Research Services

The library staff (including trained volunteers) can be hired to undertake limited research for patrons who are unable to visit the library. All research requests must be discussed with library staff prior to sending payment to ensure feasibility. Please note due to our small staff size, we cannot accommodate extensive genealogical searches. The Maryland Genealogical Society can be hired for such services.

FEES

Fees are payable in advance. We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or money orders. The charge for research is $40/hour for members of MdHS and $50/hour for non-members. The minimum time is one hour. If the staff is unable to finish the research in the time allotted, you will be informed of where the research stands and asked if you wish to pay for more research. Please also be aware that research is not always successful. Despite diligent efforts by the staff, the information you seek simply may not be available. No refunds will be made.

MAKING REQUESTS

Send requests with payment to:

Research Services/Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 West Monument Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

GENERAL COLLECTION RESEARCH

Please include the following information:

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

For a genealogical research request, please specify:

1) What information you desire (be as specific as possible)

2) What you already know about the person or people to help with identification

3) What sources you have already used

BUILDING RESEARCH

For a building research request, please specify:

1) What information you desire (be as specific as possible)

2) As much as you can about the building (address, city, date of construction, etc.)

3) What sources you have already used

LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH

For a local history research request, please specify:

1) What information you desire (be as specific as possible)

2) What you already know about the topic (time period, geographic location, names of people, etc.)

3) What sources you have already used

4) What specific sources you wish to have searched

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH:

The Special Collections staff will undertake research requests into Special Collections material, including manuscript and photograph collections, on a case-by-case basis. Our small staff cannot accommodate extensive searches. To inquire about paid Special Collections research, please contact the staff via email at specialcollections@mdhs.org or by phone at 410-685-3750, ext. 359.

For an in-depth tutorial on searching the library collections, please click here

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