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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Maryland|Maryland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Dorchester_County,_Maryland|Dorchester County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Maryland Genealogy|Maryland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Dorchester_County,_Maryland|Dorchester County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Dorchester County, Maryland ancestry, family history, and genealogy''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
  
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[[Image:Dorchester County Boundary Map.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Dorchester County Boundary Map.jpg]]  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Dorchester County  
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| county_map = MD Dorchester map.png
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| state = Maryland
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| founded year = 1668
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| founded date = May 27
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| seat = [[Cambridge, Maryland|Cambridge]]
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| building image = Dorchester County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG
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| building address = Dorchester County Courthouse<br> 206 High Street/501 Court Lane<br>P&nbsp;O Box 26<br>Cambridge, MD 21613<br>Phone: 410-228-0480<br>[http://www.docogonet.com/ '''Dorchester County Website'''] }}
  
== [http://www.docogonet.com/ County Courthouse]  ==
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== [http://www.docogonet.com/ Dorchester County Maryland Courthouse]  ==
  
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<br> <br><br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1780. Divorce records from 1821, equity docket record from 1821 and corporation records from 1858.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dorchester, Maryland page 317, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
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[http://www.docogonet.com/ Dorchester County Courthouse]<br>206 High Street/501 Court Lane<br>P&nbsp;O Box 26<br>Cambridge, MD 21613<br>Phone: 410-228-0480<br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1780. Divorce records from 1821, equity docket record from 1821 and corporation records from 1858.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dorchester, Maryland page 317, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
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== Dorchester County Maryland History  ==
  
[[Image:Edward Sackville.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Edward Sackville.jpg]]  
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[[Image:Edward Sackville.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]  
  
 
*The county is believed to have been named after Dorchester, a city in England, or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Sackville,_4th_Earl_of_Dorset Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset],&nbsp;a family friend of the Calverts.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Maryland_county_name_etymologies "List of Counties in Maryland,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
 
*The county is believed to have been named after Dorchester, a city in England, or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Sackville,_4th_Earl_of_Dorset Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset],&nbsp;a family friend of the Calverts.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Maryland_county_name_etymologies "List of Counties in Maryland,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*15 June 1773, [[Caroline County, Maryland|Caroline]] County was set off.
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*15 June 1773, [[Caroline County, Maryland Genealogy|Caroline]] County was set off.
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*For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/maryland/ "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps"] (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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For a list of record loss in Maryland counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/maryland/md-counties.html#courthouse Maryland Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
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== Dorchester County Maryland Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
 
===== City  =====
 
===== City  =====
  
*Cambridge
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Cambridge,_Maryland Cambridge]
  
 
===== Towns  =====
 
===== Towns  =====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Calvert County, Maryland|Calvert]]| [[Caroline County, Maryland|Caroline]]| [[St. Mary's County, Maryland|St. Mary's]]| [[Somerset County, Maryland|Somerset]]| [[Talbot County, Maryland|Talbot]]| [[Wicomico County, Maryland|Wicomico]]| Deleware Counties: [[Sussex County, Delaware|Sussex]]  
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[[Image:Mddorchester.jpg|right|600px|Mddorchester.jpg]]  
  
== Resources  ==
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'''Maryland''' counties:
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*[[Calvert County, Maryland Genealogy|Calvert]]
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*[[Caroline County, Maryland Genealogy|Caroline]]
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*[[St. Mary's County, Maryland Genealogy|St. Mary's]]
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*[[Somerset County, Maryland Genealogy|Somerset]]
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*[[Talbot County, Maryland Genealogy|Talbot]]
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*[[Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy|Wicomico]]
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'''Delaware''' county:
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*[[Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy|Sussex]]
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== Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Dorchester County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records from their collection have been digitized and made available to view for free online:  
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''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' is not intended to be a complete listing of all Religious institutions in Maryland. It was originally based upon the churches recorded by the Federal Works Progress Administration during a records survey conducted from 1935 to 1941. It has been expanded by later acquisitions from religious organizations to the Maryland State Archives. The following records from their collection have been digitized and made available to view for free online:  
  
 
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=3119 Society of Friends (Quakers), Northwest Fork Monthly Meeting, Treasurer's Account Book 1801-1853]&nbsp;(link broken 5/25/10)
 
*[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_film.cfm?speccol=3119 Society of Friends (Quakers), Northwest Fork Monthly Meeting, Treasurer's Account Book 1801-1853]&nbsp;(link broken 5/25/10)
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Trinity Church was built by 1690.<ref>[http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=4045 Trinity P.E. Church], The Historical Marker Database, accessed 7 March 2011.</ref> A chapel of ease served parishioners on Taylor's Island.<ref>[http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=4043 Chapel of Ease Old Trinity Episcopal Church Circa 1707], The Historical Marker Database, accessed 7 March 2011.</ref>  
 
Trinity Church was built by 1690.<ref>[http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=4045 Trinity P.E. Church], The Historical Marker Database, accessed 7 March 2011.</ref> A chapel of ease served parishioners on Taylor's Island.<ref>[http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=4043 Chapel of Ease Old Trinity Episcopal Church Circa 1707], The Historical Marker Database, accessed 7 March 2011.</ref>  
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Dorchester Parish, Maryland|Dorchester Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Great Choptank Parish, Maryland|Great Choptank Parish]]  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=514576&disp=Abstracts+from+Dorchester+parish+registe Dorchester Parish]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=514576&disp=Abstracts+from+Dorchester+parish+registe Great Choptank Parish]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''[Ennalls]''' "The Ennalls and Waggaman Families of Maryland," ''The William and Mary Quarterly,'' Vol. 2, No. 2 (Oct. 1893):98-105. Digital version at [http://www.jstor.org/stable/1920131 JSTOR] - free.  
 
*'''[Ennalls]''' "The Ennalls and Waggaman Families of Maryland," ''The William and Mary Quarterly,'' Vol. 2, No. 2 (Oct. 1893):98-105. Digital version at [http://www.jstor.org/stable/1920131 JSTOR] - free.  
*'''[Wright]''' Wright, Charles W. ''The Wright Ancestry of Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties Maryland''. Baltimore: Baltimore City Printing and Binding Co., 1907. Available at {{FSbook|87788}}; {{FHL|195603|title-id|disp=FHL}}; and&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=iRVlAAAAMAAJ Google Books].
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*'''[Wright]''' Wright, Charles W. ''The Wright Ancestry of Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties Maryland''. Baltimore: Baltimore City Printing and Binding Co., 1907. Available at {{FSbook|87788}}; {{FHL|195603|title-id|disp=FHL}}; and&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=iRVlAAAAMAAJ Google Books].  
 
*'''[Wroughton]''' Loeser, Rudolf. "Margaret (__) (Wroughton) (Attowell) Grimes and Some Relatives," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 42, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1998):111-118; Vol. 42, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1998):194-204. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg}}.
 
*'''[Wroughton]''' Loeser, Rudolf. "Margaret (__) (Wroughton) (Attowell) Grimes and Some Relatives," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 42, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1998):111-118; Vol. 42, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1998):194-204. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg}}.
  
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*Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Overseas correspondence of a resident of Vianna [Vienna, Dorchester County] with the following surname: Dennis.]  
 
*Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Overseas correspondence of a resident of Vianna [Vienna, Dorchester County] with the following surname: Dennis.]  
*[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=Dorchester&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 Dorchester 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=Dorchester&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 Dorchester County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/simple.php Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
  
 
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==== Land  ====
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Civil War  
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<br>Civil War service men from Dorchester 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 Dorchester County.  
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<br>Civil War service men from Dorchester 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 Dorchester County.<br>
  
:- [[1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry|1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry]], Company A, B,&nbsp;and C.&nbsp;
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:- [[1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry|1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry]], Companies A, B,&nbsp;and C.&nbsp;
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*[http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se4/000000/html/index.html Probate Records, Colonial Index, 1634-1777] online at Maryland State Archives website - free
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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'''''Marriage'''''
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*[http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/stagser/s1500/s1527/html/ssi1527.html#list Maryland Marriage References] by Robert Barnes - free.
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*[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=marriage Marriage Records - Maryland State Archives]
  
 
'''''Death'''''  
 
'''''Death'''''  
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*Dorchester County, Maryland Cemeteries, Death Certificate Indexes, Death Certificate Abstracts, Abstracts of Obituaries are [http://dcgm.tripod.com/dcfiles.html available online].
 
*Dorchester County, Maryland Cemeteries, Death Certificate Indexes, Death Certificate Abstracts, Abstracts of Obituaries are [http://dcgm.tripod.com/dcfiles.html available online].
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Dorchester County Historical Society'''<br>
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902 LaGrange Ave.<br>
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Cambridge, MD 21613 - 2009<br>
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410) 228-7953<br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:dchs@verizon.net dchs@verizon.net]<br>
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[http://www.dorchesterhistory.com Website]<br>
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'''Dorchester County Library'''<br>
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303 Gay Street<br>
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Cambridge, MD 21613<br>
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410-228-7331<br>
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Fax: 410-228-6313<br>
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TDD: 410-228-0454<br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:infodesk@dorchesterlibrary.org infodesk@dorchesterlibrary.org]<br>
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[http://www.dorchesterlibrary.org Website]<br>
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'''Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society'''
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Box 3602<br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com]<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ldgs/index.htmlWebsite]<br>
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'''National Society United States Daughters of 1812'''<br>
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MARYLAND SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812- Kitty Knight Chapter<br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:info@usdaughtersof1812maryland.org info@usdaughtersof1812maryland.org]<br>
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[http://www.usdaughtersof1812maryland.org/index.html Website]<br>
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy Websites ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/maryland/dorchester-county/ Dorchester County, MD History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*The Dorchester County MDGenWeb Project, a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*The Dorchester County MDGenWeb Project, a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibd.html "Dorchester Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibd.html "Dorchester Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/dorchester/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Dorchester County.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/dorchester/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Dorchester County.  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/dorchester/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Dorchester County. (Backup site)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/dorchester/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Dorchester County. (Backup site)  
*{{FHL|Maryland%2C+Dorchester|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Dorchester County.
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*{{FHL|Maryland%2C+Dorchester|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Dorchester County.
  
== References  ==
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== Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy References  ==
  
 
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<references />  
  
{{Maryland|Maryland}}  
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{{Maryland|Maryland}} [[Category: Dorchester County, Maryland]]
 
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Latest revision as of 11:31, 28 August 2015

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Maryland  Gotoarrow.png  Dorchester County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Maryland
Online Records



Dorchester County, Maryland
Map
Map of Maryland highlighting Dorchester County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 27, 1668
County Seat Cambridge
Courthouse
Dorchester County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG
Address Dorchester County Courthouse
206 High Street/501 Court Lane
P O Box 26
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: 410-228-0480
Dorchester County Website


Contents

Dorchester County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Dorchester County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1780 1898 1790 1669 1688





Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1780. Divorce records from 1821, equity docket record from 1821 and corporation records from 1858.[1]

Dorchester County Maryland History

Edward Sackville.jpg

Parent County

  • Created 27 May 1668 from Colonial lands.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Maryland counties see: Maryland Counties with Burned Courthouses

Dorchester County Maryland Places/Localities

Populated Places

City
Towns
  • Brookview
  • Church Creek
  • East New Market
  • Eldorado
  • Galestown
  • Hurlock
  • Secretary
  • Vienna
Communities
  • Algonquin
  • Bishops Head-Toddville
  • Crapo
  • Crocheron
  • Elliott-Salem
  • Fishing Creek
  • Hoopersville
  • Linkwood
  • Madison-Woolford
  • Rhodesdale
  • Taylors Island
  • Wingate

Neighboring Counties

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Maryland counties:

Delaware county:

Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy Resources

Cemeteries

Dorchester County cemetery transcriptions in the US Genweb Project and other sources.  http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/md/dorchester.html

Census

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


  • 1776 Transcription and Index
  • 1778
  • 1790
  • 1800
  • 1810
  • 1820
  • 1830
  • 1840
  • 1850
  • 1850 Slave
  • 1860
  • 1860 Slave
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church

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 from their collection have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Church of England

Trinity Church was built by 1690.[3] A chapel of ease served parishioners on Taylor's Island.[4]

Gotoarrow.png See also Dorchester Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Great Choptank Parish

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. [Dorchester County families appear in Vols. 7, 11, 13-14, 16, and 19.]

Bibliography

  • [Ennalls] "The Ennalls and Waggaman Families of Maryland," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Oct. 1893):98-105. Digital version at JSTOR - free.
  • [Wright] Wright, Charles W. The Wright Ancestry of Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties Maryland. Baltimore: Baltimore City Printing and Binding Co., 1907. Available at FamilySearch Books Online; FHL; and Google Books.
  • [Wroughton] Loeser, Rudolf. "Margaret (__) (Wroughton) (Attowell) Grimes and Some Relatives," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1998):111-118; Vol. 42, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1998):194-204. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.

Gazetteers

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 Dorchester County immigration resources include:

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Overseas correspondence of a resident of Vianna [Vienna, Dorchester County] with the following surname: Dennis.]
  • List of imported servants and convicts from Europe who served labor terms in Colonial Dorchester County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of Maryland Gazette runaways.]

Land

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Dorchester County Deed Books (1669-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

Dorchester County men served in the 5th Maryland Regiment.[5]

  • 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 et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Maryland, Dorchester County on page 128.]
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, Dorchester County, pp. 145-146. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]


Civil War


Civil War service men from Dorchester 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 Dorchester County.

- 1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry, Companies A, B, and C. 

Newspapers

Dorchester County, Maryland Old Newspapers are available online.

Private Papers

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Vianna [Vienna, Dorchester County] with the following surname: Dennis.]

Probate

Taxation

  • [1678, 1681] 1678 and 1681 Dorchester County tax lists, available online, courtesy: MDGenWeb.
  • [1783] Dorchester 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.

Vital Records

Marriage

Death

Other Dorchester County death record resources include:

  • Dorchester County, Maryland Cemeteries, Death Certificate Indexes, Death Certificate Abstracts, Abstracts of Obituaries are available online.

Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Dorchester County Historical Society
902 LaGrange Ave.
Cambridge, MD 21613 - 2009
410) 228-7953
E-Mail: dchs@verizon.net
Website

Dorchester County Library
303 Gay Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-7331
Fax: 410-228-6313
TDD: 410-228-0454
E-Mail: infodesk@dorchesterlibrary.org
Website

Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society Box 3602
Salisbury, Maryland 21802-3602
E-Mail: lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com
[1]

National Society United States Daughters of 1812
MARYLAND SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812- Kitty Knight Chapter
E-Mail: info@usdaughtersof1812maryland.org
Website


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy Websites

Dorchester County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dorchester, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of Counties in Maryland," Wikipedia.
  3. Trinity P.E. Church, The Historical Marker Database, accessed 7 March 2011.
  4. Chapel of Ease Old Trinity Episcopal Church Circa 1707, The Historical Marker Database, accessed 7 March 2011.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "5th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.

 

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