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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Maryland
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Maryland brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Maryland—you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
- a how-to article detailing Maryland history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Maryland research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- The first settlers, mostly English Protestants, entered Maryland in 1634. The colony briefly became a haven for Roman Catholics, thanks to the 1649 Maryland Toleration Act, but then Catholicism was outlawed in the colony from 1688 until the American Revolution.
- The Continental Congress took Maryland's first census in 1776 for a population-based tax to fund the Revolution.