Historians define Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary sources differently depending on the context surrounding their usage, their mode of creation, and their disciplinary focus. As a rule of thumb, definitions relate to how close the source is to the original event.
Some guidelines to follow when identifying sources:
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The Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Library of Congress offer free workshops for genealogy research. Visit their sites for more information or click on the individual events listed below to sign up. Share your findings with other researchers, your professor, and your librarian.
ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials; bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.
Use state land records to discover:
Each state has different methods for providing this type of information. To search land records outside of Maryland, search for
"state land records", or
"official land records for _____County".
Choose sites that are linked directly to a government institution or website (.gov), or search the state government homepage for contact information for the Clerk's office or records office.
The Special Collections and Archives at the University of Baltimore contain collections related to Baltimore personalities, organizations, and land use.