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Many family history periodicals publish local records of genealogical value. These may include genealogies; information about local records and archives; queries; census indexes; and transcripts of family Bibles, church records, court records, cemetery records, land records, obituaries, and wills.

Statewide Periodicals[edit | edit source]

The following sources are the major genealogical periodicals for Maryland:

  • Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. 1961-. Published by the Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21201. (Family History Library book 975.2 B2mb, 49 volumes.) Formerly known as the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin.
  • Maryland Historical Magazine. 1906-. Published by the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. (Family History Library book 975.2 H25m, 103 volumes; vols. 1-68 on 21 Family History Library films beginning with 547210.) Full text versions of volumes 1 thru 17 are available at Google Books. Recent issues emphasize history and have less genealogical information.
  • Maryland Magazine of Genealogy. 1978-1982. Published by the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. (Family History Library book 975.2 D25ma, 5 volumes.) This publication was absorbed by the Maryland Historical Magazine in 1983.
  • The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist. 1959-1990. Published by Raymond B. Clark, Jr., P.O. Box 352, St. Michaels, MD 21663. (Family History Library book 975 B2m, 31 volumes.)
  • The Maryland Genealogical Bulletin. 1930-50. Published by Robert F. Hayes, Jr., ed. (Family History Library book 975.2 B2h; vol. 10 is on film 547581 item 2; Volumes. 12-20 on fiche 6017749.) Formerly known as the Maryland Historical and Genealogical Bulletin.
  • Western Maryland Genealogy. 1985-2003. Published by Donna Valley Russell, ed., P.O. Box 505, New Market, MD 21774 (Family History Library book 975.2 D25w, 19 volumes.)

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Many of the periodicals listed above have annual indexes in the final issue for the year. For nationwide indexes to some family history periodicals, see:

  • The Maryland State Archives at has an index to selected articles published in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, Maryland Historical Magazine, and Western Maryland Genealogy.
  • PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1986-1997. (Family History Library book 973 D25per; fiche 6016863 [set of 40](1847-1985); fiche 6016864 [set of 15](1986-1990).) Indexes thousands of family history periodicals. Annual indexes have been published yearly from 1986-1997. At at the “guides” prompt on the home page. Sort by Title then under “P” for PERSI. The guide has helpful information, but since it was created in 1990, it does not have the most current information. The current version of this index is online at, which is available at the Family History Library, family history centers and many public libraries.

Also see United States Periodicals.

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

The Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog lists more family history periodicals under:


Websites[edit | edit source]

Maryland Genealogical Society:

Maryland Historical Society:

Further Reading [edit | edit source]

  • George K. Schweitzer, Maryland Genealogical Research ([Knoxville, Tennessee]: G.K. Schweitzer, c1991), pp. 98-101.  (Family History Library book 975.2 D27s.) See section 19 on "Genealogical Periodicals."
  • Henry C. Peden, Jr., A Guide to Genealogical Research in Maryland, 5th ed. Revised and Enlarged (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2001), pp. 1-50. (Family History Library book 975.2 D27.) Part 1 on "Maryland's Research Centers" contains some useful information on Maryland periodicals.
  • Kory L. Meyerink, "Genealogical Periodicals," in Kory L. Meyerink, editor, Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Incorporated, 1998), chap. 19, pp. 708-751. (Family History Library book 016.9293 P96m.)
  • Roger D. Joslyn, "Maryland," in Alice Eichholz, editor, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, c2004), pp. 297-309. Free online version; (Family History Library book 973. D27rb.) See section on "Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections."