Howard County, Maryland Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Howard County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1840 1898 1860 1840 1840
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Howard County Courthouse
3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 410-992-2025/
Phone: 410-313-3000

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court and land records; Register of Wills has probate records[1]


  • Named for John Edger Howard, a Colonel in the American Revolutionary War, later the 5th Governor of Maryland.

Parent County

  • Made a separate county in 1838 from Anne Arundel County with a part from Baltimore County, but it was not formally recognized until 13 May 1851 by the state Constitutional Convention.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Census Districts
  • Columbia
  • Elkridge
  • Ellicott City
  • Jessup
  • North Laurel
  • Savage-Guilford
  • Clarksville
  • Cooksville
  • Daniels
  • Dayton
  • Dorsey
  • Fulton
  • Glenelg
  • Glenwood
  • Granite
  • Hanover
  • Henryton
  • Highland
  • Ilchester
  • Lisbon
  • Marriottsville
  • Scaggsville
  • Simpsonville
  • West Friendship
  • Woodbine
  • Woodstock

Neighboring Counties

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



Asbury Jessup UMC Churchyard

Blackstone Cemetery, Columbia

Blackwell, Boston, Fuller & Howard Gravestones (see Pine Orchard Methodist Episcopal Cemetery)

Bonnie Brae Cemetery

Brown Family Cemetery at Good Fellowship, Woodstock

Bushy Park Community Cemetery

Bushy Park Manor Cemetery

Cavey Cemetery, Ellicott City

Cook Cemetery, Columbia

Davis-Wagon Gravesite, Woodstock

Dorsey Cemetery, Columbia

Dorsey Family Cemetery, Village of Harpers Choice, Columbia

Dorsey Graveyard at Arcadia, Ellicott City

Doughoregan Manor Chapel, Ellicott City

Elkridge Community Christian Church

Ellicott Family Graveyard, Ellicott Mills (Now Ellicott City)

Ellicott Family Graveyard, Hollifield

Fox Graves, Ellicott City
France Gravestones

Gary Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery, Ellicott city

Gardner Cemetery, Jessup

Good Shepherd Cemetery, Ellicott City

Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Elkridge

Hammond Graveyard at Burleigh Manor, Ellicott City

Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery, Elkridge

Jones Cemetery, Ellicott City

McKendree Church Cemetery, West Friendship

McKenzie (MacKenzie) Gravestones, Ellicott City

Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge

Melville Chapel UMC Cemetery, Elkridge

Mountain View Cemetery, West Friendship

Pine Orchard Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Ellicott City

Rhine Stone at Pine Orchard, Ellicott City

Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park, Elkridge

Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Cemetery, Elkridge

Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Columbia

Saint John's Howard County Cemetery, Ellicott City

Saint Marys Cemetery, Ellicott City

Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ellicott City

Saint Stephens Cemetery, Elkridge

Smith Family Cemetery, Ellicott City

Stackhouse Cemetery, Poplar Springs

Trinity Cemetery, Elkridge

Trinity Cemetery, Pfeiffer Corners

Trinity Waterloo Cemetery, Columbia (Trinity Chapel Cemetery)

Tucker Cemetery, Ellicott City

Whipp's Garden Cemetery, Ellicott City

Zion Cemetery, Elkridge


Federal Census reports available 1860-1930. For tips on accessing Howard 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 Howard 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:

Contains the church records of:
  • Elkridge: Elkridge Methodist Church
Church of England

See also Queen Caroline Parish




Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Howard County Deed Books (1840-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories



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, Howard County, p. 151. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Howard County, Maryland Genealogy 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 Howard County, Maryland Genealogy:

Howard County, Maryland, Company C
- 3rd Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade Company I
- 7th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate). Company B (1st) (Howard Dragoons).[2]




Vital Records



Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard, Maryland page 318, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Richard L. Armstrong, 7th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1992). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 88.