Harford County, Maryland Genealogy
Guide to Harford County, Maryland ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Information
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biographies
- 2.3 Business, Commerce, and Occupations
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census Records
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.10 Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups
- 2.11 Funeral Homes
- 2.12 Genealogies
- 2.13 Guardianship
- 2.14 Land and Property Records
- 2.15 Local Histories
- 2.16 Maps and Gazetteers
- 2.17 Migration
- 2.18 Military Records
- 2.19 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.20 Newspapers
- 2.21 Obituaries
- 2.22 Other Records
- 2.23 Periodicals
- 2.24 Probate Records
- 2.25 School Records
- 2.26 Tax Records
- 2.27 Vital Records
- 3 Research Facilities
- 4 Societies
- 5 Websites
- 6 Research Guides
- 7 References
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.
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Harford County Courthouse
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
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.
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.
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]
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:
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]
- 1041 page index to Individuals Buried in Harford County, Harford County Historical Society
Census Records[edit | edit source]
For tips on accessing Harford County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.
Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules.
Church Records[edit | edit source]
- 1668-1995 Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995 at FamilySearch — index- How to Use this Collection
- 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:
- United Methodist, Abingdon Charge, Cokesbury Church, Abingdon, Md. (includes cemetery and church records 1850s-1980s)
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]
- List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe who served labor terms in Harford County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database. Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of Maryland Gazette runaways.
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]
- Surname Files at Harford County Historical Society
- Master Family Index to Binders at Harford County Historical Society
- Henry Peden's Partial Index to Special Genealogy Collections at Harford County Historical Society
- 1897-1952 - Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 at FamilySearch — index and images - 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 US/CAN Book 975 B2m.
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.)
- 1777-1778 Harford County Land Index
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Migration[edit | edit source]
Military Records[edit | edit source]
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
- 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]
- 1861-1865 - Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1861-1865 - Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index- How to Use this Collection
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]
- 1940-1945 - Maryland, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 at FamilySearch — index and images - How to Use this Collection
Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- Harford County newspapers are identified in "Guide to Maryland Newspapers," available online, courtesy: Special Collections, Maryland State Archives.
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
Other Records[edit | edit source]
Periodicals[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Online Probate Records
- 1634-1777 Probate Records, Colonial Index, 1634-1777, Maryland State Archives
- 1635-1743 Maryland Calendar of Wills 1635-1743 at Ancestry — index and images ($)
- 1635-1777 Maryland Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777 at Ancestry — index and images ($)
- 1774-1809 Indentures and Guardianships 1774-1809, Harford County Historical Society
- 1796-1940 Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files , 1796-1940 at FamilySearch images - How to Use this Collection
- 1846-1854 Estate Distributions 1846-1854, free index, Harford County Genealogical Society
- Scanned images of wills, administrations, and inventories FamilySearch at FamilySearch. - How to Use this Collection
School Records[edit | edit source]
Tax Records[edit | edit source]
- 1783 Harford County Tax List of 1783: This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the Maryland State Archives include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.
- 1896, 1902 Harford County Personal Property Tax Valuations 1896 and 1902, Harford County Historical Society
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1658-1940 Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1666-1970 Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1865-1899 Harford County Marriages 1865-1899, Harford County Historical Society
- 1900-1930 Harford County Marriages 1900-1930, Harford County Historical Society
- 1931 Harford County Marriages 1931, Harford County Historical Society
- Marriage Records, Maryland State Archives
Death[edit | edit source]
- 1898-1944 Maryland Death Index 1898-1944
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Research Facilities[edit | edit source]
Archives[edit | edit source]
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]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
- Harford County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15
Aberdeen, MD 21001
- Historical Society of Harford County, Inc.
143 N. Main St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
- The Hereditary Order of the Signers of the Bush Declaration
4219 Paddrick Road
Darlington, MD 21034
Websites[edit | edit source]
- The Harford County MDGenWeb Project, a member of The MDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- Harford County, Maryland Genealogy, History and Facts (Genealogy Inc)
- "Harford Co.," in Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project, Harford County.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project, Harford County. (Backup site)
- FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Harford," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harford_County,_Maryland."
- 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.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Harford County, Maryland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harford_County%2C_Maryland, accessed 29 July 2018.
- Wikipedia contributors, "3rd Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
- Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.