Somerset County, Maryland Genealogy Guide

Somerset County, Maryland (Map It) was created on August 22, 1666 from unorganized territory . This county was named in honor of Mary, Lady Somerset, sister-in-law of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore. Learn More About State of Maryland History.

Somerset County is bordered by Accomack County, Virginia (south), Wicomico County (north), Worcester County (east).

Somerset County Cities and Towns include Crisfield (incorporated 1872), Princess Anne (incorporated 1733).

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

Somerset County, Maryland Courthouse Records

Somerset County, Maryland Courthouse
Somerset County, MD Courthouse

The Somerset County Courthouse is located in Princess Anne, Maryland. The courthouse burned in 1831, but the records were saved. 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 Somerset 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.

  • Somerset County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1665 and Land Records from 1665. 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.
  • Somerset County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1664. 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.
  • Somerset County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.

Somerset County, Maryland Census Records

Somerset County, Maryland Vital Records

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