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Researchers interested in general information about Somerset County and the county court system may consult a number of essays in the Archives of Maryland to supplement the introductory material provided for each volume of the Somerset County Judicial Record. For a brief history of Somerset County, see the introduction to Volume 54. For a discussion of the county court in early Maryland, see Early Maryland Courts in Volume 53. For a more detailed explanation of Maryland's county court system at the end of the seventeenth century, see the introduction to Volume 202.

Printed sources that review various aspects of the court system in Maryland during the colonial period include the following:

Carr, Lois Green. County Government in Maryland, 1689-1709. 2 Vols. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1987.

________. "The Development of the Maryland Orphans' Court, 1654-1715." In Law, Society, and Politics in Early Maryland, ed. Aubrey C. Land, Lois Green Carr, and Edward C. Papenfuse, 41-62. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977.

Ellefson, C. Ashley. "The County Courts and Provincial Court of Maryland, 1733-1763." Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, 1963.

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