Eastern Shore Genealogy & History
On this page you will find links to high quality, online resources and specialized search engines, which I have found helpful when doing local and family history research on the Eastern Shore. The resources are divided into major topics, such as books, maps, photographs, and newspapers. The page is focused on high quality on -demand digital content.
Digital Libraries for E-Books
Digital Public LIbrary of America
Hathi Trust (many Harford County titles on this site, a partnership of academic & research institutions.)
Eastern Shore Titles Online
Geographical Description of the Staes of Maryland and Delaware; Joseph Scott, 1807
History of Caroline County, Maryland, Edward M. Noble, 1920
History of Dorchester County, Maryland, Elias Jones, 1902
History of Talbot County, Maryland 1661 - 1861, Samuel Alexander Harrison, 1915
Thomson's Mercantile and Professional Directory for the State of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, . . . 1851-52
Online Free Digital Papers
Centreville Observer, 1870s - 1910s, from the MD. State Archives
Chestertown Transcript, 1862 - 1946, from the MD State Archives
Denton Journal, 1870s - 1910s
Easton Star -- 1840s - 1890s
Enterprise (Chestertown) 1910s -1930s
Historic Eastern Shore Newspaper Database - (Berlin Advance, Berlin News, Borderer, Citizen of Maryland, Courier, Delaware Advertiser & Farmers Journal, Eastern Shore Whig & Peoples Advocate, Easton Gazette & Eastern Shore Intelligencer, Hearld, Maryland Gazette, Marylander & Herlad, Republican STar, Salisbury Advertiser, Snow Hill Messenger, Wicomico News, Worcester BAnner, Worcester Sentinel and more)
The Kent News -- 1840s - 1940s, from the Maryland State Archives
The Kent County News -- 1965, from the Maryland State Archives
The Queen Anne's Record-Observer -- 1930s, from the State Archives
Queen Anne's County Newspapers - From the County LIbrary -- 1980 - 2014 - Free access; searchable.
The Queenstown News -- 1880s - 1950s, from the State Achives
Somerset County Digital Newspaper Project -- (The Crisfield Post, The Crisfield Times, Maryland & Herald, Somerset Herald, The Village Herald) - The comprehensive collection of newspapers dates back to 1827.
Virginia Online Newspapers - Includes the Peninsula Enterprise from Accomac, Northumberland County, VA.
General High Quality Map Search Engines
Coast Survey - Historical Map & Chart Collection
Library of Congress - Map Division
Old Maps Online (excellent map search engine for any needs interfacing with major map repositories.)
USGS Topographic Map Explorer (many high qualtiy USGS maps for Harford county spanning over 100 years.
Martenet's Map of Kent County, 1860
Talbot County, 1858
Talbot County, 1875
Atlas of Wicomico, Somerset & Worcester counties, 1877
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Eastern Shore of MD
East New Market, 1922
Birds Eye View - Chestertown. 1907
Libray of Congress, Print & Photographs - The Library has a large collection of online images from the Shore. Enter search term.
Maryland Postcards from the Boston Public Library on the Flickr Commons
Somerset Library Postcard Collection
Old House/Property Research
Inventory of Historic Properties in Maryland - Helpful site contains recordations for Maryland sites
Records Online -- Digital images of land records available in MD courthouses. This free site requires registration and you will see instructions when you visit the webpage. Tutorial on searching the Maryland Land Records site