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#'''Chestnut Ridge''' (by 1742)<ref name="mat">Morgan Edwards, ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia'' (1772), 2-5. Digitized by [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,3 SCDL Collections] - free.</ref> Edwards published a membership list dated 1742 in [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,3 ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists...''] (1772), 3-4.
#'''Chestnut Ridge''' (by 1742).<ref name="mat">Morgan Edwards, ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia'' (1772). Digitized by [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,3 SCDL Collections] - free.</ref> Edwards published a membership list dated 1742 in [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,3 ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists...''] (1772), 3-4.
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#'''Winter Run''' (by 1762).<ref name="mat"/> Edwards published a membership list dated about 1747 in [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,3 ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists...''] (1772), 7.
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Revision as of 20:35, 27 December 2012

This article is about a northern Maryland county. For the city, see Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland. For other uses, see Baltimore (disambiguation).

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Online Records

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Baltimore County Boundary Map.jpg

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1777 1898 1790 1659 1666
Baltimore County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG
Template:RAOGKcourthouseBaltimore County Courthouse
400 Washington Ave
Towson, MD 21204-4606
Phone: 410-887-2601

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


Parent County

  • 1659--Baltimore County was created 30 June 1659 from Anne Arundel County. County seat: Towson.[1]
  • 12 January 1659, earliest known record of political action, when a writ was issued to its sheriff.

Boundary Changes

  • 6 June 1674, a portion was set off to create Cecil County.
  • 10 June 1748, a portion combined with portion from Prince George's county set off to create Frederick County.
  • 17 December 1773, east part was split off to form Harford County.
  • 1851, Baltimore City became independent of the county.
  • 13 May 1851, southwest portion combined with a portion from Anne Arundel County was set off to form Howard County.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Hampstead
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

Anne Arundel | Carroll | Harford | Howard | Kent | York County, Pennsylvania


Bible Records

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


Baltimore National Cemetery

Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, Woodlawn (see also Shaarei Tfilah Cemetery)

Eucharist Sulpician Cemetery (in the Charlestown complex)

Evangelimas Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cemetery, Woodlawn

The Govanstown Cemetery (Baltimore County) is now online as part of the Govans Presbyterian Church web site. To go directly to the PDF Listings click on: http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1627491/f/CemetaryByInterred.pdf (If that does not work go to www.govanspres.org and click on "cemetery listings")

Hebrew Young Men's Cemetery, Woodlawn

Historic Old Salem Cemetery, Inc. Catonsville (see Salem Cemetery, Catonsville)

Interment.net Cemetery Listings for Baltimore County, MD. Includes contact information for many cemeteries in the county and volunteer contributed index lists for many of them.

Lorraine Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Woodlawn

Melville Family Cemetery, Oella

Merryman Family Cemetery, Oella

files.usgwarchives.net/md/howard/cemeteries/multiple.txt includes partial listings from

  • New Cathedral Cemetery-near Catonsville
               4300 Old Frederick Road,Baltimore,MD 21229
  • Oella Cemetery, Rest Ave., near Catonsville (AKA Union Manufacturing Works Cemetery)

Ogle-Hoffman Family Cemetery, Catonsville

Moreland Memorial Park, Parkville BillionGraves

Salem (Old Historic) Cemetery, Catonsville

Shaarei Tfilah Cemetery, Woodlawn  (See also Beth Tfiloh Cemetery)

Thistle Cemetery (Oella)

Trinity United Methodist Cemetery, Oella

Union Manufacturing Works Cemetery, Oella

Waugh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Glen Arm BillionGraves

Westview Park Memorial Cemetery, Catonsville

Woodlawn Cemetery & Chapel, Woodlawn


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 identifies all churches known to have existed in Baltimore 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:


Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Chestnut Ridge (by 1742).[4] Edwards published a membership list dated 1742 in Materials Towards a History of the Baptists... (1772), 3-4.
  2. Patapsco (by 1770).Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag and the 7th Maryland Regiment.[5]
  • 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, Baltimore 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, Baltimore County, pp. 111-139. Identifies hundreds of War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Baltimore County served in various regiments. Men often joi,  cned 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 Bailtimore County.

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


Though it does not appear on the Family History Library 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:

  • Oszakiewski, Robert Andrew. Maryland Naturalization Abstracts. Baltimore County and Baltimore City [1784-1854]. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1995. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.2 P48o.




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)


Vital Records




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

Societies and Libraries

  • Baltimore County Genealogical Society - Membership required. Links to Surname index files, Pedigree (ancestor) index files, World Wide Web pages, and Extensive library. Other benefits without links are circulating books, research materials, workshops and seminars, quarterly publication.
  • Historical Society of Baltimore County - Located in the old Almshouse, the Historical Society of Baltimore County's Library houses information from every known tombstone in both church and family cemeteries in Baltimore County. Here you will also find a growing collection of books and maps (copies of some are for sale), census records, marriage records, slave schedules, family histories, ledgers, photographs, clippings, and manuscripts related to the history and genealogy of Baltimore County.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  2. "List of Counties in Maryland," Wikipedia.
  3. 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).
  4. Morgan Edwards, Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia (1772). Digitized by SCDL Collections - free.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "7th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.