Howard County, Maryland Genealogy Guide

Howard County, Maryland (Map It) was created on May 13, 1851 from Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County. This county was named in honor of John Eager Howard, an American Revolutionary War officer and governor of Maryland. Learn More About State of Maryland History.

Howard County is bordered by Anne Arundel County (southeast), Baltimore County (northeast), Carroll County (north), Frederick County (northwest), Montgomery County (west), Prince George's County (south).

Howard County Cities and Towns include no incorporated municipalities .

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

Howard County, Maryland Courthouse Records

Howard County, Maryland Courthouse
Howard County, MD Courthouse
Old Howard County, Maryland Courthouse
Old Howard County, MD Courthouse

The Howard County Courthouse is located in Ellicott City, Maryland. The county was formed in 1838 as Howard District of Anne Arundel Co., but did not gain full county status until 1850. 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 Howard 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.

  • Howard County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1839 and Land Records from 1839. 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.
  • Howard County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1840. 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.
  • Howard County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.

Howard County, Maryland Census Records

Howard County, Maryland Vital Records

Howard County, Maryland Resources

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