Harford County, Maryland Genealogy Guide

Harford County, Maryland (Map It) was created on December 17, 1773 from Baltimore County. This county was named in honor of Henry Harford, illegitimate son of Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore. Learn More About State of Maryland History.

Harford County is bordered by York County, Pennsylvania (north), Baltimore County (west), Cecil County (east).

Harford County Cities and Towns include Aberdeen (incorporated 1892), Havre de Grace (incorporated 1785), Bel Air (incorporated 1872).

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

Harford County, Maryland Courthouse Records

Harford County, Maryland Courthouse
Harford County, MD Courthouse
Old Harford County, Maryland Courthouse
Old Harford County, MD Courthouse

The Harford County Courthouse is located in Bel Air, Maryland. Some records were destroyed in a fire in 1858. 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 Harford 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.

  • Harford County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1773 and Land Records from 1773. 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.
  • Harford County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1774. 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.
  • Harford County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.

Harford County, Maryland Census Records

Harford County, Maryland Vital Records

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