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Local History & Genealogy

Welcome to the Local History and Genealogy Page
of The Ruth Enlow Library

Ruth Christine Enlow (1897-1936)

The Republican Archive | Obituary Database | Using Our Resources | In-House Collections | Unable to Visit? | Other Sites | Contact Us


The Republican Archive (1877-2016) (external link)

A searchable archive of back issues of the Garrett County Republican from 1877-2016.  This is the result of a collaborative digitization effort between the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, the Sincell Family, and the Garrett County Historical Society, all of whom contributed time and funding towards making this archive a reality.  Scanning was conducted by the Maryland State Archive, using materials obtained from the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  All materials are hosted on the Internet Archive. 

Online Obituary Database

Our online searchable database is made up of obituaries, death notices or other death articles scanned from The Republican newspaper’s microfilm issues located at The Ruth Enlow Library’s Oakland branch. The Republican was established in 1877 and we are beginning at the beginning; March of 1877 to be exact. We will continuously add new information as we work to expand our online collection. But we do ask for your patience as it takes time to search, scan, edit, and load each item. We hope this database will assist you in your genealogy and local history research.

State Road in McHenry
(Photo by Leo Beachy courtesy of Maxine Broadwater)

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Using Our Resources

The Genealogy & Local Information Collection at the Main Library in Oakland is open to the public during the library's regular operating hours. A photocopier, a microfilm reader (which can also function as a microfiche reader), a scanner and a designated genealogy public computer are available for your use. Please check our Library Policies for a list of copy prices. Before planning a trip to our library we recommend visiting our website for current information regarding closings. 

Leo Beachy of Garrett County

(Photo by Leo Beachy courtesy of Maxine Broadwater)

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Sample of In-House Collections

Our collection focuses on resources relating to Garrett County with materials also available on surrounding areas in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The following is just a sampling of the resources located in this collection. Please refer to our catalog in order to search for specific titles and family histories.

  • "The Republican" newspaper since 1877 on microfilm
  • "Mountain Democrat" newspaper for selected years on microfilm
  • Town Histories
  • Vertical File (newspaper clippings, brochures, etc.)
  • County Histories
  • "Glades Star" (a quarterly publication of the Garrett County Historical Society)
  • Census Records on Microfilm, through HeritageQuest Online, and using Library Edition (in library only)
  • 1940 Census
  • Military Lots map
  • Yearbooks
  • Maryland's Garrett County Graves by the DAR
  • History of Western Maryland by Scharf
  • Gortner News Index Compact Discs
    • Gortner News CDs
    • Gortner News -Year order
    • Gortner News - ID order

(Unfortunately, the collection contains no city directories and little to no original photographs. If you are interested in these items please contact the Garrett County Historical Society at 301-334-3226.)

The Cove

(Photo by Leo Beachy courtesy of Maxine Broadwater)

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Unable to visit our Library?

When sending correspondence, please be as detailed as possible with your question(s) and remember to include your name, mailing address, and daytime phone number. If you have an e-mail address, please include that as well.

The staff cannot conduct genealogical research for patrons but we will search library resources in an attempt to answer specific questions. If an answer cannot be found, we will assist you in locating other institutions, websites, and/or knowledgeable people who may be of help.

The majority of our searches for long-distance patrons involve locating obituaries in the local newspaper, The Republican. The Main Library in Oakland owns the full run of this newspaper since its inception in 1877. The staff will search for an obituary when the month and year of death are provided. If you are unsure of the date of death, the staff can search for a name in Garrett County Graves in an attempt to locate that date.  

photo of Main Street in Grantsville by Leo Beachy

(Photo by Leo Beachy courtesy of Maxine Broadwater)

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Other Sites and Institutions

AncestryLibrary (available inside the library only)
AncestryLibrary Edition remote access until June 1, 2020
HeritageQuest Online (If you experience an error using this service click here for help.)
Garrett County Historical Society (301-334-3226)
Western Maryland's Historical Library (Whilbr)
Digital Whilbr (

Allegany County Historical Society Civil War Collection
Maryland State Library/Enoch Pratt Free Library Maryland Department
Maryland State Archives
Garrett County Courthouse (301-334-1937) - Vital Records Information - 1880 US census
1940 Census - Rootsweb for Garrett County, MD
Sanborn Digital Maps
Records Project - State and County Records

photo of National Pike Bridge - Grantsville MD

(Photo by Leo Beachy courtesy of Maxine Broadwater)

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Contact Us


Postal Mail:
Attn: Local History and Genealogy
Ruth Enlow Library
6 North Second St.
Oakland, MD 21550

Phone: 301-334-3996
Fax: 301-334-4152

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