Colonial Maryland Naturalizations


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This collection of naturalization records originally developed from a search for genealogical information concerning German settlers in Western Maryland. Although the first two parts of the work contain references to denizations granted by the Council and naturalizations granted by enactment of private laws, most of which have been extracted from various volumes of the Archives of Maryland, chief interest in the work rests with the naturalizations in Part III, which have not previously been published. Originally designed to encourage German Protestant emigration to colonial Maryland, a pair of 18th-century English statutes were enacted as a means of effecting bona fide naturalization in the Colony. The naturalizations in Part III, compiled from Maryland’s Provincial Court documents in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, were granted in accordance with these statutes. Heretofore, there has been no convenient means of ascertaining the names of all naturalized citizens in colonial Maryland.


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