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=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{MD Church Intro|Harford}}
 
{{MD Church Intro|Harford}}
*'''1668-1995''' {{RecordSearch|2385204|Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1668-1995''' {{RecordSearch|2385204|Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index- [[Maryland, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' is not intended to be a complete listing of all Religious institutions in Maryland. It was originally based upon the churches recorded by the Federal Works Progress Administration during a records survey conducted from 1935 to 1941. It has been expanded by later acquisitions from religious organizations to the Maryland State Archives.  The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:
 
*''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' is not intended to be a complete listing of all Religious institutions in Maryland. It was originally based upon the churches recorded by the Federal Works Progress Administration during a records survey conducted from 1935 to 1941. It has been expanded by later acquisitions from religious organizations to the Maryland State Archives.  The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:
 
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=4017 United Methodist, Abingdon Charge, Cokesbury Church, Abingdon, Md.] (includes cemetery and church records 1850s-1980s)
 
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=4017 United Methodist, Abingdon Charge, Cokesbury Church, Abingdon, Md.] (includes cemetery and church records 1850s-1980s)
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*[http://hshccatalog.org/MFam.pdf Master Family Index to Binders] at Harford County Historical Society
 
*[http://hshccatalog.org/MFam.pdf Master Family Index to Binders] at Harford County Historical Society
 
*[http://hshccatalog.org/peden.pdf Henry Peden's Partial Index to Special Genealogy Collections] at Harford County Historical Society
 
*[http://hshccatalog.org/peden.pdf Henry Peden's Partial Index to Special Genealogy Collections] at Harford County Historical Society
*'''1897-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|3398454|Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1897-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|3398454|Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''Harris -''' Harris, Mrs. Norris. "The Harris Family of Baltimore and Harford Counties," ''The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist'', Vol. 31, No. 2 (Spring 1990):68. {{FHL|260282|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m}}.
 
*'''Harris -''' Harris, Mrs. Norris. "The Harris Family of Baltimore and Harford Counties," ''The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist'', Vol. 31, No. 2 (Spring 1990):68. {{FHL|260282|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m}}.
  
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==== Civil War ====
 
==== Civil War ====
 
{{MD Civil War Intro|Harford}}
 
{{MD Civil War Intro|Harford}}
*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932373|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932373|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932407|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932407|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index- [[Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
{{MD  Civil War Regiments|Harford}}<br>
 
{{MD  Civil War Regiments|Harford}}<br>
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==== World War II ====
 
==== World War II ====
  
*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2568865|Maryland, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2568865|Maryland, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Maryland World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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*'''1635-1777''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9068 Maryland Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images ($)
 
*'''1635-1777''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9068 Maryland Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images ($)
 
*'''1774-1809''' [http://hshccatalog.org/Indentures&Guardianships.pdf Indentures and Guardianships 1774-1809], Harford County Historical Society
 
*'''1774-1809''' [http://hshccatalog.org/Indentures&Guardianships.pdf Indentures and Guardianships 1774-1809], Harford County Historical Society
*'''1796-1940''' {{RecordSearch|1542664|Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files , 1796-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] images
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*'''1796-1940''' {{RecordSearch|1542664|Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files , 1796-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] images - [[Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1846-1854''' [http://usgwarchives.net/md/harford/wills.htm Estate Distributions 1846-1854], free index, Harford County Genealogical Society
 
*'''1846-1854''' [http://usgwarchives.net/md/harford/wills.htm Estate Distributions 1846-1854], free index, Harford County Genealogical Society
*Scanned images of wills, administrations, and inventories {{RecordSearch|1803986|FamilySearch}} at FamilySearch.
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*Scanned images of wills, administrations, and inventories {{RecordSearch|1803986|FamilySearch}} at FamilySearch. - [[Maryland Register of Wills Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
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==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
 
{{MD Marriage Intro|Harford}}
 
{{MD Marriage Intro|Harford}}
*'''1658-1940''' {{RecordSearch|2523377|Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1658-1940''' {{RecordSearch|2523377|Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Maryland County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1666-1970''' {{RecordSearch|1675199|Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1666-1970''' {{RecordSearch|1675199|Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Maryland Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1865-1899''' [http://hshccatalog.org/mar1865G.pdf Harford County Marriages 1865-1899], Harford County Historical Society
 
*'''1865-1899''' [http://hshccatalog.org/mar1865G.pdf Harford County Marriages 1865-1899], Harford County Historical Society
 
*'''1900-1930''' [http://hshccatalog.org/mar1900G.pdf Harford County Marriages 1900-1930], Harford County Historical Society
 
*'''1900-1930''' [http://hshccatalog.org/mar1900G.pdf Harford County Marriages 1900-1930], Harford County Historical Society

Revision as of 09:03, 3 August 2020

Guide to Harford County, Maryland ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Bel Air
Organized: December 17, 1773
Parent County(s): Baltimore[1]
Neighboring Counties
Anne Arundel  • Baltimore  • Carroll  • Frederick  • Montgomery  • Prince George's
See County Maps
Courthouse
Harford County Court House Bel Air, Maryland.jpeg
Location Map
Map of Maryland highlighting Harford County.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Henry Harford. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Harford County Courthouse
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-838-4952
Phone: 410-638-3426
Harford County Website

County Health Department has birth and death records.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1779, divorce and court records from 1803.[3]

Harford County, Maryland Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1779 1898 1803 1779 1774 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1898. General compliance by the 1910s.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1858 Some records were destroyed in a fire.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Created 17 December 1773 from Baltimore County.
  • County seat: Bel Air[5]

For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps" (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Harford County, Maryland online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Maryland Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Harford County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 14,976
1800 17,626 17.7%
1810 21,258 20.6%
1820 15,924 −25.1%
1830 16,319 2.5%
1840 17,120 4.9%
1850 19,356 13.1%
1860 23,415 21.0%
1870 22,605 −3.5%
1880 28,042 24.1%
1890 28,993 3.4%
1900 28,269 −2.5%
1910 27,965 −1.1%
1920 29,291 4.7%
1930 31,603 7.9%
1940 35,060 10.9%
1950 51,782 47.7%
1960 76,722 48.2%
1970 115,378 50.4%
1980 145,930 26.5%
1990 182,132 24.8%
2000 218,590 20.0%
2010 244,826 12.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Free online index to thousands of Harford County court cases dating from 1700s to 1900s on The Historical Society of Harford County website.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

*J.C. Taylor Marble Business Ledger Indexes. 1878-1890: Vol. 1; 1891-1934 (gaps): Vol. 2; 1906-1934: Vol. 3; 1906-1934: Vol. 4; 1935-1946: Vol. 5 Identifies information about people buying tombstones.

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Harford County Deed Books (1773-present) have been uploaded to their website: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Baltimore (Independent City)Baltimore CountyKent CountyCecil CountyChester CountyLancaster CountyYork CountyMD HARFORD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Martenet's Map of Harford County, Maryland

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Harford County men served in the 3rd Maryland Regiment[7] and the 6th Maryland Regiment.[8]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Maryland, Harford County on page 127.
  • "Harford County, Maryland, Oaths of Fidelity, 1778," The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 1988):126-127; Vol. 30, No. 1 (Winter 1989):10-11; Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring 1989):46-47; Vol. 30, No. 3 (Summer 1989):88-89; Vol. 30, No. 4 (Fall 1989):126-127; Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 1990):6-7. FHL Collection 975 B2m

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. See Vol. 5, Maryland, Harford County, pp. 149-151. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Harford served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Harford:

- 2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry, Company G, and H
- 7th Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Company C, and H

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Harford County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Maryland Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Harford County. For state-wide library facilities, see Maryland Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Harford County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Maryland Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Harford," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harford_County,_Maryland."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harford County, Maryland. Page 317-318 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 308-309.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Harford County, Maryland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harford_County%2C_Maryland, accessed 29 July 2018.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "3rd Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.