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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities at the Maryland State Archives

Since I have been working at the Maryland State Archives, I have seen the tremendous work done by the volunteers. I decided to support them by posting their flyer about volunteering at the Maryland State Archives.

 Record preservation and imaging are another part of the puzzle. 
Family Search has over 200 camera crews working around the world. 
While you are working on these records, others may be working on yours.

Help Prepare Historic Documents for Digitization at the Maryland Archives and the Maryland Archives have launched a joint effort to digitize the Wills and Probate Records held at the Maryland Archives in Annapolis. This important project will ensure that these vital records are preserved and that images are more readily accessible to the public.
We are seeking volunteers to prepare historic documents for imaging

Assistance is needed Monday through Friday, between 8:30 - 4:30

Work a 4 hour shift on a day of your choice; weekly, bi-weekly, monthly; flexible schedules

All work is done on location at the Maryland Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis 21491

 Requirements include:
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work closely and collaborate with other volunteers
  • Desire to assist in preservation efforts
 Responsibilities include:
  • Examining documents for conservation issues
  • Removing documents from probate packet envelopes 
  • Unfolding and flattening documents for imaging
  • Ensuring that documents are in camera-ready order
  • Creating a name index to make these records name-searchable online


Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Petranek 
Contact: email:;

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 Application 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!

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