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Historical Societies

One of the most valuable resources available to anyone researching their family lines is the local historical or genealogical society. These organizations work hard to preserve many of the actual documents, historical buildings and personal effects of bygone eras. Often they are staffed completely by volunteer researchers and rely upon the contributions and donations of their members. Many societies maintain newsletters and keep active vertical files of member pedigree charts. If you haven't taken the time to write or visit one of Maryland's Societies, why not plan a visit now? You might be pleasantly surprised to find family connections, documented lineages, and maybe a distant cousin!

Tips on Writing to Societies

When writing to a society, please make sure that you take the time to word your letter carefully. If you are seeking information regarding your ancestor, be precise and give clear and careful attention to details. Also, specify what kind of information you are hoping to find: birth record, marriage record, death record, will, census record, etc. Some societies charge for lookup services, photocopies and for postage.

Regional Listing of Societies

If you know of an address change, kindly email Shari Handley and I will make the correction. Also, if a society is online we want to link to their web pages as well.

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Western Maryland

Allegany Regional Family History Society
Box 1804
Elkins, WV 26241

ALLEGANY COUNTY
Genealogical Society of Allegany County
P. O. Box 3103
La Vale, MD 21504
Allegany County Historical Society
History House, 218 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 777-8678
GARRETT COUNTY
Garrett County Historical Society and Museum
107 S. Second Street, P.O. Box 28
Oakland, MD 21550
(301) 334-3226
WASHINGTON COUNTY
Washington County Historical Society
The Miller House
P.O. Box 1281
135 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21741-1281
(301) 797-8782
John Brown Historical Foundation, Inc.
Capt. South T. Lynn
The Kennedy Farm
2406 Chestnut Grove Road
Sharpsburg MD 21782
(202) 537-8900 or fax (202) 537-0887

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Capital Region

FREDERICK COUNTY
The Historical Society of Frederick County
24 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-1188
Middletown Valley Historical Society
305 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 294
Middletown, MD 21769-0294
(301) 371-7582
The Frederick County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 234
Monrovia, MD 21770-0234
Emmitsburg Historical Society
P.O. Box 463
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Thurmont Historical Society
P.O. Box 251
11 N. Church Street
Thurmont, MD 2l788-0251
(301) 271-2464
Contact: Judy Lingg, President
MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Genealogical Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society
Meetings are held in the Stella B. Werner County Office
Building Auditorium
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Montgomery County Historical Society
111 West Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 340-2825
John Brown Historical Foundation, Inc.
Capt. South T. Lynn
The Kennedy Farm
2406 Chestnut Grove Road
Sharpsburg MD 21782
(202) 537-8900 or fax (202) 537-0887
Chevy Chase Historical Society
P.O. Box 15145
Chevy Chase, MD 20825
(301) 656-6141
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
Prince George's County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 819
Bowie, MD 20718-0819
Prince George's County Historical Society
Post Office Box 14
Riverdale, Maryland 20738-0014
(301) 464-0590
Greenbelt Historical Society
204 Lastner Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Laurel Historical Society
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 286-7031
Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Prince George's County, MD Chapter
P.O. Box 44252
Fort Washington, MD 20749-4252

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Central Maryland

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Central Maryland Chapter
P.O. Box 648
Columbia, MD 21045-0648

ANN ARUNDEL COUNTY
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 221
Pasadena, MD 21123
Anne Arundel County Historical Society
P.O. Box 385
Linthicum, MD 21090-0385
(410) 768-9518
Kuethe Library Historical and Genealogical Research Center
Includes the holdings of both the Anne Arundel County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
5 Crain Highway S.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 760-9679
BALTIMORE COUNTY
Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Baltimore, MD Chapter
P.O. Box 9366
Catonsville, MD 21228-0366
Baltimore County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10085
Towson, MD 21204-0085
Historical Society of Baltimore County
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 666-1878 Museum
(410) 666-1876 Library
Catonsville Historical Society
The Townsend House
1824 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
(410) 744-3034 or (410)788-5849
Dundalk - Patapsco Neck Historical Society
P.O. Box 21781 4 Center Place
Dundalk, MD 21222
(410) 284-2331
Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River
516 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221
(410) 574-6934
CARROLL COUNTY
Carroll County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1752
Westminster, MD 21158
Historical Society of Carroll County
210 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-6494
HARFORD COUNTY
Harford County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Historical Society of Harford County
P.O. Box 366, 143 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014-0366
(410) 838-7691
HOWARD COUNTY
Howard County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 274
Columbia, MD 21045
Howard County Historical Society
8324 - 8328 Court Avenue
P.O. Box 109
Ellicott City, MD 21041-0109
(410) 461-1050 (museum), (410) 750-0370 (library)

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Southern Maryland

CALVERT COUNTY
Calvert County Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 9
Sunderland, MD 20689
(410) 535-0839
Calvert County Historical Society
P.O. Box 358
70 Church Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-9303
(410) 535-2452
CHARLES COUNTY
Charles County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1537
White Plains, MD 20695-1537
(301) 843-2442
Charles County Historical Society
P. O. Box 161
Port Tobacco, MD 20677-0161
(301) 259-4279
ST. MARY'S COUNTY
St. Mary's County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1109
Leonardtown, MD 20650
St. Mary's County Historical Society
P. O. Box 212
41625 Court House Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20657-0212
(301) 475-2467

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Upper Eastern Shore

Upper Shore Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 275
Easton, MD 21601

CAROLINE COUNTY
Caroline County Historical Society
Museum of Rural Life
16 North Second Street, P.O. Box 514
Denton, MD 21629
(410) 479-2055
CECIL COUNTY
Cecil County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 11
Charlestown, MD 21914
(410) 287-8793
Historical Society of Cecil County
135 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
(301) 398-1790
The Old Bohemia Historical Society
P.O. Box 61
Warwick, MD 21912
KENT COUNTY
Kent County Historical Society
101 Church Alley, P.O. Box 665
Chestertown, MD 21620-0665
(410) 778-3499
QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY
Queen Anne's County Historical Society
Tucker House
124 South Commerce St., P. O. Box 62
Centreville, MD 21617-0062
(410) 758-3010
TALBOT COUNTY
Historical Society of Talbot County
25 South Washington Street, P.O. Box 964
Easton, MD 21601
(301) 822-0773

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Lower Eastern Shore

Lower DelMarVa Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3602
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 742-3501 or (410) 546-0314

DORCHESTER COUNTY
Dorchester County Historical Society
Meredith House
904 LaGrange Street
Cambridge, MD 21613-2009
(410)228-7953
SOMERSET COUNTY
Somerset County Historical Society
P.O. Box 885
Teackle Mansion, 11736 Mansion Street
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(410) 651-2238
Somerset County Historical Trust
c/o Mrs. Howard Yerges
10380 Anderson Road
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(401) 651-0788
WICOMICO COUNTY
Wicomico County Historical Society
Wicomico Heritage Center - Pemberton Park
Pemberton Drive, P.O. Box 573
Salisbury, MD 21803-0573
(410) 860-0447
The Allen Historical Society
Passerdyke Cottage
P.O. Box 31
Allen, MD 21810
George Shivers, President - (410) 749-9064
WORCESTER COUNTY
Worcester County Historical Society
P.O. Box 111
Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410) 632-1265 or (410) 632-2600

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Statewide

Maryland Genealogical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 685-3750
Genealogical Council of MD
P.O. Box 10096
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-0096
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc.
P.O. Box 1533
Ellicott City, MD 21041-1533
Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
P.O. Box 2642
Kensington, MD 20891-2642
Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland
c/o Jewish Community Center
3506 Gwynbrook Ave.
Owings Mills, MD 21117-1498
(443) 255-8228
United Methodist Historical Society of the Baltimore-Washington Conference
Lovely Lane Museum Library
2200 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-5897
(410) 889-4458
The Society of the Ark and the Dove
Attn: Membership
830 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
The Order of the First Families of Maryland
Attn: Stephen Hurst, Secretary General
300 Esplanade Drive, 10th Floor
Oxnard, CA 93030
The William Elder of Maryland Descendents Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 202
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-0202

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Nationwide

National Genealogical Society
4527 17th Street, North
Arlington, VA 22207-2399
(703) 525-0050 or (800) 473-0060
Federation of Genealogical Societies
P.O. Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
(512) 336-2731

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