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Guide to Catholic Church Records

In order to find the church records of a particular county from this page, please click on the county name. There you will find a listing of all the churches for which we have any information, even if it is no more than the name of the church. There may be some information on the history and/or ethnic makeup of the original parish. If we have any of the church's registers, there will be an "M" followed by a number. This is the microfilm reel number.

If the Maryland State Archives has scanned the microfilm of a church's records and there are no restrictions on access, a pdf of that microfilm will be linked off the microfilm listings in the Special Collections guide and availble for researchers to consult only at the computer terminals in the State Archives building in Annapolis.

Reminder: The Archives does not have records from all of the churches located in Maryland, nor does it have records for all counties. Records for churches not listed below, or as part of the Religious Records Project on the Special Collections webpage, may be found at other repositories.

Please note that the Archdiocese of Baltimore has restricted access to post-1920 Catholic baptisms and we cannot provide access to these records without the permission of the church.  Reels of microfilm that contain post-1920 baptisms in addition to other, non-restricted records cannot be sold by the Archives without permission from the Archdiocese.

Allegany County Anne Arundel County Baltimore City Baltimore County Calvert County Caroline County
Carroll County Cecil County Charles County Dorchester County Frederick County Garrett County
Harford County Howard County Kent County Montgomery County Prince George's County Queen Anne's County
St. Mary's County Somerset County Talbot County Washington County Wicomico County Worcester County

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore City

    To use these records, one must be aware of an individual's residence and nationality. Keep in mind that Baltimore City's boundaries of 1750 are not the same as those that exist today. In 1816 Baltimore expanded out from Jones Town and Old Town to North Avenue. In 1888, it expanded to Cold Spring Avenue. The final, and present, boundaries were put in place in 1918. For Catholics, a parish as known today did not exist prior to 1884. Before that time, one chose their parish simply because it was composed of members of the same nationality. Therefore we will identify the parishes by nationality, wherever possible, as we progress both historically and ecclesiastically through this guide.

1750-1830 1830-1860 1860-1888 1888-1950

1750-1830

1830-1860

1860-1888

1888-1950

Baltimore County

Caroline County

Cecil County

Charles County

Dorchester County

Frederick County

Garrett County

Harford County

Howard County

Kent County

Prince George's County

Queen Anne's County

Talbot County

Wicomico County

Worcester County

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