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Prince George's County, Maryland (Map It) was created on October 3, 1695 from Calvert County and Charles County. This county was named in honor of Prince George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne of Great Britain. Learn More About State of Maryland History.
Prince George's County is bordered by Anne Arundel County (east), Calvert County (southeast), Charles County (south), Howard County (north), Montgomery County (northwest), Fairfax County, Virginia (southwest), Alexandria, VA (southwest), Washington, DC (west).
Prince George's County Cities and Towns include Bowie (incorporated 1882), College Park (incorporated 1945), District Heights (incorporated 1936), Glenarden (incorporated 1939), Greenbelt (incorporated 1937), Hyattsville (incorporated 1886), Laurel (incorporated 1870), Mount Rainier (incorporated 1910), New Carrollton (incorporated 1953), Seat Pleasant (incorporated 1931), Berwyn Heights (incorporated 1896), Bladensburg (incorporated 1854), Brentwood (incorporated 1922), Capitol Heights (incorporated 1910), Cheverly (incorporated 1931), Colmar Manor (incorporated 1927), Cottage City (incorporated 1924), Eagle Harbor (incorporated 1929), Edmonston (incorporated 1924), Fairmount Heights (incorporated 1935), Forest Heights (incorporated 1945), Landover Hills (incorporated 1945), Morningside (incorporated 1949), North Brentwood (incorporated 1924), Riverdale Park (incorporated 1920), University Park (incorporated 1936), Upper Marlboro (incorporated 1870).
A Map of Prince George's County, Maryland contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. Also view Maryland Town / Municipal Maps.
Prince George's County, Maryland Courthouse Records
Prince George's County, MD Courthouse
Old PrinceGeorges 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 Prince George's 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.
- Prince George's County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1696 and Land Records from 1696. 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.
- Prince George's County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1698. 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.
- Prince George's County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.
Prince George's 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
Prince George's 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
Prince George's County, Maryland Resources
- State of Maryland Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Maryland
- Prince George's Historical Society
- Prince George's County Genealogical Society
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