Maryland Indexes
Maryland Marriage References
by Robert Barnes
MSA S 1527



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Researchers looking for marriage records in early Maryland can rely on church records (or Quaker meetings), a few lists of special licenses, such as Leeds' List, and beginning in 1777, the marriage licenses issued by the clerks of the various county courts.

Unfortunately, some church records have not survived. The records of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church and Sater's Baptist Church in Baltimore County, St. Paul's Parish in Prince George's County, and St. Mary's White Chapel Parish in Dorchester County, are but a few of the parishes whose records have not survived.

Fortunately, clues to marriages can be found in land, court, and probate records. Researchers at the Archives have long been familiar with Hodge's Marriage References, and more recently, "Index 99," which contains other marriage references.

 A word of caution!: Some of these references were abstracted from Hodges' Marriage References at the Maryland State Archives. Margaret Roberts Hodges did not always identify her  sources by the designation as they are catalogued today, and terms such as "Liber 6," "P.C.," and "Judgments" must be used with care. These questionable sources are indicated by the phrase "Hodges cites ... ."

Beginning in July 1998, marriages found in diaries, Bible records, and the private marriage registers of ministers will be added. Examples of marriages from diaries include the diary of William Faris, Annapolis watchmaker, published in the Maryland Historical Magazine. Marriages from the marriage register of Rev. David Love, of All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, found in England by Peter Wilson Coldham, and published in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin (Fall 1997), 38 (4) 483-488, in a different format are also being added.

Now these marriage references are being placed on a web site so that they will be more accessible. Three things should be noted:

From time to time various sections will be updated with additions and corrections. The date of the last update will be given at the beginning of each section.

Additions, corrections, comments, and questions may be sent to the compiler at:

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Abbreviations used in compiling this record:

County References The first two letters of  a four letter code are usually for the county: AA -Anne Arundel; SO-Somerset Count., etc.
Source References The third and fourth letters of a code stand for the type of record: LR - Land Record; WB-Will Book, etc..
AALR Anne Arundel Co. Land Records MDAD Maryland Administration Accounts
ARMD Archives of Maryland Online MDTP Maryland Testamentary Proceedings
BAAD Baltimore Co. Administration Accounts MHS Maryland Historical Society
BACP Baltimore Co. Court Proceedings MINV Prerogative Court Inventories 
BALR Baltimore Co. Land Records MPL Land Office Patent Record
BAWB Baltimore Co. Will Book MWB Prerogative Court Will Book
BFD Balances of Final Distributions N or (N) Name unknown
CHAD Charles Co. Administration Accounts PC Prince George's Co. Will Book PC, or Provincial Court 
CHPR Charles Co. Probate Records (Inventories) PC#1 St. Mary's Co. Will Book PC#1 
CHWB Charles Co. Will Book PGAD Prince George's Co. Administration Accounts 
DOLR Dorchester Co. Land Records PCLR Provincial Court Land Records 
FRAD Frederick Co. Administration Accounts PGLR Prince George's Co. Land Records 
FRLR Frederick Co. Land Records PGWB Prince George's Co. Will Book
FRWB Frederick Co. Will Book
HH or HH#1 St. Mary's Co. Will Book HH#1 Pro Court Provincial Court
INAC Inventories and Accounts  QALR Queen Anne's Co. Land Records
JJ#1 St. Mary's Co. Will Book JJ#1 SMRR St. Mary's Co. Rent Roll 
JJ#2 St. Mary's Co. Will Book JJ#2 SMWB St. Mary's Co. Will Book
JJ#3 St. Mary's Co. Will Book JJ#3 SORR Somerset County Rent Roll
MCHP Maryland Chancery Papers T#1 Prince George's Co. Will Book T#1
MCHR Maryland Chancery Record TA#1 St. Mary's Co. Will Book TA#1
MCW Maryland Calendar of Wills TT#1 Prince George's Co. Will Book TT#1
MDAA See MDAD TALR Talbot County Land Records
    WAML Washington Co. Marriage Licenses 

NB: Some of the abbreviations in these marriage references are obscure, but will be defined more exactly as the project continues. These include:
Annapolis Record EE
Bonds 105
Liber 1, Part F
PG Liber 31

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