births and deaths prior to 1875, research in church records is necessary. There
are several wonderful resources that can guide your search for relevant church records.
Two books by author Edna A. Kanely have been assisting researchers for years in locating
church records. A Directory of Maryland
Church Records, sponsored by the Genealogical Council of Maryland and
published in 1987, provides a “comprehensive summary of the location and
availability of Maryland
This book covers about 2,600 Maryland
Ms. Kanely’s other book, entitled Directory of Ministers and Maryland Churches They Served, 1634-1990, can help you determine the associated church of a particular minister. As an example, a newspaper marriage announcement or a civil marriage record may provide the name of the minister that married your ancestral couple. By consulting Kanely’s Directory, you can determine what church or churches the minister may have served and the associated time period(s). With that information, you can determine the availability of the records in A Directory of Maryland Church Records.
 Edna A. Kanely, Directory of
Records ( Maryland Church Silver
Spring, Md.: Family Line
Publications, 1987), v.
 The City of
Baltimore has civil marriage records
starting in 1851 when Baltimore
became an independent city. Prior to 1851, the marriage records would be found
in . Baltimore County
Debra A. Hoffman, "Resources for Finding Church Records in the City of Baltimore," Ancestral Leaves, posted 24 May 2014 (http://ancestralleaves.blogspot.com : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]