Online Resources for Research
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This section of my website provides links to digital repositories which have richly organized information and provide access to collections of quality resources for family and local history research.  Divided into major regions on the Delmarva Peninsula, select the appropriate section to find some of the e-materials I find helpful. On each page you will find topical headings to guide your review of the resources.


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General Search Engines

Hathi Trust Digital Library -- A partnership of academic & research institutions offeirng a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.


Digital Public LIbrary of America  -- The DPLA is a discovery tool or union catalog for public domain content held by the nation's archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions


Elephind -- The goal of Elephind is to make it possible to search all the world's online historic newspapers from one place.


Google Books  -  A service from Google, which searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned


Internet Archive -- A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, music and archives web pages.

Newspapers - Digitized

Chronicling America:  Historic American Newspapers - DE Papers - Library of Congress

Chronicling America:  Historic American Newspapers - MD Papers 


Delaware County PA Newspapers A service of the Delaware County LIbrary, you must register with to use the site, but registraiton to access those county papers is free.


Digital Online Newspapers from the Maryland Archives

High Quality Genealogy Sites

Family Search  -- This vast online repository is a most valuable resource.  It actively gathers, preserves and shares genealogical records worldwide and patrons my freely access resources and services online.


Maryland Death Records Online (1898 - 1944)


Maryland Marriage Records



High Quality Online Maps

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the U.S.


Aerial Maps of the U.S. 


Coast, Survey's Historical Map & Chart Colletion - 


Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Library - A range of helpful Maryland county taps, including aerial, topographic, and more.


Library of Congress - Maps


Maryland Map, J. H. Coton, 1855, -- From the Maryland State Archives, this is a high quality expandable product


National Map:  Historical Topographic Maps


Old Maps Online – An easy to use portal to online maps from some of the world’s best research libraries.  These repositories have excellent maps of Maryland, Delaware, and other neraby points.



High Quality Online Book Collections
Old House & Property Research

Digital Publc LIbrary of America


Family Search Books -- Over 200,000 genealoy oriented books from some of the nation's major libraries.


Google Books


Hathi Trust's Digital Library- 


Internet Archive  -  A nonprofit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Album for the Library Company of Philadelphia

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Photos from the B & O Museum

Digital Maryland -- A collaborative, statewide digization program headquatered at the Enoch Pratt Free LIbrary/State Resource Center.  It focuses on digitizing historical and cultural documents, images, audio and video.

Maryland Bridges in Black and White -- A State Highway curated collection of Maryland bridge photos, from around the State (1920s to 1940s)

Maryland Historical Society Magazine -- full text, searchable -- 1906 - 2010

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, free online searchable volumes 1907-2009 vai Penn State University

DE- Kent County Online Map

DE -- New Castle County GIS Map Viewer -- You may look up a variety of map layers including aerial photos and property transactions

DE - Sussex County Online Map

MD Property Assessments Online - This is a state of Maryland Site containing online property assessment data, a good place to start.


MD Inventory of Historic Properties -- Contains the recordations for sites on the Maryland register.


MD Land Records Online - Digital images of MD land records.  This free site requires registration


MD Land Records Tutorial -- This is a simple tutorial on how to search, find and dowload records, courtesy of Emory's Eastern Shore. 

References Books for Research


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— Genealogical Society President

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