
Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your European Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994. XCS403.B39 1994
Bahlow, Hans. Dictionary of German Names. 2nd edition. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002. (X)CS2541.B313 2002
Brandt, Edward. Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns. St. Paul, MN: Germanic Genealogy Society, 1997. (X)CS614.G47 1997q
Weiser, Frederick Sheely. Maryland German Church Records. Manchester, MD: Noodle-Doosey Press, 1986q Fourteen Volumes MD F173.8.G4W44 1986q
Wright, Raymond S., et al. Ancestors in German Archives: A Guide to Family History Sources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004. XCS614.A53 2004
GREAT BRITAIN (see also Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
Barnes, Robert William. British Roots of Maryland Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002 Two Volumes. MD (X)F171.36.B36 2002
Bevan, Amanda. Tracing Your Ancestors in the National Archives. (Great Britain). Kew, England: National Archives, 2006.
Herber, Mark. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. 2nd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005. (X)CS414.H37 2005
This comprehensive guide to British sources includes church, military, probate, business, and court records.
Dollarhide, William. British Origins of American Colonists, 1629-1775. Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest Genealogical Service, 1997. (X)E184.B7D65 1997q
Platt, Lyman D. Census Records for Latin America and the Hispanic United States. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998. XCS95.A1 1998
Tells where and when censuses were taken, and where to find the records now (in archives or publications).
Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. XCS943.R97 1997
Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: the Complete Guide. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006. XCS483.G74 2006
An introduction to the various types of Irish records.
MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families: Their Names, Arms and Origins. Dublin, Ireland: H. Figgis, 1957. (X)CS498.M3.
More Irish Families. Galway, Ireland: O’Gorman, 1960. (X)CS498.M32q
Supplement to More Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Co., 1964. (X)CS498.M33q
Ryan. James G. Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishers, 1997. XCS483.R831 1997q
A very thorough county-by-county inventory of records.
Colletta, John Philip. Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans. 2nd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. (X)E184.I8C62 2003
Nelson, Lynn. A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1997. (X)CS753.N45 1997q
Kurzwell, Arthur. From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004. (X)CS21.K87 2004
Zubatsky, David. Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1996. CS31.Z83 1996q
A comprehensive record of published and unpublished family histories. It also includes surname histories found in archives and libraries.
Byers, Paula. Native American Genealogical Sourcebook. New York: Gale Research, 1995. (X)E98.G44N37 1995q
Mills, Donna Rachal. Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002. (X)E78.I5M55 2002
Walton-Raji, Angela. Black Indian Genealogy Research. 1993 Bowie, MD: Heritage Books. (X)E185.96W34 1993 Also in African American Collection.
Chorzempa, Rosemary. Polish Roots . Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993. (X)E184.P7C5 1993
Hollowak, Thomas L. Baltimore’s Polish Language Newspapers: Historical and Genealogical Abstracts, 1891-1925 . Baltimore: Historyk Press, 1992. MD(X)F186.2.H65B36 1992
Hollowak, Thomas L. Index to the Obituaries and Death Notices Appearing in the JEDNOSC-POLONIA, 1926-1946 . Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society 1983. MD(X)F171.38.H64 1983
Hollowak, Thomas L. Polish Heads of Household in Maryland: An Index to the 1910 Census . Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications 1990. (X)F171.38.H65 1990
Hollowak, Thomas L. Polonians Listed in Baltimore City Directories, 1875-1895 . Baltimore: Historyk Press, 1992. MD XF186.2.H65P66 1992
University of Maryland, Baltimore County. History of Baltimore Class. Polonia in the Press: Articles from the Baltimore American & Commercial Daily Advertiser, 1870-1899 . Baltimore: Historyk Press, 2003. MD XF171.38.P66 2003Q
Cory, Kathleen B. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. 3rd edition, revised and updated. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. (X)CS464.C67 2004
Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. (X)E184.S3D6 1983
Dobson, David. Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984. (X)E184.S3D63 1984
Rowlands, John, ed. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. (X)CS453.W48 1994
Bentley, Elizabeth. Directory of Family Associations. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2001. XCS44.B45 2001Q
Pratt owns a number of histories of particular families, some in book form and some as microfiche copies of books. Books of family history can be located in the Pratt catalog under the family name, for example: “Marsh Family”.
American Biographical Archive. K.C. Saur Publishers. Microfiche. In Social Science and History Department.
One alphabetical cumulation of almost 367 important English-language biographical reference works on the United States and Canada originally published between the 18th and the early 20th centuries. Indexes 360,000 individuals.
The American Genealogical Biographical Index, Second Series. 1952-. Middletown, CN: Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952. XCS44.A54q
The 200 volumes of this set include 12 million names. They index written family histories, some periodicals and the First Census of the United States. Many of the written histories are in a microfiche set called Genealogy and Local History, see below.
Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu Inc., 1993. XCS3010.B43 1993q
Genealogy and Local History: Parts 1-3. (Microfiche in Periodicals Department)
Over five hundred family histories and one thousand local histories comprise this microfiche collection housed in the Periodicals Department. (Ask for the index in the Periodicals Department or the Social Sciences and History Department. Soon these titles will be individually listed on the Pratt catalog.) This guide indexes family histories by family name and by any names appearing on the title pages of the books. Many of the family histories on microfiche are fully indexed in the above-mentioned American Genealogical Biographical Index. Additional indexes are geographical, author, and title.
Hanks, Patrick, editor. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. XCS2485.D53 2003q
O’Neil, Shirley H. F.A.S. Index of the Maryland Genealogical Records Committee Reports NSDAR Library. Decorah, IA: Anundsen Publishing Company 1996. MD XF171.38.O 54
Bolin, George. Ellis Island Sourcebook. Washington, DC: Kensington Historical Press, 1985. (X)JV6483.B64 1985
Ellis Island was a port of entry for many immigrants but original source material from the island has become scattered. This guide outlines what has become of the records. Searching for an individual name is now available online at http://www.ellisisland.org.
Newman, John J. American Naturalization Records, 1790-1990: What They Are and How to Use Them. Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998. (X)CS42.7.N49 1998q
Oszakiewski, Robert Andrew. Maryland Naturalization Abstracts: Volume 1: Baltimore County and Baltimore City 1784-1851; Volume 2: The County Court of Maryland, 1779-1851. The U.S. Circuit Court for Maryland, 1790-1851. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1995. MD XF171.38.O 89 2000 v. 1 and v. 2
Schaefer, Christina. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1997. (X)CS49.S28 1997
United States. National Archives. Indexes to Natualization Petitions to the U.S. District Courts for Maryland, 1797-1951. NARA Microfilm M1168. 25 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. Alphabetical arrangement contains cards with name, date and liber number for those declaring intent.
United States. National Archives. Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1906-1930. NARA Microfilm M1640. 43 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. Detailed petitions from the U.S. District Court. Only includes the time period noted and does not include any county court records.
Helm, Matthew. Genealogy Online for Dummies. Foster City CA.: IDG Books Worldwide, 2001. CS21.H45 2001
Howells, Cyndi. Cyndi’s List: A Comprehensive List of 70,000 Genealogical Sites on the Internet. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001. XCS21.H747 2001q vols. 1 & 2
A snapshot in print of one of the most comprehensive collections of genealogy websites on the Internet. Cyndi’s List can be accessed online at http://www.CyndisList.com
Howells, Cyndi. Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site. Nashville, TN: Routledge Hill Press, 2003. CS21.H76 2003
Kemp, Thomas Jay. Genealogist’s Virtual Library: Full-Text Books on the World Wide Web. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 2000. XCS9.A1 2000q
Kemp, Thomas Jay. Virtual Roots 2.0 : a Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Books, 2003. (X)CS14.K46 2003q
The author, a librarian and genealogist, has selected and listed genealogy web sites by subject, U.S. state and country.
Porter, Pamela Boyer. Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet. Nashville: Routledge Hill Press, 2003. CS14.P66 2003
One of a series of guides recently published by the National Genealogical Society.
Neagles, James. The Library of Congress: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishers, 1990. SSHXZ1250.N4 1990q
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR Patriot Index. 3 volumes. Washington, DC: The Society, 2003. XE255.D38 2003
Contains the names of the Revolutionary men and women who served between 1774 and 1783. Soldiers, civil servants and other patriots are included. Information can include birth and death dates and places, wives or husbands, rank, type of service, and state.
Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April 1775 to December 1783. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967. XE255.H48 1967
Includes dates, rank and regiment for officers.
Newman, Harry Wright. Maryland Revolutionary Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967. MDXF174.64.N4
Peterson, Clarence. Known Military Dead During the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Baltimore: Clarence Peterson, 1959. XE255.P4
United States. Department of State. Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary Military Service; With Their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence. Washington: Blair and Rives, 1841. (X)E255.U56q
United States. National Archives. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. (War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93) NARA Microfilm M881. 14 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
The Maryland Department holds the microfilm from this set for Maryland only.
United States. National Archives. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783. (War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93) NARA Microfilm M246. 1 reel. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1980. MD Microfilm
The Maryland Department holds the microfilm from this set for Maryland only. Contains muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns and other miscellaneous records.
White, Virgil D. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. 4 volumes. Waynesboro, TN.: National Historical Publishing Co., 1990-1992. XE255.W551990q
Abstracts from the National Archives microfilm publication, “Selected Records from the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files”. Entries on individuals may contain wives, children, grandchildren, residences, and regiment.
WAR OF 1812
Huntsberry, Thomas V. Western Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia Militia in Defense of Maryland 1805-1815. [Baltimore]: T.V. Huntsberry, 1983. MDXE359.5.M2H9 1983q
Wright, F. Edward. Maryland Militia War of 1812. Silver Spring, MD.: Family Line, 1981. MDXF175.1.W74q v. 1-4
Individual regimental histories can be located through the Pratt catalog or may be found in the Periodicals Department on microcards. The Periodicals Department has a list of holdings; titles are not listed in the catalog.
Amann, William. Personnel of the Civil War. 2 volumes. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1959. (X)E494.A5
Dornbusch, Charles. Regimental Publications and Personal Narratives of the Civil War. New York: New York Public Library, 1961. SSH XZ1242.D6q
Listed here are regimental histories, some of which can be found in the Pratt collection.
Dyer, Frederick. Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 volumes. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1959. (X)E491.D99q 1959
Concise histories of every regiment, battalion and battery in the Union Army.
Groene, Bertram Hawthorne. Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor. Fourth Edition. Winston Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1995. (X)CD3047.G76 1995
This title helps trace the military careers of participants, follow their battles, and find histories of their regiments.
Hartzler, Daniel D. Marylanders in the Confederacy. Silver Spring, MD: Family Line Publications, 1986. MDXF175.74.H29 1986
Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. Multivolume. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1995. (X)E548.R65 1995q
Arranged in one alphabet, this complete roster of Confederate soldiers by name includes units.
Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865. 1997 Multivolume. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1997. (X)E494.H4 1997q
Arranged by state, this list names all the Union volunteers (not regular army officers) giving name and unit.
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies. Multivolume. Washington, DC.: Government Printing Office, 1894-1922. (X)E591.U58
Toomey, Daniel Carroll. Index to the Roster of the Maryland Volunteers 1861-1865. Harmanse, MD.: Toomey Press, 1986. MDXF175.74.H3 Index 1986q
United States. National Archives. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Maryland (War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109). NARA Microfilm M321. 22 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1961. MD Microfilm
United States. National Archives. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Maryland (Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Record Group 94). NARA Microfilm M384. 238 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1963. MD Microfilm
United States. National Archives. Pardon Applications Submitted by Persons from the South: Maryland, AL-WO, Two or More Name File, and Miscellaneous File (Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons, 1865-1867, Roll 30) NARA Microfilm M1003. 1 reel. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
United States. National Archives. Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865, Point Lookout (War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109). NARA microfilm M598. 19 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
The Maryland Department holds the microfilm for Point Lookout in Southern Maryland only.
The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Multivolume. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office 1880-1901. (X)E491.U61
This major work on the Civil War incorporates the records of Northern and Southern military units, as well as those of the War Department. Indexed by personal name of everyone mentioned, by regiment and location.
Wilmer, L. Allison. History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-1865. Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil and Co., 1898. MDXF175.74.M3 v. 1 and 2
WORLD WAR I
Maryland in the World War, 1917-1919: Military and Naval Service Records. Baltimore: Twentieth Century Press, 1933. MDXF176.73.M36 v. 1 and 2
Schaefer, Christina K. The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of All the World’s Fighting Men and Volunteers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998. XD609.A2S33 1998
WORLD WAR II
Maryland in World War II. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1950. MDXF176.74.M24 v. 1-4
Maryland Historical Society. War Records Division. Maryland in World War II: Register of Service Personnel. Baltimore: The Society, 1965. 5 volumes. MDX D797.U7M35 v. 1-5
Matchette, Robert B. Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1995. (X)CD3023.A31995q
United States. National Archives and Records Service. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1982. (X)CS68.U56 1982q
Walch, Timothy. Our Family, Our Town: Essays on Family and Local History Sources in the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives and Record Administration, 1987. SSHXZ1250.O95 1987
Some passenger ship lists are available at the Pratt Library. Some are print while most are held on microfilm. Print sources can be located by using the Pratt catalog under the author or title of the book; no single subject heading covers all of them.
Colletta, John Philip. They Came In Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record. 3rd edition, updated and revised. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2002. CS49.C63 2002
A good, concise introduction to search strategies for locating passenger ship records.
Filby, P. William. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. Detroit, MI: Gale Research. Company, 1981-. (X)CS68.P36q
This multivolume set indexes hundreds of passenger ship lists by individual name, year, port of entry, and source. This set is still expanding as more titles are added. To consult a passenger list cited, check the Pratt catalog to see if this library owns it.
United States. National Archives. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists), 1820-1897. (Records of the Bureau of Customs, Record Group 36) NARA Microfilm M327. 171 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1970. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. These records are completely Soundex indexed.
United States. National Archives. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists), 1897-1952. (Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85) NARA Microfilm T520. 42 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. These records are completely Soundex indexed.
United States. National Archives. Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD (City Passenger Lists), 1833-1866. (Records of the Bureau of Customs, Record Group 36) NARA Microfilm M326. 22 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. This series compiled by Maryland law from September 1833 until October 1866 as a supplement to the federal lists. They should be used in conjunction with the federal lists noted above. These records are completely Soundex indexed.
United States. National Archives. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists), 1820-1897. (Records of the Bureau of Customs, Record Group 36) NARA Microfilm M327. 50 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1967. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. These passenger lists from each ship to arrive in Baltimore supplement the Index to Passenger Lists (see above). Arranged in chronological order.
United States. National Archives. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists), 1891-1948. (Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85) NARA Microfilm T844. 150 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1967. MD Microfilm
Held in the Maryland Department. These passenger lists from each ship to arrive in Baltimore supplement the Index to Passenger Lists (see above). Arranged in chronological order.
ALSO IN THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT
Coldham, Peter Wilson. The King’s Passengers to Maryland & Virginia. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 2000. MD XF171.38.C65 2000
Tepper, Michael H., editor. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982. MD XF186.2.P37 1982
United States. National Archives and Records Service. Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1869. [Microfilm] Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1969. MD XF186.2 .Q78 1969 microfilm (6 reels)
This series is not indexed.
United States. National Archives and Records Service. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1982. (X)CS68.U56 1982q
The National Archives holds and indexes many passenger ship lists. See chapter entitled “Passenger Arrival Records”.
Historic periodicals and newspapers in the Periodicals Department can supply a wealth of genealogical and biographical information. Obituaries can be located in old editions of the Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, The London Times and Washington Post. There are also many historic Maryland county newspapers. At http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/periodicals/index.aspx?id=4294 newspapers are listed by title, county and place of publication along with the range of dates held in the collection. Throughout the library, particularly in the Periodicals Department or the Social Science and History Department, there are indexes to periodicals, both general indexes and those to individual titles. For listings see http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/periodicals/index.aspx?id=2112
Genealogical Periodical Titles in the Maryland Department
A list of genealogically oriented periodicals can be found at http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/maryland/index.aspx?id=4320
Historic newspapers held at libraries and historical societies throughout Maryland can be identified using the Maryland Newspaper Project web site at http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/newspapers/cfm/index.cfm
Heritage Quest. Orting, WA: Heritage Quest, 1990- . (Known as Heritage Quest Magazine until 1995)
Practical and useful articles on genealogy and new sources in both electronic and print formats.
The Maryland Department of the Pratt Library has many local genealogical resources for researching Maryland families. By using city directories, telephone books, census records, passenger lists for the Port of Baltimore from 1820-1952, biography files, vertical files and the many county histories; vital clues to a Maryland family may be discovered. In the collection are many books covering church records, cemetery records, indexes to marriages, death notices, obituaries, wills and other pertinent topics for various counties and time periods. Search the Pratt Library catalog to find genealogical holdings in the Maryland Department. Many useful records in periodical sources (see above) are available also.
A good overview of both genealogical materials and the institutions in the state that hold these resources may be found in:
Peden, Henry C. A Guide to Genealogical Research in Maryland. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2001. MD (X)F171.38.P425 2001
Indexes to Deaths and Marriages in Maryland Newspapers and Other Sources:http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/periodicals/index.aspx?id=4142
Death and marriage dates can be researched in various sources in the Maryland Department. Indexes, church records, settler’s lists and cemetery records may also include dates. Lists of sources are available at the above web address.
Index to St. Mary's Beacon Searchable index for the period 1852-1890 to the St. Mary's County (Southern Maryland) weekly that was published though 1980. For access to articles found in the index or in later issues, please contact the Maryland Department or Periodicals Department.
United States. National Archives. Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for Maryland, 1862-1866. (Records of the Internal Revenue Service, Record Group 58) NARA Microfilm M771 21 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. MD Microfilm
County and state historical and biographical sources can be very useful to the genealogical searcher. Check the Pratt catalog under the name of the state, city and county with sub-headings: “-- genealogy”, “-- biography” and “-- history”.
Filby, P. William. A Bibliography of American County Histories. 1985. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985. (X)E180.A1F54 1985
This source lists county histories for the entire country and will include many references to titles not in the Pratt Library.
State historical periodicals are very useful in biographical and genealogical research. Pratt has a number of such periodicals for middle Atlantic, east coast, southern, and midwestern states.
PERSI ( Periodical Source Index , which is available on HeritageQuest Online) also indexes genealogy and local history periodicals.
Some specific periodical holdings, but not all, are:
Delaware History, Volume 1, 1946--.
Illinois State Historical Society Journal. Volume 5, 1912 – Volume 55, 1962.
Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 10, 1914--.
North Carolina Historical Review, Volume 1, 1924-.
Ohio History (under various titles), Volume I, 1877-.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume I, 1877-.
South Carolina Historical Magazine, (under various titles), Volume I, 1946-.
Virginia Historical Magazine, Volume I, 1951-.
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 1, 1893-.
West Virginia History, Volume 1, 1939-.
SOURCES FOR NEW ENGLAND RESEARCH
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 1, 1847--.
This periodical contains family histories, records of marriages, and biographical and historical articles, a wealth of information on genealogists. Two cumulative indexes facilitate access to individual names: Index of Persons, Volumes 1-50 and Index of Persons Volumes 51-148. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. XF1.N56 Index 1906 and XF1.N56 Index 1995.
Lindberg, Marcia Wiswall. Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 3d edition. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1993. (X)F3.G4661993q
Provides a guide to public records, depositories, libraries and genealogical societies in New England. It includes census, probate, cemetery, church, military, immigration and vital records sources.
Researchers may also wish to visit the New England Historic and Genealogical Society web site at http://www.newenglandancestors.org
SOURCES FOR PENNSYLVANIA RESEARCH
Pennsylvania sources in this library are more numerous than are those for some other states. Pennsylvania materials are listed in the catalog under “Pennsylvania -- Genealogy -- Sources”.
The Biographical Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania of the 19th Century. Philadelphia: Galaxy Publishing Co., 1874. (X)F148.B61q 3 vols
Colonial Records, 1683-1793. 16 volumes. Harrisburg: Fenn Publishing, 1851-1853. (X)F152.P4
Minutes of Provincial matters relating to individual early settlers.
Genealogical and Personal History of Northern Pennsylvania. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1995. XF148.G46 1995q 3 vols
German Immigration into Pennsylvania Through the Port of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 1700-1775. 10 volumes. Lancaster, PA: The Society, 1900. (X)F146.P23q
Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Lancaster, PA.: Lancaster County Historical Society, Lancaster, PA.: Lancaster County Historical Society, 1898. (X)F157.L2L5 volumes 1-
Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1864. (X)F146.P59
Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance in Pennsylvania 1727-1775, with Foreign Arrivals 1786-1808. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967. (X)F146.P2 volume 17
Pennsylvania German Pioneers-original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia 1727-1808. Norristown, Penn.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1934. XF146.P23q volumes 42, 43, 44
Three volumes with name index.
Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings. Pennsylvania: The Society, 1891. XF146.P23q; vol. 1, 1891-
Includes information on individuals, as well as much background material on history and customs.
Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution. Pennsylvania: Clarence M. Bush, 1895. XF146.P3
Contains muster rolls for some of the revolutionary units.
Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania, 1727-1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. XF152.R86 1965
Historical periodicals are well represented for Pennsylvania. Examples are the Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography (vol. 1, 1877-), and Pennsylvania History (vol. 1, 1934-). These have individual indexes and since 1965 are indexed in American: History and Life .
SOURCES FOR VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA
McGinnis, Carol. West Virginia Genealogy: Sources and Resources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1988. XF240.A1 1988
Emphasizes genealogical collections in counties, lists sources of vital records and includes a long bibliography of West Virginia genealogical sources.
Swem, E.G. Virginia Historical Index. 1962. Glouster, MA: P. Smith , 1962. (X)F221.S93q 4 volumes
This detailed index of persons and places in eight major historical sources includes the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the Calendar of Virginia State Papers, and the William and Mary Quarterly.
Munn, Robert F. Index to West Virginiana. 1960. Charleston, WV: Educational Foundation, 1960. SSH XZ1349.M8 1960
Indexes West Virginia historical periodicals.
Prepared by staff in the Social Science and History Department, Maryland Department and Periodicals Department
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