Somerset County, Maryland Genealogy

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Revision as of 20:57, 24 September 2010

United States > Maryland > Somerset County
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County Courthouse

Somerset County Maryland Courthouse.jpg

Template:RAOGKcourthouse 11916 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne, MD 21853


Parent County

  • Created 22 August 1666 from the Colonial lands.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

In 1831 the courthouse burned, but the records were saved.[2] For an excellent article about burned records refer to the Burned Counties Research page.


Populated Places

Census Districts

Neighboring Counties

Dorchester | St. Mary's | Wicomico | Worcester | Accomack County, Virginia



  • A Hill Cemetery
  • All Saints Cemetery
  • Antioch Cemetery
  • Asbury Cemetery
  • Asbury Cemetery
  • Chance and Rock Creek Cemetery
  • Christ Cemetery
  • Emanuel Cemetery
  • Fairmount Cemetery
  • Grace Cemetery
  • John Wesley Cemetery
  • Landford Cemetery
  • Mariners Cemetery
  • Mount Olivet Cemetery
  • Oriole Cemetery
  • Palmetto Cemetery
  • Perryhawkin Cemetery
  • Quindocqua Cemetery
  • Quinton Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Cemetery
  • Saint Johns Cemetery
  • Saint Marks Cemetery
  • Saint Pauls Cemetery
  • Saint Peters Cemetery
  • Saint Stephens Cemetery
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Sunny Ridge Memorial Park
  • Trinity Cemetery
  • Union Cemetery
  • Upper Fairmount Cemetery
Cemetery Transcriptions


  • 1800 Somerset County Census Images
  • 1850 Somerset County Census Transcriptions

Federal Census reports available 1800-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. Exception-1830 Federal Census is missing.


Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Prince George's County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:


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]


  • 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. [Somerset County families appear in Vols. 7-10, 12, 15, 17-18, 20, and 22.]


  • [Covington] Covington, Elbert E. Covington and Kin. DeSoto, Illinois: E.E. Covington, 1973?. Available at FHL; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Delaymos] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60.
  • [Gibbons] Dryden, Ruth T. The Gibbons Family of Somerset County, Maryland. San Diego, California: R.T. Dryden, 1991. Available at FHL.
  • [Gordy] See Melson.
  • [Layfield] Hatcher, Patricia Law. "'Mother Nottle': A Correction to the Ancestry of George and Samuel Layfield of Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 77, No. 1 (Jan. 2002):18-24.
  • [Melson] Melson, Lewis B. The Melson Family in America: With Special Emphasis on the John-John-Daniel-Daniel-Benjamin-Samson Branch that Originated on the Eastern Shore of the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia Peninsula. 2 vols. Annapolis: L.B. Melson, 1996. Available at FHL.
  • [Smith] Smith, Wesley. A Family History and Fifty-two Years of Preacher Life in Mississippi and Texas. Nashville, Tenn.: University Press, 1898. Available at FHL. [Discusses seventeenth-century Smith immigrants.]
  • [Townsend] Bayles, John J. and James L. Taylor. Some Descendants of John Townsend of Snow Hill, Maryland, 1640-1698, Accomack Co., Va., and Somerset Co., Md. Oxnard, California: J.J. Bayles, 1989. Available at FHL.
  • [Waggaman] Edwards, Thomas Clarke. The Waggamans and Their Allied Families. Paramus, New Jersey: T.C. Edwards, 1983. Available at FHL.
  • [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 FHL; digital versions at BYU Family History Archives and Google Books (full-view).



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 Somerset County immigration resources include:


Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Somerset County Deed Books (1665-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories






Vital Records


Societies and Libraries


Web Sites


  1. Somerset County, Maryland State Archives Website
  2. Maryland Destroyed Courthouses   at My Maryland Genealogy accessed 21 October 2008.