Maryland Counties records can vary vastly from county to county in either quality and also quantity. Some have been very carefully preserved while others have been significantly mistreated and overlooked. A certain amount of Maryland records have purely disappeared. For genealogists carrying out research in Maryland you will find no effective substitute to have an on-site search of county court house records. For Definitions of all court terms see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.
– There are 23 counties that exist in Maryland. The City of Baltimore generally possesses the same powers and responsibilities as the counties within the state. It is an entity nearly surrounded by but separate from the County of Baltimore, which has its county seat in Towson. Many of the counties in Maryland were named for relatives of the Barons Baltimore who were the proprietors of the Maryland colony from its founding in 1634 through 1771.
Maryland is made up of 23 counties and the City of Baltimore, which is not located in any specific county. Records relating to estates and land transfers can be found in county courthouses. Copies can also be found at the Maryland State Archives, in most cases. The Maryland State Archives also holds copies of vital records. Their files are constantly being added to and updated. See also a list of links to county and county seat government run websites.