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!