Guide to Other Sources for Genealogy Research in the Greater Baltimore Area

BALTIMORE HEBREW CONGREGATION

7401 Park Heights Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21208-5490

410-764-1587

Congregational records are at the synagogue and include minute books, membership lists, pew holders, lists of marriages from 1850 to 1985 (indexed in chronological order), cemetery information, and an archive of historical material. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation was the first Jewish congregation organized in Maryland.

BALTIMORE HEBREW INSTITUTE JUDAIC COLLECTION

Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University

Towson, Maryland 21252

410-704-2461

http:///cooklibrary.towson.edu/collections.cfm

The Towson University library now contains the extensive Jewish Studies collection of the former Baltimore Hebrew University. This includes reference works, books, and periodicals of interest to the Jewish genealogist; histories of Baltimore Jewry and synagogues; and an extensive collection of Yizkor (memorial) books. The Baltimore Jewish Community Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies can be found in  the Archives and Special Collections department.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY

1415 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230

410/727-4808

www.thebmi.org

The Museum’s Research Center has archival collections of Baltimore businesses, many of which were owned by members of the Jewish community.

ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY – CENTRAL BRANCH

400 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

410/396-5430 reference

www.pratt.lib.md.us

410/396-5500 taped message

Maryland Room 410/396-5468

The Library’s Maryland Room contains Baltimore City directories and telephone books, histories of Baltimore Jewry, and an extensive clipping file related to Baltimore persons, events, and institutions. Microfilm is on the main level and contains the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Jewish Times, Jewish Comment (partial), and the U.S. manuscript census for Maryland. Genealogical services are described on the EPFL website.

MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

201 W. Monument Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

410/685-3750

www.mdhs.org

The library of the Maryland Historical Society contains books, photographs, newspapers, and other materials relating to Maryland and its people. Local history and genealogy are strengths, especially for 18th and 19th century Maryland. The collection includes genealogical journals and the Dielman-Hayward File (biographical information clipped from newspapers starting in 1800). Manuscript collections include the papers of some prominent Jewish families, including the early Etting and Cohen families. Research hours are limited; check website for updated hours and services.

MARYLAND STATE ARCHIVES

350 Rowe Boulevard

Annapolis, MD 21401

410/260-6400

www.mdarchives.state.md.us

800/235-4045 MD toll free

The Maryland State Archives is the historical agency and permanent records repository for the State of Maryland.  Among its collections are probate, land, court, citizenship (naturalization) and vital records.  These include birth, death and marriage records.  Some requests filled via e-mail or regular mail, for varying fees.  NOTE:  death indexes are now available on-line at http:///mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm.

UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE / ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

1420 Maryland Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21201

410/837-4268

www.ubalt.edu/archives

The collections document Baltimore’s cultural, educational and political groups; urban planning in the metro area; neighborhood issues. Oral history interviews from the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project are available, including interviews with Jewish residents. There are local history research papers by students and unpublished papers by historians. Research hours by appointment; contact Archives and Special Collections division.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE COUNTY / KUHN LIBRARY

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD 21250

410-455-2232

www.umbc.edu/aok/main/

The collections document Baltimore’s cultural, educational and political groups; urban planning in the metro area; neighborhood issues. Oral history interviews from the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project are available, including interviews with Jewish residents. There are local history research papers by students and unpublished papers by historians. Research hours by appointment; contact Archives and Special Collections division.