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MDGenWeb/USGenWeb Project Page for Howard County Maryland Genealogy Research

Howard County Maryland Was Established as a County 4 July 1851 being before then a part of Anne Arundel County. However in 1838 the Howard District of Anne Arundel County was established. This district became Howard County and from 1838 on it had some separate records apart from Anne Arundel County, such as mariage licenses. For the 1850 and earlier census you will need to look under Anne Arundel County. Before 1726 some portions of Howard County were a part of Baltimore County. For early research, you may need to check our Baltimore County genealogy page or more likely our Anne Arundel County Genealogy Page for the MDGenWeb project.

Resources Available at this Site for Genealogical Research

SURNAME REGISTRY Register with an on-line list of the Surnames you are researching and would like to exchage information on with other researchers.

To help you identify sources of information please check the Bibliography of Howard County Genealogy Related publications.

You can enter or review Queries for Howard County Genealogy.

Phil Stackhouse has contributed a 1867 voters list for the 4th District (Lisbon) that he found among some old papers. This list is also available as a file from the MD Archives site

The First Families of Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties is a collection of linked family group sheets of early settlers of Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties (for now we are working on families who were in the area by 1720) and links to other sites with linage data. These files include many early settlers of what is today's Howard County. Contributions of GEDCOMS or text files are welcomed to add to these pages.

We have been adding On-line transcripts of Wills of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard Counties from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries

A recent addition to the project is a collection of Family Bible Records for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard Counties.

Transcripts of Interrments for Howard County Catholic Churches prior to 1932

On-line Transcripts of other old documents , such as deeds, grants, court orders are also being collected to help researchers.

List of some marriage licenses recorded by the Circuit Court of Howard County between 1886 and 1900. Also a partial listing of Marriage licenses from May 1858 to November 1858

The Civil War in Howard Co was remembered in 1962 with a centenial program by the Howard County Historical Society and the local and state governments.

The LISBON HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER From the 1926-1927 School Year. On -Line now if Volume II, Number 1 This contains information on alumni from 1924 and 1925 as well as students and teachers in 1926-1927 School Year. There is also a listing of advertisers.

Governor Edwin Warfield wrote several letters to his cousin Thaddeus Crapster ca 1895. Transcripts of these letters found in the vault of the Howard County Historical Society are now viewable.

In 1867, 1868, and 1870, the Maryland Legislature Passed acts providing for the payments of $80 annual pension to indigent veterans and indigent widows of veterans of the war of 1812. These acts lists the names of the persons eligble to receive the benefits of the act. Transcipts of the 1868 and 1870 acts are provided here.

new Feb 2007 A few Deed Transcripts have been provided by researchers.

Resources Available From the MdGenWeb and USGenWeb Projects for Genealogical Research

The Tombstone Transcription Project for MdGenWeb Project also contains tombstone inscriptions in addition to those on this website.

Other Internet Resources

The repository for most records in Maryland, including death and birth certificates up to 1988 is The Maryland State Archives located in Annapolis A new feature from the Maryland State Archives is on-line searchable death indexes for Baltimore City and Maryland Cos. (including Howard County). These searchable indexes are by the year groups and last name. This MSA site provides instructions for order copies of vital records from the MSA and department of vital records.

Another on-line data resource for researchers at MSA provides on-line assess to a search engine for the original 72 volumes of the Archives of Maryland plus additional volumes. This Includes acts of the general assembly, some court records, listing of Revolutionary war musters and other data. In all there are about 103 volumes on line with some of them being more contemporary government papers.

There is a nationwide database operated by the Roots-L folks (Karen Isaacson and others) to identify researchers of a given surname. View information and enter your surnames in this national database for genealogy research.

Pam the "list lady" has prepared a listing from the 1895 Atlas of the localities in Maryland. So to find locations of places in Maryland check her index of Maryland localities

An on-line listing of the addresses and phone number for Maryland cemeteries is being maintained by Lynn Smith

We are building a list of links for finding information about the history and people of Howard County.

ROOTSWEB has added the JUNE 1999 SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX (SSDI). Now you can search the most recent version of the SSDI at

The Howard County Genealogical Society

Howard County has an active genealogical society that has published much material about the county, including volumes of cemetery transcriptions and early marriage licenses.
The website for the Howard County Genealogical Society is: and their mailing address is: P.O. Box 274, Columbia, Maryland 21045.

A listing is available of the most recent publications from the HCGS in PDF Format (December 2008) is available on this page . Among these publications are Genealogical Research Guide for Howard County. Another recent publication available provides a A collection of records for Howard County Genealogical Research. The HCGS has available a volume describing the early years of the Howard County courthouse and jail. Volume X, a master Index to the nine volumes of Cemetery records , published by Howard County has been released this year (2004). In March of 2001 the HCGS released the lastest is a series of transcriptions: Howard County Maryland Records Volume IX: Cemetery and Interment Records for Thirty-Two Howard County Grave Sites . Most of the cemeteries in Volume IX were copied during the period 1996-2000. The book contains information on about 1,900 burials, comprising about 575 surnames. Ording information for some these HCGS publications is provided in the first of two PDF files and the the second of the two PDF files

Here is the calendar of coming events for the Howard County Genealogical Society

The Howard County Genealogical Society announces publication of a new book "The Civil War Enrollment and Draft of 1862 in Howard County", authored by Joseph H. Nichols, Jr. and Richard W. Bush. The book is a complete transcription of the original ledgers containing the names of about 1,620 Howard County men who were obligated to register for draft into the Union Army in 1862. Information about this book is available on-line including a name index for the persons listed in the book.

The Howard County Historical Society

The Howard County Historical Society is Interested in helping genealogical researchers find their roots. (And also in helping anyone interested in the History of Howard County.) The Society maintains alibrary which will assist genealogical researchers. Click here for the address, phone number, and hours for the library. Their website is One relaively new feature on the Howard County History Society Website is a listing of marriage licenses for Howard Co., MD

Other Societies of Interest for Howard County Genealogy

The Maryland Historical Society publishs the Maryland Historical Magazine, quarterly

The Maryland Genealgocial Society publishes the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, quarterly.
The address of the Maryland Genelaogical Society (and the Maryland Historical Society) is
201 W. Monument Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201-4674.

A considerable amount of information, such as cemetery surveys and early marriage licenses have been published by the Colonel Thomas Dorsey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Howard County Genealogical Society.

We Need Your Help! The USGenWeb Project is Trying to put the US Census' on-line..We need volunteers willing to spend time enter data from the census into a computer program. The software will be provided, but you will need to get a copy of the census (microfilm, fiche) for the entry. If interested please check the Project's Homepage

The 1850 Census for Anne Arundel (& Howard) County, including the HOWARD District has been transcribed and published by the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. See the Anne Arundel Co. Page for Details.

Mailing Lists for Howard County Genealogy

We have two mailing list of interest to genealogy in Howard County. One is a regional list that covers Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard Counties that is refered to as the Baltimore List. To Subscribe to the Baltimore Genealogy mailing List: send a E-mail to In the text of the message just say Subscribe. In these messages please disable your signature. To subscribe in a digest mode send the request to To post a message to the Baltimore Genealogy list, send an E-mai to
There is also a Maryland wide genealogy mailing list. To Subscribe to the Maryland Genealogy mailing List:send a E-mail to In the text of the message just say Subscribe and please disable your signature. To subscribe in a digest mode send the request to To post to this list send your E-mail to the Maryland Genealogy list at

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