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Family Files

Family files are comprised of genealogical research related to the specific surnames listed below. Donated by patrons and staff members, these materials could include handwritten notes, obituaries, photographs, and other types of material related to the family name.

Click on the link below to browse the inventory for a complete list of surnames of files available in our Reading Room.

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Additional Helpful Family History Websites

Family Search is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Family Search maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Family Search gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. It offers free access to its resources and service online.

Find A Grave contains listings of cemeteries and graves from around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain Google Maps (with GPS coordinates supplied by contributors) and photographs of the cemeteries. Individual grave records contain some or all of the following data fields: dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs (grave marker, the individual, etc.), and contributor information.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database contains information about men who served in the Union and Confederate armies.

Daughters of the American Revolution 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 GRS is a collection of databases that provide access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890.

Heritage Quest provides libraries with a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Beginning or professional genealogists can now use this powerful online library, with original page images for all documents, from the convenience of their home or at the library. This site requires you to enter your Maryland state library card information, if you are out of state, please check with your local library.

Dorchester County, Maryland Genealogical Magazine provides genealogical information for Dorchester County. The all volunteer project provides obituaries, Bible records, probate, chancery, marriage, military, death and church records.

Worcester County, Maryland Genealogy Records provided by The Worcester County, Maryland Commissioners and The Ocean City Museum Society, Inc. and include chancery court records, family records, obituary records, orphan court records and will records.

Maryland Death Certificate Index available from the Maryland State Archives located in Annapolis, the physical certificates are only accessible at the State Archives, however; you can access the index of records from this site.

Genealogy and History of the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a compilation of the genealogical research on Eastern Shore families developed by M.K. Miles and Dr. Brooks Miles Barnes. This site has primary resource footnotes and under the genealogy research tab, there are many links to help with further research including some death notices and digitized Accomack County court records.

Maryland Land Records is a digital repository for all instruments recorded and verified for inclusion in the land record volumes by the Clerk of the Circuit Court offices of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City and their related indices.

Maryland Land Patents and Certificates is a system developed by the Maryland State Archives, the Administrative Office of the Courts and Maryland Circuit Court Clerks to preserve and make accessible all cartographic plats filed with the Land Office and the Circuit Courts of Maryland.

Maryland Historical Society's H. Furlong Baldwin Library enables researchers, students, teachers, and others to have access to the records of Maryland’s past while preserving irreplaceable historical materials for future generations. 

Maryland State Archives serves as the central depository for government records of permanent value. Its holdings date from Maryland's founding in 1634, and include colonial and state executive, legislative, and judicial records; county probate, land, and court records; church records; business records; state publications and reports; and special collections of private papers, maps, photographs, and newspapers.

Delaware State Archives provides access to the First State’s legacy of over 10 million documents, maps, books, and over 800,000 historic photographs.

Virginia State Archives and Libraries provides an excellent library of genealogy records including: Census Records - current statistical resources and historical records released for public use, County and City Records - includes court records, deeds, marriage records and vital statistics, wills, and other probate records, Land Records - includes county and city deeds, patents and grants, Military Records and Resources - includes service, pension, and land bounty records for Virginia soldiers from the colonial period to the twentieth century

White Family, Oct. 30, 1898, Salisbury, Md., men and women dressed in late 19th century clothing, standing against fluted columns and seated on the front porch of thier home.

The White family, October 30, 1898, Salisbury, Maryland.

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