Maryland can be described as a land of contradictions. It was founded in part to be a safe haven for Catholics from England who wanted to settle in North America, yet Catholics were never the majority. Its famed “Act Concerning Religion” (also known as the Maryland Toleration Act) provided religious protections for Christians, but not for Jews and other non-Christians. It was a slaveholding state, but did not secede from the Union.
(As a side note, I haven’t verified it, but “Maryland, My Maryland” might be the only state song that contains the word “minions.”)
Our new free guide “Maryland Resources: Family History Sources in the Old Line State” will help you with an overview of Maryland history and numerous sources to use when researching your Maryland ancestors.
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About Amy Johnson Crow
Amy Johnson Crow is a Community Manager for Ancestry.com. She's a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and No Story Too Small.