Nabb Research Center General Resources - Finding Aids
The Dryden Collection Index
The Nabb Research Center is home to the Leslie Dryden Collection, the
Eastern Shore's largest collection of genealogical material and
certainly one of the most unique genealogy collections ever.
The Dryden Collection was compiled by, and named for, a Delmarva
historian and genealogist who spent over fifty years transcribing
summaries of public records, correspondence, newspaper information,
etc., of the Eastern Shore into an 1,800 surname-based set of
handwritten records. Mr. Leslie Powell Dryden (no relation to
Ruth Dryden, genealogy author) was born 25 December 1914 and passed
away 14 January 1992.
Although not indexed, the Dryden Collection is surname-based making research
within the collection quite easy. The collection gives almost
a one stop means of researching one's surname in Worcester, Wicomico,
and Somerset Counties, Maryland.
The Dryden Collection is almost entirely handwritten with some inserted
correspondence and newspaper clippings during the later time period
of his work. The public record entries are summarized, with
sources listed, so that original records or microfilms can be
reviewed. The Nabb Research Center houses all referenced
A difficult task in using the Collection is simply Mr. Dryden's
handwriting. It is miniscule, cramped, and akin to reading a
foreign language. However, a magnifying glass, patience, help
from the Nabb Research Center staff, and more patience does get his
entries interpreted. The Dryden Collection is copyrighted, and
large scale photocopying is prohibited. However, photocopying
of brief extracts for one's individual use is permitted.
The Dryden Collection is a starting point for research using his source
references which quickly lead to microfilms of Maryland Prerogative
Courts, wills, estate inventories, and published lineage
Using this index
To browse the names, simply scroll down the page. To find a specific surname, type the name into the box below and click
the Find Name button. If the name is in the index, it will be highlighted.