Local History

Local History Resources Available at the St. Mary’s County Libraries

  • St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society Collection in the Living Room at Leonardtown Library
    • Local family histories, county and Maryland history, Census, cemetery records, marriage licenses, and county and Maryland death records.
    • These reference materials cannot be checked out, but can be used within the library. They are kept in locked cabinets. The key can be signed out at the checkout desk.
  • St. Mary’s County Newspaper Archive external link
  • County newspapers on microfilm at the Lexington Park Library
  • Maryland collection at all three libraries
    • Includes various print resources, including Maryland and St. Mary’s County history books and genealogical resources.


Local History Resources Available Elsewhere

  • Southern Maryland Studies Center at CSM external link
    • Located in LaPlata, the SMSC is a central location for research on this historically important region. Students, historians, genealogists, and community members use SMSC’s resources to study the culture and development of Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s, and southern areas of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties.
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland Archives external link
    • The SMCM archives provide for the acquisition, organization, description, preservation, and availability of unique materials documenting the history of the school as well as the history of Southern Maryland, particularly St. Mary’s County.
  • St. Mary’s County Historical Societyexternal link
    • Located at Tudor Hall in Leonardtown.
    • The Research Center is open Thurs-Fri, 11am-4pm, and the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, 10am-4pm. Closed from mid-December through January.
    • Reach the Business Office by phone at 301-475-2467.
    • Family Files Index PDF File– An alphabetical list of all the family files in the SMCHS Research Center