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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 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).
Cecil County, Maryland Courthouse Records
Cecil County, MD Courthouse
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
- Learn More: State of Maryland Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1776, 1776 and 1778 Indexes
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Cecil County, Maryland Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Maryland Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from August 1898 to present
- Marriage Records: from January, 1990 to present. Earlier Records are in the County Clerk of Circuit Court.
- Divorce Records: from January, 1992 to present. Earlier Records are in the County Clerk of Circuit Court.
- Locations: Maryland Office of Vital Records, Maryland State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Verification, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Division of Vital Records Division of Vital Records & Mental Hygiene, 6550 Reisterstown Rd., Reistertown Road Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21215, (410) 764-3038 or (800) 832-3277
Cecil County, Maryland Resources
- State of Maryland Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Maryland
- Cecil County Historical Society
- Cecil County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 11, Charlestown, MD 21914; (410) 287-8793
- Old Bohemia Historical Society, Warwick 21912
- Port Deposit Heriage Ctr, 98 N Main St, Port Deposit 21904-1210
- Cecil County, Maryland Message Boards
- Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy Forum