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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