Charles County, Maryland Genealogy Guide

Charles County, Maryland (Map It) was created on April 13, 1658 from unorganized territory. This county was named in honor of Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, second proprietor of the Maryland colony. Learn More About State of Maryland History.

Charles County is bordered by Prince George's County (north), Fairfax County, Virginia (northwest), Calvert County (east), Stafford County, Virginia (west), Prince William County, Virginia (west), St. Mary's County (southeast), Westmoreland County, Virginia (southeast), King George County, Virginia (south).

Charles County Cities and Towns include Indian Head (incorporated 1920), La Plata (incorporated 1888), Port Tobacco Village (incorporated 1888).

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

Charles County, Maryland Courthouse Records

Charles County, Maryland Courthouse
Charles County, MD Courthouse

The Charles County Courthouse is located in La Plata, Maryland. 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 Charles 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.

  • Charles County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1658 and Land Records from 1658. 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.
  • Charles County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1665. 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.
  • Charles County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.

Charles County, Maryland Census Records

Charles County, Maryland Vital Records

Charles County, Maryland Resources

Charles County, Maryland External Links

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