The state of Maryland was one of the original 13 colonies and then a state, so its history is very long. Many of your ancestors may have lived at one time in Maryland. Available online is the statewide digitization program headquartered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center in Baltimore. The name of the site is now Digital Maryland.
They have put into digital format a massive series of collections all relating to the people, places and events in Maryland’s history. One of the very interesting new aspect is the video interviews of 29 long time residents of specific regions and life in Southern Maryland region, plus video interviews of residents from Carroll Co.
There are also countless photos, city directories, documents (including numerous slave documents), records, maps and photos of artifacts. Events such as the various wars and their affect on the citizens of Maryland. This is especially true because Maryland was a border state during the American Civil War – where even individual households were divided ‘North’ and ‘South’.
When searching, you can use the search box at the top of ‘Collections‘ or just scroll down the list. If you locate an interesting document, especially if it is hand written there will also be a transcript of it when you scroll down. Any photos or postcards you will also be able to save to your computer.
Have a list of hometowns and surnames relating to Maryland to check with the search, the site just might produce a treasure.
Photos: Typical World War One poster seen in 1918 and the courthouse in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD in 1912.
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