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Guide to Prince George's County, Maryland ancestry, family history, and genealogy, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Prince George's County, Maryland
Map of Maryland highlighting Prince George's County
Location in the state of Maryland
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Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Founded October 3, 1695
County Seat Upper Marlboro
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Address Prince George's County Courthouse
14735 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772-3050
Phone: 301-952-3318
Prince George's County Website


Prince George's County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Prince George's County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1898 1776 1696 1698

Clerk of the Circuit Court has land and court records.
Register of Wills has probate records.
1830 Census missing.[1]

Prince George's County Maryland History

  • Named for Prince George of Denmark, the brother of King Christian V of Denmark and Sweden, and husband of Queen Anne of Great Britain.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Prince George's County Maryland Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Maryland counties:

Virginia counties:

District of Columbia

Prince George's County Maryland Genealogy Resources



Provincial Census of August 31, 1776, Prince George's County: St. John's and Prince George's Parishes (89 pages of facsimile reproductions) is available online, see pages 1-89 and index in:

  • Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus. Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church from Original Sources. Vol. 1. Baltimore, Md.: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1915. Digital version at Google Books.

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


Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions is not intended to be a complete listing of all Religious institutions in Maryland. It was originally based upon the churches recorded by the Federal Works Progress Administration during a records survey conducted from 1935 to 1941. It has been expanded by later acquisitions from religious organizations to the Maryland State Archives. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also King George's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Piscataway Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Prince George's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Queen Anne's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. John's Parish

LDS Ward and Branch Records
  • Capitol Heights
  • Greenbelt



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]
  • [Addison] Kennedy, Mary Selden. Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., c1911. Digital versions of Vol. 1 at Google Books; Internet Archive | Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online;Internet Archive; FHL Book 929.273 Se48k.
  • [Addison] Lomax, E.L. Genealogy of the Virginia Family of Lomax. Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., 1913. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Bates] Russell, Donna Valley. "The Maternal Ancestry of Mary Bates, Wife of Lingan Wilson of Prince George's County, Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 68, No. 2 (Apr. 1993):72-76. Available at FHL.
  • [Beall] See Bates.
  • [Beckwith] Hoff, Henry B. "Alexander de Hinojosa and His Descendants in Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2004):260-273. Available at FHL.
  • [Boteler] Russell, Donna Valley. "The Boteler Family of Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Jan. 1995):9-17. Available at FHL.
  • [Bowell] Bowell, Lillian and William Bowell. A Bowell Family History. St. Paul, Minn.
  • [Buckerfield] See Bates.
  • [Calvert] Douxchamps, Hervé, Jan Botemans and Henry Hoff. Rubens et ses Descendants. Volume IV, La Descendance Lunden. Brussels, Belgium: Office Généalogique et Héraldique de Belgique, 1985. 1977 edition: FHL Book 929.2493 R823d.
  • [Chapline] Dare, Maria J. Liggett. Chaplines from Maryland and Virginia. Washington, D.C.: M.J.L. Dare, 1902. FHL Film 896749 Item 3; digital version at Internet Archive.
  • [Chilton] Dorman, John Frederick. "The Chilton Families of Virginia and Maryland," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1967):71-78; Vol. 11, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1967):121-125; Vol. 11, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1967):167-174; Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1968):15-18; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1968):83-86; Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1968):109-113; Vol. 12, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1968):169-175; Vol. 13, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1969):32-36; Vol. 13, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1969):65-71; Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1969):177-180; Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1970):15-22; Vol. 14, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1970):75-82; Vol. 14, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1970):123-128; Vol. 14, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1970):165-168; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1971):32-41; Vol. 15, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1971):122-124; Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1971):259-264; Vol. 16, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1972):301-306; FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 11-v. 16; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Crauford] Tyler, Lyon G. "The Blackburns, of 'Ripon Lodge,'" The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Apr. 1896):266-269. Digital version at JSTOR - free.
  • [D'Hiniossa] Hoffman, William J. "Alexander D'Hiniossa, The Last Dutch Director on the Delaware," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 73, No. 4 (Oct. 1942):246-250. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 73.
  • [Elder] Donnelly, Mary Louise. Maryland Elder Family and Kin - William Elder 1707-1775 Emmitsburg, Md. Pioneer. Burke, Va.: M.L. Donnelly, 1975. FHL Book 929.273 EL22d.
  • [Gambra] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60; Vol. 77, No. 1 (Apr. 2001):138-147. Available at FHL.
  • [Hawley] Hawley, Laura. Hawley, Halley, Holley and Families of Similar Surnames Found in Early Records of England, Maryland and Virginia. Bowie, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 2003.
  • [Hepburn] See Bates.
  • [Holdsworth] See Bates.
  • [Ingram] Barnum, Dorothy Jeter and George Ely Russell. “James Johnson alias Ingram: A Southern Odyssey,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 1 (Mar. 1988):5-16. Digital version at National Genealogical Society website ($); FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 76 (1988).
  • [Ingram] Barnum, Dorothy Jeter. The James and Mary Kendall Ingram Family. Moultrie, Georgia: D.J. Barnum, c1988. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 In4ba; Film 1320971 Item 11.
  • [Lamar] Lamar, William Harmong, "Thomas Lamar of the Province of Maryland, and a Part of His Descendants," Publications of the Southern History Association, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Jul. 1897):203-210. Digitized by Internet Archive - free.
  • [Lamar] Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Heraldica: Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor, With Genealogical Notes of the Families. New York: The Genealogical Association, 1908. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Parker] See Bates.
  • [Pottenger] Thompson, Neil D. and Paul C. Reed. "Falsehood and Truth: The Ancestry of John Pottenger, Immigrant to Maryland in 1684," The American Genealogist, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jul. 1993):139-145. Available at FHL.
  • [Prather] Lewis, Olan R. The Thomas Prather Family. Lakeport, Calif.: O.R. Lewis, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 5324.
  • [Rawlins] Lancaster, Jeannie. "Rawlins Family," Tree Builders, Christian County Genealogical Society, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Fall 2006):57-67. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Reagan] Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans. 3 vols. Knoxville, Tenn.: D.B. Reagan, 1978-1983. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273R22b 1978. [The Reagan family is discussed in Vol. 1.]
  • [Scearce] McNamara, Elizabeth W. Weakley, Scearce, Arnold Families of Kentucky, Their Descendants and Ancestral Families. Baltimore, 1980. FHL Book 929.273 W371m.
  • [Smith] Russell, Donna Valley. "Nathan and Thomas Smith of Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 65, No. 4 (Oct. 1990):230-232. Digital version at American Ancestors ($); FHL Collection
  • [Sprigg] Dorman, John Frederick. Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. 3 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005. See Volume 2. FHL Book 975.5 H2j v. 2.
  • [Taylor] Dennstedt, Albert Marjorie. "Richard and Ann Taylor's Descendants in Maryland and Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1996):29-38; Vol. 40, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1996):134-145; Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1996):199-211; Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1996):282-293. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • [Welsh] Russell, George Ely. "Molly Welsh: Alleged Grandmother of Benjamin Banneker," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 4 (December 2006):305-314. FHL Collection 973 B2ng v. 94 (2006)
  • [Wheat] Monk, Arliss Shaffer. "Undocumented Genealogies: To Trust or Not to Trust? Lessons from Several Strains of Wheat," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 1 (March 1998):37-49. FHL Collection 973 B2ng v. 86 (1998)
  • [Wilson] See Bates.




Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Prince George's County Deed Books (1696-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories



Revolutionary War

Prince George's County men served in the 3rd Maryland Regiment[2] and the 6th Maryland Regiment.[3]

  • 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, Prince George's County on page 127.]

Lists of Prince George's County men involved in the Revolutionary War have been published in:

  • Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus, & Hodges, Margaret Roberts. Revolutionary Records of Maryland. Washington, D.C.: R.H. Darby Print., 1924. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
French War (1799)

"Two Muster Rolls, Militia Prince George's County, French War, 1799, giving Dates of Birth of Soldiers," is available online, see pages 173-175 in:

  • Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus. Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church from Original Sources. Vol. 1. Baltimore, Md.: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1915. Digital version at Google Books.
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, Prince George's County, pp. 153-154. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Prince George's County, Maryland Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Prince George's County, Maryland Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, West Virginia Light Artillery, Battery H Light Artillery.




  • 1733 - Russell, Donna Valley. "1733 Taxables," Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1987):99-103.
  • 1828 Tax List Prince George's County, Maryland. editor, Shirley Langdon Wilcox; compiled by Prince George's County Genealogical Society. - [Bowie, Md?] : The Society, 1985. - 130 p.FHL 975.251 R4t. F187.P9 A13 1985

Vital Records


"Marriage Licenses Issued at Upper Marlborough, Prince George's County, 1777-1800," is available online, see pages 93-172 in:

  • Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus. Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church from Original Sources. Vol. 1. Baltimore, Md.: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1915. Digital version at Google Books.

Prince George's County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Prince George's County, MD Chapter
PO Box 44252
Fort Washington, MD 20749-4252

Greenbelt Historical Society
204 Lastner Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
301 474-5156

Greenbelt Museum
Oral Histories 10B Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Laurel Historical Society
John Calder Brennan Library
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
301 725-7975

Prince George's County Genealogical Society
PO Box 819
Bowie, MD 20718-0819
301 262-2063

Prince George's County Historical Society
Frederick S. DeMarr Library
PO Box 14
Riverdale, Maryland 20738-0014
301 220-0330

Riversdale Historical Society
4811 Riverdale Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
301 864-0420

Family History Centers

Prince George's County Maryland Genealogy Websites

Prince George's County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Prince George’s, Maryland page 318, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "3rd Maryland Regiment,", accessed 31 May 2012.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment,", accessed 31 May 2012.


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