General Research Sites:
This link lists all of the Maryland Historical Societies. It is invaluable as a
resource for contacts to groups that may have access to hard to find research archives that could include
defunct newspapers, letters about specific events (murders, lynchings, land sales, ets), and the address of
obscure out of the way places that can have paranormal significance. It is the first place I go to when
trying to find information about events that predate modern newspapers. Also, this is a great way to learn
the folk lore and popular tales about areas in the county.
This is the main area of the Library of Congress website. One can do searches to pin down
exact references to actual events, follow newspaper accounts, and try to find popular folk stories that may
pertain to the location of interest. In addition, as we live close to DC an investigator can obtain a library
card to research not only in the Jefferson room but also in the various archives that the Library of Congress
contain. The trip to DC is less than two hours from all sections of Maryland and a trip to the Library of
Congress should be a stop that all area residents accomplish.
County Clerks offices trace deeds and ownership records from their inception. This allows
investigators to confirm folk stories (owner names), confirm information relayed by paranormal means
(automatic writing, psychic readings, etc.) And more accurately target searches in the local newspaper
morgues. This link lists all of the counties and Clerks offices in MD as well as contact information.
The Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP) was scanned by the Maryland State
Archives, working closely with the Maryland Historical Trust, and includes documentation on all standing
structures inventoried through June 2004.