Where to Research in Carroll County, Maryland – Carroll County Public Library

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

This is the fifth post in my series of postings on doing research in my home county of Carroll in Maryland. For the background and history of Carroll County, Maryland, please see my initial post titled “Where to Research in Carroll County, Maryland – The Carroll County Genealogical Society”.

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Carroll County Public Library
50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
410- 386-4490

The Westminster Branch of the library’s hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 8:45 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Carroll County Public Library (CCPL) offers many online resources that will be of interest to family researchers. All Carroll County Public Library branches provide the library edition of Ancestry.com on-site.  Online services may vary in the various county and state library systems in Maryland. This post addresses only those offered within the Carroll County Public Library system.

From home using your library card, the researcher has access to:

  • HeritageQuest, a resource that allows searching U.S. census records, selected Revolutionary War records, family and local histories; Freedman’s Bank, and articles using PERSI, a periodical index
  • Biography in Context, a fully searchable database of biographical information on more than 1 million people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas
  • History Reference Center, which features more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers
  • Code of Maryland, this resource provides browsing and keyword searchable access to the Code of Maryland
  • Carroll County Times Archive, the full-text search of the for the years 1933 – 2012; and the
  • Directory of Community Services, an excellent resource for obtaining up to date information on local churches and other civic, social and service organizations.

The Westminster Branch of the library houses a small collection of local histories that do not circulate and a small collection of genealogy books that may be borrowed. In addition, do not forget that the Westminster Branch of the library is the home of the Carroll County Genealogical Society’s genealogy collection.

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