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Guide to '''Cecil County, Maryland ancestry, family history, and genealogy''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.<br>
  
[[Image:MD Cecil map.png|thumb|right|350px]]  
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{{Click|Image:MD_ORP.png|Maryland Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded year = 1674
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| seat = [[Elkton, Maryland|Elkton]]  
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| building address = [http://mdcourts.gov/courtsdirectory/cecil.html '''Cecil County Courthouse''']<br> 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100<br>Elkton, MD 21921<br>Phone: 410-996-5201 <br>[http://www.ccgov.org/ '''Cecil County Website'''] }}
  
[[Image:Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg|thumb|right|350px]]
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== Courthouse  ==
 
 
== [http://www.ccgov.org/ County Courthouse] ==
 
  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land|Land]]'''  
 
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[[Image:Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|300px|Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG]]
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<br> Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1777, divorce, court, and land records from 1674;<br>Register of Wills has probate records; <br>Clerk Court has indexes from 1674.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cecil, Maryland page 317, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
 
[http://www.ccgov.org/ Cecil County Courthouse]<br>200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100<br>Elkton, MD 21921<br>Phone: 410-996-5201<br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1777, divorce, court, and land records from 1674;<br>Register of Wills has probate records; <br>Clerk Court has indexes from 1674.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cecil, Maryland page 317, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/html/ce.html Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records -&nbsp;Cecil County Information]  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/html/ce.html Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records -&nbsp;Cecil County Information]  
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'''Mailing Address''':<br>Register of Wills, Cecil County<br>P O Box 468<br>Elkton, MD 21922-0468<br>Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday  
 
'''Mailing Address''':<br>Register of Wills, Cecil County<br>P O Box 468<br>Elkton, MD 21922-0468<br>Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday  
 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[[Image:Calvert-cecil-2nd.jpg|thumb|right|185px|Calvert-cecil-2nd.jpg]]  
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[[Image:Calvert-cecil-2nd.jpg|thumb|right|185px|Cecil Calvert]]  
  
 
Though Cecil County was not established by Lord Baltimore and his colonists until 1674, a small settlement came prior to that time. In 1633, twenty five years after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(explorer) John Smith] sailed the tributaries of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Englishman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Claiborne William Claiborne] opened a trading post on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna. He traded beavers and furs with the Susquehannocks, and sold them to the French in Canada. A small settlement and a plantation surrounded the first white man's post in the area.  
 
Though Cecil County was not established by Lord Baltimore and his colonists until 1674, a small settlement came prior to that time. In 1633, twenty five years after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(explorer) John Smith] sailed the tributaries of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Englishman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Claiborne William Claiborne] opened a trading post on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna. He traded beavers and furs with the Susquehannocks, and sold them to the French in Canada. A small settlement and a plantation surrounded the first white man's post in the area.  
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The second name is that of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine_Herman Augustine Herman], one of Cecil's first land owners. Herman offered his masterful map making skills to create a map of Maryland, and in exchange received a large tract of land that spread out from the Bohemia River. Because of his skills he was considered an important man, and it was Herman who was able to convince [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Calvert,_3rd_Baron_Baltimore Charles Calvert], the second [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprietary_Governor Proprietary Governor ]of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Maryland Province of Maryland], to divide Cecil County out of Baltimore County. In 1674 Herman's wish was granted, and by proclamation, the boundaries for the new county of Cecil were established. The first courthouse was located on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassafras_River Sassafras River].  
 
The second name is that of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustine_Herman Augustine Herman], one of Cecil's first land owners. Herman offered his masterful map making skills to create a map of Maryland, and in exchange received a large tract of land that spread out from the Bohemia River. Because of his skills he was considered an important man, and it was Herman who was able to convince [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Calvert,_3rd_Baron_Baltimore Charles Calvert], the second [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprietary_Governor Proprietary Governor ]of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Maryland Province of Maryland], to divide Cecil County out of Baltimore County. In 1674 Herman's wish was granted, and by proclamation, the boundaries for the new county of Cecil were established. The first courthouse was located on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassafras_River Sassafras River].  
  
The County seat is [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Elkton,_Cecil_County,_Maryland Elkton]. The newspaper of record is the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Whig Cecil Whig]''.&nbsp;  
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The County seat is [[Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Elkton]]. The newspaper of record is the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Whig Cecil Whig]''.&nbsp;  
  
 
[http://mdihp.net/dsp_county.cfm?criteria2=CE Maryland Historic Trust's Inventory of Historic Properties ]for Cecil County  
 
[http://mdihp.net/dsp_county.cfm?criteria2=CE Maryland Historic Trust's Inventory of Historic Properties ]for Cecil County  
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1674--'''Cecil County was created 6 June 1674 from [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore]] County by a proclamation by the Proprietary Governor Cecil Calvert.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Elkton.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*'''1674--'''Cecil County was created 6 June 1674 from [[Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy|Baltimore]] County by a proclamation by the Proprietary Governor Cecil Calvert.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Elkton.<ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''1659''' - Much of what is now Cecil County was originally attached to [[Kent County, Maryland|Kent County]] until [[Baltimore County, Maryland|Baltimore County]] was created 12 January 1659.&nbsp;<ref name="inhabitants" /> [[Image:Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG|thumb|right|300px]]  
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*'''1659''' - Much of what is now Cecil County was originally attached to [[Kent County, Maryland Genealogy|Kent County]] until [[Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy|Baltimore County]] was created 12 January 1659.&nbsp;<ref name="inhabitants" /> [[Image:Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG|thumb|right|300px|Province of Maryland Boundaries.PNG]]  
 
*'''1674''' - Cecil County was erected by proclamation on June 6, 1674. The original boundaries of Cecil County, as created in 1674, by proclamation of Governor Charles Calvert, are described as follows: "From the mouth of the Susquehanna River down the eastern side of the bay to Swan Point, thence to Hell Point, and so up Chester River to the head thereof." Nothing appears to have been said about the eastern or northern bounds of the county, because they were in dispute, nevertheless the lord proprietary still claimed to the Delaware and to the fortieth degree of north latitude. These bounds were slightly varied by another proclamation issued a few days afterwards, which there is reason to believe threw a small part of what is now the extreme southwestern part of Kent County under the jurisdiction of the authorities of Kent Island. <ref name="geological">Maryland Geological Survey, George Burbank Shattuck, Florence Bascom, Edward Bennett Mathews, Clarence Wilbur Dorsey, Jay Allan Bonsteel, Oliver Lanard Fassig, Henry Albert Pressey, Louis Agricola Bauer, Hugh M. Curran, George Bishop Sudworth. Cecil County, Volume 1. Page 26. Geological Survey (U.S.), United States. Bureau of Soils. Digitized by [http://books.google.com/books?id=d7VLAAAAMAAJ Google Books]</ref>  
 
*'''1674''' - Cecil County was erected by proclamation on June 6, 1674. The original boundaries of Cecil County, as created in 1674, by proclamation of Governor Charles Calvert, are described as follows: "From the mouth of the Susquehanna River down the eastern side of the bay to Swan Point, thence to Hell Point, and so up Chester River to the head thereof." Nothing appears to have been said about the eastern or northern bounds of the county, because they were in dispute, nevertheless the lord proprietary still claimed to the Delaware and to the fortieth degree of north latitude. These bounds were slightly varied by another proclamation issued a few days afterwards, which there is reason to believe threw a small part of what is now the extreme southwestern part of Kent County under the jurisdiction of the authorities of Kent Island. <ref name="geological">Maryland Geological Survey, George Burbank Shattuck, Florence Bascom, Edward Bennett Mathews, Clarence Wilbur Dorsey, Jay Allan Bonsteel, Oliver Lanard Fassig, Henry Albert Pressey, Louis Agricola Bauer, Hugh M. Curran, George Bishop Sudworth. Cecil County, Volume 1. Page 26. Geological Survey (U.S.), United States. Bureau of Soils. Digitized by [http://books.google.com/books?id=d7VLAAAAMAAJ Google Books]</ref>  
 
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277308173025_456">The present county of Kent was in the original bounds of Cecil County for two weeks, until the inhabitants of Kent demanded their territory be returned. <ref name="geological" /></span>  
 
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277308173025_456">The present county of Kent was in the original bounds of Cecil County for two weeks, until the inhabitants of Kent demanded their territory be returned. <ref name="geological" /></span>  
 
*'''<span>1732</span>'''<span> - In 1732 John, Richard and Thomas Penn, who by will of their father had become joint proprietors of Pennsylvania, entered into a written agreement with Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore, for the adjustment of the boundaries of the two provinces. trans-peninsular line</span>  
 
*'''<span>1732</span>'''<span> - In 1732 John, Richard and Thomas Penn, who by will of their father had become joint proprietors of Pennsylvania, entered into a written agreement with Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore, for the adjustment of the boundaries of the two provinces. trans-peninsular line</span>  
 
*'''1767''' - The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason%E2%80%93Dixon_Line Mason-Dixon line]was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware.  
 
*'''1767''' - The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason%E2%80%93Dixon_Line Mason-Dixon line]was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware.  
*'''<span>1829</span>'''<span> - The Legislature appointed commisioners to locate the boundary line between Cecil and [[Harford County, Maryland|Harford]] counties. They finished their work in 1832. Their report shows that they began at the State line, at a rock called Long Rock, in the middle of the Susquehanna River, and continued the line southwardly by various islands and rocks in the river until they reached a large rock at the lower part of Watson's Island.<ref name="Johnston" /> </span>
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*'''<span>1829</span>'''<span> - The Legislature appointed commisioners to locate the boundary line between Cecil and [[Harford County, Maryland Genealogy|Harford]] counties. They finished their work in 1832. Their report shows that they began at the State line, at a rock called Long Rock, in the middle of the Susquehanna River, and continued the line southwardly by various islands and rocks in the river until they reached a large rock at the lower part of Watson's Island.<ref name="Johnston" /> </span>  
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*For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/maryland/ "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps"] (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
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=== Variant Spellings  ===
  
 
*Caecill<ref>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).</ref>
 
*Caecill<ref>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).</ref>
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Record Loss  ===
  
Many early court records have disappeared.  
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Many early court records have disappeared.
  
==== Time Lines  ====
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=== Time Lines  ===
  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/chron/html/cechron.html Cecil County Chronology]  
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/ce/chron/html/cechron.html Cecil County Chronology]  
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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===== Towns =====
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=== Populated Places ===
  
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[[Image:Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg|thumb|center|350px|Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg]]  
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*[[Cecilton, Cecil County, Maryland|Cecilton]]  
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*[[Cecilton, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Cecilton]]  
*[[Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland|Charlestown]]
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*[[Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Charlestown]]
  
 
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*[[Chesapeake City, Cecil County, Maryland|Chesapeake City]]  
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*[[Chesapeake City, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Chesapeake City]]  
*[[Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland|Elkton]]
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*[[Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Elkton]]
  
 
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*[[North East, Cecil County, Maryland|North East]]  
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*[[North East, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|North East]]  
*[[Perryville, Cecil County, Maryland|Perryville]]
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*[[Perryville, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Perryville]]
  
 
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*[[Port Deposit, Cecil County, Maryland|Port Deposit]]  
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*[[Port Deposit, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Port Deposit]]  
*[[Rising Sun, Cecil County, Maryland|Rising Sun]]
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*[[Rising Sun, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Rising Sun]]
  
 
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===== Communities  =====
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==== Communities  ====
  
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*[[Carpenter Point, Cecil County, Maryland|Carpenter Point]]  
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*[[Carpenter Point, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Carpenter Point]]  
*[[Childs, Cecil County, Maryland|Childs]]  
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*[[Childs, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Childs]]  
*[[Colora, Cecil County, Maryland|Colora]]
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*[[Colora, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Colora]]
  
 
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*[[Conowingo, Cecil County, Maryland|Conowingo]]  
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*[[Conowingo, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Conowingo]]  
*[[Earleville, Cecil County, Maryland|Earleville]]  
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*[[Earleville, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Earleville]]  
*[[Elk Mills, Cecil County, Maryland|Elk Mills]]
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*[[Elk Mills, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Elk Mills]]
  
 
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*[[Georgetown, Cecil County, Maryland|Georgetown]]  
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*[[Georgetown, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Georgetown]]  
*[[Oakwood, Cecil County, Maryland|Oakwood]]
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*[[Oakwood, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Oakwood]]
  
 
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*[[Perry Point, Cecil County, Maryland|Perry Point]]  
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*[[Perry Point, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Perry Point]]  
*[[Warwick, Cecil County, Maryland|Warwick]]
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*[[Warwick, Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Warwick]]
  
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
[[Harford County, Maryland|Harford]] | [[Kent County, Maryland|Kent]] | [[New Castle County, Delaware|New Castle County]], Delaware | '''Pennsylvania''' counties: [[Chester County, Pennsylvania|Chester]] | [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] | [[York County, Pennsylvania|York]]  
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[[Harford County, Maryland Genealogy|Harford]] | [[Kent County, Maryland Genealogy|Kent]] | [[New Castle County, Delaware Genealogy|New Castle County]], Delaware | '''Pennsylvania''' counties: [[Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Chester]] | [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Lancaster]] | [[York County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|York]]  
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Bible Records  ====
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=== Bible Records  ===
  
[[Image:398px-Family-bible.jpg|thumb|right|210x185px|398px-Family-bible.jpg]]  
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[[Image:398px-Family-bible.jpg|thumb|right|210x185px]]  
  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/bibles.html Family Bible Records at the Historical Society of Cecil County]  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/bibles.html Family Bible Records at the Historical Society of Cecil County]  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/bibles.htm Bible Records ]contributed to USGenWeb
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/bibles.htm Bible Records ]contributed to USGenWeb
 
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
  
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
There is a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE Cemetery Survey] for Cecil county at the Maryland State Archives.&nbsp;The survey contains information about the cemetery at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual cemetery records.<br>MSA S 1512-2777 00/59/06/55<br>  
 
There is a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE Cemetery Survey] for Cecil county at the Maryland State Archives.&nbsp;The survey contains information about the cemetery at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual cemetery records.<br>MSA S 1512-2777 00/59/06/55<br>  
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*Robertson, Donna J.. ''Tombstone inscriptions of Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cecil County, Maryland. ''D.J. Robertson. 1995.  
 
*Robertson, Donna J.. ''Tombstone inscriptions of Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cecil County, Maryland. ''D.J. Robertson. 1995.  
 
*Williams, Mildred C. and Janet R. Brittingham. ''Cecil County, Maryland cemetery records: Elkton Presbyterian Churchyard, Bethel Methodist Churchyard, Leeds Church cemetery. ''Newtown, Pa.'': ''Will-Britt Books. 1987.  
 
*Williams, Mildred C. and Janet R. Brittingham. ''Cecil County, Maryland cemetery records: Elkton Presbyterian Churchyard, Bethel Methodist Churchyard, Leeds Church cemetery. ''Newtown, Pa.'': ''Will-Britt Books. 1987.  
*{{FHL|521148|subject-id|disp=Family History Library catalog}} search results for Cemeteries in Cecil County
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*{{FHL|521148|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} search results for Cemeteries in Cecil County
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For more information about Cemeteries in Maryland please refer to the [[Maryland Cemeteries|Maryland Cemeteries]] page.
  
For more information about Cemeteries in Maryland please refer to the [[Maryland Cemeteries|Maryland Cemeteries]] page.  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=22&GScnty=1193&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|521148|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=22&CScnty=1193 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cecilgenweb.com/grave.htm USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cecil+Maryland&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Maryland&county=Cecil&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/cemet.htm MDGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/maryland/cecil.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/md/cecil.htm MDInterment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://marylandgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 MDGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Maryland Cemeteries|Maryland Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
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=== Census  ===
  
 
*The 1693 census of the Swedes on the Delaware&nbsp;: family histories of the Swedish Lutheran Church members residing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey and Cecil County, Md., 1638-1693, by Peter Stebbins Craig. Available through the&nbsp;{{FHL|633634|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}, as well as other places.
 
*The 1693 census of the Swedes on the Delaware&nbsp;: family histories of the Swedish Lutheran Church members residing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey and Cecil County, Md., 1638-1693, by Peter Stebbins Craig. Available through the&nbsp;{{FHL|633634|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}, as well as other places.
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Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. {{Census|Maryland}}  
 
Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. {{Census|Maryland}}  
  
*[http://www.us-census.org/states/maryland/w-md.htm#Washington 1790 - 1830 Census] Transcripts for Cecil County from the USGenWeb Census Project  
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*[http://www.us-census.org/states/maryland/w-md.htm#Washington 1790 - 1840 Census] Transcripts for Cecil County from the USGenWeb Census Project  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1401638 1850 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1401638?collectionNameFilter=false 1850 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 1860 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473181?collectionNameFilter=false 1860 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 1870 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1438024?collectionNameFilter=false 1870 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 1880 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch (no images)  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417683?collectionNameFilter=false 1880 Census] Searchable index from FamilySearch (no images)  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 FamilySearch] Searchable index from FamilySearch.
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 FamilySearch] Searchable index from FamilySearch.
  
==== Churches  ====
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=== Churches  ===
  
 
*Maryland State Archives' has a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE list of churches in Cecil County],&nbsp;compiled at&nbsp;the time of the WPA survey in the 1930s, MSA S 1512-2113 00/59/06/48.&nbsp;It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. ''Note that Maryland State Archives WPA Survey files listed contain information about the church and records found at the church at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual parish registers or similar church records.''  
 
*Maryland State Archives' has a [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_countyresults.cfm?county=CE list of churches in Cecil County],&nbsp;compiled at&nbsp;the time of the WPA survey in the 1930s, MSA S 1512-2113 00/59/06/48.&nbsp;It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. ''Note that Maryland State Archives WPA Survey files listed contain information about the church and records found at the church at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual parish registers or similar church records.''  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5025 Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland Quaker Records]&nbsp;at Ancestry.com (subscription required). This database contains records for the Quaker Monthly Meeting for the city of Nottingham, which lies in Cecil County. Researchers may find records of birth, marriage and death for their nineteenth- century Quaker ancestors listed in this database.  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5025 Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland Quaker Records]&nbsp;at Ancestry.com (subscription required). This database contains records for the Quaker Monthly Meeting for the city of Nottingham, which lies in Cecil County. Researchers may find records of birth, marriage and death for their nineteenth- century Quaker ancestors listed in this database.  
*Church {{FHL|511483|subject-id|disp=records}}, {{FHL|450398|subject-id|disp=histories}} and {{FHL|386597|subject-id|disp=indexes}} in the Family History Library catalog
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*'''1668-1995''' {{RecordSearch|2385204|Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
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*Church {{FHL|511483|subject-id|disp=records}}, {{FHL|450398|subject-id|disp=histories}} and {{FHL|386597|subject-id|disp=indexes}} in the FamilySearch Catalog
 
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
 
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
  
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::*Earleville: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 
::*Earleville: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
  
===== Church of England  =====
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==== Church of England  ====
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[North Elk Parish, Maryland|North Elk Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[North Sassafras Parish, Maryland|North Sassafras Parish]]  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[North Elk Parish, Maryland|North Elk Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[North Sassafras Parish, Maryland|North Sassafras Parish]]
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Court  ===
  
 
*[http://www.cecilcounty.us/orphanscourt/ Cecil County Orphans' Court]  
 
*[http://www.cecilcounty.us/orphanscourt/ Cecil County Orphans' Court]  
*{{FHL|516583|subject-id|disp=Cecil County Court record }}results in the Family History Library catalog
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*{{FHL|516583|subject-id|disp=Cecil County Court record }}results in the FamilySearch Catalog
*{{FHL|517597|subject-id|disp=Guardianship}} results for Cecil County in the Family History Library catalog
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*{{FHL|517597|subject-id|disp=Guardianship}} results for Cecil County in the FamilySearch Catalog
  
 
Before 1776, information may be found in any one of the following types of courts:  
 
Before 1776, information may be found in any one of the following types of courts:  
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*[http://guide.mdarchives.state.md.us/history.cfm?ID=SH7 The Chancery Court]
 
*[http://guide.mdarchives.state.md.us/history.cfm?ID=SH7 The Chancery Court]
  
==== Family Histories  ====
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=== 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:  
 
It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
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*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. {{FHL|767097|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1}} ff. [Cecil County families appear in Vol. 6]  
 
*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. {{FHL|767097|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1}} ff. [Cecil County families appear in Vol. 6]  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/bios.htm Biographies] contributed to USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/bios.htm Biographies] contributed to USGenWeb  
*{{FHL|426551|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - Biography}} section of the Family History Library catalog
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*{{FHL|426551|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - Biography}} section of the FamilySearch Catalog
  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
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*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/aidsfamily.htm Cecil County Surname Files] at the [http://www.cecilhistory.org/index_files/research.htm Historical Society of Cecil County]
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/aidsfamily.htm Cecil County Surname Files] at the [http://www.cecilhistory.org/index_files/research.htm Historical Society of Cecil County]
  
==== Gazetteers  ====
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=== Gazetteers  ===
  
 
[http://books.google.com/books?id=D1sVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=cecil+county+gazetteers&source=bl&ots=aRjK3fJSW9&sig=0A9GcIn2rbYxbNbcc-DwLHNO2C8&hl=en&ei=ssIbTLGzBYKKlweh3MXNCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CDsQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false Gazetteer of the state of Maryland ]&nbsp;By Richard Swainson Fisher, pages 61-63 are about Cecil County.  
 
[http://books.google.com/books?id=D1sVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=cecil+county+gazetteers&source=bl&ots=aRjK3fJSW9&sig=0A9GcIn2rbYxbNbcc-DwLHNO2C8&hl=en&ei=ssIbTLGzBYKKlweh3MXNCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CDsQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false Gazetteer of the state of Maryland ]&nbsp;By Richard Swainson Fisher, pages 61-63 are about Cecil County.  
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[http://books.google.com/books?id=_5s6AAAAcAAJ&dq=cecil+county+gazetteers&source=gbs_navlinks_s A new and complete gazetteer of the United States]: ... By Thomas Baldwin, J. Thomas  
 
[http://books.google.com/books?id=_5s6AAAAcAAJ&dq=cecil+county+gazetteers&source=gbs_navlinks_s A new and complete gazetteer of the United States]: ... By Thomas Baldwin, J. Thomas  
  
==== Immigration  ====
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=== Immigration  ===
  
 
The [http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/html/search.html 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: [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].  
 
The [http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/html/search.html 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: [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].  
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Other Cecil County immigration resources include:  
 
Other Cecil County immigration resources include:  
  
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Cecil&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Cecil County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]  
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*[http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Cecil&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Cecil County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/simple.php Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]  
 
*Burns, Gary L., compiler. ''Naturalization records, Cecil County, Maryland''. Charlestown, Md (Box 11, Charlestown 21914)&nbsp;: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 1997. <br>
 
*Burns, Gary L., compiler. ''Naturalization records, Cecil County, Maryland''. Charlestown, Md (Box 11, Charlestown 21914)&nbsp;: Genealogical Society of Cecil County, 1997. <br>
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Land  ===
  
 
*Cecil County was created in 1674 from Baltimore County and Kent County however land patents and certificates date from 1649 in the area that now comprises Cecil County.<ref name="inhabitants" /> The earliest land deed for Cecil County itself was recorded in 1674. <ref name="Redbook">Eichholz, Alice, editor. Redbook American State, County, and Town Sources (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 306.</ref>  
 
*Cecil County was created in 1674 from Baltimore County and Kent County however land patents and certificates date from 1649 in the area that now comprises Cecil County.<ref name="inhabitants" /> The earliest land deed for Cecil County itself was recorded in 1674. <ref name="Redbook">Eichholz, Alice, editor. Redbook American State, County, and Town Sources (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 306.</ref>  
*Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Cecil County Deed Books (1674-present) have been uploaded to their website: [http://mdlandrec.net/msa/stagser/s1700/s1741/cfm/index.cfm MDLandRec.Net:&nbsp;A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)  
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*Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Cecil County Deed Books (1674-present) have been uploaded to their website: [https://mdlandrec.net/main/index.cfm A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)  
 
*[http://plato.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1500/s1529/cfm/dsp_plats.cfm?county=ce Maryland State Archives&nbsp;Cecil County Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats]  
 
*[http://plato.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1500/s1529/cfm/dsp_plats.cfm?county=ce Maryland State Archives&nbsp;Cecil County Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats]  
 
*Land Patents and Certificates in Cecil County, 1649-1774 <ref name="inhabitants">Peden, Henry C., compiler. Inhabitants of Cecil County, Maryland, 1649-1774. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1999.</ref>  
 
*Land Patents and Certificates in Cecil County, 1649-1774 <ref name="inhabitants">Peden, Henry C., compiler. Inhabitants of Cecil County, Maryland, 1649-1774. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1999.</ref>  
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*Lot Holders in 1702 in the Township of Nottingham <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*Lot Holders in 1702 in the Township of Nottingham <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*Debt Books <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*Debt Books <ref name="inhabitants" />  
*Family History Library catalog results for {{FHL|480108|subject-id|disp=Land and Property}}, {{FHL|691867|subject-id|disp=Land and property Indexes}}, and {{FHL|1058116|subject-id|disp=Land and Property Maps<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277829597559_952" />}}
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==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Local Histories  ===
  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/chesapeakecity Chesapeake City, People, Places and Events Remembered]&nbsp;- Lee Collins has digitized an outstanding collection of photos, ephemera, and other materials of interest to those researching or studying the past in Chesapeake City.  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/chesapeakecity Chesapeake City, People, Places and Events Remembered]&nbsp;- Lee Collins has digitized an outstanding collection of photos, ephemera, and other materials of interest to those researching or studying the past in Chesapeake City.  
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*[http://www.churchman.org/Nottingham_hist.htm The Nottingham Lots and the Early Quaker Families] A Paper Presented by Robert Warwick Day, Ph.D. Spartanburg, South Carolina in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding in 1701 of the Nottingham Lots by William Penn and early Quaker settlers of Chester County, PA.  
 
*[http://www.churchman.org/Nottingham_hist.htm The Nottingham Lots and the Early Quaker Families] A Paper Presented by Robert Warwick Day, Ph.D. Spartanburg, South Carolina in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding in 1701 of the Nottingham Lots by William Penn and early Quaker settlers of Chester County, PA.  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofcecilco00john History of Cecil County, Maryland], and the early settlements around the head of Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware River, with sketches of some of the old families of Cecil County by George Johnston.&nbsp;&nbsp;<ref name="Johnston">Johnston, George. History of Cecil County, Maryland, and the early settlements around the head of Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware River, with sketches of some of the old families of Cecil County. Elkton, Maryland: George Johnston, 1881.</ref>  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofcecilco00john History of Cecil County, Maryland], and the early settlements around the head of Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware River, with sketches of some of the old families of Cecil County by George Johnston.&nbsp;&nbsp;<ref name="Johnston">Johnston, George. History of Cecil County, Maryland, and the early settlements around the head of Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware River, with sketches of some of the old families of Cecil County. Elkton, Maryland: George Johnston, 1881.</ref>  
*{{FHL|450399|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - History }}in the Family History Library catalog
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*{{FHL|450399|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - History }}in the FamilySearch Catalog
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Maps  ===
  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/rasanbornaid.htm Catalog of Sanborn Maps ]in the Collection of the [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/rasanbornaid.htm Catalog of Sanborn Maps ]in the Collection of the [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]  
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*[http://www.hmdb.org/results.asp?County=Cecil%20County&State=Maryland Cecil County Historical Markers]  
 
*[http://www.hmdb.org/results.asp?County=Cecil%20County&State=Maryland Cecil County Historical Markers]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Penncolony.png Province of Pennsylvania, 1681-1776&nbsp;]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Penncolony.png Province of Pennsylvania, 1681-1776&nbsp;]  
*[http://www.sha.state.md.us/SHAServices/mapsBrochures/maps/OPPE/HISD_MAPS/83FTco07.PDF Maryland County Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) Maps] - These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations  
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*[http://www.sha.state.md.us/SHAServices/mapsBrochures/maps/OPPE/HISD_MAPS/83FTco07.PDF Maryland County Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) Maps] - These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations
*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/md_cf.html County formation maps]&nbsp;- Maps made with the use AniMap Plus County Boundary Historical AniMap 3.0.&nbsp;This shows all the county boundary changes for each year overlayed with past and present maps so you can see the changes in county boundaries.
 
  
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=== Military  ===
  
 
*Military Officers in 1696. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
 
*Military Officers in 1696. <ref name="inhabitants" />  
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*John F. DeWitt Military Museum at the Historical Society of Cecil County 135 E. Main Street, Elkton 410-398-1790<br>Impressive display of military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm.
 
*John F. DeWitt Military Museum at the Historical Society of Cecil County 135 E. Main Street, Elkton 410-398-1790<br>Impressive display of military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm.
  
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==== Revolutionary War  ====
  
 
Cecil County men served in the [[6th Maryland Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Maryland Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>  
 
Cecil County men served in the [[6th Maryland Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Maryland Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>  
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*Revolutionary Patriots of Cecil County, Maryland by Henry C. Peden, Jr. &nbsp;<ref name="patriots">Peder, Henry C., Jr. Revolutionary Patriots of Cecil County, Maryland. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.</ref>
 
*Revolutionary Patriots of Cecil County, Maryland by Henry C. Peden, Jr. &nbsp;<ref name="patriots">Peder, Henry C., Jr. Revolutionary Patriots of Cecil County, Maryland. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.</ref>
  
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==== 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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Maryland, Cecil County, pp. 142-145. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
 
*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Maryland, Cecil County, pp. 142-145. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  
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==== Civil War ====
  
*Civil War History for Cecil County, Maryland - Muffled drums and mustard spoons&nbsp;: Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865<ref name="Muffled">Garrett, Jere. "Muffled drums and mustard spoons : Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865". Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Burd Street Press, c1996</ref><br>
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932373|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932407|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*Civil War History for Cecil County, Maryland - Muffled drums and mustard spoons: Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865<ref name="Muffled">Garrett, Jere. "Muffled drums and mustard spoons : Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865". Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Burd Street Press, c1996</ref>
  
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<br>Civil War service men from&nbsp;Cecil 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&nbsp;Cecil County.  
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:- [[5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry]], Companies A and I .  
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:- [[6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry ]]Companies B, E and G.
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:- [[8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry]] Company A .
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:- [[Purnell Legion, Maryland Infantry|Purnell Legion, Maryland Infantry]], Company E.
  
:- [[5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry]], Company&nbsp;A,&nbsp;and I <br>
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=== Newspapers  ===
:- [[6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry ]]&nbsp;Company B, E, and G. <br>
 
:- [[8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry|8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry]] Company A <br>
 
 
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
  
 
*Cecil County newspapers are identified in [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/newspapers/cfm/dsp_county.cfm "Guide to Maryland Newspapers,"] available online, courtesy: [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/index.cfm Special Collections, Maryland State Archives].  
 
*Cecil County newspapers are identified in [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/newspapers/cfm/dsp_county.cfm "Guide to Maryland Newspapers,"] available online, courtesy: [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/index.cfm Special Collections, Maryland State Archives].  
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*Rising Sun Herald - 303 E. Main St., Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-5740  
 
*Rising Sun Herald - 303 E. Main St., Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-5740  
 
*[http://www.cecilsoilmagazine.com/ Cecil Soil Magazine ]- P.O. Box 645, Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-3244  
 
*[http://www.cecilsoilmagazine.com/ Cecil Soil Magazine ]- P.O. Box 645, Rising Sun, MD 21911; (410) 658-3244  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/newspaper.htm Newspaper articles ]transcribed for USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/newspaper.htm Newspaper articles ]transcribed for USGenWeb  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/obits/obitindx.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames A-L) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/obits/obitindx.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames A-L) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/obits/obitindx2.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames M-Z) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/obits/obitindx2.txt Obituary/Death Notice Index (Surnames M-Z) ]for Cecil County, Maryland  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/obits.htm Obituaries] contributed&nbsp;to USGenWeb  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/obits.htm Obituaries] contributed&nbsp;to USGenWeb  
*{{FHL|645780|subject-id|disp=Newspaper}} results in the Family History Library catalog
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*{{FHL|645780|subject-id|disp=Newspaper}} results in the FamilySearch Catalog
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Probate  ===
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails&c=fs%3A1386082 Cecil County Probate Estate Files from 1851 to 1940 ]are searchable.The site will let you view and save.  
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*[http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se4/000000/html/index.html Probate Records, Colonial Index, 1634-1777] online at Maryland State Archives website - free
*[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/wills.htm Wills and Estate Records ]contributed to USGenWeb  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1542664 Cecil County Probate Estate and Guardianship Files from 1796 to 1940] are searchable.The site will let you view and save.  
*{{FHL|507207|subject-id|disp=Probate records}} and {{FHL|418728|subject-id|disp=probate record indexes}} in the Family History Library catalog
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/wills.htm Wills and Estate Records ]contributed to USGenWeb
  
==== Societies and Libraries  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
'''Cecil County Public Library'''  
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*'''1604 – 1878''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9068 Maryland Wills and Probate Records 1604-1878] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1635 – 1743''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3250 Maryland Calendar of Wills 1635-1743] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1796 – 1940''' {{RecordSearch|1542664|Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files , 1796-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] images
  
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/ Cecil County Public Library Website]
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/elkton/ Elkton Central Branch ]&nbsp;301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921; phone- 410-996-5600; TDD- 410-996-5609. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 9 pm. Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/cecilton/ Cecilton Branch ]&nbsp;215 East Main Street Cecilton, Maryland 21913 phone- 410-275-1091. Monday and Tuesday - 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday - 10 am - 6 pm Friday - closed Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/chesapeake-city/ Chesapeake City Branch ]&nbsp;2527 Augustine Herman Highway Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915 phone- 410-996-1134.&nbsp;Monday and Tuesday - 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday - 10 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm.
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/north-east/ North East Branch ]106 West Cecil Avenue North East, Maryland 21901 phone- 410-996-6269. Monday and Tuesday - 10 am - 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday - 10 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/perryville/ Perryville Branch ]500 Coudon Blvd. Perryville, Maryland 21903 phone- 410-996-6070. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 9 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/port-deposit/ Port Deposit Branch ]13 South Main Street Port Deposit, MD 21904 phone- 410-996-6055. Monday through Wednesday - 12 pm - 6 pm Thursday and Friday - closed Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/contact-us/rising-sun/ Rising Sun Branch ]111 Colonial Way Rising Sun, MD 21911 phone- 410-658-4025 alternate phone- 410-398-2706. Monday through Thursday - 10 am - 8 pm Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm.<br>
 
  
'''Genealogical Society of Cecil County'''<br>  
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'''The Historical Society of Cecil County'''<br> The Eva M. Muse Library<br> 135 E. Main Street<br> Elkton, MD 21921<br>Phone: 410-398-1790<br> E-Mail: [mailto:history@cchistory.org history@cchistory.org]<br> [http://www.cecilhistory.org/index.html Website]<br> [https://www.facebook.com/historicalsocietyofcecilcounty Facebook]<br>  
  
The Genealogical Society of Cecil County, an organization established in 1977, ceased operating as an independent nonprofit corporation in 2005. Under an arrangement made with the Historical Society of Cecil County, the family-history oriented group has given up its independent status and turned its resources over to the Historical Society.They made a donation of over $2,000 to the Historical Society.  
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<br> '''Cecil County Public Library'''<br> 301 Newark Avenue<br> Elkton, MD 21921<br>Phone: 410-996-5600<br> [http://www.cecil.ebranch.info Website] <br>
  
 
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<br>  
  
'''The Historical Society of Cecil County'''
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
 
The library has the largest collection of books, manuscripts, maps, government documents and newspapers pertaining to Cecil County in existence. The constantly expanding collection contains over 2,000 books and 12,000 issues of newspapers (starting in 1827). The library preserves newspaper clippings, obituaries, souvenir booklets, pamphlets, and other memorabilia related to county families, businesses, organizations, churches, schools, towns, industries, and important events in vertical files. Photographic collections include an impressive array of postcards, slides, prints, glass plates, negatives, lantern slides, stereo cards and daguerreotypes. Wills, land records, correspondence, receipt, business and organization records and much more comprise the manuscript collection.
 
 
 
135 E. Main Street Elkton, MD 21921; email: history@cchistory.org<br>The [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County] is open to the public at the following times. They are closed on all major holidays. <br>Monday ………………………………………………….. 10:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m. <br>Tuesday………………………………………………….. 6:00 p.m.— 8:30 p.m. <br>Thursday…………………………………………………. 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. <br>1st and 4th Saturday of Each Month…………………….. 10:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m. <br>[http://www.cecilhistory.org/index_files/hours.htm List of closings]
 
 
 
'''Maryland Historical Society'''
 
 
 
201 West Monument Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4674. 410- 685-3750
 
  
[http://www.mdhs.org/ Maryland Historical Society Website]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
 
[http://www.mdhs.org/library/index.html Maryland Historical Society Library]&nbsp;Library hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
 
 
 
'''''Museum and Library Admission''''': $6 for all non-member visitors; members are free. Please note that picture identification and the completion of a one-time registration form is required for all library patrons. Please visit the library’s visitor information pages for complete information. [http://www.mdhs.org/library/library-user-information Library Visitor Information]<br>
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
'''Maryland State Archives'''
 
 
 
350 Rowe Boulevard - Annapolis, MD 21401 - toll free: (800) 235-4045 - (410) 260-6400
 
 
 
The use of any username and password on our site is for personal and educational purposes only, and constitutes agreement to abide by any and all copyright restrictions. In most instances the username aaco and password aaco# will work. '''''Contact ref@mdsa.net if you have any questions or have difficulty accessing files.'''''
 
 
 
'''[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/intromsa/html/hours.html Directions/Hours]'''The public search room is open Tuesday through Friday and most Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Archives is CLOSED ON SUNDAYS, MONDAYS, the FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH, and SATURDAYS OF HOLIDAY WEEKENDS. Check website for annual closings.
 
 
 
Records are pulled every half hour starting at 8:45 with the last pull of the day at 3:45. On Saturdays, due to limited staffing, the Searchroom and Microfilm Rooms remain open to the public between 11:30 and 1:30, but record pulls are not performed at 11:45, 12:15, 12:45 and 1:15.
 
 
 
[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] - [http://guide.mdsa.net/combined.cfm?action=viewSeriesList&sfContainerLocation=CECIL%20COUNTY Combined List of Archived Records for Cecil County]
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
'''The Maryland State Law Library'''
 
 
 
The [http://www.lawlib.state.md.us/ Maryland State Law Library ]provides legal information to the State's appellate courts and other branches of State government and serves as a resource center for Circuit Court libraries throughout the State. We are open to the public, and we encourage the use of the Library's many resources, including laws, general reference materials, state and federal government documents, and state and local histories.
 
 
 
List of genealogy titles for Cecil County in the [http://lawlib.state.md.us/search/dCecil+County+%28Md.%29+--+Genealogy./dcecil+county+md+genealogy/-3,-1,0,B/browse catalog of the Maryland State Law Library]
 
 
 
'''''Hours'''''- Check this Maryland State Law Library Holiday Closures Calendar for all holiday closures. Visitors should check the Judiciary Information Line for delays and closings due to inclement weather or emergencies. All visitors are required to go through a metal detector.
 
 
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 9:00pm&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm
 
 
 
'''''Directions''''' - The Maryland State Law Library is located just outside of downtown Annapolis at 361 Rowe Blvd just one block south the Navy Stadium. We are in the first floor the Courts of Appeal Building.<br>
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
'''Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland<br>'''
 
 
 
P.O. Box 275 Easton, MD 21601 . (410) 745-3050
 
 
 
===== Family History Centers<br>  =====
 
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Taxation  ===
  
 
*'''[1678, 1681]''' 1678 and 1681 Caecill County tax lists, available [http://www.mdgenweb.org/taxlists.htm online], courtesy: [http://www.mdgenweb.org/ MDGenWeb].  
 
*'''[1678, 1681]''' 1678 and 1681 Caecill County tax lists, available [http://www.mdgenweb.org/taxlists.htm online], courtesy: [http://www.mdgenweb.org/ MDGenWeb].  
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*'''[1783] '''[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/stagser/s1400/s1437/html/1437ce.html Cecil County Tax List of 1783]&nbsp;: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Districts. This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.  
 
*'''[1783] '''[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/stagser/s1400/s1437/html/1437ce.html Cecil County Tax List of 1783]&nbsp;: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Districts. This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives] include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.  
 
*'''[1798]''' Direct tax  
 
*'''[1798]''' Direct tax  
*{{FHL|566289|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - Taxation}} results in the Family History Library catalog
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*{{FHL|566289|subject-id|disp=Maryland, Cecil - Taxation}} results in the FamilySearch Catalog
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
[http://www.vitalrec.com/mdcounties.html#Cecil Cecil County Vital Records]&nbsp;Order records from Vitalrec.com  
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*[http://www.vitalrec.com/mdcounties.html#Cecil Cecil County Vital Records]&nbsp;Order records from Vitalrec.com  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/vitals.htm Vital records] for Cecil County from USGenWeb
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*{{FHL|466647|subject-id|disp=Vital records }}for Cecil County in the FamilySearch Catalog
  
[http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/vitals.htm Vital records] for Cecil County from USGenWeb
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==== Birth ====
 
 
{{FHL|466647|subject-id|disp=Vital records }}for Cecil County in the Family History Library catalog
 
 
 
<br>'''''Birth'''''
 
  
 
In 1898, the General Assembly passed a law that initiated the registration of births in the 23 counties (Chapter 312, Acts of 1898).&nbsp;At first, compliance with the law on the local level was incomplete. As the State Board of Health gradually increased its control over the local boards, registration became more reliable. Researchers should keep in mind, however, that as late as 1914 the Board of Health was still working to increase compliance with the law, and some births went unrecorded.&nbsp;  
 
In 1898, the General Assembly passed a law that initiated the registration of births in the 23 counties (Chapter 312, Acts of 1898).&nbsp;At first, compliance with the law on the local level was incomplete. As the State Board of Health gradually increased its control over the local boards, registration became more reliable. Researchers should keep in mind, however, that as late as 1914 the Board of Health was still working to increase compliance with the law, and some births went unrecorded.&nbsp;  
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The Maryland State Archives also has indexing from 1875 through 1950. The early index (1875-1919) is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the child (or by the parents' surname if the child's name is not given). The index provides the child's name (if given), the names of the parents, the date of birth, and the county. The later index (1920-1950) is in Soundex order by the surname of the child; within the Soundex classification it is alphabetical by the father's first name. When no father's name is given, the card is filed at the beginning of the Soundex class. Children of unmarried couples are listed twice, under the names of both parents. This later index provides the names of the child and the parents, the date and county of birth, and the child's race and birth order. Although these indexes are open to the public, please note that the birth certificates themselves are restricted for 100 years after the date of birth.&nbsp;<ref>"Birth Records" in Maryland State Archives at [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth#county Guide.mdsa.net] (accessed 28 Jun 2010).</ref>  
 
The Maryland State Archives also has indexing from 1875 through 1950. The early index (1875-1919) is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the child (or by the parents' surname if the child's name is not given). The index provides the child's name (if given), the names of the parents, the date of birth, and the county. The later index (1920-1950) is in Soundex order by the surname of the child; within the Soundex classification it is alphabetical by the father's first name. When no father's name is given, the card is filed at the beginning of the Soundex class. Children of unmarried couples are listed twice, under the names of both parents. This later index provides the names of the child and the parents, the date and county of birth, and the child's race and birth order. Although these indexes are open to the public, please note that the birth certificates themselves are restricted for 100 years after the date of birth.&nbsp;<ref>"Birth Records" in Maryland State Archives at [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth#county Guide.mdsa.net] (accessed 28 Jun 2010).</ref>  
  
*[http://guide.mdsa.net/series.cfm?action=viewSeries&ID=C594 CECIL COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH (Birth Record) 1898-1927] at the Maryland State Archives<br>
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*'''1898 - 1927''' [http://guide.mdsa.net/series.cfm?action=viewSeries&ID=C594 CECIL COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH (Birth Record) 1898-1927] at the Maryland State Archives<br>
  
'''''Marriage'''''
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==== Marriage ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/vitals/marriages/ USGenWeb Marriages Project for Cecil County Maryland]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/vitals/marriages/ USGenWeb Marriages Project for Cecil County Maryland]
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*'''1658 - 1940''' {{RecordSearch|2523377|Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1666 - 1970''' {{RecordSearch|1675199|Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1865 - 1775''' Hovermill, Harry A. ''Indices to Cecil County, Maryland marriage licenses, 1865-1885. ''Charlestown, Maryland&nbsp;: Cecil County Genealogical Society, c1982. Available in the {{FHL|68696|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}.
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*[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=marriage Marriage Records - Maryland State Archives]
  
*Hovermill, Harry A. ''Indices to Cecil County, Maryland marriage licenses, 1865-1885. ''Charlestown, Maryland&nbsp;: Cecil County Genealogical Society, c1982. Available in the {{FHL|68696|title-id|disp=Family History Library}}.
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==== Death ====
  
'''''Death'''''
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*'''1898 - 1944''' [http://www.deathindexes.com/maryland/ Maryland Death Index 1898-1944]
 
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*'''1920s - 1940s''' [http://www.cecilhistory.org/deathrecords/index.html Death Certificates 1920s-1940s, 1940s-1950s], available online, courtesy: [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]  
*[http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944], available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
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*'''1906 - 1962''' [http://www.cecilhistory.org/deathrecords/index.html Burial Permits], 1906-1912, 1912-1962; available online, courtesy: [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]  
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/deathrecords/index.html Death Certificates 1920s-1940s, 1940s-1950s], available online, courtesy: [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]  
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/deathrecords/index.html Burial Permits], 1906-1912, 1912-1962; available online, courtesy: [http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]  
 
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Social Security Death Index]  
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Social Security Death Index]  
 
*[http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/periodicals/index.aspx?id=3124#death How do I find a death notice or obituary in a newspaper?]
 
*[http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/periodicals/index.aspx?id=3124#death How do I find a death notice or obituary in a newspaper?]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*[http://www.cecilgenweb.com/ Cecil County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/maryland/cecil-county/ Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy, History and Facts] (Genealogy Inc)
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*[http://www.cecilgenweb.com/ Cecil County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]
  
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/ Cecil County Public Library]
 
*[http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/ Cecil County Public Library]
  
*{{FHL|Maryland%2C+Cecil|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} for Cecil County.
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*{{FHL|United%20States%2C%20Maryland%2C%20Cecil|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}, Cecil County
 
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=2;t=searchable;c=1386082 FamilySearch&nbsp;Record Search]
 
  
 
*[http://www.google.com/search?q=Cecil+County%2C+Maryland&btnG=Search+Books&tbs=bks%3A1&tbo=1 GoogleBooks] results for Cecil County, Maryland  
 
*[http://www.google.com/search?q=Cecil+County%2C+Maryland&btnG=Search+Books&tbs=bks%3A1&tbo=1 GoogleBooks] results for Cecil County, Maryland  
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*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]
 
*[http://www.cecilhistory.org/ Historical Society of Cecil County]
  
*[http://guide.mdsa.net/combined.cfm?action=viewSeriesList&letter=All&orderBy=ContainerName Maryland State Archives] results for Cecil County Records.
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*[http://guide.mdsa.net/combined.cfm?action=viewSeriesList&letter=All&orderBy=ContainerName Maryland State Archives] results for Cecil County Records
  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibc.html "Cecil Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/refserv/library/periodicals/perbib/html/bibc.html "Cecil Co.,"] in ''Genealogical Sources in Periodicals at The Maryland State Archives.''
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/ The USGenWeb Archives Project for Cecil] County and [http://usgwarchives.org/md/cecil/ Backup site].
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/ The USGenWeb Archives Project for Cecil] County and [http://usgwarchives.net/md/cecil/ Backup site]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_County,_Maryland Wikipedia] results for Cecil County
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_County,_Maryland Wikipedia] results for Cecil County
  
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
  
[[Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
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*[[Maryland, Register of Wills Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
[[Maryland, Register of Wills Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
  
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Latest revision as of 17:31, 15 February 2017

United States
Maryland


Cecil County


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


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Cecil County, Maryland
Map
Map of Maryland highlighting Cecil County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 6, 1674
County Seat Elkton
Courthouse
Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse.JPG
Address Cecil County Courthouse
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-996-5201
Cecil County Website


Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1777 1898 1790 1673 1675


Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1777, divorce, court, and land records from 1674;
Register of Wills has probate records;
Clerk Court has indexes from 1674.[1]

Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records - Cecil County Information

Register of Wills Circuit Courthouse
129 East Main Street - Suite 102
Elkton, Maryland 21921
(410) 996-5330
(888) 398-0301
Fax (410) 996-1039

Mailing Address:
Register of Wills, Cecil County
P O Box 468
Elkton, MD 21922-0468
Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday

History

Cecil Calvert

Though Cecil County was not established by Lord Baltimore and his colonists until 1674, a small settlement came prior to that time. In 1633, twenty five years after John Smith sailed the tributaries of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Englishman William Claiborne opened a trading post on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna. He traded beavers and furs with the Susquehannocks, and sold them to the French in Canada. A small settlement and a plantation surrounded the first white man's post in the area.

There are two names that will forever be linked to the establishment of Cecil County. The first is the Second Lord Baltimore, Cecilius Calvert (1605-1675), for whom the County was named. He ruled the land called Maryland, after his father -The First Lord Baltimore died. He was the first Proprietary Governor of the colony of Maryland from 1632 until his death in 1675.

The second name is that of Augustine Herman, one of Cecil's first land owners. Herman offered his masterful map making skills to create a map of Maryland, and in exchange received a large tract of land that spread out from the Bohemia River. Because of his skills he was considered an important man, and it was Herman who was able to convince Charles Calvert, the second Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, to divide Cecil County out of Baltimore County. In 1674 Herman's wish was granted, and by proclamation, the boundaries for the new county of Cecil were established. The first courthouse was located on the Sassafras River.

The County seat is Elkton. The newspaper of record is the Cecil Whig

Maryland Historic Trust's Inventory of Historic Properties for Cecil County

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Many early court records have disappeared.

Time Lines

Cecil County Chronology

Places/Localities

Chesapeake City, MD from a bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Copyright © January 2006 Jennifer Schmidt.

Populated Places

Cecil County Boundary Map.jpg

Towns

Communities

Neighboring Counties

Harford | Kent | New Castle County, Delaware | Pennsylvania counties: Chester | Lancaster | York

Resources

Bible Records

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Cemeteries

There is a Cemetery Survey for Cecil county at the Maryland State Archives. The survey contains information about the cemetery at the time of the survey in the 1930s. The survey files DO NOT contain actual cemetery records.
MSA S 1512-2777 00/59/06/55

Transcriptions of various cemeteries in Cecil County can be found at the following websites:

Published Transcriptions:

For more information about Cemeteries in Maryland please refer to the Maryland Cemeteries page.

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

Census

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

Churches

Contains the church records of:
  • Earleville: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Church of England

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Court

Before 1776, information may be found in any one of the following types of courts:

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:

General

Bibliography

Surname Files

Gazetteers

Gazetteer of the state of Maryland  By Richard Swainson Fisher, pages 61-63 are about Cecil County.

A Gazetteer of Maryland and Delaware  By Henry Gannett

A new and complete gazetteer of the United States: ... By Thomas Baldwin, J. Thomas

Immigration

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 Cecil County immigration resources include:

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

Cecil County men served in the 6th Maryland Regiment.[8]

War of 1812

Civil War

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


- 5th Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Companies A and I .
- 6th Regiment, Maryland Infantry Companies B, E and G.
- 8th Regiment, Maryland Infantry Company A .
- Purnell Legion, Maryland Infantry, Company E.

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Societies and Libraries

The Historical Society of Cecil County
The Eva M. Muse Library
135 E. Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-398-1790
E-Mail: history@cchistory.org
Website
Facebook


Cecil County Public Library
301 Newark Avenue
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-996-5600
Website


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.

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

In 1898, the General Assembly passed a law that initiated the registration of births in the 23 counties (Chapter 312, Acts of 1898). At first, compliance with the law on the local level was incomplete. As the State Board of Health gradually increased its control over the local boards, registration became more reliable. Researchers should keep in mind, however, that as late as 1914 the Board of Health was still working to increase compliance with the law, and some births went unrecorded. 

The 1898 law dictated that "the record of a birth shall state the date and place of its occurrence, name in full, sex and color, and the number of the child, whether living or still born, and the names, color, occupation, birth place and residence of parents, name and address of the physician, midwife or attendant at the birth". 

The Maryland State Archives also has indexing from 1875 through 1950. The early index (1875-1919) is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the child (or by the parents' surname if the child's name is not given). The index provides the child's name (if given), the names of the parents, the date of birth, and the county. The later index (1920-1950) is in Soundex order by the surname of the child; within the Soundex classification it is alphabetical by the father's first name. When no father's name is given, the card is filed at the beginning of the Soundex class. Children of unmarried couples are listed twice, under the names of both parents. This later index provides the names of the child and the parents, the date and county of birth, and the child's race and birth order. Although these indexes are open to the public, please note that the birth certificates themselves are restricted for 100 years after the date of birth. [11]

Marriage

Death

Websites

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cecil, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Peden, Henry C., compiler. Inhabitants of Cecil County, Maryland, 1649-1774. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1999.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Maryland Geological Survey, George Burbank Shattuck, Florence Bascom, Edward Bennett Mathews, Clarence Wilbur Dorsey, Jay Allan Bonsteel, Oliver Lanard Fassig, Henry Albert Pressey, Louis Agricola Bauer, Hugh M. Curran, George Bishop Sudworth. Cecil County, Volume 1. Page 26. Geological Survey (U.S.), United States. Bureau of Soils. Digitized by Google Books
  5. 5.0 5.1 Johnston, George. History of Cecil County, Maryland, and the early settlements around the head of Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware River, with sketches of some of the old families of Cecil County. Elkton, Maryland: George Johnston, 1881.
  6. 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).
  7. Eichholz, Alice, editor. Redbook American State, County, and Town Sources (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 306.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  9. Peder, Henry C., Jr. Revolutionary Patriots of Cecil County, Maryland. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.
  10. Garrett, Jere. "Muffled drums and mustard spoons : Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865". Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Burd Street Press, c1996
  11. "Birth Records" in Maryland State Archives at Guide.mdsa.net (accessed 28 Jun 2010).
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