Friday, May 10, 2013

An Exciting Joint Venture! and the Maryland Archives have begun a joint venture to digitize Will and Probate Records held at the Maryland Archives. This important project will ensure the preservation of these vital records and make them more readily accessible to the public. 

Records from Baltimore County, Carroll County and Caroline County will will be prepared by local volunteers and digitally imaged by These documents date from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with this work. Work begins in early June.

  Assistance is needed Monday through Friday, between 8:30 & 4:30
  Work a 4 hour shift on a day of your choice; flexible schedules available
  All work is done on location at the Maryland Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis 21491·
        Requirements include:
    o   Attention to detail
    o   Ability to work closely and collaborate with other volunteers
    o   Willingness to participate in document preparation training
    o   Desire to assist in preservation efforts

             Responsibilities include:  
    o   Examining documents for conservation issues
    o   Removing documents from probate packet envelopes
    o   Unfolding and flattening documents for imaging
    o   Ensuring that documents are in camera-ready order


    Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Petranek
          Contact:; 301-572-4105

    If you are interested in being a volunteer in this exciting and meaningful project, please send an email to Carol Petranek at:, with the following information:
    1. Your Name, Address, Phone Number
    2. Day of the week and timeframe that you are available (i.e., Mondays, 9:00-1:00)
    3. How did you learn about this project?
    We look forward to your assistance with this project! 



    1. Carol,

      This is so exciting!

      Can you explain how these probate records compare to other Maryland probate records. Specifically, "Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940" lists "Caroline (1838-1940)" as already included.

      1. Hello Michael! I don't have the answer to your question right now. However, I will be meeting with the archivists overseeing this project next week, and I will ask this question and write back. Thanks for writing - it's good to hear from you!