The new guide,Genealogy at a Glance: Maryland Genealogy Research, by Michael A. Ports offers a lengthy background compared with many similar guides. Lengthy, of course, is relative. Here it means four paragraphs and just less than half a page. Small as it is, the background still provides great information and insight on who settled this key colony and how it grew.
Maryland was a rapid growing colony, due in large part to religious tolerance. It grew as colonists from multiple countries and multiple beliefs migrated to Maryland. These peoples created a wide variety of records. This guide offers a summerization of key resources and record types. Additional reading suggestions offer the reader many additional sources for looking in greater depth at given resources. There are also author tips spread throughout the guide.
Like many of the guides, this one begins with some quick facts relevant to the subject, which include:
- King Charles I granted the charter for all of the lands between the fortieth parallel and the south bank of the Potomac River to George Calvert in 1632, and Maryland thus became the first proprietary colony in North America
- Religious toleration officially ended with a Puritan revolt in 1654-1658
Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color limited brochure meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research. In this guide, Humphrey provides plenty of additional tips and further references to please the most avid researcher.
Contents for this guide:
- Vital Records
- Court Records before 1776
- Criminal Records
- Land Records
- Probate Records
- Divorce Records
- Adoption Records
- Naturalization Records
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