Harford County, Maryland Genealogy

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

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Harford County, Maryland
Map of Maryland highlighting Harford County
Location in the state of Maryland
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Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1773
County Seat Bel Air
Address Harford County Courthouse
Room 304
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-838-6000
Harford County Website

Harford County Maryland Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Harford County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1774 1898 1790 1773 1774


County Health Department has birth and death records.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1779,
divorce and court records from 1803.[1]

Harford County Maryland History

  • 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

Harford County Maryland Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • 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

Harford County Maryland Genealogy Resources


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


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. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Church of England

See also St. George's Parish


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


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

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 Baltimore 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 men served in the 3rd Maryland Regiment[2] and the 6th Maryland Regiment.[3]

  • 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

Civil War service men from Harford 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 Harford County.

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



Scanned images of wills, administrations, and inventories are available for free on FamilySearch.

Indentures and Guardianships 1774-1809 at Harford County Historical Society website


  • [1783] Harford County Tax List of 1783: This is an alphabetical index to names to all property owners assessed. The index cards at the Maryland State Archives include county, hundred, names of tracts of land and whether individuals were paupers or single males as provided in the law.

Vital Records


Harford County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


Harford County Maryland Genealogy Websites

Harford County Maryland Genealogy References

  1. 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.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "3rd Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Maryland Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Maryland_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.