Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy Guide

Cecil County, Maryland (Map It) was created on June 6, 1674 from Baltimore County. This county was named for the Anglicized form of the first name of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore. Learn More About State of Maryland History.

Cecil County is bordered by Chester County, Pennsylvania (northeast), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (north), New Castle County, Delaware (east), Harford County (west), Kent County (south).

Cecil County Cities and Towns include Cecilton (incorporated 1864), Charlestown (incorporated 1742), Chesapeake City (incorporated 1849) (Note that despite the name, Chesapeake City is a town and not a city .), Elkton (incorporated 1787), North East (incorporated 1849), Perryville (incorporated 1882), Port Deposit (incorporated 1824), Rising Sun (incorporated 1860).

A Map of Cecil County, Maryland contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. Also view Maryland Town / Municipal Maps.

Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse Records

Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse
Cecil County, MD Courthouse

The Cecil County Courthouse is located in Elkton, Maryland. Many early court records have disappeared. Learn More About State of Maryland Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Cecil county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Cecil County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1674 and Land Records from 1674. The County Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here.
  • Cecil County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1675. The County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk responsibilities include supervising Clerk's office personnel in the civil, criminal, courtroom clerks, business license, marriage license, land records, and juvenile units.
  • Cecil County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.

Cecil County, Maryland Census Records

Cecil County, Maryland Vital Records

Cecil County, Maryland Resources

Cecil County, Maryland External Links

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