Maryland State Archives
On-Line Workshop: Beginning Genealogy


Welcome to the Maryland State Archives On-Line Workshop: Beginning Genealogy. The On-Line Workshop is an on-going project designed to introduce research methods and resources, presented during the Archives' in-house workshops, to family history researchers through the internet. This On-Line Workshop presents image and video files from the Beginning Genealogy Workshop offered on February 28, 1998.

The workshop leaders were Robert W. Barnes and Patricia D. Anderson. Mr. Barnes has been conducting genealogical research in Maryland for over 30 years and is the compiler of several standard source books on Maryland genealogy. His publications include the three-volume Maryland Marriages 1634-1820, Baltimore County Families 1659-1759, and Guide to Research in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Ms. Anderson has taught genealogy courses for the Baltimore County Adult Education Program and has written extensively on genealogy in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin.

This On-Line Workshop is presented in five segments: Research Begins at Home; Research Facilities in the Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington Area; Making Sense of the Census; Using Computers to Find On-Line Sources; Finding a Vital Record. These segments cover the use of oral history, vital records (e.g. birth, death, marriage, and adoption records), church records, census records, and electronic access to guides and records to conduct family history research. Please read the instructions given below and then proceed to the Workshop.

Before you play the videos

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On-Line Workshop Segments
Research Begins at Home Research Facilities in
the Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington Area
Making Sense of the Census Using Computers to Find On-Line Sources Finding a Vital Record

Complete Catalogue of All Transparencies Available for this Workshop

Many transparencies are presented in the video clips as examples of those you might need or encounter during your research. These images have been recreated at high quality to enable you to print them out at home before playing the video clips. They are labeled according to their archival series. It is not advisable to attempt viewing the large transparency images simultaneously with the videos as the required memory may stall your machine.

[printer]There are two ways to print out the transparencies. To print a transparency from within a Workshop segment, just click on the item from the list. When you see the image, go to File>Print and click "OK". To print a transparency from the complete catalogue below you need to choose the format you which to print, either JPEG or TIF. JPEGs are slightly less detailed, but require less time to download. TIFs, on the other hand, retain every detail and are larger files. Consequenty, their download time is much longer.

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