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Many counties have local historical and genealogical societies. You can find local society addresses by using directories cited in the "Societies" section of the [[United States Societies|United States Research Outline]].
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To identify genealogical and historical societies that have records and services to help you with your research, see the "[[Maryland Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" section of this outline.
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There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. See "[[United States Societies|Societies]]". [[Maryland Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]] are carefully contributed to and maintained by various Societies.  
  
=== Web Sites ===
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=== Genealogical Societies  ===
  
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Genealogical and historical societies often maintain a genealogical file for families in the area and may sponsor publications, some of which are cited on the "[[Maryland Genealogy|Genealogy]]" page. Genealogical Societies are usually staffed by volunteers and rely on contributions, dues and fees to keep their operations up and running. They usually meet in monthly meetings and often have newsletters. A wealth of information can be obtained by [http://www.genealogy.com/74_kathy.html joining a society] in the area that you are researching.
  
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==== Statewide Societies  ====
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*[http://baahgs.typepad.com/baahgs/2005/01/enoch_pratt_fre.html Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society] <br>''Enoch Pratt Baltimore City and the Maryland State Library Resource Center''<br>Northwood Branch · 4420 Loch Raven Boulevard · Baltimore, MD · 21218 <br>Telephone: 410-396-5430
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*[http://cpmbs.org/ Coalition To Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc.]<br>P. O. Box 1533 · Ellicott City, Maryland · 21041-1533
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*[http://www.harfordhistory.net/ The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc]<br>143 N. Main St. · Bel Air, MD · 21014
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*[http://www.jewishgen.org/jgs-maryland/ Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland]<br>''Herbert Bearman Campus''<br>15 Lloyd Street · Baltimore, MD 21202 <br>Telephone: 410-732-6400
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*[http://www.mdgensoc.org/ Maryland Genealogical Society]<br>201 West Monument Street <br>Baltimore, MD 21201-4674 <br>Telephone: 410-685-3750, extension 360<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:info@mdgensoc.org info@mdgensoc.org]
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*[http://mht.maryland.gov/ Maryland Historical Trust]<br>100 Community Place · Crownsville, MD · 21032-2023
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*[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives]<br>350 Rowe Boulevard · Annapolis, MD · 21401
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*[http://www.magsgen.com/ The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS)]<br>P.O. Box 241 · New Windsor, MD · 21776
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*The Order of the First Families of Maryland<br>Attn: Stephen Hurst, Secretary General <br>300 Esplanade Drive · 10th Floor · Oxnard, CA · 93030
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*[http://www.lovelylanemuseum.com/ United Methodist Historical Society of the Baltimore-Washington Conference]<br>''Lovely Lane Museum Library'' <br>2200 St. Paul Street · Baltimore, MD · 21218 <br>Telephone: (410) 889-4458
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*Genealogical Council of Maryland<br>P.O. Box 10096<br>Gaithersburg, MD 20898-0096
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*[http://www.mdhs.org/ Maryland Historical Society Library]<br>201 West Monument Street <br>Baltimore, MD 21201-4674<br>Telephone: 410-685-3750, extension 349 <br>Fax: 410-385-2105<br>Email:[mailto:library_dept@mdhs.org library_dept@mdhs.org]
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:*Cox, Richard J., and Larry E. Sullivan, eds. ''Guide to the Research Collections of the Maryland Historical Society: Historical and Genealogical Manuscripts and Oral History Interviews''. Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Historical Society, 1981. (Family History Library book {{FHL|15228|title-id|disp=975.2 H23g}}.) This index has about 20,000 references to individuals and families.
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==== County Societies  ====
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Many counties have their own Genealogical Societies. Lists of the county societies can be found at [http://www.censusfinder.com/maryland-genealogy-society.htm Census Finder] and [http://www.mdgenweb.org/gensoc.htm MDGenWeb].
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~mdallegh/acgs.html Genealogical Society of Allegany County]<br>P. O. Box 3103 · La Vale, MD · 21504
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*[http://www.swcp.com/~dhickman/arfhs.html Allegany Regional Family History Society]<br>''Gordon - Roberts House''<br>218 Washington Street · Cumberland, MD · 21502<br>Telephone: 301-777-8678
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*[http://www.aagensoc.org/ Anne Arundel Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 1553 · Glen Burnie, MD · 21060
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*[http://users.datarealm.com/bcgs/bcgs.html Baltimore County Genealogical Society] <br>P.O. Box 10085 · Towson, MD · 21285-0085
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*'''Calvert County Genealogy Society'''<br>P.O. Box 9 · Sunderland, MD · 20689<br>Telephone: (410) 535-0839
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*[http://www.carr.org/ccgs/ Carroll County Genealogical Society, Inc.] <br>P.O. Box 1752 · Westminster, MD · 21158
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*'''Cecil County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 11 · Charlestown, MD · 21914<br>Telephone: (410) 287-8793
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~mdccmgs/ Charles County Genealogical Society]<br>P. O. Box 1537 · White Plains, MD · 20695-1537 <br>Telephone: (301) 843-2442
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*[http://heritsoc-esx-midriv.com/ Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River] <br>516 Eastern Boulevard · Essex, MD · 21221<br>Telephone: (410) 574-6934
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*[http://www.frecogs.com/ The Frederick County Genealogical Society] <br>P.O. Box 234 · Monrovia, MD · 21770-0234
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*[http://www.harfordhistory.net/ The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc]<br>P.O. Box 15 Harford County · Aberdeen, MD · 21001
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*[http://www.hcgsmd.org/ Howard County Genealogical Society] <br>Box 274 · Columbia, MD · 21045
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*[http://www.ldgs.org/ The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society] <br>P.O. Box 3602 · Salisbury, MD 21802-3602
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*[http://pgcgs.org/SPage.php?pid=1 Prince George's County Genealogical Society] <br>P.O. Box 819 · Bowie, MD 20718-0819
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*[http://www.montgomeryhistory.org/genealogy_club Genealogy Club of Montgomery County Historical Society]<br>''Beall-Dawson House''<br>111 W. Montgomery Avenue · Rockville, MD · 20850-4212 <br>Telephone: 301-340-2825
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*'''St. Mary's County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 1109 · Leonardtown, MD · 20650
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*[http://chronography.com/usgs/ Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland]<br>P.O. Box 275 · Easton, MD · 21601<br>Telephone: (410) 745-3050
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=== Historical Societies  ===
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Historical Societies collect, preserve and exhibit materials with historical value. These custodians of history keep journals, books, artifacts, and may have a museum that they maintain. The mission of these societies is to showcase their state, regional, local culture and history. Historical Societies activities and interests are often intertwined with those of Genealogical Societies.
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*[http://www.aahgs.org/chapters.htm Afro-American Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, Inc.] <br>''Central Maryland Chapter''<br>P.O. Box 648 · Columbia, MD · 21045-0648
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*[http://pgcm.aahgs.org/ Afro-American Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, Inc.] <br>''Prince George's County, MD Chapter''<br>P.O. Box 44252 · Fort Washington, MD · 20749-425
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*[http://www.historyhouse.allconet.org/ Allegany County Historical Society, Inc]<br>218 Washington Street · Cumberland, MD · 21502 <br>Telephone: (301) 777-8678
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*[http://www.allenhistoricalsociety.org/ The Allen Historical Society]<br>''Passerdyke Cottage''<br>P.O. Box 31 · Allen, MD · 21810
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*[http://www.aachs.org/ Anne Arundel County Historical Society]<br>''Maryland Historical Magazine''<br>P.O. Box 385 · Linthicum, MD · 21090-0385<br>Telephone: (410) 768-9518
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*[http://www.hsobc.org/ Baltimore County Historical Society]<br>''Agriculture Building''<br>9811 Van Buren Lane · Cockeysville, MD · 21030 <br>Telephone: (410) 666-1876
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*[http://www.carolinehistory.org/ Caroline County Historical Society]<br>''Museum of Rural Life''<br>16 North Second Street · P.O. Box 514 · Denton, MD · 21629<br>Telephone: (410) 479-2055
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*[http://www.catonsvillehistory.org/ Cantonsville Historical Society Inc.]<br>1824 Frederick Road | Catonsville, Maryland 21228-5503 <br>Telephone: 410-744-3034
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*[http://www.calverthistory.org/ Calvert County Historical Society] <br>70 Church Street · Prince Frederick, Maryland · 20678 <br>Telephone:(410) 535-2452 Fax:(410) 535-4660
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*[http://hscc.carr.org/ Historical Society of Carroll County]<br>210 East Main Street · Westminster, MD · 21157<br>Telephone: (410) 848-6494
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*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/ The Historical Society of Cecil County]<br>135 East Main Street · Elkton, MD · 21921 <br>Telephone: (410) 398-1790
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~mdccmgs/ Historical Society of Charles County] <br>P.O. Box 261 · Port Tobacco, MD · 20677
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*[http://www.chevychasehistory.org/ Chevy Chase Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 15145 · Chevy Chase, MD · 20825<br>Telephone: (301) 656-6141
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*[http://dorchesterhistory.org/ Dorchester County Historical Society]<br>902 LaGrange Ave. · Cambridge, MD · 21613 - 2009<br>Telephone: (410) 228-7953
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*[http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1167093 Dundalk - Patapsco Neck Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 21781 4 Center Place · Dundalk, MD · 21222 <br>Telephone: (410) 284-2331
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*[http://www.emmitsburg.net/history/ Emmitsburg Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 463 · Emmitsburg, MD · 21727
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*[http://www.hsfcinfo.org/ The Historical Society of Frederick County, Inc.]<br>24 East Church Street · Frederick, MD · 21701 <br>Telephone: (301) 663-1188
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*[http://www.deepcreekhospitality.com/fr_gc_historical.asp Garrett County Historical Society, Inc.] <br>111 East Oak Street · Oakland, MD · 21550 <br>Telephone: (301) 334-3226
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*'''Greenbelt Historical Society'''<br>204 Lastner Lane · Greenbelt, MD · 20770 <br>Telephone: (240) 474-5156
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*[http://www.harfordhistory.net/ The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc.]<br>143 N. Main St. · Bel Air, MD · 21014. <br>Telephone: 410-592-8693 · 410-838-7691
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*[http://www.hchsmd.org/ Howard County Historical Society, Inc.]<br>P.O. Box 109 · Ellicott City, MD · 21041 <br>Telephone: (410) 750-0370
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*[http://www.jhsm.org/ The Jewish Museum of Maryland] <br>''Herbert Bearman Campus'' <br>15 Lloyd Street · Baltimore, MD · 21202 <br>Telephone:(410) 732-6400 · (877) 376-719
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*[http://www.johnbrown.org/toc.htm John Brown Historical Foundation, Inc.]<br>c/o Capt. South T. Lynn<br>Southland Farm · 13701 Deakins Lane · Darnestown, MD · 20874<br>Telephone: (301) 963-3300 or (301) 432-2666
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*[http://www.kentcountyhistory.org/ Historical Society of Kent County]<br>101 Church Alley · P.O. Box 665 ·Chestertown, MD · 21620 <br>Telephone: (410) 778-3499
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*[http://www.aagensoc.org/kuethe.shtml Kuethe Library Historical and Genealogical Research Center] <ref>Includes the holdings of both the [http://www.aachs.org/ Anne Arundel County Historical Society] and the [http://www.aagensoc.org/]</ref><br>5 Crain Highway S.E. · Glen Burnie, MD · 21061<br>Telephone: (410) 760-9679
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*[http://www.laurelhistory.org/ Laurel Historical Society]<br>817 Main Street · Laurel, MD · 20707 <br>Telephone: (301) 286-7031
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*[http://www.mdhs.org/ Maryland Historical Society]<br>201 West Monument St. · Baltimore, Maryland · 21201-4674<br>Telephone: 410-685-3750 <br>*''Genealogical Research'' a guide to research in Maryland. <ref>Meyer, Mary Keysor. Genealogical Research in Maryland: A Guide. 4th ed. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1992. {{FHL|638337|item|disp=FHL book 975.2 D27m 1992.}} 5th edition at {{WorldCat|45052612|disp=At various libaries (WorldCat)}} ISBN 0938420259, 9780938420255)</ref>
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*[http://www.marylandmilitaryhistory.org/ The Maryland Military Historical Society, Inc]<br>''Fifth Regiment Armory''<br>219 29th Division Street · Baltimore, Maryland ·21201-2288<br>Telephone: 410-576-1496
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*[http://www.montgomeryhistory.org/ Montgomery County Historical Society]<br>111 West Montgomery Avenue · Rockville, MD · 20850 <br>Telephone: (301) 340-2825
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*[http://www.peerlessrockville.org/ Peerless Rockville Historical Society]<br>''Historic Red Brick Courthouse · Rockville Town Center'' <br>29 Courthouse Square · Room 110 <br>Rockville, MD · 20850 <br>Telephone: 301-762-0096
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*[http://www.pghistory.org/ Prince George’s County Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 14 · Riverdale, MD · 20737<br>Telephone: (301) 464-0590
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*[http://qachistory.org/ Queen Anne’s County Historical Society]<br>''Wright’s Chance''<br>121 South Commerce Street · Centreville, MD 21617 <br>Telephone: (410) 758-0980
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*[http://www.cvent.com/rfp/shady-side-special-event-venues/the-shady-side-rural-heritage-society-inc-captain-salem-avery-house-museum/venue-c9874cdeded34e269aef27fb9fda7616.aspx Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, Inc.]<br>1418 East West Shady Side Road · P.O. Box 89 · Shady Side, Maryland · 20764 <br>Telephone: 410-867-4486
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*[http://silverspringhistory.homestead.com/ Silver Spring Historical Society (SSHS)]<br>PO Box 1160 · Silver Spring, MD · 20910-1160
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*[http://www.teackle.mansion.museum/ Somerset County Historical Society]<br>''Treackle Mansion''<br>P. O. Box 181 · Princess Anne, MD · 21853 <br>Telephone: (410) 651-2238
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*[http://www.somersethistoricaltrust.com/aboutus.htm Somerset County Historical Trust]<br>''c/o Mrs. Howard Yerges''<br>10380 Anderson Road · Princess Anne, MD · 21853<br>Telephone: (401) 651-0788
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*[http://burkittsville-md.gov/SouthMountainHeritageSociety.php South Mountain Heritage Society]<br>P. O. Box 509 · 3 East Main St. ·Burkittsville, MD · 21718<br>Telephone: (301) 834-7851
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*[http://home.md.metrocast.net/~smchs/ St. Mary’s County Historical Society]<br>11 Court House Drive · P.O. Box 212 · Leonardtown, MD · 20650<br>Telephone: (301) 475-2467
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*[http://www.prattlibrary.org/ State of Maryland and Baltimore City Public Library]<br>''Enoch Pratt Free Library''<br>[http://www.prattlibrary.org/about/hours.aspx 24 locations]<br>Telephone: 410-396-5430
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*[http://www.hstc.org/ Historical Society of Talbot County, Inc.]<br>25 South Washington Street<br>P.O. Box 964 · Easton, MD · 21601<br>Telephone: (301) 822-0773
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*[http://thurmonthistoricalsociety.com/ Thurmont Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 251 · 11 N. Church Street · Thurmont, MD · 2l788-0251<br>Telephone: (301) 271-2464
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*[http://www.washcomdhistoricalsociety.org/ Washington County Historical Society]<br>''Jamieson Memorial Library · The Miller House'' <br>P.O. Box 1281 · Hagerstown, Maryland · 21741-1281 <br>Telephone: (301) 797-8782
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*[http://skipjack.net/le_shore/whs/index.html Wicomico Historical Society]<br>PO Box 573 · Pemberton Drive · Salisbury, MD · 21803-0573 <br>Telephone: 410-860-0447 · 410-860-1441
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*'''Worcester County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 111 · Snow Hill, MD · 21863<br>Telephone: (410) 632-1265 or (410) 632-2600
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=== Lineage and Heritage Societies  ===
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A Lineage society is an organization whose [http://genealogy.about.com/od/lineage_societies/a/membership.htm members have shown proof of their descent] from a qualifying ancestor such as a colonist or soldier. There are early settlers, ethnic, religious, and war societies. [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~cahtgs/society.htm ''The Hereditary Society Blue Book'']<ref> ''Hereditary Society Blue Book (1994''), edited by Robert R. Davenport ([[FamilySearch Catalog Place Search|The Family History Library]] {{FHL|619324|item|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1697831 Item 4.}} ISBN 0806313986, 9780806313986</ref> is the annual Who's Who or Social Register of Hereditary, Lineage, and Patriotic societies. It also contains information on lineage societies, including the insignia, the membership requirements, and the national address of each organization. Books, articles, and publications that can be very helpful in genealogical research are kept by these societies. The [http://genealogy.about.com/od/lineage_societies/a/membership_2.htm applications for membership] in these societies are preserved, and many are on microfilm at the Family History Library. See the Register of U. S. Lineage Societies (mentioned in the "[[United States Societies|Societies]]"), for lists of microfilmed records, and publications. Hundreds of organizations are in the United States, here are some with Maryland ties:
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*[http://www.thearkandthedove.com/ The Society of The Ark and The Dove]
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*[http://cssm.org/ The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland]
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*[http://www.colonialdames17c.org/State_Pages/Pages_Maryland.html Colonial Dames] National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland. ''Register of the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1891-1938''<ref>''Register of the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1891-1938''. Two Volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: The Society, 1915. 1915, 1940. {{FHL|124366|item|disp=FHL fiche 6019836; book 975.2 C4n}}Digital version available through catalog entry.</ref>
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*[http://mysite.verizon.net/vze2y2h8/webpageofthemarylandsocietyofcolonialwars/ General Society of Colonial Wars]
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*[http://my.execpc.com/~drg/wsdac.html Daughters of the American Colonists]
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*[http://www.history.umd.edu/Freedmen/ Freedmen and Southern Society Project]
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*[http://www.hollanddames.org/ Daughters of Holland Dames]
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*[http://www.themayflowersociety.com/ General Society of Mayflower Descendants]
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*[http://www.md-germans.org/ German-American Organizations] in Maryland
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*[http://www.germansociety-md.com/ German Society of Maryland]
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*[http://ahsgr.org/ American Historical Society of Germans From Russia]
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*[http://www.hollandsociety.org/ Holland Society of New York]
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*[http://www.huguenot-md.com/commentaries/essay_contest/conquest_larochelle.php The Maryland Huguenot Society]
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*[http://www.founderspatriots.org/societies/md.htm Maryland Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America]
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*[http://www.usdaughtersof1812maryland.org/ Maryland State Society United States Daughters of 1812]
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*[http://www.sasmm.com/ St. Andrew's Society of Mid-Maryland] an organization for those of Scottish ancestry and those that love Scottish things.
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*[http://www.sar.org/ohssar/ohssar.html The Sons of the American Revolution] ''Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution centennial history, 1889-1989''
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*[http://archives.ubalt.edu/sov/info.htm Sons of Union Veterans] - Maryland Division
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*[http://www.societyofthewarof1812.org/inMaryland/indextop.htm Society of War of 1812 in Maryland]
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~mdmws/Index.htm Welsh American Group]
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*[http://www.newworldcelts.org/welsh.html Welsh Societies]
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*[http://www.b-26mhs.org/ B-26 Marauder Historical Society WWII Air War Archive]
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=== Fraternal Organizations  ===
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Fraternal Organizations were begun for a variety of reasons. It could have been work skills, politics, chivalry, economics, and many other causes that the organization started. Trade unions have their roots with fraternal organizations. Ethnicity and religious minorities were common beginnings for a fraternal brotherhood. More can be found at [http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Organizations/Fraternal/ Fraternal Societies] and [http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/fraternalism/fraternalism_in_america.htm Fraternalism in America]. Here are a few organizations in Maryland.
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*T[http://aw22.org/ he Alexandria Freemasons] have an association that includes those in Maryland, Virgina and Washington D.C.
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*[http://www.gcmd.org/ Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star]
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*[http://www.mddedcelksassn.org/ Maryland Delaware and District of Columbia Elks Association] Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE)
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*[http://www.aoh5.org/ The Ancient Order of Hibernians] in Maryland is a Catholic, Irish-American Fraternal Organization.
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*[http://www.ioofnorthpoint.org/ Independent Order of Odd Fellows] of Maryland
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=== Family History Catalog  ===
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Records of societies may be found by using the Place-names Search in the FamilySearch Catalog for:
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::UNITED STATES - SOCIETIES <br>
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::MARYLAND - SOCIETIES <br>
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::MARYLAND, [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES<br>
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Some records gathered by societies are listed in the Place-names Search under the type of record. For example, cemetery transcripts gathered by a local genealogical society are listed in the catalog under:
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::MARYLAND, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES.
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=== Websites  ===
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-MD-001.html D'Addezio's Society Hill] is a directory of historical societies in Maryland.
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*T[http://www.baltimoremuseums.org/ he Greater Baltimore History Alliance] is a consortium of museums and historic sites in the area dedicated to education and preservation.
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*[http://www.mdgensoc.org/links.html Maryland Genealogical Society] provides the links as a help to researchers of Maryland history and genealogy.
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*[http://www.mdgenweb.org/gensoc.htm The MDGenWeb Project] - Genealogical &amp; Historical Societies listing with tips for writing to the societies.
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[[Category:Maryland Societies]]

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There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. See "Societies". Archives and Libraries are carefully contributed to and maintained by various Societies.

Genealogical Societies[edit | edit source]

Genealogical and historical societies often maintain a genealogical file for families in the area and may sponsor publications, some of which are cited on the "Genealogy" page. Genealogical Societies are usually staffed by volunteers and rely on contributions, dues and fees to keep their operations up and running. They usually meet in monthly meetings and often have newsletters. A wealth of information can be obtained by joining a society in the area that you are researching.

Statewide Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Cox, Richard J., and Larry E. Sullivan, eds. Guide to the Research Collections of the Maryland Historical Society: Historical and Genealogical Manuscripts and Oral History Interviews. Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Historical Society, 1981. (Family History Library book 975.2 H23g.) This index has about 20,000 references to individuals and families.

County Societies[edit | edit source]

Many counties have their own Genealogical Societies. Lists of the county societies can be found at Census Finder and MDGenWeb.

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Historical Societies collect, preserve and exhibit materials with historical value. These custodians of history keep journals, books, artifacts, and may have a museum that they maintain. The mission of these societies is to showcase their state, regional, local culture and history. Historical Societies activities and interests are often intertwined with those of Genealogical Societies.

Lineage and Heritage Societies[edit | edit source]

A Lineage society is an organization whose members have shown proof of their descent from a qualifying ancestor such as a colonist or soldier. There are early settlers, ethnic, religious, and war societies. The Hereditary Society Blue Book[3] is the annual Who's Who or Social Register of Hereditary, Lineage, and Patriotic societies. It also contains information on lineage societies, including the insignia, the membership requirements, and the national address of each organization. Books, articles, and publications that can be very helpful in genealogical research are kept by these societies. The applications for membership in these societies are preserved, and many are on microfilm at the Family History Library. See the Register of U. S. Lineage Societies (mentioned in the "Societies"), for lists of microfilmed records, and publications. Hundreds of organizations are in the United States, here are some with Maryland ties:

Fraternal Organizations[edit | edit source]

Fraternal Organizations were begun for a variety of reasons. It could have been work skills, politics, chivalry, economics, and many other causes that the organization started. Trade unions have their roots with fraternal organizations. Ethnicity and religious minorities were common beginnings for a fraternal brotherhood. More can be found at Fraternal Societies and Fraternalism in America. Here are a few organizations in Maryland.

Family History Catalog[edit | edit source]

Records of societies may be found by using the Place-names Search in the FamilySearch Catalog for:

UNITED STATES - SOCIETIES
MARYLAND - SOCIETIES
MARYLAND, [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES

Some records gathered by societies are listed in the Place-names Search under the type of record. For example, cemetery transcripts gathered by a local genealogical society are listed in the catalog under:

MARYLAND, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES.

Websites[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Includes the holdings of both the Anne Arundel County Historical Society and the [1]
  2. Meyer, Mary Keysor. Genealogical Research in Maryland: A Guide. 4th ed. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1992. FHL book 975.2 D27m 1992. 5th edition at At various libaries (WorldCat) ISBN 0938420259, 9780938420255)
  3. Hereditary Society Blue Book (1994), edited by Robert R. Davenport (The Family History Library FHL US/CAN Film 1697831 Item 4. ISBN 0806313986, 9780806313986
  4. Register of the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1891-1938. Two Volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: The Society, 1915. 1915, 1940. FHL fiche 6019836; book 975.2 C4nDigital version available through catalog entry.