Research Links

This page contains link readers may find helpful when doing research.

NEW LINKS SITE — WILL CONTAIN LINKS TO HIGH QUALITY ONLINE RESOURCES — under development, but feel free to check it out.


Maryland Newspapers from the State Archives – The Early State Records Online repository at the state archives website has started creating digital images from the Maryland Newspaper Project microfilm.  If you visit the site, you’ll see listings from Baltimore, Cambridge, Elkton, Centreville, Easton, Chestertown, and elsewhere.  Right now the Cecil Whig is available from 1870 to 1874 but it is not a searchable database.  Users scan through it, reading the pages just as one does when using microfilm.  Still it’s nice to have it available at your fingertips and more will be added as time goes  on.  Also on this site are many other state records, such as the minutes of the legislature, the Maryland Laws, and lots more.

Family Search – This vast online repository is a most valuable resource for genealogical researcher.  It actively gathers, preserves and shares genealogical records worldwide and patrons my freely access resources and services online.  While there are many exciting databases there, one that is particularly helpful for us local involves probate records.  FamilySearch is currently digitizing the records of the Maryland Register of Wills and that work is going in a number of counties.  Right now, you may surf over and access digitized copies of probate records into the early decades of the 1800s.   There are lots of other resources, including census and death records, worth checking out so be sure to visit this valuable online resource.

The Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program – This site is a collaborative, statewide digitization program headquartered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Resource Center in Baltimore.  Its goal is to partner with Maryland libraries, archives, historical societies and museums to digitize and provide free online access to materials relating to Maryland.  Since the program began in 2002, the collection has grown to over 5,000 items, such as maps, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, books and other media.

Library of Congress, American Memory– A portion of the vast resources of the Library of Congress has been digitized and there’ll you find photos, maps, ephemera, advertising, and so much more.  One we often use involves the Great Depression Era photographs of old strucutres, as they were documented for the Historic American Building Survey.  You’ll find plenty to keep you busy there so check it out.

Cyndi’s List—A master list of thousands of helpful research links

Death Records, Maryland —Online death record index.  Actual copies of certificates are ordered for a fee.  But we can use these index cards to get a death date, in order to find obituaries.

Old House Research

Property Assessment Data online—This is a state of Maryland site containing online property assessment data.

Inventory of Historic Properties in MD— contains the recordations for about 2,000 sites surveyed in Cecil County.

Land Records Online—Digital images of land records available in the courthouse.

National Register of Historic Properties—A descriptive listing of national register properties.


Cecil County Map— This is the Martenet’s Map of 1858.  It is interactive.  Click on an area for a detailed map.  This is an excellent product..

Cecil County Map—This site includes pages from the 1877 Atlas

Cecil County Map — This is a free access site for the 1877 Atlas of Cecil County.  Provided by Library of Congress

Chronicle America:  History American Newspapers—open source database from Library of Congress

Maryland State Document - This Maryland Archives site contains the online searchable laws for Maryland going back to the colonial era, as well as other papers of the governors and the state.

Newspaper Archive—An Extensive database of online newspapers.   This is a paid subscription database.

Weather Online—To determine the weather on a given day in Cecil County (or elsewhere) use this database.

Fee Based Subscription Databases


GenealogyBank —  Historical newspapers, books, and documents (available from Society computer only)

Heritage Quest— This site is provided by the Cecil County Public Library.  To use it you need a library card.

Newspaper Archive

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