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We are pleased to announce the launch of our Indigenous Records website Mayis


We are pleased to announce the launch of a crowdsourcing effort to digitize collections.The goal is to increase online access to the Maryland State Archives records. Volunteers have made major contributions to other crowdsourcing efforts such as transcriptions and we are hoping to build on that successful initiative.

Joining the public’s interest with our digitization capabilities, MSA is looking to further populate our online catalog. How can you contribute? Volunteers will be required to take a records handling class given by our Conservation department and take digitization training on basic capture methods. Both of these trainings will give volunteers the skills they need to contribute to Archival digitization. Once completed volunteers can sign up to work on collections that are selected from our 2021-2023 Digitization Properties list. This list spans collections like Birth records from 1884 to Marriage records from 1914 to name a few.

If you have any questions please contact James Watson ( or Corey Lewis ( We look forward to the continued partnership and support of our patrons. Thank you in advance.


 Two New Books - Available for Purchase Online

Our Guide to Slavery in Maryland has recently been updated.
View Online or Order a Print Copy (fee)

Training Videos

Our YouTube channel has brand new videos to assist you in vital records and land records research. You'll also find videos from our lunch and learn lectures, as well as a records management overview video.

Our most recent videos include Montgomery County Indexes, and a new virtual tour Harriet Tubman & Frederick Douglass: The Old House of Delegates Chamber, Maryland State House .


Lunch and Learn RETURNS! View Event Information

Online Resources

Our Beginners Guide and our Divorce Finding Aid have recently been updated.

Visit our new Expungements FAQ page

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