Organization Publishes Massive Database of Maryland Public Records
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Reclaim the Records ( has released what it is calling "the Maryland Motherlode" -  a "massive trove of data includ[ing] birth, marriage, death, and naturalization records from Maryland."  The collection includes "a large number of records that have never been available online before." 

The Maryland Motherlode is a free resource that is available to anyone who has an internet connection. The records can be accessed on the Reclaim The Records website. The site's search function allows users to easily navigate the vast collection, filtering records by name, date, location, and other criteria.

The Maryland Motherlode includes:

  • Birth records (statewide 1898-1922; with some others earlier and later): These records include the name of the child, the date and place of birth, the names of the parents, and other information.
  • Marriage records (statewide 1951-2013 and some earlier): These records include the names of the bride and groom, the date and place of the wedding, and the names of the witnesses.
  • Death records (statewide 1898-2012; with some additional through 2014): These records include the name of the deceased, the date and place of death, the cause of death, and other information.
  • Naturalization records: These records include the name of the person being naturalized, the date of naturalization, and the country of origin.

The birth records provide vital clues about family lineage, including the names of parents, birth dates, and places of birth. Marriage records offer insights into family connections and relationships, revealing the names of spouses, wedding dates, and wedding locations. Death records too, hold valuable genealogical information, detailing the names of the deceased, their dates of passing, and causes of death.

Attorneys can use the information in these records to potentially help locate missing witnesses, heirs, or clients; to quiet title; or to answer other investigative questions.

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