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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, MD 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
- Learn More: State of Maryland Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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: None
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Howard 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
Howard County, Maryland Resources
- State of Maryland Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Maryland
- Howard County Historical Society
- Howard County Genealogical Society
- Howard County, Maryland Message Boards
- Howard County, Maryland Genealogy Forum