Is there any interest in creating a whole county genealogy for St Mary's County, Maryland?

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St Mary's County, Maryland is the site of one of the early colonies in the English New World. It was originally established as a colony for Roman Catholics but soon evolved from that. During the war of 1812, the British Army landed there to attack Washington. During the Civil War, the county largely sympathized with the South but was also the site of a huge prison camp for southern prisoners. Because the Potomac River is on one side and the Chesapeake Bay is on the other side, families with roots in Baltimore, Alexandria, Washington and other nearby places typically have ancestors in St. Mary's.

St. Mary's is also one of those unlucky places where the courthouse burned in the 19th century. Fortunately, land records, wills and church records survived. So genealogy in St Mary's often deals with unindexed primary records. Consulting these records for one family often reveals information useful in others.

What I'm suggesting is that reconstructing the genealogy of St. Mary's is inherently a group activity and would align perfectly with the goals of WikiTree. The big question, though, is whether we have critical mass--enough interested persons to make some real progress. So I'm asking whether others would be interested in a project.

Please respond with your comments. It would be helpful to touch on subjects like:

  • Do you have ancestors in St. Mary's County?
  • Do you have family lines to contribute?
  • Do you have good sources for those lines? (so that we can resolve disagreements, of which there will be many)
  • Do you think it's a good idea to start a project?

Thanks very much!

in The Tree House by Jim Moore G2G6 Mach 1 (10.9k points)

2 Answers

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Hi Jim,

I'm one of the leaders of the US History Project and we have sub-projects set up for all the states which oversee projects at the county level. These projects also fall under the One Place Studies Project. For more information, please see: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Maryland

We would love to have you take charge of the St. Mary's County, Maryland Project! I can send you more information and help set the project up whenever you are ready.
by Alison Andrus G2G6 Mach 4 (45.9k points)
Hi Allison: Yes, please send me some information. Thanks!
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You could also include it as part of the One Place Studies Project:

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:One_Place_Studies
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)

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