Historical Researchers & Genealogists
The Maryland State Law Library possesses a unique collection of Maryland-based historical materials. The current Library traces its roots to its establishment as the Maryland State Library by the General Assembly in 1826 Md. Laws, Chapter 53, passed on February 2, 1827. For much of its history, the Library purchased books ranging from family genealogies and compilations of Maryland public records to historical works and popular Maryland newspapers on microfilm. Today, the Library continues to acquire materials related to Maryland government and law.
Some of the most useful resources for genealogists and historical researchers include the following:
- Historical newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun (microform from 1832, online from 1837) and the Annapolis Capital (microfilm and online)
- Newspaper Archive database
- Family genealogies
- Cemetery records
- Compilations of court records, such as land records
- Books about individual Maryland cities and counties
- State agency publications
Other institutions, such as the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Historical Society Library and the Maryland Collection at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, may provide additional opportunities for researchers. Of course, the State Law Library welcomes the prospect of assisting customers with its own distinctive materials.