Garrett County, Maryland Genealogy

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


Garrett County, Maryland
Map of Maryland highlighting Garrett County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Founded November 4, 11872
County Seat Oakland
Address Garrett County Courthouse
203 South Fourth Street, Room 207
Oakland, Maryland, 21550
Phone: 301-334-8970
Garrett County Website

Garrett County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Garrett County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1873 1898 1880 1873 1873

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, land
and court records from 1872, military records from 1942,
and naturalization records 1908-1929; Register of wills
has probate records. [1]

Garrett County Maryland History

  • Named for John Work Garrett (1820-1884), president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Parent County

  • Last county created in the state, 4 November 1872, from west part of Allegany 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.

Record Loss

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

Garrett County Maryland Places/Localities

Populated Places


Accident | Deer Park | Friendsville | Grantsville | Kitzmiller | Loch Lynn Heights | Mountain Lake Park | Oakland


Bittinger | Bloomington | Corunna | Crellin | Gorman | Hutton | Kempton | Keysers Ridge | McHenry | Jennings | New Germany | Sand Spring | Sang Run | Shalmar | Swanton

Neighboring Counties


Maryland county:

Pennsylvania counties:

West Virginia counties:

Garrett County Maryland Genealogy Resources



Federal Census reports available 1880-1930. For tips on accessing Garrett County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.


  • 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.



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Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Garrett County Deed Books (1872-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Other Garrett County land resources include:

Local Histories


Marriage Records


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, Garrett County, p. 149. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War




Online Probate Records

Research Guides

  • Russell, Donna Valley. Allegany and Garrett Counties, Maryland, Genealogical Research Guide. New Market, Md.: Catoctin Press, 1996.


Vital Records


Garrett County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Friend Family Association of America
261 Maple St
Friendsville,MD 21531-2131

Garrett County Historical Museum
107 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550

Ruth Enlow Library
Oakland (Main) Library
6 North Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Fax: 301-334-4152

Western Maryland Regional Library
101 Tandy Drive
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
301-739-3250 ext 553

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.

Garrett County Maryland Genealogy Websites

  • "Garrett Co.," in Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.
  • FamilyHart Online Database This online database contains over 843,000 linked family names. It grows by 1,500 names per week, and is updated online quarterly. There are many many Garrett County family in this database.

Garrett County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harford, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.