Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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About Wills from Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester & Wicomico Counties of Maryland (1783-1919)

Probate & Other Court Records • 4,180 Records • Uploaded March 8, 2022

This source, depending on the county, contains abstracts of wills probated between 1783-1919, and consists of entries in which "Negroes" are mentioned as legacies, heirs or as the deceased individual (if so identified). They are extracted mainly from the book series of will abstracts compiled by Leslie and Neil Keddie. Scans of the majority of the original wills can be found at: https://www.familysearch.org/

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Fields Included

The list below shows the data fields included in this source. If a field is marked as Indexed, it is searchable.

  • County Indexed
  • Folio Number
  • Probate Date Indexed
  • Name of Deceased Indexed
  • Heirs Indexed
  • Black Individuals Mentioned in Will Indexed
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