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  • Harford County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Baltimore County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1773
    County Seat:  Bel Air, Maryland

    County history - Harford County is named in honor of Henry Harford, illegitimate son of Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore.

    Harford Courthouse
    GHLL Hartford County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Hartford County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Harford County Genealogical Society (Bel Air, MD)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Harford County (Bel Air, MD)
    7. US/MDGenWeb site - Hartford County Archives
    8. US/MDGenWeb - Hartford County Genealogy & History
    9. Harford County Vital Records - Harford County Clerk, 20 West Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014-3833.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             York County, Pennsylvania (north), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
             (northeast), Baltimore County (west), Cecil County (east), Kent County
             (south, over water only).



  • Howard County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 10, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties 1838.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Ellicott City, Maryland

    County history - Howard County is named in honor of John Eager Howard, an officer in the American Revolutionary War and Governor of Maryland.

    Howard Courthouse
    1. Howard County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Howard County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Howard County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Howard County Genealogical Society (Columbia, MD)
    4. Howard County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Howard County Historical Society (Ellicott City, MD)
    5. Howard County - USGenWeb/RIGenWeb site: (Archives)
    6. Howard County - US/MDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Howard County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Howard County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Howard County Vital Records - Howard County Clerk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4300.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.


  • Kent County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 4, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory [original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1642
    County Seat:  Chester Town, Maryland

    County history - Kent County is named in honor of the county of the same name in England.

    Kent Courthouse
    GHLL Kent County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Kent County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Kent County Maryland / Chestertown, MD)
    6. US/MDGenWeb site - Kent County Archives
    7. US/MDGenWeb - Kent County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Kent County Clerk, Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Cecil County (north), New Castle County, Delaware (northeast), Kent
                County, Delaware
    (southeast), Queen Anne's County (south).

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Slave Schedules, Kent County (Index: 3 pages / Text: 4 pages).
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Kent County (Text: 10 pages).


  • Montgomery County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 28, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Frederick County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1776
    County Seat:  Rockville, Maryland

    County history - Montgomery County is named in honor of Revolutionary War general, Richard Montgomery.

    Montgomery Courthouse
    GHLL Montgomery County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Montgomery County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (American Latvian Association / Rockville, MD)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Montgomery County Historical Society / Rockville, MD)
    7. US/MDGenWeb site - Montgomery County Archives
    8. US/MDGenWeb - Montgomery County Genealogy & History
    9. Montgomery County Vital Records - Montgomery County Clerk, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850-2540.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Frederick County (northwest), Howard County (northeast), Prince George's
                County
    (southeast), Washington, D.C. (south), Loudoun County, Virginia
             (west), Fairfax County, Virginia (southwest).

    Census Information:
        1790 Census - Census (I) - County, Pg 1 of 4 (T), Pg 2 of 4 (T), Pg 3 of 4 (T), Pg 4 of 4 (T)


  • Prince George's County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 10, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Calvert and Charles Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1696
    County Seat:  Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    County history - Prince George's County is named in honor of Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland (Danish: prins Jørgen, hertug af Cumberland, 2 April 1653 - 28 October 1708) was the husband of Anne I, Queen of Great Britain.

    Prince George's Courthouse
    GHLL Prince George's County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Prince George's County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Prince George's County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Prince George's County Genealogical Society / Carrollton, MD)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Prince George's County Historical Society / Riverdale, MD)
    7. US/MDGenWeb site - Prince George's County Archives
    8. US/MDGenWeb - Prince George's County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Prince George's County Clerk, Administration Building, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3050.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Anne Arundel County (east), Calvert County (southeast), Charles County
             (south), Howard County (north), Montgomery County (northwest), Fairfax
                County, Virginia
    (southwest), Washington, DC (west).

    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) and (T) - U.S. Census (Index and text; 1 page each)


  • Queen Anne's County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Talbot County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1706
    County Seat:  Centreville, Maryland

    County history - Queen Anne's County is named in honor of Anne I, Queen of Great Britain, who reigned when the county was established.

    Queen Anne's Courthouse
    GHLL Queen Anne's County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Queen Anne's County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Queen Anne's County Historical Society
          P. O. Box 62, Tucker House, 124 South Commerce Street
          Centreville, MD 21617 - 0062

    5. US/MDGenWeb site - Queen Anne's County Archives
    6. US/MDGenWeb - Queen Anne's County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Queen Anne's County Clerk, 07 North Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):  Kent County (north), Kent County, Delaware (east), Talbot County (south),
             Caroline County (southeast), Anne Arundel County (west).
        Queen Anne's County - Surnames

    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Queen Anne's County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page).


  • Saint Mary's County, Maryland —

    Information Updated for:  Nov 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory. The county was named Potomac County between 1654 and 1658.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1637
    County Seat:  Leonardtown, Maryland

    County history - Saint Mary's County is named in honor of The Virgin Mary, first county named in a colony intended to be a haven for Catholics. St. Mary's County is where Francis Scott Key, the author of a poem which became The Star Spangled Banner grew up.

    Saint Mary's Courthouse
    ===== ST. MARY'S COUNTY (old format) =====
    1. Saint Mary's County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Saint Mary's County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Saint Mary's County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (St. Mary's County Genealogical Society (St. Mary's City, MD)
    4. Saint Mary's County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (St. Mary's County Historical Society (Leonardtown, MD)
    5. Saint Mary's County - US/MDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Saint Mary's County - US/MDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Saint Mary's County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Saint Mary's County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Saint Mary's County Vital Records - County Health Department, P.O.Box 316 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.

    10. Historic St. Mary's City - Site of original and first English settlement in Maryland. A museum of history and archaeology
               on the site of Maryland's colonial capital (1634) before the capital was moved to Leonardtown in 1695. Newtown
               was promptly renamed Seymour Town in honor of Governor John Seymour. Nearly 20 years later, Seymour Town
               was renamed again to Leonard Town in honor of Benedict Leonard Calvert, who was Maryland's Governor during
               this period.
    11. Saint Mary's County Families - Land Genealogy, Migration Project, 1705 Map Project, SMC Will Abstracts, St. Mary's
               County, People and Places, SMC Marriages: 1640-1820 and more. - by Linda Davis Reno.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Calvert County (northeast), Charles County (northwest).

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        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.

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  • Somerset County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1666
    County Seat:  Princess Anne, Maryland

    County history - Somerset County is named in honor of Lady Mary Somerset, daughter of Thomas Arundell of Wardour, and wife of Sir John Somerset. Lady Somerset was the sister of Lady Anne Arundell, who was the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore.

    Somerset Courthouse
    1. Somerset County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Somerset County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Somerset County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Somerset County Historical Society (Princess Anne, MD)
    4. Somerset County - US/MDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Somerset County - US/MDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Somerset County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Somerset County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Somerset County Vital Records - Somerset County Clerk, P.O. Box 99, Princess Anne, MD 21853.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.


  • Talbot County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 30, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Kent County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1662
    County Seat:  Easton, Maryland

    County history - Talbot County is named in honor of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, 1st Proprietor and 1st Proprietary Governor of Maryland, 9th Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland (August 8, 1605 - November 30, 1675), usually called Cecil, was an English coloniser who was the first proprietor of the Maryland colony. He received the proprietorship that was intended for his father, George Calvert, the 1st Lord Baltimore, who died shortly before it was granted. Cecil established Maryland from his home in England, and as a Catholic continued the legacy of his father by promoting religious tolerance in the colony.


    Talbot Courthouse
    GHLL Talbot County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Talbot County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Talbot County / Easton, MD)
    6. US/MDGenWeb site - Talbot County Archives
    7. US/MDGenWeb - Talbot County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Talbot County Clerk, Courthouse, Easton, MD 21601.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Queen Anne's County (north), Caroline County (east), Dorchester County
             (south).

        Chamber of Commerce - Easton township

    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Talbot County (Text: 10 pages).


  • Washington County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Frederick County.
    Established:  01-Oct-1776
    County Seat:  Hagerstown, Maryland

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of General George Washington, who later became First President of the United States (1789-1797).

    Washington Courthouse
    1. Washington County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Washington County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Washington County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Washington County Historical Society (Hagerstown, MD)
    4. Washington County - US/MDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Washington County - US/MDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Washington County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Washington County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Washington County Vital Records - Washington County Clerk, 100 W. Washington St., #226, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Smithsburg Historical Society / Smithsburg, MD)


  • Wicomico County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Somerset and Worcester Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1867
    County Seat:  Salisbury, Maryland

    County history - Wicomico County is named after the Wicomico River; in Lenape, wicko mekee indicated "a place where houses are built," possibly in reference to a settlement.

    Wicomico Courthouse
    1. Wicomico County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wicomico County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wicomico County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Wicomico Historical Society (Salisbury, MD)
    4. Wicomico County - US/MDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Wicomico County - US/MDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Wicomico County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wicomico County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wicomico County Vital Records - Wicomico County Clerk, P.O. Box 198, Salisbury, MD 21801.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lower DelMarVa Genealogical Society (Salisbury, MD)


  • Worcester County, Maryland —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 7, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Somerset County.
    Established:  10-Dec-1742
    County Seat:  Snow Hill, Maryland

    County history - Worcester County is named in honor of the wife of Sir John Somerset, son of the 1st Marquess of Worcester, who was Mary Arundel, sister of Anne Arundel, wife of Ccilius Calvert, the 2nd Baron Baltimore.

    Worcester Courthouse
    GHLL Worcester County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Worcester County, MD Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society / Salisbury, MD)
      Worcester County Historical Society
      3 East 2nd Street
      Pocomoke City, MD 21851
    6. US/MDGenWeb site - Worcester County Archives
    7. US/MDGenWeb - Worcester County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Worcester County Clerk, Courthouse, P.O. Box 198, Salisbury, MD 21801.
               Note:  Birth certificates for individuals born in Maryland after 1939 are also available for same day service at local health departments in all jurisdictions except Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Birth records are restricted for 100 years. Copies are available only to the person registered; to the parent or guardian of the person registered; to the legal representative of the person registered; or to an individual who can provide proof of the death of the person registered either by a death certificate or newspaper obituary.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Accomack County, Virginia (south), Somerset County (west), Sussex
                County, Delaware
    (north), Wicomico County (northwest).

        Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore - Worcester County

    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page) All towns, and districts of the day.
        1800 Census (I) and (T) - All towns, and districts of the day.
        1810 Census (T) - All towns, and districts of the day.


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