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Guide to '''Wicomico County Maryland genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Wicomico County, Maryland ancestry, family history, and genealogy''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.  
  
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| founded year = 1867
 
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| founded date = August 17
 
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| seat = Salisbury
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| seat = [[Salisbury, Maryland|Salisbury]]
 
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| building address = Wicomo County Courthouse<br> P.O. Box 870<br>Salisbury, MD 21803-0870<br>Phone: 410-548-4696 or 410-548-4697<br>[http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/wicomico/index.html '''Wicomo County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = [http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/wicomico/index.html Wicomo County Courthouse]<br> P.O. Box 870<br>Salisbury, MD 21803-0870<br>Phone: 410-548-4696 or 410-548-4697<br>[http://www.wicomicocounty.org/ '''Wicomo County Website'''] }}  
  
== [http://www.wicomicocounty.org/ Wicomico County Maryland Courthouse] ==
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=== Courthouse  ===
  
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, land, military, and court records from 1867.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wicomico County, Maryland page 318, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, land, military, and court records from 1867.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wicomico County, Maryland page 318, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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== Wicomico County Maryland History  ==
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== History  ==
  
[[Image:Wicomico River.png|thumb|right|200px]]  
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[[Image:Wicomico River.png|thumb|300px|Wicomico River]]  
  
 
*Named for Wicomico River, in turned derived from American Indian words wicko mekee, meaning "a place where houses are built," apparently referring to an Indian town on the banks.
 
*Named for Wicomico River, in turned derived from American Indian words wicko mekee, meaning "a place where houses are built," apparently referring to an Indian town on the banks.
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*Created 17 August 1867 from [[Somerset County, Maryland|Somerset]] and [[Worcester County, Maryland|Worcester]] counties
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*Created 17 August 1867 from [[Somerset County, Maryland Genealogy|Somerset]] and [[Worcester County, Maryland Genealogy|Worcester]] counties
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Maryland county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/maryland/ "Rotating Formation Maryland County Boundary Maps"] (1637-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
*Lost census: 1890
 
*Lost census: 1890
  
== Wicomico County Maryland Places/Localities  ==
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== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
 
===== Cities  =====
 
===== Cities  =====
  
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===== Towns  =====
 
===== Towns  =====
  
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===== Communities  =====
 
===== Communities  =====
  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Image:Mdwicomico.jpg|right|600px|Mdwicomico.jpg]]  
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[[Image:Mdwicomico.jpg|right|300px|Mdwicomico.jpg]]  
  
*[[Dorchester County, Maryland|Dorchester]]  
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*[[Dorchester County, Maryland Genealogy|Dorchester]]  
*[[Somerset County, Maryland|Somerset]]  
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*[[Somerset County, Maryland Genealogy|Somerset]]  
*[[Worcester County, Maryland|Worcester]]  
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*[[Worcester County, Maryland Genealogy|Worcester]]  
*[[Sussex County, Delaware|Sussex County, Delaware]]
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*[[Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy|Sussex County, Delaware]]
  
== Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy Resources  ==
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== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=22&GScnty=1208&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=22&CScnty=1208 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.mdgenweb.org/wicomico/wcp/index.htm USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Wicomico+Maryland&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Maryland&county=Wicomico&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/md/wicomico/cemet.htm MDGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/maryland/wicomico.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/md/wicomico.htm MDInterment]
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Published records can be found on ''Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico''. <ref>''Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico'' By John E. Jacob, Jr. Available from the Lower Delmarva Maryland Genealogical Society. LIB 2-4-3 </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/oclc/2891907 WorldCat] </ref>
 
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=22&CScnty=1208 Findagrave.com]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/md/wicomico.htm Interment.net]
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/maryland/wicomico.html Tombstone Project]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdwicomi/wcp/index.htm?cj=1&sid=rootsweb-redirect-us&o_xid=0002921548&o_lid=0002921548 Wicomico Cemeteries Project]
 
 
 
Published records can be found on ''Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico''. <ref>''Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico'' By John E. Jacob, Jr. Available from the Lower Delmarva Maryland Genealogical Society. LIB 2-4-3 </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/oclc/2891907 WorldCat] </ref>  
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*'''1668-1995''' {{RecordSearch|2385204|Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm 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. 
  
Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Wicomico 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:  
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The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online
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NOTE: There may be multiple types of records for different churches in a single PDF document. 
  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/m900/m913/000001/000001/pdf/m913.pdf Baptist, Allen Memorial Church], Salisbury, Md., includes: Register and Minutes 1859-1877, List of Members and Dates of Baptism, Minutes 1905-1930s, church history, deed, Record of Membership 1920-1950, and Covenant, Membership 1907-1908  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/m900/m913/000001/000001/pdf/m913.pdf Baptist, Allen Memorial Church], Salisbury, Md., includes: Register and Minutes 1859-1877, List of Members and Dates of Baptism, Minutes 1905-1930s, church history, deed, Record of Membership 1920-1950, and Covenant, Membership 1907-1908  
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*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/scm1000/scm1043/000001/000001/pdf/msa_scm1043-2.pdf Methodist Protestant, Pittsville Circuit], various records 1910s-1960s  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/scm1000/scm1043/000001/000001/pdf/msa_scm1043-2.pdf Methodist Protestant, Pittsville Circuit], various records 1910s-1960s  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/scm2100/scm2126/000001/000001/pdf/msa_scm2126.pdf Methodist Protestant, Salisbury Circuit], includes various records 1840s-1950s
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/scm2100/scm2126/000001/000001/pdf/msa_scm2126.pdf Methodist Protestant, Salisbury Circuit], includes various records 1840s-1950s
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There may be additional records available at the Maryland State Archives that are not yet online.  See entire list of religious records for Wicomico County at [http://speccol.msa.maryland.gov/pages/churches/results.aspx?&county=WI Wicomico County Religious Records at Maryland State Archives]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Wicomico County Deed Books (1867-present) have been uploaded to their website: [http://mdlandrec.net/msa/stagser/s1700/s1741/cfm/index.cfm MDLandRec.Net:&nbsp;A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)  
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Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Wicomico County Deed Books (1867-present) have been uploaded to their website: [https://mdlandrec.net/main/index.cfm A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== '''''War of 1812'''''  =====
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===== 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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Maryland, Wicomico County, p. 159. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
 
*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Maryland, Wicomico County, p. 159. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932373|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932407|Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
{{RAOGKobituary}}
 
  
 
*Wicomico County newspapers are identified in [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/newspapers/cfm/dsp_county.cfm "Guide to Maryland Newspapers,"] available online, courtesy: [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/index.cfm Special Collections, Maryland State Archives].
 
*Wicomico County newspapers are identified in [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/newspapers/cfm/dsp_county.cfm "Guide to Maryland Newspapers,"] available online, courtesy: [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/index.cfm Special Collections, Maryland State Archives].
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1635 – 1777''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9068 Maryland Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1635 – 1743''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3250 Maryland Calendar of Wills 1635-1743] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1796 – 1940''' {{RecordSearch|1542664|Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files , 1796-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
'''''Death'''''
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=====Birth=====
  
*[http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944], available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
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=====Marriage=====
  
Other Wicomico County death resources include:  
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*'''1658 - 1940''' {{RecordSearch|2523377|Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1666 - 1970''' {{RecordSearch|1675199|Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
*1898 - 1958, [http://www.mdgenweb.org/wicomico/histrec/deathcerts.htm Selected Death Certificates] transcribed
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===== Death =====
  
== Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''1898 - 1944''' [http://www.deathindexes.com/maryland/ Maryland Death Index 1898-1944]<br>
  
{{RAOGKlibrary}}
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*'''1898 - 1958''' [http://www.mdgenweb.org/wicomico/histrec/deathcerts.htm Selected Death Certificates] transcribed
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ldgs/ Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society] <br>Wicomico County Library <br>16-1 North Division Street <br>Salisbury MD 21801 <br>Phone 410-742-3501 or 410-546-0314
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://skipjack.net/le_shore/whs/ Wicomico Historical Society] <br>Marion Phillips <br>PO Box 573 Pemberton Drive <br>Salisbury MD 21803-0573 <br>Phone 410-860-0447 <br>Fax: 410-860-1441 <br>Email: history@shore.intercom.net
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'''Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society'''<br>
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Wicomico County Library <br>
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16-1 North Division Street <br>
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Box 3602<br>
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Salisbury, Maryland 21802-3602 <br>
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Phone: 410-742-3501 <br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com]<br>
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[http://www.ldgs.org/index.html Website]<br>
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'''Wicomico Historical Society'''<br>
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P. O. Box 573Pemberton Drive<br>
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Salisbury, MD 21803 - 0573<br>
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Phone: 410-860-0447<br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:history@shore.intercom.net history@shore.intercom.net]<br>
  
 
For more information concerning the Societies and Libraries in Maryland see the [[Maryland Societies|Maryland Societies]] page.  
 
For more information concerning the Societies and Libraries in Maryland see the [[Maryland Societies|Maryland Societies]] page.  
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*[[Salisbury Maryland Family History Center]]
 
*[[Salisbury Maryland Family History Center]]
  
== Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy Websites  ==
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== Websites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Maryland%2C+Wicomico|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Wicomico County.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/maryland/wicomico-county/ Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy, History and Facts] (Genealogy Inc)
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*{{FHL|United%20States%2C%20Maryland%2C%20Wicomico|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}, Wicomico County.  
 
*[http://www.mdgenweb.org/wicomico/ The Wicomico County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.mdgenweb.org/wicomico/ The Wicomico County MDGenWeb Project], a member of [[MDGenWeb|The MDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/wicomico/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Wicomico County.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/wicomico/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Wicomico County.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/wicomico/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Wicomico County. (Backup site)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/wicomico/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Wicomico County. (Backup site)
  
== Wicomico County Maryland Genealogy References  ==
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== References  ==
 
 
<references />{{Maryland|Maryland}} {{Maryland-stub}}
 
  
[[Category:Wicomico_County,_Maryland]]
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<references />{{Maryland|Maryland}} [[Category: Wicomico County, Maryland]]
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United States
Maryland
Wicomico County

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


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Wicomo County, Maryland
Map
Map of Maryland highlighting Wicomo County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Location of Maryland in the U.S.
Facts
Founded August 17, 1867
County Seat Salisbury
Courthouse
Address Wicomo County Courthouse
P.O. Box 870
Salisbury, MD 21803-0870
Phone: 410-548-4696 or 410-548-4697
Wicomo County Website


Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1898 1868 1898 1870 1867 1867

 

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, land, military, and court records from 1867.[1]

Government Office Building
Route 50 & Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801

History

Wicomico River
  • Named for Wicomico River, in turned derived from American Indian words wicko mekee, meaning "a place where houses are built," apparently referring to an Indian town on the banks.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

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

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities
Towns
Communities

Neighboring Counties

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Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MDGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
MDInterment
MDGravestones
Billion Graves
See Maryland Cemeteries for more information.

Allen Cemetery Barren Creek Springs Cemetery Bethel Cemetery Colbourne Cemetery Dennis Cemetery Dolbey Cemetery Farlows Cemetery

Hammond Cemetery Hastings Cemetery Hebron Cemetery Hustons Cemetery Jerusalem Cemetery Melson Cemetery New Hope Cemetery

Nichols Cemetery Oak Grove Cemetery Palmer Cemetery Parsons Cemetery Pittsville Cemetery Redman Cemetery Saint Johns Cemetery

Spring Hill Memorial Garden Twilley Cemetery Union Cemetery Wicomico Memorial Park Zion Cemetery

Published records can be found on Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico. [2][3]

Census

Federal Census reports available 1870-1930 including slave and veterans schedules. For tips on accessing Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy census records online, see: Maryland Census.

Church

  • Maryland State Archives' 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.

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

NOTE: There may be multiple types of records for different churches in a single PDF document.

There may be additional records available at the Maryland State Archives that are not yet online. See entire list of religious records for Wicomico County at Wicomico County Religious Records at Maryland State Archives

Court

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]

General

  • Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, De.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Wicomico families appear in Vols. 8-10, 12, 15, 17-18, 20, and 22.]

Bibliography

Gazetteers

Land

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Wicomico County Deed Books (1867-present) have been uploaded to their website: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories

  • Cooper, Richard W. Profile of a Colonial Community: Salisbury Town and Wicomico County on Maryland's Eastern Shore; A Study of the Land and the People. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 975.225 H2c.

Maps

Military

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, Wicomico County, p. 159. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death

Societies and Libraries

Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society
Wicomico County Library
16-1 North Division Street
Box 3602
Salisbury, Maryland 21802-3602
Phone: 410-742-3501
E-Mail: lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com
Website

Wicomico Historical Society
P. O. Box 573Pemberton Drive
Salisbury, MD 21803 - 0573
Phone: 410-860-0447
E-Mail: history@shore.intercom.net

For more information concerning the Societies and Libraries in Maryland see the Maryland Societies page.

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wicomico County, Maryland page 318, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico By John E. Jacob, Jr. Available from the Lower Delmarva Maryland Genealogical Society. LIB 2-4-3
  3. WorldCat