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Maryland Genealogical Society
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Maryland State Archives
Description of African American Records Available at MSA
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Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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Maryland African American Research Queries
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Maryland's African American History
- The Negro in Maryland: A Study of the Institution of Slavery (online book), by Rev. Jeffrey Richardson Brackett (1889)
- Men of Maryland (online book), by Rev. George F. Bragg, D.D. (1914)
- Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (online book), by Frederick Douglass (1881)
- Frederick Douglass the Orator (online book), by James M. Gregory, A.M. (1893)
- A Directory of the Colored Teachers of the Counties of Maryland (online publication), by the Maryland State Board of Education (1907-08)
Bibliography - Maryland African American Genealogy
- Arpee, Marion. "Maryland Slaves in Hardey Wills and Indentures: 1718-1805." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 22:1 (Winter 1981). Prince George’s and Charles Counties.
- Behrendt, Carolyn. "Charles Carroll of Carrollton Inventory of Property Slave List." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 23:4 (Fall 1982).
- Bragg, George F. Men of Maryland. Baltimore, MD: Church Advocate Press, 1925. Biographies of prominent Maryland African Americans of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Brown, Letitia Woods. Free Negroes in the District of Columbia, 1790-1846. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972. A scholarly monograph with the following appendices: free Negro families in Charles County, Maryland 1790; occupations of free Negroes before 1835; Negro taxpayers 1824-1845.
- Callum, Agnes Kane. "Progenitors of a Black Family: Raphael and Hillery Cane 1793-1890." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 21:2 (Spring 1980).
- Callum, Agnes Kane. "Raphael Cane and his Descendants." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 21:3 (Summer 1980).
- Carr, Lois, et. al. "Immigration and Opportunity: The Freedmen in Early Colonial Maryland." In The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society, Thad W. Tate and David Ammerman. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.
- Clayton, Ralph. Black Baltimore 1820-1870. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1987. Includes index of advertisements for runaway slaves in "Baltimore Sun" 1837-1864, Laurel Cemetery interments 1852-1858, 1870 census index for black families of East Baltimore.
- Clayton, Ralph. Cash for Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2002. Includes index to inward-bound slave manifests, 1818-1856.
- Clayton, Ralph. Free Blacks of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1850. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1987.
- Clayton, Ralph. Slavery, Slaveholding, and the Free Black Population of Antebellum Baltimore. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1993. Contains extensive source material, including listings of applications for certificates of freedom, Maryland Colonization Society gleanings from the Baltimore Sun, free blacks in the 1831 Baltimore city directory, free blacks and slaves in the 1850 census mortality schedules, and abstracts from the general population census schedules for various years.
- Cornelison, Alice. "History of Blacks in Howard County, Maryland." Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. 10:2&3 Summer and Fall 1989.
- Craighead, Sandra G. "Index of Maryland and West Virginia Civil War Colored Troopers and Their ’Loyal Slaveowners.’" Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 15:1 (1996).
- Curtin, Philip D., ed. Africa Remembered: Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.
- Gardner, Bettye Jane. "The Free Blacks in Baltimore 1800-1860." Ph.D., George Washington University, 1974.
- Graham, Leroy. Baltimore: The 19th Century Black Capital. Washington, DC: University Press of America, Inc., 1982
- Green, Fletcher M, ed. Ferry Hill Plantation Journal January 4, 1838-January 15, 1839. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1961 (volume 43 of James Sprunt Studies in History and Political Science). Journal of John Blackford of Washington County, Maryland. Contains no slave lists, but journal entries frequently mention slaves by name.
- Heinegg, Paul. Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware: From the Colonial Period to 1810. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 2000.
- Hynson, Jerry. Maryland Freedom Papers. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1996.
- Jacobsen, Phebe R. "Assessment of Slaves, District 1, Talbot County, Maryland, 1832." Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 4:2 (Summer 1983).
- Kimmel, Ross, "Free Blacks in Seventeenth Century Maryland." Maryland Historical Magazine 71 (1976): 19-25.
- Kulikoff, Allan. "The Beginnings of the Afro-American Family in Maryland." In Law, Society, and Politics in Early Maryland, Aubrey C. Land, Lois Green Carr, and Edward C. Papenfuse, eds. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977.
- Lucas, Townsend M. "Fairmount Heights, Prince Georgeís County, Maryland. A 1910 Census Abstraction with Historical Notes." Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 9:1 (Spring 1988).
- Menard, Russel. "The Maryland Slave Population, 1658-1730: A Demographic Profile of Blacks in Four Counties." William and Mary Quarterly 32 (1975): 29-54.
- Meyer, Mary Keysor, comp. Free Blacks in Harford, Somerset and Talbot Counties, Maryland, 1832. Mt. Airy, MD: Pipe Creek Publisher, 1991.
- Meyer, Mary Keysor. "Manumission of William Cromwell and Others, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1854." Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 9:4 (Winter 1988).
- Potter, Alice E. "Slaves in Joseph Taylorís Will." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 22:3 (Summer 1981). Pertains to Baltimore County, 1789.
- Provine, Dorothy S., ed. Registrations of Free Negroes 1806-1863, Prince George’s County, Maryland. Washington, DC: Columbian Harmony Society, 1990.
- Quander, Rohulamin. "The Quander Family, 1684-1910," Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 3:2 (Summer 1982).
- Russell, George Ely. "Black Baptism and Marriage Records, Frederick County, Maryland, 1787-1870." Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 2:1.
- Slezak, Eva. "Black Householders in the 1810 Baltimore City Directory." Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 5:2 (Summer 1984).
- Sluby, Paul E., Sr. Newspaper Obituary Clippings from the "Baltimore Afro-American" and the "Washington Afro-American" for the Year 1992. Baltimore: Afro-American Company of Baltimore, 1994.
- Stuart, Karen. "Early Vital Records of Blacks in All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County County." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 31:2 (Spring 1990).
- Thomas, Sammie L. The Books of the Families of the African Diaspora. Washington, DC: S. Thomas, 1990. Volume of the Families between the Atlantic and the Chesapeake. Families covered: Barkley, Brewington, Coulbourne. Furniss, Harmon, Haymon, Maddox, Shelton, Spence, Stanford, Tighman, and White.
- Wright, James M. The Free Negro in Maryland, 1634-1860. New York: Octagon Books, n.d.
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Helpful Online Resources for Researchers of African American Heritage
The following listing is a compilation of reference and resources that can be found online. The MDGenWeb recommends these sites to its many visitors but is not responsible for the page content or page functioning.
National or General Online Resources
- The USGenWeb African American Griots Project
- FamilySearch African American Research Wiki
- Afrigeneas - African American and African Ancestored Genealogy
- National Archives - African American Heritage
- Allen County, Indiana Public Library - African American Gateway
- BlackPast.org - The Genealogy Page
- PBS African American Lives - Who Am I? A Genealogy Guide
- Christine's Genealogy Web Site
- My Slave Ancestors
- National Genealogical Society
- DAR Library
- Genealogy Resources on the Internet - Mailing Lists
- Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet
Maryland Online Resources
- Maryland State Archives
- Archives of Maryland Online
- Maryland Genealogical Society
- Maryland Historical Society
- MHS Guide to African American Sources
- Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
- Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
- Maryland African American Gateway
- Digital Maryland African American Collections
- Maryland Patriots of Color
- American Memory Project: Maryland Slave Narratives
- Maryland and Delaware, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872
- Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites
- Maryland African American Cemeteries
- Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD and DE
- Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad
- A History of African Americans of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
- Abolitionists, Free Blacks, and Runaway Slaves: Surviving Slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore
- Search the USGenWeb File Archives
- Search the Rootsweb Genealogy Mailing List Archives
- RootsWeb's Index of All Search Engines and Databases
- Freedman's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869
- Freedman's Bank Records
- Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator
- Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
- Search Systems - Maryland Free Public Records