Mid-Atlantic Research Resources

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium

Living History

Get a feel for your Mid-Atlantic ancestor’s way of life at these historic re-creations, museums and monuments:

• Hagley Museum and Library

298 Buck Road E.

Wilmington, DE 19807

(302) 658-2400


• Lower East Side Tenement Museum

90 Orchard St.

New York, NY 10002

(212) 431-0233


• Historic St. Mary’s City

18559 Hogaboom Lane

St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

(800) 762-1634


• Gettysburg National Military Park

97 Taneytown Road

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-1124




• American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island

<www.ellisisland.org>: Search lists of 22 million passengers, including 17 million immigrants, who passed through the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924.

• Delaware GenWeb Project

<www.rootsweb.com/~degenweb>: Features an online gazetteer and a search engine for the site’s archives.

• Genealogical Information and Repositories

<delgensoc.org/delrep.html>: This guide to research in Delaware libraries and archives gives each repository’s location, driving directions, hours, copy costs and descriptions of its holdings.

• Mid-Atlantic Roots Network

<midatlantic.rootsweb.com>: This volunteer site links to regional and state resources for genealogy, history and culture, plus search tools such as place-name and book-title finders.

• Maryland GenWeb Project

<www.mdgenweb.org>: Find cemetery data, statewide and county resources and useful links.

• New York GenWeb Project

<www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb>: Select a county page, become involved in one of the ongoing projects and find helpful resources.

• Palatines to America

<www.genealogy.org/~palam>: This society is dedicated to German immigration to America; its Web site offers research tools and tips.

• Pennsylvania GenWeb Project

<www.pagenweb.org>: Select a county resource link and explore the queries posted.

• The Quaker Corner

<www.rootsweb.com/~quakers>: Besides a lively mailing list on Quaker research, the Quaker Corner hosts biographies, maps and more.


• Delaware


• Maryland


• New Jersey


• New York


• Pennsylvania



• Clearfield Co.

200 E. Eager St. Baltimore, MD 21202 (800) 599-9561 <www.genealogical.com>

• Genealogical Publishing Co.

1001 N. Calvert St. Baltimore, MD 21202 (800) 599-9561 <www.genealogical.com>

• Heritage Books

1540E Pointer Ridge Place Bowie, MD 20716 (800) 398-7709 <www.heritagebooks.com>

• Willow Bend Books

65 E. Main St.

Westminster, MD 21157

(800) 876-6103




• Delaware Public Archives

Hall of Records

121 Duke of York St.

Dover, DE 19901

(302) 744-5000


• Delaware Genealogical Society

505 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801


• Historical Society of Delaware

505 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801



• Maryland State Archives

Hall of Records Building

350 Rowe Blvd. Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 974-3915


• Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 685-3750


• Maryland Genealogical Society

201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, MD 21201


New Jersey

• New Jersey State Archives

225 W. State St. Box 307

Trenton, NJ 08625


• Genealogical Society of New Jersey

Box 1291

New Brunswick, NJ 08903


• New Jersey State Library

Genealogy and Local History Section

Box 520

Trenton, NJ 08625

(609) 292-6274


• New Jersey State Historical Society Library

52 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102

(730) 596-8500 Ext. 249


• Rutgers University Library

Special Collections and University Archives

Archibald Stevens Alexander Library

169 College Ave.

New Brunswick, N) 08901

(732) 932-7006


New York

• New York State Archives

New York Department of Education

Cultural Education Center, Room 11D40

Albany, NY 12230


• New York State Library

Genealogy Section, Reference Services 7th Floor, Cultural Education Center

Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY 12230


• New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

122 E. 58th St. New York, NY 10022

(212) 755-8532



• Pennsylvania State Archives

Reference Section Third and Forster streets

Box 1026

Harrisburg, PA 17108

(717) 783-3281

<www.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/HistoricalJV1useum/DAM_ genie1.htm>

• Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 732-6200


• Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

215 S. Broad St., 7th floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 545-0391


While New York’s Erie Canal is famous, other states also built canals. Pennsylvania’s Union Canal, for instance, was the first to be surveyed in the United States, in 1762 and 1770; construction began in 1792.


The Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Refections, and Oddments of the Region by Helen Chappell (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Delaware Genealogical Research Guide (Delaware Genealogical Society)

Early New York Families CD-ROM (Genealogy.com CD 157)

Gazetteer of the State of New York by J. H. French (1860), reprinted with an index of names compiled by Frank Place (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Genealogies of New Jersey Families from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, 2 volumes (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine CD-ROM (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Maryland Genealogies: A Consolidation of Articles from the Maryland Historical Magazine, 2 volumes, by Robert Barnes (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

New Netherland Vital Records, 1600s CD-ROM by David M. Riker (Genealogy.com CD 11)

New York State Probate Records: A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records by Gordon L. Remington (NEHGS)

New York State Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources by Gordon L Remington (NEHGS)
From the December 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine