Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy

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Baltimore County

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


Baltimore County, Maryland
Map of Maryland highlighting Baltimore County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Founded June 30, 1659
County Seat Towson
Baltimore County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG
Address Baltimore County Courthouse
400 Washington Ave
Towson, MD 21204-4606
Phone: 410-887-2601
Baltimore County Website


Beginning Dates for Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1777 1898 1790 1659 1666

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court, and land records from 1851.
Register of Wills has probate records.[1]


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 website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

Baltimore County Boundary Map.jpg
Census Districts
  • Arbutus
  • Bowleys Quarters
  • Carney
  • Catonsville
  • Cockeysville-Hunt Valley
  • Dundalk
  • Edgemere
  • Essex
  • Garrison
  • Hampton
  • Kingsville
  • Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands
  • Lochearn
  • Lutherville-Timonium
  • Mays Chapel
  • Middle River
  • Milford Mill
  • Overlea
  • Owings Mills
  • Parkville
  • Perry Hall
  • Pikesville
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Rossville
  • Towson
  • White Marsh
  • Woodlawn
  • Baldwin
  • Boring
  • Brooklandville
  • Butler
  • Carroll Crest
  • Chase
  • Fork
  • Fort Howard
  • Germantown
  • Glen Arm
  • Glencoe
  • Glyndon
  • Gwynn Oak
  • Halethorpe
  • Hereford
  • Hydes
  • Jacksonville
  • Lake
  • Long Green
  • Maryland Line
  • Monkton
  • Nottingham
  • Oella
  • Parkton
  • Phoenix
  • Ruxton-Riderwood
  • Sparks
  • Sparrows Point
  • Stevenson
  • Turners Station
  • Upper Falls
  • Upperco
  • White Hall

Neighboring Counties

Maryland counties:

Pennsylvania county:


Bible Records

Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County Bible Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MDGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Maryland Cemeteries for more information.


Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. For tips on accessing Baltimore 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.


Early Baptist churches:

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also St. James's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. John's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. Paul's Parish


Directories ($) has Baltimore City Directories 1863-1923 (5 yrs. missing) available online. Fold3 is free at some libraries and at National Archives research rooms.

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:




Online Records

Baltimore has been a port since colonial times. Unfortunately, no official passenger lists survive for the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries.

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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore County Deed Books (1653-present) have been uploaded to their website: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories



Revolutionary War

Baltimore County men served in the 4th Maryland Regiment[5] and the 7th Maryland Regiment.[6]

War of 1812
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Baltimore 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 Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry, Company I.
- 1st Regiment, Maryland Cavalry (Union)
- 1st Regiment, Maryland Cavalry, Potomac Home Brigade, Companies E, F, G, H, I, K, L, and M.
- 1st Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade, Companies C, G, and K.
- 2nd Regiment, Maryland Cavalry (6 months, 1863-1864), Companies A, B, C and E.
- 2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry, Company F.
- 3rd Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade, Companies B and F.
- 3rd Regiment, Maryland Cavalry, Companies A, B, C, H, I, and K.
- 4th Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade, Company B.
- 5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry , Companies B, C, D, E, F, G, H and K.
- 6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry,  Companies C, F and I.
- 7th Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Companies D and K.
- 8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry- Companies B, C, D, F and G.
- 9th Regiment, Maryland Infantry (6 months, 1863-1864), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and K.
- Purnell Legion, Maryland Cavalry, Companies A, B, and C.
- Purnell Legion, Maryland Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, H and K.


Though it does not appear on the FamilySearch Catalog under the naturalization section of the City of Baltimore or Baltimore County, the Family History Library has acquired published abstracts of Baltimore naturalizations from 1784 through 1854:



Baltimore And Anne Arundel County Last Will and Testaments and Other Probate/Estate Related Documents

Orphans Court Notices (Probate, Administration of Estates, and Some Equity Suits)

Online Probate Records

Research Guides


Vital Records



Other Baltimore County death record resources include: Extracts and Copies of Death Notices and Obituaries from Baltimore Area Newspapers

Societies and Libraries

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Baltimore Chapter
P. O. Box 9366
Baltimore, MD 21229-3125

Baltimore County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10085
Towson, MD 21285-0085

Baltimore County Genealogical Society Library
Parkville Senior Center
3rd Floor, room 308 (Elevator Available)
8601 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

The Historical Society of Baltimore County Library
Historic Almshouse
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21030
410 666-1878

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Central Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Jewish Museum of Maryland
at the Herbert Bearman Campus
15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Fax 410-732-6451

The Goodwin Library and Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center
at the Jewish Museum
15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410 732-6400 x213
410 732-6400 x224

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 Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Baltimore Arundel County, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of Counties in Maryland," Wikipedia.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  4. William Hand Browne, ed., Archives of Maryland: Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland October 1678-November 1683 (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1889).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "4th Maryland Regiment,", accessed 31 May 2012.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "7th Maryland Regiment,", accessed 31 May 2012.
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