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Calling all genealogy and local history lovers!  Did you know there is a website you can use to search land records for Maryland properties?  It’s MDLandRec.net, and is provided in partnership with the Maryland Judiciary, the Court Clerks of Maryland, and the Maryland State Archives.  They work together to provide up to date access to all verified land records in Maryland.  You can use this tool to search for deed records to see how specific properties have changed hands over time, as well as locating the dates of each transfer and the names of the parties involved.

To get started, simply select a property you’d like to research (you will need to know the county and street address of the property), and visit the MD Department of Assessments and Taxation website to search the Real Property Database to find the record for your property.  Once you locate the correct record, you should make note of the Deed Reference, the block number, and any other deed references listed under “Transfer Information.”  

Once you have that information written down, you can then visit MDLandRec.net, and begin searching!  You will need to create an account in order to use this website, but don’t worry, it’s free!  By using the Deed Reference information recorded earlier, you can begin tracking down additional deeds related to the property, which will allow you to keep going further back in time.  

For step by step directions on how to do this, please check out this awesome video tutorial created by Julie, a librarian in the Maryland Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library/Maryland’s State Library Resource Center!   

We hope you find MDLandRec.net a helpful tool in your research!