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Province of Maryland Book Review

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Listing and Reviews of Books containing genealogical information about persons in colonial Maryland.


Primary Sources

See this discussion: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1156668/maryland-wills

Primary Reference Works

Contains primary records -- deeds, wills, births, marriages, deaths

  • Gust Skordas. Early Settlers of Maryland Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company 1968. An index of an index to names of immigrants compiled from records of land patents, 1633-1680, in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. This book may be borrowed for one hour from the Internet Archive.

Jane Baldwin Cotton, Maryland Calendar of Wills. Baltimore: Cohn and Pollack, 1907

Unindexed Books containing Primary Records

“Records of Stepney Parish, Somerset, Province of Maryland (1703-1890)”: FamilySearch (Image)

"Somerset County (Maryland) Court Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (1600-1720)": FamilySearch

“The Maryland Calendar of Wills (1726-1732)," 8 Volumes; Compiled and Edited by Jane Baldwin Cotton and Roberta Bolling Henry; Baltimore, MD (1920) GoogleBooks (Free PDF) - ALSO all available as unindexed books on FamilySearch: Cites original Liber and page

"Orphans and Infants of Prince Georges County Maryland, 1696-1750." Dorothy H Smith, Compiler; Annapolis, Maryland (1976). Extractions from the County Court Proceedings, citing court Session, Liber and Folio FamilySearch

Secondary Reference Works

Published genealogies relating to pre-Revolutionary Maryland. Annotate with your observations regarding accuracy, reliability, etc.

  • Beall, Fielder M. M.. Colonial families of the United States descended from the immigrants who arrived before 1700, mostly from England and Scotland, and who are now represented by citizens of the following names, Bell, Beal, Bale, Beale, Beall Ninian Beall] By the author: Washington, DC, 1929. This is a classic text on the Beall family. It contains extensive documentation, but unfortunately also contains some major errors of relationships. Jack Day
  • Doliante, Sharon J. Maryland and Virginia Colonials: Genealogies of Some Colonial Families. Volume 1 Families of Bacon, Beall, Beasley, Cheney, Duckett, dunbar, Ellyson, Elmore, Graves, Heydon, Howard, Jacob, Morris, Nuthall, Odell, Peerce, Reeder, Ridgley, Pratheer, Sprigg, Wesson, Williams, and Collateral Kin. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1991. Valuable resource that often includes transcriptions of original documents. Jack Day
  • MacKenzie, George Norbury (1851-1919), ed. Colonial families of the United States of America, in which is given the history, genealogy and armorial bearings of colonial families who settled in the American colonies from the time of the settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775 New York and Boston: Grafton Press, 1907. Volume VI Vols. II-V have imprint: Baltimore, Md., The Seaforth Press
  • Newman, Harry Wright. The Lucketts of Portobacco: A Genealogical History of Samuel Luckett, Gent., of Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, and Some of His Descendants, with a sketch of the allied family of Offutt, of Prince Georges County, Maryland. By the author: Washington, D. C., 1938, James Offutt (17-- - 1750) page 87. I'm not familiar with this work, but Harry Wright Newman is a respected genealogist author of his day. Jack Day </ref>

Historical Fiction

  • Marlowe, Cynthis. Sold Red Bank, New Jersey: 2020. Marlowe is a genealogist who has studied the mulatto Dove family, initially enslaved by the Birckheads of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She provides a fascinating presentation of the interactions between the enslaved and enslavers. Her book appears to be accurate in any documentable details of the Doves and Birckheads, but of course is fiction with respect to dialogue and filling in the gaps not produced by the historical record. The book itself is not sourced, however there are sources which confirm some of the details. Affected profile biographies have been updated to include sourced documentation; under Research Notes a reference has been placed to the Marlowe's book itself. These include descendants of [[Burkhead-123|Abraham Birckhead, Sr.] and [[Unknown-624742|Mary Dove], also known as Malaga Moll. Because Marlowe's book itself contains no documentation, it can serve as a research guide, but not as an actual source.

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Jack, I just read that there's a replacement for Skordas: The New Early Settlers of Maryland:


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