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Wicomico County, Maryland (Map It) was created on August 17, 1867 from Somerset County and Worcester County. This county was named for the Wicomico River; in Lenape, wicko mekee indicated "a place where houses are built," possibly in reference to a settlement . Learn More About State of Maryland History.
Wicomico County Cities and Towns include Fruitland (incorporated 1947), Salisbury (incorporated 1854), Delmar (incorporated 1888), Hebron (incorporated 1931), Mardela Springs (incorporated 1906), Pittsville (incorporated 1906), Sharptown (incorporated 1874), Willards (incorporated 1906).
A Map of Wicomico County, Maryland contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. Also view Maryland Town / Municipal Maps.
Wicomico County, Maryland Courthouse Records
Wicomico County, MD Courthouse
Old Wicomico 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 Wicomico 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.
- Wicomico County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1867 and Land Records from 1867. 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.
- Wicomico County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1866. 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.
- Wicomico County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.
Wicomico County, Maryland Census Records
- Learn More: State of Maryland Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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: None
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Wicomico 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
Wicomico County, Maryland Resources
- State of Maryland Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Maryland
- Wicomico Historical Society
- Wicomico County Historical Trust, 517 Parker Road , Salisbury, MD 21801; (301) 742-7733
- Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society
- Wicomico County, Maryland Message Boards
- Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy Forum