Genealogy? History? We’ve got you covered.

Here are links to excellent resources we use regularly to research local history in Hagerstown, Washington County, and the rest of Western Maryland. This page will be expanded frequently so check back often!


Library of Congress

The Library of Congress contains a searchable catalog of photographs, books, newspapers, and more.

Visit Library of Congress

Western Md Room

The Room contains approximately 10,000 books and over 400 cubic feet of archival material including maps, newspapers, photographs, ledgers, manuscripts, ephemera, and a limited number of artifacts.

Visit Western Maryland Room

MHT Library

The Maryland Historical Trust Library is the State’s principal repository for information about Maryland’s architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Visit MHT Library Catalog


Medusa is the Maryland Historical Trust’s online database of architectural and archaeological sites and standing structures.



The Western Maryland Historical Library contains resources and images for Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties.


MD Artifacts

Maryland Diagnostic Artifacts can be used in assisting identify an unknown historic find.

Visit MD Diagnostic Artifacts


Antebellum Maryland

The Maryland State Archives has a searchable map available from the mid 1800’s identifying property owners and most roads from the era.

Visit Maryland State Archives

Antietam Bridges

A historical book which provides an overview of the Antietam Creek, as well as its bridges and mills.

Read eBook (Free)

Topo LiDAR Maps

The MD iMAP Topography Viewer allows users to view and interact with elevation services hosted on the MD iMAP LiDAR Server.

Visit MD iMAP

MDOT Maps Gallery

Current maps of Maryland – state and county maps available.

Visit Map Gallery


WashCo News Index

Washington County Free Library offers an index of all Hagerstown newspapers from 1845 – 1865

Visit Historic Newspaper Index

Library of Congress

Digitized historic newspapers from across the country

Visit Chronicling America