Baltimore County was formed by 1659. At that time it included parts of (or the whole of)
todays: Harford Co., Cecil Co., Frederick Co. & Carroll Co. The original County Seat was
at Spesutia Island , it was next located in Joppa Town. As a result of a popular
referendum in 1768 (there is a large list of residents signing the petitions,
which seems to be about the most complete list of men in the County at
the time), the county seat was moved to Baltimore Town. When Baltimore
was incorporated as a city, the county seat was moved to its present location
What Is New On This Web Site?
It has been a quiet summer for genealogy. The most significant new update is the addition of records and burials at St Vincent's de Paul's Catholic CemeteryTranscripts of Orphans Court Notices (Probate of Wills and Estates mostly) and Divorce Notices (and a few breach of promise marriage suites) from the Baltimore County Democrat, Baltimore County Union, Baltimore County Advocate, and Maryland Journal published from 1850s to the early 1900s are being updated ocassionally. This has grown into a fairly large file - over 800 kilobytes of data
The death notices and obituary collection was updated in Jan 2008 This collection now contains over 19,500 records Also recently updated is the listing of marriages and marriage licenses issued from Newspapers . A recent addition is the beginning of a collection of death certificate transcripts provided to the web site
Also added transcription of the 1869 Collection Book, 5th Col Dist of Baltimore county. This volume is apparently originally recorded the tax assessment for 1869 of the 5th district of Baltimore County. The page with surnames beginning with S is missing and part of the page with names beginning with M had been cutout.
Maps showing the approximate boundaries of Baltimore county from its formation circa 1659 to 1918 .
From the 1906 Atlas, here is a map of the southern 3/4 of Baltimore county. This file is slightly larger than 1 Megabyte, so it will be a slow download, unless you have a fast internet connection.
How To Find Genealogical Information in Baltimore County:
There is a significant amount of material, such as church, county, and state records that have been abstracted and family genealogies, for Baltimore County. Here is a Bibliography of material for Baltimore County Genealogical Research. As an aid to researchers here is a listing of dealers/bookstores that sell books on Baltimore County Genealogy topics. Most of these enterprises have websites where you can check titles.
I have included a short sumary of my experience on available information for various time periods in researching. We are fortunate, that many early Baltimore Couny Records are existent. Finding information on marriages is easier in MD than some states such as PA and NY, since MD institued marraige licenses about 1777, but MD did not require marriage bonds like VA.
Also there is local history and genealogical information available at the Baltimore County Public Libraries and the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. The Enoch Pratt library website now has a page for genealogy research, Enoch Pratt will look up, for a modest fee, obituaries nd marriage announcements in Baltimore Papers that where printed during at least the last 150 years. Information on contacting them for obiturary and marraige lookups is available on-line along with some othe research hints
Genealogical/Historical Repositories and Societies
There are several Genealogical and Historic Societies which have information of interest to Baltimore County genealogy researchers and you may be interested in joining.
There are several repositories for information on Baltimore County.
The Maryland State Archives is making information available on the web, current offerings include a search engine for the supplemental listings of Maryland Settlers recently published by Dr. Carson Gibb and alphabetically indexed HTML pages of marriages that have been inferred from records. Also available for viewing is a listing of the Baltimore County Records held at MSA. Check out their research offerings at http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/homepage/html/refserv.html . A new feature from the Maryland State Archives is on-line death indexes for Baltimore City and Maryland Counties. This site provides instructions for order copies of vital records from the MSA and department of vital records. The county records are listed by surname in various year groupings.
Sometimes records for Baltimore county families have been found in court and other records at the Baltimore city archives.
Another source of some information including a description of Maryland immigration, early immigration rules and Maryland History is Available from the Univeristy of Maryland On-Line Library
Genealogical Research Aids from Rootsweb and the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb Project
We have an on-line fourm for posting, reviewing and searching QUERIES about persons in Baltimore County
Rootsweb sponsors a web-wide database to identify researchers of a given surname. Lookup others researching the same surnames you are and/or add the surnames you are researching to this database
As part of the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb Project we are building a collection of files with genealogical information for Baltimore Co. If you have a file to contribute and share (such as extracts of old records you have compiled, family histories) and have archived on our system please contact the Baltimore County Page coordinator
The MdGenWeb Project is sponsoring a collection of tombstone inscriptions at http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/maryland/maryland.html in additon to the cemetery inscriptions you will find on this website.
On-Line Data Available from this Site and Linked Sites
To help genealogy researchers in Baltimore County, we have begun a researcher-surname registry for Baltimore County. Please provide the surnames you are researching for the registry or view who else might be researching lines you are interest in.
Visit the USGenWeb Archives for Baltimore County
The First Families of Anne Arundel and Baltimore Countiesis a collection of linked family group sheets of early settlers of Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties (for now we are working on families who were in the area by 1720) and links to other sites with linage data Contributions of GEDCOMS or text files are welcomed to add to these pages.
Wills of Baltimore County from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries over 300 transcriptions of early wills. How to obtain Wills for Baltimore County that are not on our site.
Obituaries from Baltimore Newspapers starting in the 1840s. Over 17,700 records are on-line to date. Another extracts from newspapers which so far only contains a few entries are Orphans Court Proceedings which provided notice of the probate and administration of estates and Divorce Notices Published in Baltimore area newspapers
19th and 20th Century Marriage Notices from Baltimore Newspapers.
Transcription of Baltimore County Marriage Licenses from MSA Microfilms, an ongoing project with entries from Januray 1800 through January 1817 available.
Baltimore Co. Marriage Licenses from 15 to 26 February 1834
A recent addition to the project is a collection of Family Bible Records
We are attempting to obtain Transcripts of Tombstones and other cemetery informantion to place on-line to help researchers. Also to aid researchers here is a page of cemeteries in the Baltimore area with phone numbers or addresses and also links to on-line cemetery records on other sites.
War of 1812 Pensions to Indigent Soldiers and Widows of Soldiers. Acts of the Maryland Legislature of 1868 and 1870.
Extracts from newspaper of historical events and biographics. The premier data are extracts from the Baltimore American and Baltimore Sun about the explosion of the steamship Medora on 14 April 1848 and resulting loss of life.
Transcript and images of the Shaver (St. Abrahams) Lutheran Church register from 1805 to 1860s. This is a newly discovered portion of the Church's register listing births, baptisms, a few deaths, communicants, and confirments starting in 1805 for the Shaver (Now called St Abrahams Church) in Beckleysville.
There was an website for Cemeteries of Northern Baltimore County created by Mr. Paul Ely. This is not a project affiliated with USGenWeb, but was a valuable source for researchers. However it no longer available appears to be available.
On-line Transcripts of other old documents , such as deeds, grants, court orders are also being collected to help researchers.
The New Orleans USGenWeb site has provided a list of Persons from Baltimore who died in New Orleans in 1850.
Pam the "list lady" has prepared a listing from the 1895 Atlas of the localities in Maryland. So to find locations of places in Maryland check her index of Maryland localities.
An on-line listing of the addresses and phone number for Maryland cemeteries is being maintained by Lynn Smith
There are some mid 19th century maps of Baltimore county available on line (from the Library of Congress) and others that can be purchased showing original land grants. These maps show the names of landowners.
We are adding a page of useful links for helping you find information in Baltimore County. Also a page of various links to general interest, historical, and biographical web information involving Baltimore
ROOTSWEB has added the latest available SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX (SSDI). Now you can search the most recent version of the SSDI at www.rootsweb.com.
We Need Your Help
We welcome contributions of material to add to this sites collection. This ranges from GEDCOMS, lists of descendants, transcripts of wills, deeds, Family Bible Records and other documents, or if you have a site with substanial information on Baltimore County Genealogy (such as linages) or History we would like to provide a link to your site. Please Contact the Coordinator for this Page at balt-genes @ verizon.net If you would like to contribute.
Internet Resources and Mailing Lists
There is a mail list for Baltimore County Genealogical Research. To Subscribe to the Baltimore Genealogy mailing List:send a E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the text of the message just say Subscribe,& please disable your signature. To subscribe in a digest mode send the request to email@example.com To post messages to this list send your E-mail to the Baltimore Genealogy list at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a statewide Genealogy mailing list. To Subscribe to the Maryland Genealogy mailing List: send a E-mail to email@example.com. In the text of the message just say Subscribe, please disable your signature. To subscribe in a digest mode send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org To post a message on the Maryland mailing list send your E-mail to the Maryland Genealogy list at email@example.com
There are many surname mailing lists for researchers, some of those of interest for Baltimore County Check for surname mailing lists at Rootsweb
A list also has been established for the Baltimore County Genealogical Society. To subscribe to the BCGS list send an E mail to: MD-BCGS-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org and as above place the word "SUBSCRIBE" as the only part of the text. There is also a digest mode available at email@example.com.
Another list of interest is a Maryland Cemetries Mailing List on information and preservation of cemteries. To subscribe to this list send a subscription request to either: MD-Cemeteries-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org or MD-Cemeteries-Demail@example.com for the digest form.
Lost Photos: A lady, who has been cleaning out her grandmother's house came across some pictures of previous owners of the house. This house is located on Maryland Ave in Baltimore. The "previous owners" are ADAMS and BERG families. If you are related to these families please contact: Carol Askey
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