Allegany County, Maryland Genealogy
- This article is about a western Maryland county. For other uses, see Allegany.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Quick History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Biographies
- 4.2 Cemeteries (Rural)
- 4.3 Census
- 4.4 Church Records
- 4.5 Court
- 4.6 Gazetteers
- 4.7 Genealogy
- 4.8 Land
- 4.9 Local Histories
- 4.10 Maps
- 4.11 Military
- 4.12 Newspapers
- 4.13 Probate
- 4.14 Taxation
- 4.15 Vital Records
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Allegany County Courthouse
3 Pershing Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (301) 777-5911
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court
and land records from 1791 and naturalization
Register of Wills has probate
The name Allegany comes from the Allegheny Mountains. "Allegany" itself, derived from a local Native American word, oolikhanna, means "beautiful stream."
- Lost census: 1890
Variant Place Names
- Mount Savage > Arnold Settlement, Corriganville, Jennings, Jennings Run, Jennons Run, Luthworth
For cemeteries in or very near cities or towns, please refer to populated places above.
For tips on accessing Allegany County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.
- 1850 Slave
- 1860 Slave
- 1890 Veterans
Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Allegany County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records from their collection have been digitized and made available to view for free online:
- Methodist Episcopal, First Methodist Episcopal Church, Registers 1838-1852, 1859-1870, 1870-1892, 1892-1915, 1914-1928 "One Hundredth Anniversary of Organization and Rededication 1832-1932"
- Roman Catholic, St. Michael's Church, Baptismal Registers, 1852-1910; Marriage Registers 1852-1871; Pew Book 1861-1864; Creditors of the Church 1853-1857; Subscribers 1857; Invested Persons; Indexes
- Roman Catholic, St. Michael's Church, Marriage Register 1946-1984; Interments 1920-1984; Confirmations 1868-1940, 1943-1966, 1975-1985; First Communions 1923-1983
- Roman Catholic, St. Patrick's Church, General Register, 1818-1884 (baptisms, communions, marriages, confessions, deaths, cemetery records, renunciation of secret societies, choir subscriptions, and indexes)
- Roman Catholic, St. Patrick's Church, Marriage Register 1932-1983; Interments 1885-1939
Russell, Donna Valley. Allegany and Garrett Counties, Maryland, Genealogical Research Guide. New Market, Md.: Catoctin Press, 1996.
- [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.
- [Randolph] Randolph, Blanche Willie Grace and Deborah Ann Kraemer Small. The Randolphs of Prince William County, Virginia. Little Rock, Arkansas: B. Randolph, 1979. FHL Collection
- [Randolph] Small, Deborah Ann Kraemer and Blanche Willie Grace Randolph. The Randolphs of Prince William County, Virginia, Volume II. Winter Park, Florida: D. Small, 1989. FHL Collection
- [Randolph] Raski, Arma, James Randolph, and Glenita Guthrie. Additions & Corrections to Vol. II, the Randolphs of Prince William Co., VA by Deborah K. Small. FHL 6075877
Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Allegany County Deed Books (1791-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)
Other Allegany County land resources include:
- 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, Alleghany County on page 127.]
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, Alleghany County [sic], pp. 109-110. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War service men from Allegany County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Allegancy County.
- - 2nd Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade, Company A, B, C, G, H, I, K
- - 3rd Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade , Company A, B, C, D, H
- Allegany County newspapers are identified in "Guide to Maryland Newspapers," available online, courtesy: Special Collections, Maryland State Archives.
- "Index to Wills of Allegany County, Md., 1784-1850," The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 1990):10-11; Vol. 31, No. 2 (Spring 1990):50-51; Vol. 31, No. 3 (Summer 1990):90-91. FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m.
- Allegany County Marriage Records
- Marriage Licenses of Allegany County 1847-1865
- Marriage Licenses of Allegany County 1865-1873
- Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944, available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, Maryland State Archives.
Societies and Libraries
Donald L. Alexander Library
Allegany College of Maryland, Cumerland Campus
12401 Willowbrook Road, SE
Cumberland, MD 21502-2596
The archives of the Genealogical Society of Allegany County, Maryland (ACGS) are held in the Appalachian Room of the Library of Allegany College of Maryland (http://www.allegany.edu/library/). Various newspapers are available mostly in microfilm format. A collection of extracts gleaned from obituaries published in local Allegany County newspapers in the 19th and 20th centuries is available on microfilm in the Appalachian Room (Call No. Apl CS68.G46.H36). Known as the Mrs. Hazel Groves Hansrote notes, the collection includes carefully transcribed notes of family relationships mentioned in the obituaries and is organized alphabetically by family surname.
Research assistance is generally available on Mondays, staff by the ACGS.
Family History Centers
- The Allegany County MDGenWeb Project, a member of The MDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- "Allegany Co.," in Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Allegany County.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Allegany County. (backup site)
- FamilySearch.org Family History Library Catalog for Allegany County.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allegany County, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002. Cite error: Invalid
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- 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), 109-110. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive.