Harford County, Maryland Genealogy

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Harford County

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

County Facts
County seat: Bel Air
Organized: December 17, 1773
Parent County(s): Baltimore[1]
Neighboring Counties
Anne Arundel  • Baltimore  • Carroll  • Frederick  • Montgomery  • Prince George's
See County Maps
Harford County Court House Bel Air, Maryland.jpeg
Location Map
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County Information


The County was named for Henry Harford. The County has Bel Air as its seat and the County was created December 17, 1773. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Harford County Courthouse
20 West Courtland Street, Room 304
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-838-6000
Harford County Website

County Health Department has birth and death records.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1779, divorce and court records from 1803.[3]

Harford 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1779 1898 1803 1779 1774 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1898. General compliance by the 1910s.

Record Loss

1858 Some records were destroyed in a fire.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • Created 17 December 1773 from Baltimore County.
  • County seat: Bel Air[5]

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

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Harford 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 Harford County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 14,976
1800 17,626 17.7%
1810 21,258 20.6%
1820 15,924 −25.1%
1830 16,319 2.5%
1840 17,120 4.9%
1850 19,356 13.1%
1860 23,415 21.0%
1870 22,605 −3.5%
1880 28,042 24.1%
1890 28,993 3.4%
1900 28,269 −2.5%
1910 27,965 −1.1%
1920 29,291 4.7%
1930 31,603 7.9%
1940 35,060 10.9%
1950 51,782 47.7%
1960 76,722 48.2%
1970 115,378 50.4%
1980 145,930 26.5%
1990 182,132 24.8%
2000 218,590 20.0%
2010 244,826 12.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules.

Church Records

Church of England

Court Records

Free online index to thousands of Harford County court cases dating from 1700s to 1900s on The Historical Society of Harford County website.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

*J.C. Taylor Marble Business Ledger Indexes. 1878-1890: Vol. 1; 1891-1934 (gaps): Vol. 2; 1906-1934: Vol. 3; 1906-1934: Vol. 4; 1935-1946: Vol. 5 Identifies information about people buying tombstones.


  • [Harris] Harris, Mrs. Norris. "The Harris Family of Baltimore and Harford Counties," The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Spring 1990):68. FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m.


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 Harford County Deed Books (1773-present) have been uploaded to their website: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Martenet's Map of Harford County, Maryland


Military Records

Revolutionary War

Harford County men served in the 3rd Maryland Regiment[7] and the 6th Maryland Regiment.[8]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Maryland, Harford County on page 127.
  • "Harford County, Maryland, Oaths of Fidelity, 1778," The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 1988):126-127; Vol. 30, No. 1 (Winter 1989):10-11; Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring 1989):46-47; Vol. 30, No. 3 (Summer 1989):88-89; Vol. 30, No. 4 (Fall 1989):126-127; Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 1990):6-7. FHL Collection 975 B2m

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, Harford County, pp. 149-151. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Harford 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 Harford:

- 2nd Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry, Company G, and H
- 7th Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Company C, and H

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records





Research Facilities


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.





Research Guides


  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, "Harford," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harford_County,_Maryland."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harford County, Maryland. Page 317-318 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 308-309.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maryland.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Harford County, Maryland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harford_County%2C_Maryland, accessed 29 July 2018.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "3rd Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.