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Salisbury, MD 21804
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Monday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Helpful Family History Websites

Census Records:

Heritage Quest is available in Maryland via a library subscription access. This site requires you to enter using a library card number. If you are out of state, please check with your own library to see if they have access.

Wills / Administration Accounts etc.: site is a free site but it requires you to obtain a user name and password.


Graves / Cemeteries Etc.:

This site has grave listings that are posted by volunteers. While it is extensive, please note that not ALL graves are listed for each cemetery. But, in some cases, volunteers have posted pictures of gravestones and listed obituaries also.



The state of Delaware website’s Collection Gateway searches the databases of nineteen different collections in the Delaware Public Archive.


Virginia Eastern Shore:

This site has several pages that cover the history and genealogy of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. There is a search engine located at the bottom of the home page. Included within the home page is a link to the Miles Files Collection.

The Miles Files is a compilation of genealogical research on Eastern Shore families developed by M.K. Miles & Dr. Brooks Miles Barnes. This site has excellent footnotes showing primary sources. Under the genealogy research tab, there are many links to help with further research including some death notices and some Accomack Co. digitized court records.


Military Records (Revolutionary War & Civil War): or

The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

Maryland State Archives:

Home page of Archives, links below also on Maryland State Archives site.  (Basic search)

Maryland Archives Online:

The ongoing Maryland State Archives publication series, Archives of Maryland Online, currently provides access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland's government. 

Maryland Death Certificate index records (located at the MD Archives in Annapolis):

The Maryland State Archives has now digitized their death certificates. The death certificates are only accessible online if you are at their facility. However, their digitized INDEX of death records is available for online anywhere.

For Maryland Deeds:

The Maryland Judiciary, the 24 elected Court Clerks of Maryland and the Maryland State Archives have joined in partnership to provide up to date access to all verified land record instruments in Maryland. This service is currently being provided at no charge to individuals who apply for a user name and password.

For Maryland Patents, Certificates, etc.: (cartography relating to land ownership)

Cartography relating to land ownership.  Provided at no charge, but requires username and password


Maryland Historical Society:

This is a searchable index of the Society’s publication; the Maryland Historical Magazine. Issues are provided in a .pdf format to be downloaded or read online. The Society has searchable finding aids for their collections available as well.


Dorchester County, Md. Research:

The Dorchester County genealogy magazine site has obituary abstracts, newspaper articles, cemeteries listings, death certificate abstracts and Bible records for Dorchester County. This site is now manned by the Dorchester County Historical Society.


Worcester County, Md. Research:

This site has a lot of genealogical information (with a search engine) as well as some excellent information on Worcester County history.


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