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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Maryland|Maryland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Cecil_County,_Maryland|Cecil County]]'' [[Image:MD Cecil map.png|thumb|right|400px]]
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Maryland|Maryland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Cecil_County,_Maryland|Cecil County]]''  
  
[[Image:Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
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Guide to '''Cecil County Maryland genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
== [http://www.ccgov.org/ County Courthouse]  ==
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| county = Cecil County
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| state = Maryland
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| founded year = 1674
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| founded date = June 6
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| seat = Elkton
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| building image = Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG
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| building address = Cecil County Courthouse<br> 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100<br>Elkton, MD 21921<br>Phone: 410-996-5201 <br>[http://www.ccgov.org/ '''Cecil County Website'''] }}
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== [http://www.ccgov.org/ Cecil County Maryland Courthouse]  ==
  
 
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County Commissioners<br>County Administrative Building<br>200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100<br>Elkton, MD 21921<br>Ph: (410) 996-5201
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1777, divorce, court, and land records from 1674;<br>Register of Wills has probate records; <br>Clerk Court has indexes from 1674.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cecil, Maryland page 317, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/html/ce.html Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records -&nbsp;Cecil County Information]  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/html/ce.html Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records -&nbsp;Cecil County Information]  
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[http://registers.maryland.gov/main/cecil.html Register of Wills] Circuit Courthouse<br>129 East Main Street - Suite 102<br>Elkton, Maryland 21921<br>(410) 996-5330<br>(888) 398-0301<br>Fax (410) 996-1039  
 
[http://registers.maryland.gov/main/cecil.html Register of Wills] Circuit Courthouse<br>129 East Main Street - Suite 102<br>Elkton, Maryland 21921<br>(410) 996-5330<br>(888) 398-0301<br>Fax (410) 996-1039  
  
'''Mailing Address''':<br>Register of Wills, Cecil County<br>P O Box 468<br>Elkton, MD 21922-0468<br>Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
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'''Mailing Address''':<br>Register of Wills, Cecil County<br>P O Box 468<br>Elkton, MD 21922-0468<br>Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday  
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== Cecil County Maryland History  ==
  
== History  ==
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Though Cecil County was not established by Lord Baltimore and his colonists until 1674, a small settlement came prior to that time. In 1633, twenty five years after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(explorer) John Smith] sailed the tributaries of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Englishman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Claiborne William Claiborne] opened a trading post on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna. He traded beavers and furs with the Susquehannocks, and sold them to the French in Canada. A small settlement and a plantation surrounded the first white man's post in the area.  
 
Though Cecil County was not established by Lord Baltimore and his colonists until 1674, a small settlement came prior to that time. In 1633, twenty five years after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(explorer) John Smith] sailed the tributaries of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Englishman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Claiborne William Claiborne] opened a trading post on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna. He traded beavers and furs with the Susquehannocks, and sold them to the French in Canada. A small settlement and a plantation surrounded the first white man's post in the area.  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1674--'''Cecil County was created 6 June 1674 from [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] County by a proclamation by the Proprietary Governor Cecil Calvert.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Elkton.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*'''1674--'''Cecil County was created 6 June 1674 from [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] County by a proclamation by the Proprietary Governor Cecil Calvert.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Elkton.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
 
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*'''1659''' - Much of what is now Cecil County was originally attached to [[Kent County, Maryland|Kent County]] until [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore County]] was created 12 January 1659.&nbsp;<ref name="inhabitants" /> [[Image:Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG|thumb|right|300px|Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG]]  
 
*'''1659''' - Much of what is now Cecil County was originally attached to [[Kent County, Maryland|Kent County]] until [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore County]] was created 12 January 1659.&nbsp;<ref name="inhabitants" /> [[Image:Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG|thumb|right|300px|Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG]]  
 
*'''1674''' - Cecil County was erected by proclamation on June 6, 1674. The original boundaries of Cecil County, as created in 1674, by proclamation of Governor Charles Calvert, are described as follows: "From the mouth of the Susquehanna River down the eastern side of the bay to Swan Point, thence to Hell Point, and so up Chester River to the head thereof." Nothing appears to have been said about the eastern or northern bounds of the county, because they were in dispute, nevertheless the lord proprietary still claimed to the Delaware and to the fortieth degree of north latitude. These bounds were slightly varied by another proclamation issued a few days afterwards, which there is reason to believe threw a small part of what is now the extreme southwestern part of Kent County under the jurisdiction of the authorities of Kent Island. <ref name="geological">Maryland Geological Survey, George Burbank Shattuck, Florence Bascom, Edward Bennett Mathews, Clarence Wilbur Dorsey, Jay Allan Bonsteel, Oliver Lanard Fassig, Henry Albert Pressey, Louis Agricola Bauer, Hugh M. Curran, George Bishop Sudworth. Cecil County, Volume 1. Page 26. Geological Survey (U.S.), United States. Bureau of Soils. Digitized by [http://books.google.com/books?id=d7VLAAAAMAAJ Google Books]</ref>  
 
*'''1674''' - Cecil County was erected by proclamation on June 6, 1674. The original boundaries of Cecil County, as created in 1674, by proclamation of Governor Charles Calvert, are described as follows: "From the mouth of the Susquehanna River down the eastern side of the bay to Swan Point, thence to Hell Point, and so up Chester River to the head thereof." Nothing appears to have been said about the eastern or northern bounds of the county, because they were in dispute, nevertheless the lord proprietary still claimed to the Delaware and to the fortieth degree of north latitude. These bounds were slightly varied by another proclamation issued a few days afterwards, which there is reason to believe threw a small part of what is now the extreme southwestern part of Kent County under the jurisdiction of the authorities of Kent Island. <ref name="geological">Maryland Geological Survey, George Burbank Shattuck, Florence Bascom, Edward Bennett Mathews, Clarence Wilbur Dorsey, Jay Allan Bonsteel, Oliver Lanard Fassig, Henry Albert Pressey, Louis Agricola Bauer, Hugh M. Curran, George Bishop Sudworth. Cecil County, Volume 1. Page 26. Geological Survey (U.S.), United States. Bureau of Soils. Digitized by [http://books.google.com/books?id=d7VLAAAAMAAJ Google Books]</ref>  
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277308173025_456">The present county of Kent was in the original bounds of Cecil County for two weeks, until the inhabitants of Kent demanded their territory be returned. <ref name="geological" /></span>
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*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277308173025_456">The present county of Kent was in the original bounds of Cecil County for two weeks, until the inhabitants of Kent demanded their territory be returned. <ref name="geological" /></span>  
 
*'''<span>1732</span>'''<span> - In 1732 John, Richard and Thomas Penn, who by will of their father had become joint proprietors of Pennsylvania, entered into a written agreement with Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore, for the adjustment of the boundaries of the two provinces. trans-peninsular line</span>  
 
*'''<span>1732</span>'''<span> - In 1732 John, Richard and Thomas Penn, who by will of their father had become joint proprietors of Pennsylvania, entered into a written agreement with Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore, for the adjustment of the boundaries of the two provinces. trans-peninsular line</span>  
 
*'''1767''' - The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason%E2%80%93Dixon_Line Mason-Dixon line]was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware.  
 
*'''1767''' - The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason%E2%80%93Dixon_Line Mason-Dixon line]was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware.  
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[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/chron/html/cechron.html Cecil County Chronology]
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[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/chron/html/cechron.html Cecil County Chronology]  
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== Cecil County Maryland Places/Localities  ==
  
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[[Image:Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg|thumb|center|350px|Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg]]
  
 
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[[Harford County, Maryland|Harford]] | [[Kent County, Maryland|Kent]] | [[New Castle County, Delaware|New Castle County]], Delaware | '''Pennsylvania''' counties: [[Chester County, Pennsylvania|Chester]] | [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] | [[York County, Pennsylvania|York]]  
 
[[Harford County, Maryland|Harford]] | [[Kent County, Maryland|Kent]] | [[New Castle County, Delaware|New Castle County]], Delaware | '''Pennsylvania''' counties: [[Chester County, Pennsylvania|Chester]] | [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] | [[York County, Pennsylvania|York]]  
  
== Resources  ==
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== Cecil County Maryland Genealogy Resources  ==
  
==== [[Image:398px-Family-bible.jpg|thumb|right|210x140px]]Bible Records  ====
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*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/bibles.html Family Bible Records at the Historical Society of Cecil County]  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/bibles.html Family Bible Records at the Historical Society of Cecil County]  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/bibles.htm Bible Records ]contributed to USGenWeb
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/bibles.htm Bible Records ]contributed to USGenWeb
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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There is a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE Cemetery Survey] for Cecil county at the Maryland State Archives.&nbsp;The survey contains information about the cemetery at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual cemetery records.<br>MSA S 1512-2777 00/59/06/55<br>
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There is a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE Cemetery Survey] for Cecil county at the Maryland State Archives.&nbsp;The survey contains information about the cemetery at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual cemetery records.<br>MSA S 1512-2777 00/59/06/55<br>  
  
 
'''Transcriptions of various cemeteries in Cecil County can be found at the following websites:'''  
 
'''Transcriptions of various cemeteries in Cecil County can be found at the following websites:'''  
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/md/cecil.htm Interment]  
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/md/cecil.htm Interment]  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/maryland/cecil.html USGenWeb's Tombstone Transcription Project&nbsp;]  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/maryland/cecil.html USGenWeb's Tombstone Transcription Project&nbsp;]  
*[http://www.interment.net/us/md/cecil.htm Cecil County Cemetery Records] from the [http://www.cchistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]. On this page, you will find links to PDF files containing an inventory of Cecil County tombstone transcriptions. One of&nbsp;their most experienced family history researchers and a past president of the Genealogical Society of Cecil County, Gary Burns, has worked several years compiling this detailed spreadsheet. It is still a work in progress and only goes to the letter P right now, but you will find over 29,000 entries for Cecil County Tombstones thus far.  
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*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/cemetery/ Cecil County Cemetery Records] from the [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]. On this page, you will find links to PDF files containing an inventory of Cecil County tombstone transcriptions. One of&nbsp;their most experienced family history researchers and a past president of the Genealogical Society of Cecil County, Gary Burns, has worked several years compiling this detailed spreadsheet. It is still a work in progress and only goes to the letter P right now, but you will find over 29,000 entries for Cecil County Tombstones thus far.  
*An alphabetical&nbsp;list of [http://cecilcountymdgenealogy.pbworks.com/Cecil-County-Cemeteries Cecil County Cemeteries]
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*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MD/CE.html The Political Graveyard] is a great resource for Politicians that were born, lived and died in Cecil County.
 
*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MD/CE.html The Political Graveyard] is a great resource for Politicians that were born, lived and died in Cecil County.
  
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**Cemeteries listed in District 7: Asbury, Baptist, Cokesbury United Methodist, Harmony Chapel Methodist, Jones Memorial, Patterson Private, Principio, Sterrett Private, St. Mark's Episcopal, Taylor's Private  
 
**Cemeteries listed in District 7: Asbury, Baptist, Cokesbury United Methodist, Harmony Chapel Methodist, Jones Memorial, Patterson Private, Principio, Sterrett Private, St. Mark's Episcopal, Taylor's Private  
 
**Cemeteries listed in District 8: Bethesda, Conowingo Baptist, Mt. Zoar, Success Farm, St. Patrick's Catholic  
 
**Cemeteries listed in District 8: Bethesda, Conowingo Baptist, Mt. Zoar, Success Farm, St. Patrick's Catholic  
**Cemeteries listed in District 9: Brick Meeting House Quaker, Trinity Church, Zion Methodist, Zion Presbyterian
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**Cemeteries listed in District 9: Brick Meeting House Quaker, Trinity Church, Zion Methodist, Zion Presbyterian  
 
*Robertson, Donna J.. Tombstone inscriptions of Cecil County. D.J. Robertson.1995.  
 
*Robertson, Donna J.. Tombstone inscriptions of Cecil County. D.J. Robertson.1995.  
 
*Robertson, Donna J.. ''Tombstone inscriptions of Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cecil County, Maryland. ''D.J. Robertson. 1995.  
 
*Robertson, Donna J.. ''Tombstone inscriptions of Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cecil County, Maryland. ''D.J. Robertson. 1995.  
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*{{FHL|521148|subject-id|disp=Family History Library catalog}} search results for Cemeteries in Cecil County
 
*{{FHL|521148|subject-id|disp=Family History Library catalog}} search results for Cemeteries in Cecil County
  
For more information about Cemeteries in Maryland please refer to the [[Maryland Cemeteries|Maryland Cemeteries]] page.
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For more information about Cemeteries in Maryland please refer to the [[Maryland Cemeteries|Maryland Cemeteries]] page.  
  
 
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*The 1693 census of the Swedes on the Delaware&nbsp;: family histories of the Swedish Lutheran Church members residing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey and Cecil County, Md., 1638-1693, by Peter Stebbins Craig. Available through the&nbsp;{{FHL|633634|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}, as well as other places.
 
*The 1693 census of the Swedes on the Delaware&nbsp;: family histories of the Swedish Lutheran Church members residing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey and Cecil County, Md., 1638-1693, by Peter Stebbins Craig. Available through the&nbsp;{{FHL|633634|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}, as well as other places.
  
Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. {{Census|Maryland}}
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Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. {{Census|Maryland}}  
  
 
*[http://www.us-census.org/states/maryland/w-md.htm#Washington 1790 - 1830 Census] Transcripts for Cecil County from the USGenWeb Census Project  
 
*[http://www.us-census.org/states/maryland/w-md.htm#Washington 1790 - 1830 Census] Transcripts for Cecil County from the USGenWeb Census Project  
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==== Churches  ====
 
==== Churches  ====
  
*Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/index.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Cecil County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE Maryland Archives' List of Churches in Cecil County]. They also have a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE list of churches in Cecil County],&nbsp;compiled at&nbsp;the time of the WPA survey in the 1930s, MSA S 1512-2113 00/59/06/48. ''Note that Maryland State Archives WPA Survey files listed below contain information about the church and records found at the church at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual parish registers or similar church records.''  
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*Maryland State Archives' has a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE list of churches in Cecil County],&nbsp;compiled at&nbsp;the time of the WPA survey in the 1930s, MSA S 1512-2113 00/59/06/48.&nbsp;It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. ''Note that Maryland State Archives WPA Survey files listed contain information about the church and records found at the church at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual parish registers or similar church records.''  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5025 Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland Quaker Records]&nbsp;at Ancestry.com (subscription required). This database contains records for the Quaker Monthly Meeting for the city of Nottingham, which lies in Cecil County. Researchers may find records of birth, marriage and death for their nineteenth- century Quaker ancestors listed in this database.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5025 Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland Quaker Records]&nbsp;at Ancestry.com (subscription required). This database contains records for the Quaker Monthly Meeting for the city of Nottingham, which lies in Cecil County. Researchers may find records of birth, marriage and death for their nineteenth- century Quaker ancestors listed in this database.  
*An alphabetical listing of [http://cecilcountymdgenealogy.pbworks.com/Cecil-County-Churches churches in Cecil County]
 
 
*Church {{FHL|511483|subject-id|disp=records}}, {{FHL|450398|subject-id|disp=histories}} and {{FHL|386597|subject-id|disp=indexes}} in the Family History Library catalog
 
*Church {{FHL|511483|subject-id|disp=records}}, {{FHL|450398|subject-id|disp=histories}} and {{FHL|386597|subject-id|disp=indexes}} in the Family History Library catalog
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:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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::*Earleville: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
  
 
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*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. {{FHL|767097|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1}} ff. [Cecil County families appear in Vol. 6]  
 
*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. {{FHL|767097|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1}} ff. [Cecil County families appear in Vol. 6]  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/bios.htm Biographies] contributed to USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/bios.htm Biographies] contributed to USGenWeb  
 
*{{FHL|426551|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - Biography}} section of the Family History Library catalog
 
*{{FHL|426551|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - Biography}} section of the Family History Library catalog
  
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*'''[Anderson]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Anderson]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
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*'''[Baker]''' White, Miles. "Henry Baker and Descendants," ''The Southern History Association'', [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou04assogoog#page/n400/mode/2up Vol. 5, No. 5 (Sep. 1901):388-400]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou04assogoog#page/n488/mode/2up Vol. 5, No. 6 (Nov. 1901):477-496]. Digitized by Internet Archive - free.
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*'''[Campbell]''' Campbell, Donald H. ''The Campbell Family of Virginia.'' 1990s. Digital version at {{FSbook|204389}} - free.
 
*'''[Caulk]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Caulk]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Clements]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Clements]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Cornelius]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Cornelius]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Creswell]''' Russell, George Ely. "David Creswell of Cecil County, Maryland," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr. 1970):65-73. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 46}}  
 
*'''[Creswell]''' Russell, George Ely. "David Creswell of Cecil County, Maryland," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr. 1970):65-73. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 46}}  
*'''[Dunbar] '''Plummer, Judith M. ''Bald Friar Ferry in 1781&nbsp;: across the Susquehanna River between Hartford and Cecil Counties in Maryland''. Westbrook, Maine&nbsp;: J.M. Plummer, 2004. [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH17&CISOPTR=42443 Digital version]
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*'''[Dunbar] '''Plummer, Judith M. ''Bald Friar Ferry in 1781&nbsp;: across the Susquehanna River between Hartford and Cecil Counties in Maryland''. Westbrook, Maine&nbsp;: J.M. Plummer, 2004. Digital version {{FSbook|83762}}
 
*'''[Eliason]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Eliason]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Frist] '''Frist,&nbsp;William H.&nbsp;and Shirley Wilson. "''Good people beget good people": a genealogy of the Frist family. ''Maryland:Rowman &amp; Littlefield. 2003.  
 
*'''[Frist] '''Frist,&nbsp;William H.&nbsp;and Shirley Wilson. "''Good people beget good people": a genealogy of the Frist family. ''Maryland:Rowman &amp; Littlefield. 2003.  
 
*'''[Hendrickson]''' Bendler, Bruce A. "The Hendrickson Family in Cecil County, Maryland: The First Three Generations," ''The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist'', Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 1990):20-22. {{FHL|260282|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m}}.  
 
*'''[Hendrickson]''' Bendler, Bruce A. "The Hendrickson Family in Cecil County, Maryland: The First Three Generations," ''The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist'', Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 1990):20-22. {{FHL|260282|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m}}.  
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*'''[Janney]''' White, Miles. "Janney Genealogy," ''The Southern History Association'', [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou02merigoog#page/n126/mode/2up Vol. 8, No. 2 (Mar. 1904):119-128]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou02merigoog#page/n204/mode/2up Vol. 8, No. 3 (May 1904):196-211]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou02merigoog#page/n282/mode/2up Vol. 8, No. 4 (Jul. 1904):275-286]. Digitized by Internet Archive - free.
 
*'''[Lawson]''' Brayton, John A. ''The Complete Ancestry of Tennessee Williams.'' Winston-Salem, N.C.: J.A. Brayton, 1993. {{FHL|732200|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W67bj}}.  
 
*'''[Lawson]''' Brayton, John A. ''The Complete Ancestry of Tennessee Williams.'' Winston-Salem, N.C.: J.A. Brayton, 1993. {{FHL|732200|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W67bj}}.  
 
*'''[Mathews]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
 
*'''[Mathews]''' Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 54}}  
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Other Cecil County immigration resources include:  
 
Other Cecil County immigration resources include:  
  
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Cecil&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Cecil County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]  
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*[http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Cecil&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Cecil County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]  
 
*Burns, Gary L., compiler. ''Naturalization records, Cecil County, Maryland''. Charlestown, Md (Box 11, Charlestown 21914)&nbsp;: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 1997. <br>
 
*Burns, Gary L., compiler. ''Naturalization records, Cecil County, Maryland''. Charlestown, Md (Box 11, Charlestown 21914)&nbsp;: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 1997. <br>
  
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*[http://plato.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1500/s1529/cfm/dsp_plats.cfm?county=ce Maryland State Archives&nbsp;Cecil County Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats]  
 
*[http://plato.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1500/s1529/cfm/dsp_plats.cfm?county=ce Maryland State Archives&nbsp;Cecil County Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats]  
 
*Land Patents and Certificates in Cecil County, 1649-1774 <ref name="inhabitants">Peden, Henry C., compiler. Inhabitants of Cecil County, Maryland, 1649-1774. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1999.</ref>  
 
*Land Patents and Certificates in Cecil County, 1649-1774 <ref name="inhabitants">Peden, Henry C., compiler. Inhabitants of Cecil County, Maryland, 1649-1774. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1999.</ref>  
*Unpatented Certificates and Leases <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*Unpatented Certificates and Leases <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*Lot Holders in 1702 in the Township of Nottingham <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*Lot Holders in 1702 in the Township of Nottingham <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*Debt Books <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*Debt Books <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*Family History Library catalog results for {{FHL|480108|subject-id|disp=Land and Property}}, {{FHL|691867|subject-id|disp=Land and property Indexes}}, and {{FHL|1058116|subject-id|disp=Land and Property Maps<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277829597559_952" />}}
 
*Family History Library catalog results for {{FHL|480108|subject-id|disp=Land and Property}}, {{FHL|691867|subject-id|disp=Land and property Indexes}}, and {{FHL|1058116|subject-id|disp=Land and Property Maps<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277829597559_952" />}}
  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*Military Officers in 1696. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*Military Officers in 1696. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*Colonial Militia of Cecil County in 1740. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*Colonial Militia of Cecil County in 1740. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*John F. DeWitt Military Museum at the Historical Society of Cecil County 135 E. Main Street, Elkton 410-398-1790<br>Impressive display of military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm.
 
*John F. DeWitt Military Museum at the Historical Society of Cecil County 135 E. Main Street, Elkton 410-398-1790<br>Impressive display of military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm.
  
===== '''''Revolutionary War''''' =====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
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Cecil County men served in the [[6th Maryland Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Maryland Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>
  
 
*''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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Maryland, Cecil County on page 127.]  
 
*''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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Maryland, Cecil County on page 127.]  
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===== '''''Civil War'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Civil War'''''  =====
  
*Civil War History for Cecil County, Maryland - Muffled drums and mustard spoons&nbsp;: Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865<ref name="Muffled">Garrett, Jere. "Muffled drums and mustard spoons : Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865". Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Burd Street Press, c1996</ref>
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*Civil War History for Cecil County, Maryland - Muffled drums and mustard spoons&nbsp;: Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865<ref name="Muffled">Garrett, Jere. "Muffled drums and mustard spoons : Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865". Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Burd Street Press, c1996</ref><br>
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<br>Civil War service men from&nbsp;Cecil County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from&nbsp;Cecil County.
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:- [[5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry]], Company&nbsp;A,&nbsp;and I <br>
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:- [[6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry ]]&nbsp;Company B, E, and G. <br>
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:- [[8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry]] Company A <br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*Rising Sun Herald - 303 E. Main St., Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-5740  
 
*Rising Sun Herald - 303 E. Main St., Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-5740  
 
*[http://www.cecilsoilmagazine.com/ Cecil Soil Magazine ]- P.O. Box 645, Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-3244  
 
*[http://www.cecilsoilmagazine.com/ Cecil Soil Magazine ]- P.O. Box 645, Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-3244  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/newspaper.htm Newspaper articles ]transcribed for USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/newspaper.htm Newspaper articles ]transcribed for USGenWeb  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/obits/obitindx.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames A-L) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/obits/obitindx.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames A-L) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/obits/obitindx2.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames M-Z) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/obits/obitindx2.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames M-Z) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/obits.htm Obituaries] contributed&nbsp;to USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/obits.htm Obituaries] contributed&nbsp;to USGenWeb  
 
*{{FHL|645780|subject-id|disp=Newspaper}} results in the Family History Library catalog
 
*{{FHL|645780|subject-id|disp=Newspaper}} results in the Family History Library catalog
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails&c=fs%3A1386082 Cecil County Probate Estate Files from 1851 to 1940 ]are searchable.The site will let you view and save.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1542664 Cecil County Probate Estate and Guardianship Files from 1796 to 1940] are searchable.The site will let you view and save.  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/wills.htm Wills and Estate Records ]contributed to USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/wills.htm Wills and Estate Records ]contributed to USGenWeb  
 
*{{FHL|507207|subject-id|disp=Probate records}} and {{FHL|418728|subject-id|disp=probate record indexes}} in the Family History Library catalog
 
*{{FHL|507207|subject-id|disp=Probate records}} and {{FHL|418728|subject-id|disp=probate record indexes}} in the Family History Library catalog
  
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*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/rising-sun/ Rising Sun Branch ]111 Colonial Way Rising Sun, MD 21911 phone- 410-658-4025 alternate phone- 410-398-2706. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 8 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm.<br>
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/rising-sun/ Rising Sun Branch ]111 Colonial Way Rising Sun, MD 21911 phone- 410-658-4025 alternate phone- 410-398-2706. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 8 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm.<br>
  
'''Genealogical Society of Cecil County'''<br>
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'''Genealogical Society of Cecil County'''<br>  
  
 
The Genealogical Society of Cecil County, an organization established in 1977, ceased operating as an independent nonprofit corporation in 2005. Under an arrangement made with the Historical Society of Cecil County, the family-history oriented group has given up its independent status and turned its resources over to the Historical Society.They made a donation of over $2,000 to the Historical Society.  
 
The Genealogical Society of Cecil County, an organization established in 1977, ceased operating as an independent nonprofit corporation in 2005. Under an arrangement made with the Historical Society of Cecil County, the family-history oriented group has given up its independent status and turned its resources over to the Historical Society.They made a donation of over $2,000 to the Historical Society.  
  
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'''The Historical Society of Cecil County'''  
 
'''The Historical Society of Cecil County'''  
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[http://www.mdhs.org/library/index.html Maryland Historical Society Library]&nbsp;Library hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.  
 
[http://www.mdhs.org/library/index.html Maryland Historical Society Library]&nbsp;Library hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.  
  
'''''Museum and Library Admission''''': $6 for all non-member visitors; members are free. Please note that picture identification and the completion of a one-time registration form is required for all library patrons. Please visit the library’s visitor information pages for complete information. [http://www.mdhs.org/library/library-user-information Library Visitor Information]<br>
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'''''Museum and Library Admission''''': $6 for all non-member visitors; members are free. Please note that picture identification and the completion of a one-time registration form is required for all library patrons. Please visit the library’s visitor information pages for complete information. [http://www.mdhs.org/library/library-user-information Library Visitor Information]<br>  
  
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'''Maryland State Archives'''  
 
'''Maryland State Archives'''  
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[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] - [http://guide.mdsa.net/combined.cfm?action=viewSeriesList&sfContainerLocation=CECIL%20COUNTY Combined List of Archived Records for Cecil County]  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] - [http://guide.mdsa.net/combined.cfm?action=viewSeriesList&sfContainerLocation=CECIL%20COUNTY Combined List of Archived Records for Cecil County]  
  
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'''The Maryland State Law Library'''  
 
'''The Maryland State Law Library'''  
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 9:00pm&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 9:00pm&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm  
  
'''''Directions''''' - The Maryland State Law Library is located just outside of downtown Annapolis at 361 Rowe Blvd just one block south the Navy Stadium. We are in the first floor the Courts of Appeal Building.<br>
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'''''Directions''''' - The Maryland State Law Library is located just outside of downtown Annapolis at 361 Rowe Blvd just one block south the Navy Stadium. We are in the first floor the Courts of Appeal Building.<br>  
  
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'''Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland<br>'''
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'''Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland<br>'''  
  
 
P.O. Box 275 Easton, MD 21601 . (410) 745-3050  
 
P.O. Box 275 Easton, MD 21601 . (410) 745-3050  
  
===== Family History Centers<br> =====
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===== Family History Centers<br> =====
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*'''[1678, 1681]''' 1678 and 1681 Caecill County tax lists, available [http://www.mdgenweb.org/taxlists.htm online], courtesy: [http://www.mdgenweb.org/ MDGenWeb].  
 
*'''[1678, 1681]''' 1678 and 1681 Caecill County tax lists, available [http://www.mdgenweb.org/taxlists.htm online], courtesy: [http://www.mdgenweb.org/ MDGenWeb].  
 
*'''[1752] '''''Taxable persons in Cecil county for the year, 1752''. Charlestown, Md.: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 19uu.  
 
*'''[1752] '''''Taxable persons in Cecil county for the year, 1752''. Charlestown, Md.: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 19uu.  
*'''[1752] '''Taxable Persons in 1752. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1752] '''Taxable Persons in 1752. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*'''[1759] '''Taxables in 1759. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1759] '''Taxables in 1759. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*'''[1760-1765] '''Batchelor Tax Lists in St. Mary Anne's P.E. Parish 1760-1765. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1760-1765] '''Batchelor Tax Lists in St. Mary Anne's P.E. Parish 1760-1765. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*'''[1761] '''Cecil County Tax Lists of August, 1761. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1761] '''Cecil County Tax Lists of August, 1761. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*'''[1762] '''Taxables Belonging to Elk Forge in 1762. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1762] '''Taxables Belonging to Elk Forge in 1762. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*'''[1763] '''Batchelor Tax List in St. Stephen's P.E. Parish, July 10, 1763. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1763] '''Batchelor Tax List in St. Stephen's P.E. Parish, July 10, 1763. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*'''[1766] '''Taxables in 1766. <ref name="inhabitants" />
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*'''[1766] '''Taxables in 1766. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*'''[1783] '''[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/stagser/s1400/s1437/html/1437ce.html Cecil County Tax List of 1783]&nbsp;: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Districts. This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.  
 
*'''[1783] '''[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/stagser/s1400/s1437/html/1437ce.html Cecil County Tax List of 1783]&nbsp;: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Districts. This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.  
 
*'''[1798]''' Direct tax  
 
*'''[1798]''' Direct tax  
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[http://www.vitalrec.com/mdcounties.html#Cecil Cecil County Vital Records]&nbsp;Order records from Vitalrec.com  
 
[http://www.vitalrec.com/mdcounties.html#Cecil Cecil County Vital Records]&nbsp;Order records from Vitalrec.com  
  
[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/vitals.htm Vital records] for Cecil County from USGenWeb  
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[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/vitals.htm Vital records] for Cecil County from USGenWeb  
  
 
{{FHL|466647|subject-id|disp=Vital records }}for Cecil County in the Family History Library catalog  
 
{{FHL|466647|subject-id|disp=Vital records }}for Cecil County in the Family History Library catalog  
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'''''Marriage'''''  
 
'''''Marriage'''''  
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/vitals/marriages/ USGenWeb Marriages Project for Cecil County Maryland]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/vitals/marriages/ USGenWeb Marriages Project for Cecil County Maryland]
  
 
*Hovermill, Harry A. ''Indices to Cecil County, Maryland marriage licenses, 1865-1885. ''Charlestown, Maryland&nbsp;: Cecil County Genealogical Society, c1982. Available in the {{FHL|68696|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}.
 
*Hovermill, Harry A. ''Indices to Cecil County, Maryland marriage licenses, 1865-1885. ''Charlestown, Maryland&nbsp;: Cecil County Genealogical Society, c1982. Available in the {{FHL|68696|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}.
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*[http://www.cecilgenweb.com/ Cecil County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
 
*[http://www.cecilgenweb.com/ Cecil County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibc.html "Cecil Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''
  
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Guide to Cecil County Maryland genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Cecil County, Maryland
Map
Map of Maryland highlighting Cecil County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 6, 1674
County Seat Elkton
Courthouse
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Address Cecil County Courthouse
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-996-5201
Cecil County Website


Contents

Cecil County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Cecil County, Maryland Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1777 1898 1790 1673 1675


Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1777, divorce, court, and land records from 1674;
Register of Wills has probate records;
Clerk Court has indexes from 1674.[1]

Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records - Cecil County Information

Register of Wills Circuit Courthouse
129 East Main Street - Suite 102
Elkton, Maryland 21921
(410) 996-5330
(888) 398-0301
Fax (410) 996-1039

Mailing Address:
Register of Wills, Cecil County
P O Box 468
Elkton, MD 21922-0468
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday

Cecil County Maryland History

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Though Cecil County was not established by Lord Baltimore and his colonists until 1674, a small settlement came prior to that time. In 1633, twenty five years after John Smith sailed the tributaries of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Englishman William Claiborne opened a trading post on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna. He traded beavers and furs with the Susquehannocks, and sold them to the French in Canada. A small settlement and a plantation surrounded the first white man's post in the area.

There are two names that will forever be linked to the establishment of Cecil County. The first is the Second Lord Baltimore, Cecilius Calvert (1605-1675), for whom the County was named. He ruled the land called Maryland, after his father -The First Lord Baltimore died. He was the first Proprietary Governor of the colony of Maryland from 1632 until his death in 1675.

The second name is that of Augustine Herman, one of Cecil's first land owners. Herman offered his masterful map making skills to create a map of Maryland, and in exchange received a large tract of land that spread out from the Bohemia River. Because of his skills he was considered an important man, and it was Herman who was able to convince Charles Calvert, the second Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, to divide Cecil County out of Baltimore County. In 1674 Herman's wish was granted, and by proclamation, the boundaries for the new county of Cecil were established. The first courthouse was located on the Sassafras River.

The County seat is Elkton. The newspaper of record is the Cecil Whig

Maryland Historic Trust's Inventory of Historic Properties for Cecil County

Parent County

  • 1674--Cecil County was created 6 June 1674 from Baltimore County by a proclamation by the Proprietary Governor Cecil Calvert.  County seat: Elkton.[1]

Boundary Changes

  • 1659 - Much of what is now Cecil County was originally attached to Kent County until Baltimore County was created 12 January 1659. [2]
    Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG
  • 1674 - Cecil County was erected by proclamation on June 6, 1674. The original boundaries of Cecil County, as created in 1674, by proclamation of Governor Charles Calvert, are described as follows: "From the mouth of the Susquehanna River down the eastern side of the bay to Swan Point, thence to Hell Point, and so up Chester River to the head thereof." Nothing appears to have been said about the eastern or northern bounds of the county, because they were in dispute, nevertheless the lord proprietary still claimed to the Delaware and to the fortieth degree of north latitude. These bounds were slightly varied by another proclamation issued a few days afterwards, which there is reason to believe threw a small part of what is now the extreme southwestern part of Kent County under the jurisdiction of the authorities of Kent Island. [3]
  • The present county of Kent was in the original bounds of Cecil County for two weeks, until the inhabitants of Kent demanded their territory be returned. [3]
  • 1732 - In 1732 John, Richard and Thomas Penn, who by will of their father had become joint proprietors of Pennsylvania, entered into a written agreement with Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore, for the adjustment of the boundaries of the two provinces. trans-peninsular line
  • 1767 - The Mason-Dixon linewas established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware.
  • 1829 - The Legislature appointed commisioners to locate the boundary line between Cecil and Harford counties. They finished their work in 1832. Their report shows that they began at the State line, at a rock called Long Rock, in the middle of the Susquehanna River, and continued the line southwardly by various islands and rocks in the river until they reached a large rock at the lower part of Watson's Island.[4]

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Many early court records have disappeared.

Time Lines

Cecil County Chronology

Cecil County Maryland Places/Localities

Chesapeake City, MD from a bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Copyright © January 2006 Jennifer Schmidt.

Populated Places

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Towns
Communities

Neighboring Counties

Harford | Kent | New Castle County, Delaware | Pennsylvania counties: Chester | Lancaster | York

Cecil County Maryland Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

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Cemeteries

There is a Cemetery Survey for Cecil county at the Maryland State Archives. The survey contains information about the cemetery at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual cemetery records.
MSA S 1512-2777 00/59/06/55

Transcriptions of various cemeteries in Cecil County can be found at the following websites:

Published Transcriptions:

  • Dunn, Mary DeVine and Lillian DeVine. St. Francis Xavier Church, Warwick, Maryland, "Old Bohemia" : its history, the burial register : historical notes. Newtown, Pa. : Will-Britt Books. 1987.
  • Genealogical Society of Cecil County. Cecil County, MD, Tombstone Inscriptions, Districts 7, 8 & 9, Volume I. Publisher [S.l.] : Genealogical Society of Cecil County, c1992. Includes 18 area graveyards; Districts 7, 8, & 9
    • Cemeteries listed in District 7: Asbury, Baptist, Cokesbury United Methodist, Harmony Chapel Methodist, Jones Memorial, Patterson Private, Principio, Sterrett Private, St. Mark's Episcopal, Taylor's Private
    • Cemeteries listed in District 8: Bethesda, Conowingo Baptist, Mt. Zoar, Success Farm, St. Patrick's Catholic
    • Cemeteries listed in District 9: Brick Meeting House Quaker, Trinity Church, Zion Methodist, Zion Presbyterian
  • Robertson, Donna J.. Tombstone inscriptions of Cecil County. D.J. Robertson.1995.
  • Robertson, Donna J.. Tombstone inscriptions of Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cecil County, Maryland. D.J. Robertson. 1995.
  • Williams, Mildred C. and Janet R. Brittingham. Cecil County, Maryland cemetery records: Elkton Presbyterian Churchyard, Bethel Methodist Churchyard, Leeds Church cemetery. Newtown, Pa.: Will-Britt Books. 1987.
  • Family History Library catalog search results for Cemeteries in Cecil County

For more information about Cemeteries in Maryland please refer to the Maryland Cemeteries page.

Census

  • The 1693 census of the Swedes on the Delaware : family histories of the Swedish Lutheran Church members residing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey and Cecil County, Md., 1638-1693, by Peter Stebbins Craig. Available through the Family History Library, as well as other places.

Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. For tips on accessing Cecil County, Maryland census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Churches

  • Maryland State Archives' has a list of churches in Cecil County, compiled at the time of the WPA survey in the 1930s, MSA S 1512-2113 00/59/06/48. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. Note that Maryland State Archives WPA Survey files listed contain information about the church and records found at the church at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual parish registers or similar church records.
  • Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland Quaker Records at Ancestry.com (subscription required). This database contains records for the Quaker Monthly Meeting for the city of Nottingham, which lies in Cecil County. Researchers may find records of birth, marriage and death for their nineteenth- century Quaker ancestors listed in this database.
  • Church records, histories and indexes in the Family History Library catalog
Contains the church records of:
  • Earleville: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Church of England

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Court

Before 1776, information may be found in any one of the following types of courts:

  • The Admiralty Court - Following the restoration of the Proprietary government, no Admiralty Court sat in Maryland until a Vice Admiral was commissioned in 1756. The court's jurisdiction included contracts, accounts, wages, treason, piracy, felonies, fugitives, mayhem, and bottomry (cases in which a shipowner put the ship up as security for a loan). The Constitution of 1776 established an Admiralty Court to try capture and seizures made and brought into Maryland ports. The court functioned until 1789, when the U.S. Constitution assigned admiralty jurisdiction to the federal courts.
  • The Provincial Court - The exact date of the creation of the Provincial Court is unknown; it is likely that it dates from Leonard Calvert's commission as Lieutenant General of the colony in 1637, which gave him the authority to try all cases except those concerning life, member, or freehold. Originally called the County Court, the Provincial Court was modeled after the English county courts. The name change probably occurred sometime between 1640 and 1642, when St. Mary's and Kent counties were created, each with a county court. The Provincial Court had concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in most matters, served as an appellate court to the county courts, and had original jurisdiction in criminal cases involving life or member and in civil cases with value above a given sum or poundage of tobacco, which varied throughout the court's history. The Provincial Court also heard chancery, testamentary, and guardianship cases until the Chancery and Prerogative Courts were established and guardianship matters were transferred to the county courts. In addition, the Provincial Court had concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in recording conveyances of land, which was compulsory after 1663.
  • The Prerogative Court - The probate court of Maryland for the greater part of the colonial period was called the Prerogative Court which was responsible for overseeing the administration of all the records related to the estate of a deceased person.
  • The Chancery Court

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

  • Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Cecil County families appear in Vol. 6]
  • Biographies contributed to USGenWeb
  • Maryland, Cecil - Biography section of the Family History Library catalog

Bibliography

  • [Anderson] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Baker] White, Miles. "Henry Baker and Descendants," The Southern History Association, Vol. 5, No. 5 (Sep. 1901):388-400; Vol. 5, No. 6 (Nov. 1901):477-496. Digitized by Internet Archive - free.
  • [Campbell] Campbell, Donald H. The Campbell Family of Virginia. 1990s. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Caulk] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Clements] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Cornelius] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Creswell] Russell, George Ely. "David Creswell of Cecil County, Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr. 1970):65-73. FHL 973 D25aga v. 46
  • [Dunbar] Plummer, Judith M. Bald Friar Ferry in 1781 : across the Susquehanna River between Hartford and Cecil Counties in Maryland. Westbrook, Maine : J.M. Plummer, 2004. Digital version FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Eliason] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Frist] Frist, William H. and Shirley Wilson. "Good people beget good people": a genealogy of the Frist family. Maryland:Rowman & Littlefield. 2003.
  • [Hendrickson] Bendler, Bruce A. "The Hendrickson Family in Cecil County, Maryland: The First Three Generations," The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 1990):20-22. FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m.
  • [Janney] White, Miles. "Janney Genealogy," The Southern History Association, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Mar. 1904):119-128; Vol. 8, No. 3 (May 1904):196-211; Vol. 8, No. 4 (Jul. 1904):275-286. Digitized by Internet Archive - free.
  • [Lawson] Brayton, John A. The Complete Ancestry of Tennessee Williams. Winston-Salem, N.C.: J.A. Brayton, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 W67bj.
  • [Mathews] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54
  • [Matthias] Russell, George Ely. "The Swedish Settlement in Maryland, 1654," The American Genealogist, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):203-210. FHL 973 D25aga v. 54

Surname Files

Gazetteers

Gazetteer of the state of Maryland  By Richard Swainson Fisher, pages 61-63 are about Cecil County.

A Gazetteer of Maryland and Delaware  By Henry Gannett

A new and complete gazetteer of the United States: ... By Thomas Baldwin, J. Thomas

Immigration

The New Early Settlers of Maryland database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' Early Settlers of Maryland and Carson Gibb's Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland." Available online, courtesy: Maryland State Archives.

Other Cecil County immigration resources include:

  • List of imported servants and convicts from Europe who served labor terms in Colonial Cecil County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of Maryland Gazette runaways.]
  • Burns, Gary L., compiler. Naturalization records, Cecil County, Maryland. Charlestown, Md (Box 11, Charlestown 21914) : Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 1997.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

  • Military Officers in 1696. [2]
  • Colonial Militia of Cecil County in 1740. [2]
  • John F. DeWitt Military Museum at the Historical Society of Cecil County 135 E. Main Street, Elkton 410-398-1790
    Impressive display of military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm.
Revolutionary War

Cecil County men served in the 6th Maryland Regiment.[7]

  • 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, Cecil County on page 127.]
  • Cecil County Bicentennial Committee. Cecil County in the Revolutionary War : being an account of some of the experiences, events and locations prominent to Cecil County and it's [sic] citizens during the period of 1776 to 1783.
    Elkton, Md. : The Cecil County Bicentennial Committee, 1976.
  • Revolutionary Patriots of Cecil County, Maryland by Henry C. Peden, Jr.  [8]
War of 1812
  • 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, Cecil County, pp. 142-145. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War
  • Civil War History for Cecil County, Maryland - Muffled drums and mustard spoons : Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865[9]


Civil War


Civil War service men from Cecil County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Cecil County.

- 5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Company A, and I
- 6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry  Company B, E, and G.
- 8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry Company A

Newspapers

Probate

Societies and Libraries

Cecil County Public Library

  • Cecil County Public Library Website
  • Elkton Central Branch  301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921; phone- 410-996-5600; TDD- 410-996-5609. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 9 pm. Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Cecilton Branch  215 East Main Street Cecilton, Maryland 21913 phone- 410-275-1091. Monday and Tuesday - 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday - 10 am - 6 pm Friday - closed Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Chesapeake City Branch  2527 Augustine Herman Highway Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915 phone- 410-996-1134. Monday and Tuesday - 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday - 10 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm.
  • North East Branch 106 West Cecil Avenue North East, Maryland 21901 phone- 410-996-6269. Monday and Tuesday - 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday - 10 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Perryville Branch 500 Coudon Blvd. Perryville, Maryland 21903 phone- 410-996-6070. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 9 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Port Deposit Branch 13 South Main Street Port Deposit, MD 21904 phone- 410-996-6055. Monday through Wednesday - 12 pm - 6 pm Thursday and Friday - closed Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Rising Sun Branch 111 Colonial Way Rising Sun, MD 21911 phone- 410-658-4025 alternate phone- 410-398-2706. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 8 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm.

Genealogical Society of Cecil County

The Genealogical Society of Cecil County, an organization established in 1977, ceased operating as an independent nonprofit corporation in 2005. Under an arrangement made with the Historical Society of Cecil County, the family-history oriented group has given up its independent status and turned its resources over to the Historical Society.They made a donation of over $2,000 to the Historical Society.


The Historical Society of Cecil County

The library has the largest collection of books, manuscripts, maps, government documents and newspapers pertaining to Cecil County in existence. The constantly expanding collection contains over 2,000 books and 12,000 issues of newspapers (starting in 1827). The library preserves newspaper clippings, obituaries, souvenir booklets, pamphlets, and other memorabilia related to county families, businesses, organizations, churches, schools, towns, industries, and important events in vertical files. Photographic collections include an impressive array of postcards, slides, prints, glass plates, negatives, lantern slides, stereo cards and daguerreotypes. Wills, land records, correspondence, receipt, business and organization records and much more comprise the manuscript collection.

135 E. Main Street Elkton, MD 21921; email: history@cchistory.org
The Historical Society of Cecil County is open to the public at the following times. They are closed on all major holidays.
Monday ………………………………………………….. 10:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday………………………………………………….. 6:00 p.m.— 8:30 p.m.
Thursday…………………………………………………. 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
1st and 4th Saturday of Each Month…………………….. 10:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m.
List of closings

Maryland Historical Society

201 West Monument Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4674. 410- 685-3750

Maryland Historical Society Website

Maryland Historical Society Library Library hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Museum and Library Admission: $6 for all non-member visitors; members are free. Please note that picture identification and the completion of a one-time registration form is required for all library patrons. Please visit the library’s visitor information pages for complete information. Library Visitor Information


Maryland State Archives

350 Rowe Boulevard - Annapolis, MD 21401 - toll free: (800) 235-4045 - (410) 260-6400

The use of any username and password on our site is for personal and educational purposes only, and constitutes agreement to abide by any and all copyright restrictions. In most instances the username aaco and password aaco# will work. Contact ref@mdsa.net if you have any questions or have difficulty accessing files.

Directions/HoursThe public search room is open Tuesday through Friday and most Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Archives is CLOSED ON SUNDAYS, MONDAYS, the FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH, and SATURDAYS OF HOLIDAY WEEKENDS. Check website for annual closings.

Records are pulled every half hour starting at 8:45 with the last pull of the day at 3:45. On Saturdays, due to limited staffing, the Searchroom and Microfilm Rooms remain open to the public between 11:30 and 1:30, but record pulls are not performed at 11:45, 12:15, 12:45 and 1:15.

Maryland State Archives - Combined List of Archived Records for Cecil County


The Maryland State Law Library

The Maryland State Law Library provides legal information to the State's appellate courts and other branches of State government and serves as a resource center for Circuit Court libraries throughout the State. We are open to the public, and we encourage the use of the Library's many resources, including laws, general reference materials, state and federal government documents, and state and local histories.

List of genealogy titles for Cecil County in the catalog of the Maryland State Law Library

Hours- Check this Maryland State Law Library Holiday Closures Calendar for all holiday closures. Visitors should check the Judiciary Information Line for delays and closings due to inclement weather or emergencies. All visitors are required to go through a metal detector.

            Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
            Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 9:00pm 
            Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Directions - The Maryland State Law Library is located just outside of downtown Annapolis at 361 Rowe Blvd just one block south the Navy Stadium. We are in the first floor the Courts of Appeal Building.


Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland

P.O. Box 275 Easton, MD 21601 . (410) 745-3050

Family History Centers

Taxation

  • [1678, 1681] 1678 and 1681 Caecill County tax lists, available online, courtesy: MDGenWeb.
  • [1752] Taxable persons in Cecil county for the year, 1752. Charlestown, Md.: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 19uu.
  • [1752] Taxable Persons in 1752. [2]
  • [1759] Taxables in 1759. [2]
  • [1760-1765] Batchelor Tax Lists in St. Mary Anne's P.E. Parish 1760-1765. [2]
  • [1761] Cecil County Tax Lists of August, 1761. [2]
  • [1762] Taxables Belonging to Elk Forge in 1762. [2]
  • [1763] Batchelor Tax List in St. Stephen's P.E. Parish, July 10, 1763. [2]
  • [1766] Taxables in 1766. [2]
  • [1783] Cecil County Tax List of 1783 : First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Districts. 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.
  • [1798] Direct tax
  • Maryland, Cecil - Taxation results in the Family History Library catalog

Vital Records

Cecil County Vital Records Order records from Vitalrec.com

Vital records for Cecil County from USGenWeb

Vital recordsfor Cecil County in the Family History Library catalog


Birth

In 1898, the General Assembly passed a law that initiated the registration of births in the 23 counties (Chapter 312, Acts of 1898). At first, compliance with the law on the local level was incomplete. As the State Board of Health gradually increased its control over the local boards, registration became more reliable. Researchers should keep in mind, however, that as late as 1914 the Board of Health was still working to increase compliance with the law, and some births went unrecorded. 

The 1898 law dictated that "the record of a birth shall state the date and place of its occurrence, name in full, sex and color, and the number of the child, whether living or still born, and the names, color, occupation, birth place and residence of parents, name and address of the physician, midwife or attendant at the birth". 

The Maryland State Archives also has indexing from 1875 through 1950. The early index (1875-1919) is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the child (or by the parents' surname if the child's name is not given). The index provides the child's name (if given), the names of the parents, the date of birth, and the county. The later index (1920-1950) is in Soundex order by the surname of the child; within the Soundex classification it is alphabetical by the father's first name. When no father's name is given, the card is filed at the beginning of the Soundex class. Children of unmarried couples are listed twice, under the names of both parents. This later index provides the names of the child and the parents, the date and county of birth, and the child's race and birth order. Although these indexes are open to the public, please note that the birth certificates themselves are restricted for 100 years after the date of birth. [10]

Marriage

  • Hovermill, Harry A. Indices to Cecil County, Maryland marriage licenses, 1865-1885. Charlestown, Maryland : Cecil County Genealogical Society, c1982. Available in the Family History Library.

Death

Cecil County Maryland Genealogy Websites

  • "Cecil Co.," in Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maryland, Register of Wills Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Cecil County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cecil, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Peden, Henry C., compiler. Inhabitants of Cecil County, Maryland, 1649-1774. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1999.
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