Garrett County, Maryland Genealogy

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Garrett County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Oakland
Organized: November 4, 1872
Parent County(s): Allegany[1]
Neighboring Counties
Allegany  • Fayette (PA)  • Somerset (PA)  • Grant(WV)  • Mineral(WV)  • Preston(WV)  • Tucker(WV)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Garrett County Courthouse Oakland, Maryland.jpeg
Location Map
MD Garrett map.png
Adoption
John Work Garrett

County Information

Description

The County was named for John Work Garrett. The County has Oakland as its seat and the County was created November 4, 1872. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Garrett County Courthouse
203 South Fourth Street, Room 207
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: 301-334-8970
Garrett County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, land and court records from 1872, military records from 1942, and naturalization records 1908-1929.
Register of wills has probate records. [3]

Garrett County, Maryland Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1873 1898 1873 1873 1880

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Last county created in the state, 4 November 1872, from west part of Allegany County.
  • County seat: Oakland[4]

For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps" (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Garrett County, Maryland:

Towns

Communities

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Garrett County, Maryland online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Maryland Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

For tips on accessing Garrett County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Federal Census reports available 1880-1930.

Church Records

  • 1668-1995 Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995 at FamilySearch — index
  • Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions is not intended to be a complete listing of all Religious institutions in Maryland. It was originally based upon the churches recorded by the Federal Works Progress Administration during a records survey conducted from 1935 to 1941. It has been expanded by later acquisitions from religious organizations to the Maryland State Archives.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

Other Garrett County land resources include:

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

War of 1812

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Maryland, Garrett County, p. 149. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Garrett 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 Garrett:

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

  • Ruth Enlow Library
    Oakland (Main) Library
    6 North Second Street
    Oakland, MD 21550
    Phone: 301-334-3996
    Fax: 301-334-4152
    Email: genealogy@relib.net
    Website
  • Western Maryland Regional Library
    101 Tandy Drive
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    Phone: 301-739-3250 ext 553
    Email: whilbr@wmrl.info
    Website

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Garrett," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_County,_Maryland."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harford, Maryland page 317, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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