Research Links

This page contains link readers should find helpful when doing historical and genealogical research.


HathiTrust Digital Library –  A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Digital Public Library of America

Google Books

Internet Archive — The Internet Archive, a non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.


Cyndi’s List—A master list of thousands of helpful research links

Family Search – This vast online repository is a most valuable resource for genealogical researcher. It actively gathers, preserves and shares genealogical records worldwide and patrons my freely access resources and services online. While there are many exciting databases there, one that is particularly helpful for us local involves probate records. FamilySearch is currently digitizing the records of the Maryland Register of Wills and that work is going in a number of counties. Right now, you may surf over and access digitized copies of probate records into the early decades of the 1800s. There are lots of other resources, including census and death records, worth checking out so be sure to visit this valuable online resource.

Library of Congress, American Memory– A portion of the vast resources of the Library of Congress has been digitized and there’ll you find photos, maps, ephemera, advertising, and so much more. One we often use involves the Great Depression Era photographs of old strucutres, as they were documented for the Historic American Building Survey. You’ll find plenty to keep you busy there so check it out.


Delaware Aerials Maps – From the 1930s forward this site contains aerial maps of the state, and much more.

Delaware Digital Collections at the University of Delaware -  A diversified collection of resources, including photographs, postcards, oral histories, civil war era diaries and letters, newspapers, and much more.

Delaware Heritage Collection — Photos, audio/video and other important items documenting Delaware’s history and culture can now be explored online! Through the Delaware Heritage Collection, items previously available only in local libraries, archives, museums, historic sites and other cultural institutions are being digitized and made available to anyone who has access to a computer.

Rea & Price Map of New Castle County – 1849 — This resource include a zoomable high resolution of this cartographic product.  There are other resources on this page, which is provided by the county’s department of history and archaeology.

The Sunday Morning Star (digitized Wilmington newspaper via Google), 1881 – 1950

The War of 1812 in Delaware – Digital resources


Carroll County MD Newspapers from the Carroll County Library System

Death Records, Maryland —Online death record index. Actual copies of certificates are ordered for a fee. But we can use these index cards to get a death date, in order to find obituaries.

The Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program – This site is a collaborative, statewide digitization program headquartered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Resource Center in Baltimore. Its goal is to partner with Maryland libraries, archives, historical societies and museums to digitize and provide free online access to materials relating to Maryland. Since the program began in 2002, the collection has grown to over 5,000 items, such as maps, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, books and other media.

Maryland Newspapers from the State Archives – The Early State Records Online repository at the state archives website has started creating digital images from the Maryland Newspaper Project microfilm. If you visit the site, you’ll see listings from Baltimore, Cambridge, Elkton, Centreville, Easton, Chestertown, and elsewhere. Right now the Cecil Whig is available from 1870 to 1874 but it is not a searchable database. Users scan through it, reading the pages just as one does when using microfilm. Still it’s nice to have it available at your fingertips and more will be added as time goes on. Also on this site are many other state records, such as the minutes of the legislature, the Maryland Laws, and lots more.

Nabb Center – Online newspapers from the Eastern Shore

Newspapers from the Lower Eastern Shore & Delaware From the Nabb Center at Salisbury University.

Somerset County Newspapers from the Somerset County Library

Maryland – Old House Research

Property Assessment Data online—This is a state of Maryland site containing online property assessment data.

Inventory of Historic Properties in MD— contains the recordations for about 2,000 sites surveyed in Cecil County.

Land Records Online—Digital images of land records available in MD courthouses.

National Register of Historic Properties—A descriptive listing of national register properties.


Cecil County Map— This is the Martenet’s Map of 1858. It is interactive. Click on an area for a detailed map. This is an excellent product..

Cecil County Map — This is a free access site for the 1877 Atlas of Cecil County. Provided by Library of Congress.

Delaware maps at the State Archives

Delaware Rea & Price Map of New Castle County – 1849 — This resource include a zoomable high resolution of this cartographic product.  There are other resources on this page, which is provided by the county’s department of history and archaeology.

Historic Topo Maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey

Library of Congress – 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.

The National Map – Historic Topograhic Collection from the USGS –   or more tha 125 years, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps have accurately portrayed the complex geography of the Nation. The USGS is the largest producer of printed topographic maps, and, prior to 2009, USGS topographic maps were created using traditional cartographic methods and printed using the lithographic printing process.

Newspapers – Historic – Online

Chronicle America: History American Newspapers—open source database from Library of Congress

Elephind, a specialized search engine focusing on old newspapers.

Maryland State Document – This Maryland Archives site contains the online searchable laws for Maryland going back to the colonial era, as well as other papers of the governors and the state.

Nabb Center – Online newspapers from the Eastern Shore

Newspaper Archive—An Extensive database of online newspapers. This is a paid subscription database.

Somerset County Maryland Newspapers from the Somerset County Library

The Sunday Morning Star (digitized Wilmington newspaper via Google), 1881 – 1950

Online Photographs

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Collection for northeastern Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania — From the Library Company of Philadelphia


Weather Online—To determine the weather on a given day in Cecil County (or elsewhere) use this database.

Fee Based Subscription Databases



GenealogyBank — Historical newspapers, books, and documents (available from Society computer only)

Heritage Quest— This site is provided by the Cecil County Public Library. To use it you need a library card.

Newspaper Archive

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