A Supplement to The Early Settlers of Maryland was
compiled by Carson Gibb, Ph.D. Identified as Index 117. This
index comprises 8,680 entries correcting omissions and errors in
Gust Skordas, The Early Settlers of Maryland and was
published by the Archives in 1997.
During the first years of his Province of Maryland, 1633-1681,
Lord Baltimore rewarded people who transported themselves or
others with rights to land, usually called headrights. For most
of the period, the reward was a right to 50 acres of land per
person transported. To enter and exercise his rights a person had
to give the names of those, including himself, whom he had
transported. Therefore, the records of these transactions list
the names of the settlers.
A Supplement continues an effort begun early in the
nineteenth century to make a complete list of the men and women
who founded Maryland. The Early Settlers of Maryland, the
last major effort, initiated by the late Dr. Morris L. Radoff,
State Archivist, and directed by Gust Skordas, Assistant
Archivist, was published in 1968. It gave to all researchers an
index previously available only to those who visited or wrote to
the Maryland Hall of Records, and it stimulated an interest in
the Colonial records of Maryland that coincided with a resurgence
of genealogical research throughout the United States.