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Baltimore County

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Baltimore County is a county located in the northern part of the US state of Maryland.  Its county seat is Towson. The name of the county was derived from the barony of the Proprietor of the Maryland colony, Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, in County Longford, Ireland. Baltimore County does not include the city of Baltimore, which left the county to become an independent city in 1851.

     The origin of Baltimore County is not known; the earliest known record of the county politically is January 12, 1659, when a writ was issued to its sheriff. Previously, Baltimore County was more known as a geographical entity than a political one, with its territorial limits consisting of the present day Baltimore City, Cecil and Harford Counties, as well as parts of Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard and Kent Counties.  In 1674, a portion of Baltimore County, as well as a portion of Kent County, was split off to form Cecil County. In 1748, a portion of Baltimore County, as well as a portion of Prince George's County, was split off to form Frederick County. In 1773, Harford County was split off from Baltimore County. In 1837, a part of Baltimore County was combined with a part of Frederick County to form Carroll County. The separation of Baltimore County from Baltimore City occurred on July 4, 1851.[3] Towson was voted as the county seat on February 13, 1854.

     The following counties lie adjacent to Baltimore County:  York County, Pennsylvania (north);  Carroll County (west);  Harford County (east);  Anne Arundel County (south);  Howard County (southwest);  and Baltimore City (independent city, surrounded by Baltimore County except to the south).

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The following are names of persons, found within our databases as having been either born, married or died in this location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


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Billet;   Ferree;   Fry;   Harrell;   Leiber;   Rohrbaugh;   Schall(Schaul);   Silar;   Smith;   Walker

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 Records show that in 1761 Joseph leased 85 acres of land from Lord Baltimore.  He called this place “Buck Ridge.”  It is believed that the property was located south of the Gunpowder Falls River about 5 or 6 miles north of the town of Hampstead (now in Carroll County then in Baltimore County), Maryland.   In 1765, Joseph Shaul signed the petition to move the county seat of Baltimore County from Joppa to Baltimore, and in 1778 he also signed an Oath of Fidelity and Support to the cause of the American Revolution.  Joseph died in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1785. The names of four of his children are named in his Will: John, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Barbara.  A review of the documents pertaining to Joseph’s estate shows that he had become a fairly prosperous man during his lifetime.

     Joseph’s son John Shaul was born circa 1755 and grew to maturity in Baltimore County.  Around 1778 he married Catharine Rinehard daughter of Valentine and Anna Barbara Rinehard, Sr. of Frederick County, Maryland.  Sometime around this event John Shaul removed to Piney Creek Hundred, located in Frederick County

Map of the county

Map of the County

The Red Starin the map designates the location of the seat of government for this county.  Yellow Stars designate seats of government in adjacent counties.   A Purple Dotshows the location of identified ancestral Gen-Site(s). 

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Joseph Shaul Homestead;  Towson

Joseph Shaul Homestead

LOCATION: Country: United States;  State: Maryland;   County: Baltimore up to 1836, now in Carroll County;     Local: N/A

Coordinates/Map: (approximately) 39.68520˚N,  76.80855˚W

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NAME / DESCRIPTION:   Records show that in 1761 Joseph leased 85 acres of land from Lord Baltimore.  He called this place “Buck Ridge.”  It is believed that the property was located south of the Gunpowder Falls River about 5 or 6 miles north of the town of Hampstead (now in Carroll County then in Baltimore County), Maryland.  



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LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Maryland;     County: Baltimore

Coordinates/Map:  39°23′35″N 76°36′34″W / 39.39306°N 76.60944°W / 39.39306; -76.60944

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NAME / DESCRIPTION: Towson was settled in 1752 when two Pennsylvania brothers, William and Thomas Towson, began farming northeast of present-day York and Joppa Roads. The village became known as "Towsontown".  On February 13, 1854, Towson became the county seat of Baltimore County by popular vote. The Court House, still in use, was completed in 1855.  The building is located at 401 Bosley Avenue Towson, MD 21204
(410) 887-6516.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):;   Historic Towson Inc.

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LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Maryland;     County: Baltimore

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The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.


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Profiles for  929 cities, towns and other populated places in Baltimore County, Maryland

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Baltimore County, Maryland, United States

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Links To Populated Places Within This County

Baltimore County has no incorporated municipalities located entirely within its boundaries. The county contains many unincorporated communities which are listed in many collections of towns. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define these communities according to their own criteria. Unincorporated areas have no local government or defined boundaries, other than the following census-designated places recognized by the Census Bureau:


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Although not formally Census-Designated Places, these other communities are known locally and, in many cases, have their own post offices and are shown on roadmaps:


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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

BALTIMORE COUNTY: Map(s) and descriptions of Historical Boundary Changes

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1.    by 12 Jan 1660 -  [by 12 January 1659/1660] BALTIMORE was created from ANNE ARUNDEL, KENT, and Non-County Area 1 between ANNE ARUNDEL and KENT. BALTIMORE territorial limits, if any, are unknown and boundaries are estimated. (Archives of Md., 1:381)

2.    by 06 Jun 1674 - BALTIMORE lost to creation of CECIL. Boundary between BALTIMORE and ANNE ARUNDEL was redefined [no change]. (Archives of Md., 15:38-39)

3.    03 Apr 1698 - BALTIMORE exchanged with ANNE ARUNDEL. (Archives of Md., 22:147)

4.    31 May 1727 - BALTIMORE lost to ANNE ARUNDEL. (Archives of Md., 36:595)

5.    02 Jun 1750 - BALTIMORE lost to FREDERICK. (Archives of Md., 46:468)

6.    02 Mar 1774 - BALTIMORE lost to creation of HARFORD. (Archives of Md., 64:198)

7.    19 Jan 1836 - BALTIMORE lost to creation of CARROLL. (Md. Laws 1835, ch. 256, sec. 1; Md. Laws 1836, ch. 19)

8.    04 Jul 1851 - BALTIMORE lost to creation of the independent city of Baltimore City, which was separate from BALTIMORE County. (Md. Laws 1838, ch. 22, secs. 1, 4; Swindler, 4:413)

9.    01 Jun 1888 - BALTIMORE lost to Baltimore City (Ind. City). (Md. Laws 1888, ch. 98, secs. 1-4/pp. 113-117)

10.    29 Mar 1918 - BALTIMORE lost to Baltimore City (Ind. City). (Md. Laws 1918, ch. 82, sec. 1/p. 135)

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For more information about the U.S. State in which this county is located  click  on  these  LINKS:


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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names.

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This LINK will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


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 County Records


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·         Baltimore County MD Cemetery Project

·         Baltimore County Cemeteries

·         Baltimore County Cemetery List

·         Baltimore County Cemetery Registration

·         Cemeteries of Baltimore County

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National Register of Historic Places listings in Baltimore County, Maryland

·         Baltimore County Beginnings

·         Baltimore County Bibliography

·         Baltimore County Historical Markers

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Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Archives of Maryland Polonia

·         Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

·         Baltimore County Libraries

·         The Baltimore Museum of Industry

·         Baltimore Streetcar Museum

·         Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

·         Catonsville Room Catonsville Library

·         Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

·         The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Archives

·         Family History Library Holdings Baltimore Co.

·         Fire Museum of Maryland Lutherville, MD

·         The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum

·         Historic Ships in Baltimore Baltimore Maritime Museum

·         History and Genealogy InfoCenter Baltimore Co. Public Library

·         Homewood House Johns Hopkins University

·         The Jewish Museum of Maryland

·         Lovely Lane Museum & Archives

·         Mount Clare Museum House

·         The Peabody Archives

·         PERiodical Source Index Search Baltimore Co., MD

·         USS Constellation

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Maps and Gazetteers

·         Baltimore County – 1895

·         Baltimore County 1857 Wall Map

·         Baltimore County 1857 Wall Map with Inserts

·         Baltimore County 1877

·         Baltimore County 1898

·         Baltimore County 1915

·         Baltimore County Gazetteer

·         Baltimore County Land Ownership Atlas 1898 ($)

·         Baltimore County Land Ownership Atlas 1915 ($)

·         Baltimore County Land Ownership Atlas 1877 ($)

·         Baltimore County Map

·         Baltimore County Post Offices

·         Baltimore County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·         Map of Baltimore County and Baltimore City 1925

·         Quad List of Baltimore, Maryland

·         Quad List of Fork, Maryland

·         Quad List of Milford, Maryland

·         Quad List of North Branch, Maryland

·         Quad List of Sparrow Point, Maryland

·         Tiger Map Server Browser

·         Topo atlas of Maryland: counties of Baltimore & Harford

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County Records


Use this link to find specific information about the historical and


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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·      Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

·      Baltimore City Historical Society

·      Baltimore County Historic Trust

·      Carter Braxton Chapter D.A.R.

·      Catonsville Historical Society

·      Catonsville Historical Society Genealogical Section

·      Colonel John Streett Chapter D.A.R.

·      Commodore Joshua Barney-John Eager Howard Chapter D.A.R.

·      Greater Baltimore History Alliance

·      Historical Society of Baltimore County

·      Mary Carroll Caton Chapter Catonsville D.A.R.

·      The Mary Young Pickersgill Chapter U.S. Daughters of 1812

·      Soldiers Delight-Thomas Johnson Chapter D.A.R.

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·         The USGenWeb Project

·         United States Research Wiki – Family Search

·         Kindred

·         U.S. County Resources at Rootsweb

·         Genealogy Trails History Group

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·         Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·         Birth & Marriage Records Indexes for USA

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·         Genealogy Forum: U.S. States

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·         Searchable Death Indexes & Records

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·         Genealogy Links – Baltimore County

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·         Research Wiki - Baltimore County

·         Kindred – Baltimore County

·         RootsWeb Resources - Baltimore County

·         Genealogy Trails History Group – Baltimore County

·         Genealogy Forum - Baltimore County

·         Rootsweb Message Board – Baltimore County

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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

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During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

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The Old Baltimore County Jail

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