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Guide to Wicomico County Maryland genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wicomo County, Maryland
Map of Maryland highlighting Wicomo County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Founded August 17, 1867
County Seat Salisbury
Address Wicomo County Courthouse
P.O. Box 870
Salisbury, MD 21803-0870
Phone: 410-548-4696 or 410-548-4697
Wicomo County Website


Wicomico County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1868 1898 1870 1867 1867


Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, land, military, and court records from 1867.[1]

Government Office Building
Route 50 & Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801

Wicomico County Maryland History

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  • Named for Wicomico River, in turned derived from American Indian words wicko mekee, meaning "a place where houses are built," apparently referring to an Indian town on the banks.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

Wicomico County Maryland Places/Localities

Populated Places


Neighboring Counties


Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy Resources


Allen Cemetery Barren Creek Springs Cemetery Bethel Cemetery Colbourne Cemetery Dennis Cemetery Dolbey Cemetery Farlows Cemetery

Hammond Cemetery Hastings Cemetery Hebron Cemetery Hustons Cemetery Jerusalem Cemetery Melson Cemetery New Hope Cemetery

Nichols Cemetery Oak Grove Cemetery Palmer Cemetery Parsons Cemetery Pittsville Cemetery Redman Cemetery Saint Johns Cemetery

Spring Hill Memorial Garden Twilley Cemetery Union Cemetery Wicomico Memorial Park Zion Cemetery

Cemetery transcriptions can be found on:

Published records can be found on Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico. [2][3]


Federal Census reports available 1870-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. For tips on accessing Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.


Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Wicomico 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, De.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Wicomico families appear in Vols. 8-10, 12, 15, 17-18, 20, and 22.]




Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Wicomico County Deed Books (1867-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories

  • Cooper, Richard W. Profile of a Colonial Community: Salisbury Town and Wicomico County on Maryland's Eastern Shore; A Study of the Land and the People. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 975.225 H2c.



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, Wicomico County, p. 159. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]





Vital Records


Other Wicomico County death resources include:

Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries


  • Wicomico Historical Society
    Marion Phillips
    PO Box 573 Pemberton Drive
    Salisbury MD 21803-0573
    Phone 410-860-0447
    Fax: 410-860-1441
    Email: history@shore.intercom.net

For more information concerning the Societies and Libraries in Maryland see the Maryland Societies page.

Family History Centers

Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy Websites

Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wicomico County, Maryland page 318, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico By John E. Jacob, Jr. Available from the Lower Delmarva Maryland Genealogical Society. LIB 2-4-3
  3. WorldCat


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