Maryland Cultural Groups
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Maryland has had a diverse ethnically since it's founding. Political and religious refugees have formed a large part of Maryland's immigration.
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1730-1740: Germans originally from Rhineland settled in farm lands of western Maryland
1740's: English, Scottish and Scotch-Irish immigrants began settling in the western Maryland
Dutch, Swedish, Huguenot and Acadian (1755) refugee families settled in the colony
1830-1840: immigration of many Germans and Irish to Maryland
1870-1880: Many German Immigrants settled in Maryland
Post 1880: Poles, Bohemians, Lithuanians, Greeks, Jews (from Germany, Poland and Russian immigrants), Czech, Italians, and Irish
See also: Maryland Emigration-Immigration
1755 brought French from Nova Scotia(Acadians).
In 1684 a small group of Labadist, from Friesland came to Maryland. in 1732 Lord Baltimore and Charles Calvert offered two hundred acres in fee to Germans to settle between Patapsco and Susquehanna. Many Germans from Pennsylvania settled in Frederick and Washington counties.
Italians began settling in the eighteenth century.
The Poles started to settle in Maryland during the Civil War.
See also United States Cultural Groups for additional resources.
Other records and histories of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in Maryland are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
- MARYLAND - MINORITIES
- MARYLAND, [COUNTY] - MINORITIES
- MARYLAND, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - MINORITIES
You will also find records in the Subject Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
- AFRO-AMERICANS - MARYLAND
- "African American Genealogy," in Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.