Assistance for Researchers

See the services and FAQ page for details on genealogical and research services provided by the Society, how to purchase a copy of a photo in our holdings, and other service-related information

Oral History Guide — A booklet describing how to conduct an oral history project.

Research Reports —This section contains reports on various local history subjects researched by the organization or others in support of the organization’s mission.


Indexes to Collections at the Society

Bible Records — Transcriptions of data in Cecil County Bibles.

Death Records— Burial permits and death certificates issued by county coroners are found here.

Finding Aids  — These inventories provide detailed information on specific collections.

Index to Journal & Bulletin of the Historical Society

Manuscripts —  An index to minute books, ledgers, jail blotters, corporate records and other manuscript items at the Society.

Maps - Fire Insurance — A complete index of Sanborn maps at the Society.

Newspapers — A finding aid for Cecil County newspaper in the collection.

Surname Files — Check here to see if we have a surname file that might help you.

Vertical Files — These files contain basic research material to help patreons get started on researching a subject.

Yearbooks — A listing of Cecil County yearbooks in the collection.


Online collections, data, manuscripts, & published works

Almanac — A listing of important events in Cecil’s history each day of the year

Cecilton — Town history by Mary Haggerty

Cemeteries — Over 16,000 Cecil County Tombstone Inscriptions are listed here

Cemeteries—Charlestown — Records from Charlestown cemeteries

Chesapeake City Virtual Photo Exhibit — Lee Collins has digitized an outstanding collection of photos, ephemera, and other materials of interest to those researching or studying the past in Chesapeake City. 

Churches — Cecil County church histories

Civil War Soldiers Index—Lists soldiers buiried in Cecil County and usually provides other essential information to help with genealogy and research.

Fact File — Information on towns, villages, churches, businesses, geography & more.

Journal of the Society — Access older digital editions of the Society’s membership publication here.

Maps — A selection of 19th century and present day maps.

Movies from Cecil — Click here to see home movies from the county in our collection.

Naturalization Records— Cecil County records between 1903 and 1906, with images

Oral History — Check this section for the Society’s oral history project

Photos & Postcards — Information on the photo collections of the Society

Photos & Postcards—Chesapeake City — Lee Collins has digitized an outstanding collection of photos, ephemera, and other materials of interest to those researching or studying the past in Chesapeake City. 

Population Data — Historical data pertaining to demographics, such as population, over the centuries in Cecil County.

Rising Sun Little League History —Online history exhibit related to the Rising Sun Little League

Sounds from Cecil —  Check this section for sounds from Cecil’s past

Susuqehanna History — Interpretive Plan for the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway



Blog — Check out the Society blog to hear talk about what’s going on with the organization.

Podcasts & Videocasts - Our podcasts and videocasts are found here

Search the Society Website— Click here to search our site for information

Virtual Library — Click here for a list of helpful research items we’ve digitized from our collection. 

Cecil County History on the Internet

The Historical Society of Cecil County

These pages are designed to help you find collections that may be of assistance in your research or enable you to access our online content.  It contains only a small portion of our holdings, so please feel free to e-mail us for additional information.  We are very responsive to e-mail and it’s the best way to contact us as we are an all volunteer organization.

Research & Finding Aids