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  1. Leah J. Colajezzi permalink
    August 16, 2011 1:48 pm

    Hi, I am researching my family history and need info on George W Izer sometimes spelled Eiser. He was born Baltimore 1817-1821—he married Mary Frances Watts (born Va)—their daughter Laura V born 1856 in Baltimore and married Charles W Livingstone there 30 sept. 1874—my grandfather Lee Milton Livingstone was born 3 oct 1877 or 1878. I was looking to be able to come in and make copies of biths, marriages and death records that occured in Baltimore. I have death certificates on Laura, Charles, and Lee who died in NJ. It is the earlier years with the birth of George, his marriage to Mary Frances and their deaths and the birth of Laura, her marriage to Charles and the birth of Lee Milton Livingstone. Thank you for any help you can give, Leah

    • Nancy Bramucci Sheads permalink*
      August 17, 2011 1:30 am

      The records that you are looking for are housed at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis (see for more information). Please be aware that the systematic recordation of birth and death records in Maryland begins in 1875 for Baltimore City and in 1898 for the Maryland counties. For an explanation of birth records, see For death records, see An index to Maryland’s death certificates (post-1875/1898) is available online at For marriage records, see

      For for Baltimore births and deaths prior to 1875, you will need to examine church records. The Maryland State Archives has a significant collection of church records on microfilm and they are cataloged in the Archives’ Guide to Religious Records (see The Maryland Historical Society ( and the Enoch Pratt Free Library ( also have church records on microfilm. If you are unable to locate the records you need at these institutions, then you’ll need to contact the church directly for access.

      If you do not know which church to check, you can do a couple of things — you can check the Baltimore City Directories to find an address for your ancestor and then take a look at city maps to see what churches are in the vicinity of that address. As an alternative, you could check Baltimore City marriages for the marriage of Laura and Charles, note the name of the minister who performed the marriage, and then look for the minister’s name in Edna Kanely’s book Directory of Maryland Ministers (a copy is available at the State Archives). This directory will tell you the church affiliation of the minister so you’ll have an idea of which church to start with.

      Good luck with your research!

  2. Pam permalink
    September 16, 2011 3:29 pm

    Hi, I am researching the Solomon Sentz (1809-1875) family, from Carroll county and the Thomas Ritter (1755-1848) family from Baltimore County. I also, would like to see what could be found on Alice Duvall (1829-1884) who married Henry Thomas Ritter 6 Sep 1849, in Baltimore. I do not have information on Alice Duvall’s parents. I will be in Baltimore in the next few days. I’d appreciate an idea as to where I should begin my research. I do plan to go to both the Baltimore Archives and the State Archives. Thank You, Pam

    • Nancy Bramucci Sheads permalink*
      September 16, 2011 4:57 pm

      Hi Pam! You need to start your search at the Maryland State Archives (MSA) rather than the Baltimore City Archives (BCA).

      Birth, death, marriage, probate and land records are all housed at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. None of these records are available at the Baltimore City Archives.

      Please note the information and sources for vital records provided in the comment above yours. Because of the birth and death dates you indicated, you will also need to look at church records and MSA has a very good collection.

      Land records are available online at You will need to apply for a password to the website, but should receive one within a business day of your application. If you want quicker access, MSA is testing a new version of its land record website at where you’ll be able to pick your own password and have access within minutes.

      Probate records are not available online, but can be viewed at MSA.

      We’ll be happy to try to help you with other record series at the Baltimore City Archives, but based on the research that you indicated in your registration form, your time would be best spent in Annapolis. See for the State Archives’ hours of operation and for directions to the Annapolis facility.

  3. Dakota permalink
    October 19, 2011 5:45 pm


    I’m writing a research paper on the environmental history of Cherry Hill. I’ve found a few resources, but I’d really like to find what development was already in the area prior to its designation as a neighborhood in the 1940s, and what I can find about the city’s decision to create it. I’ve never done this kind of research before, so I really appreciate whatever advice you can give. Thank you so much!

    • Nancy Bramucci Sheads permalink*
      October 24, 2011 10:10 am

      Dakota — please send an email to our reference department at One of our reference archivists will be able to assist you.

  4. Nannette Patterson permalink
    March 1, 2012 7:03 pm

    I am doing a Research paper on the Johns Hopkins Institution and Hospital from the inception to present. I am approaching and reviewing information with reference to demographic, education/training, medical resources, ethnic makeup, social climate, crime, political climate and the religious institutions.

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