Harford County, Maryland Genealogy

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Harford County, Maryland in green.

County Courthouse

Courthouse, Room 304
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air MD 21014


  • Named for Henry Harford, the illegimate son of Frederick Calvert, 6th and last Lord Baltimore. Mr. Harford was the last Proprietary Governor of Maryland but did not inherit the title of Lord Baltimore because of his illegimatacy.

Parent County

  • Created 17 December 1773 from Baltimore County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Aberdeen
  • Havre de Grace
  • Bel Air
Census Districts
  • Bel Air North
  • Bel Air South
  • Edgewood
  • Fallston
  • Jarrettsville
  • Joppatowne
  • Perryman
  • Pleasant Hills
  • Riverside
  • Abingdon
  • Cardiff
  • Gunpowder
  • Castleton
  • Churchville
  • Darlington
  • Dublin
  • Forest Hill
  • Joppa
  • Norrisville
  • Pylesville
  • Street
  • Whiteford
  • White Hall
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground

Neighboring Counties

Anne Arundel|Baltimore | Carroll |Frederick | Montgomery| Prince George's



Partial Listing of Harford County Cemeteries

Aberdeen Proving Ground Cemetery, APG

Angel Hill Cemetery, Havre de Grace

Ayres Chapel Cemetery, White Hall

Baker's Cemetery, Aberdeen--Surnames A-F

Baker's Cemetery, Aberdeen--Surnames G-O

Baker's Cemetery, Aberdeen--Surnames P-Z

Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery

Cranberry United Methodist Church Cemetery, Aberdeen

Darlington Cemetery, Darlington

Dublin Ministry Baptist Church Cemetery, Darlington

Emory United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hickory

Franklin Baptist Cemetery, Darlington

Hickory Baptist Cemetery, Forest Hill

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Churchville

John Wesley Methodist Church Cemetery, Abingdon

McKendree Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, Blackhorse

Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bel Air

Norrisville Cemetery, Norrisville

Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Bel Air

Old Salem Evangelical Cemetery, Near Jarrettsville

St. Francis Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery, Abingdon

St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Perryman

St. James United Cemetery, Havre de Grace

St. James AME Cemetery, Havre de Grace

St. James UAME Cemetery, Darlington

St. Paula's Lutheran Cemetery, Aberdeen

Smith's Chapel UMC Cemetery, Churchville

Southern Cemetery, Dublin

Thomas Run M.E. Church Cemetery, Churchville

Trappe Mission Baptist Cemetery, Darlington

Wesleyan Cemetery, Aberdeen

William Watters memorial Methodist Church Cemetery


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


Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Harford County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions.


Surname index to Harford County Maryland Church Records: West Harford Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church South (1851-1877), courtesy: Petersrow Publishers.


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:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


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




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: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories



Revolutionary War

  • "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 US/CAN Book 975 B2m.




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