Welcome to Baltimore County, Maryland
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Hello and welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for Baltimore County.

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Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data andplacing it online for the free use of all researchers.

This website is in need of a dedicated host!

This is a continuation of our original Illinois GenealogyTrails project and we are excited about this opportunity to expand into other states. We welcome your feedback and comments, and of course, your data contributions.

We're looking for folks who share our dedication to putting data online and are interested in helping this project grow.

If you think you might be interested in hosting a county website such as this one, please view the Volunteer Page for further information andcontact Kim.

Baltimore County map

The name of the county was derived from the barony of the Proprietorof the Maryland colony, Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, in County Longford, Ireland. The County Seatis Towson.

It should be noted that Baltimore County does not include the City of Baltimore, which was split off as an independentcity in 1851.

The origin of Baltimore County is not known, the earliest known recordof the county politically is January 12, 1659, when a writ was issued to its sheriff. Previously, Baltimore Countywas more known as a geographical entity than a political one, with its territorial limits consisting of the presentday Baltimore City, Cecil and Harford Counties, as well as parts of Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard and Kent Counties.

In 1674, a portion of Baltimore County, as well as a portion of Kent County, was split off to form Cecil County.In 1748, a portion of Baltimore County, as well as a portion of Prince George's County, was split off to form FrederickCounty. In 1773, Harford County was split off from Baltimore County. In 1837, a part of Baltimore County was combined with a part of Frederick County to form Carroll County. In 1851 the city of Baltimore was detached from BaltimoreCounty.


We're looking to add the following types of data to this site:


Birth Records

Census Data



Cities and Towns

Court and other Legal Records

Family Bible Records

Geographical Features

Historical Info


Military Data

Newspaper Gleanings

Obituaries and Death Notices


Wills and Probate Documents


Website Updates:
January 2015:Completed 1883 Pensioners List
16 Nov 2014: Bio - Benjamin Banneker
15 Nov 2014: Churches - Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
14 Nov 2014: Marriages - Other Marriages and Marriage Licenses - Cook ~ Lawson; Dunning ~ Waugh; Flayhart ~ Perine; Gilbert ~ Burton; Henderson ~ Holland; Herring ~ Kaline; Hilgartner ~ Copper; Jarrett ~ Lessig; Jessop ~ Williams; Seilick ~ Bush; Shouch ~ Barrett; Stewart ~ Larrabee; Sypher ~ Boarman; Wall ~ German; Wheeler ~ Hilton
Military Data: Other - 1840 Census of Pensioners
Census Data: 1840 Census of Pensioners
10 Nov 2014: Biography - James Patrick Sinnott Devereux
Historical Info: Organizations - Catonsville Library & Literary Association
Historical Info: Building - St. Timothy's Hall
Historical Info: Businesses - The Argils; William Wilkens & Co.
Military Data: Civil War - Maryland Mounted Guard
Churches: African Methodist Episcopal Church; St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church
Schools: Mount de Sales, the Academy of the Visitation
Obit: Rev. John C. Lyon
Newspaper Gleanings: Miscellaneous News Stories - John S. Wilson, Oldest Inhabitant
09 Nov 2014: Cemetery - Pierpont Burying Ground
08 Nov 2014: Obits - Phillipine Betz; Mary A. Elder; Harry E. Hall; John S. Royston; Anita McKim Schaefer
07 Nov 2014: Historical Info - The Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital; Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital & Gate House
05 Nov 2014: Military Data - WWII - Army & Army Air Force Dead & Missing Casualty List
Obituaries and Death Notices - Virginia Keech Blackwell; William Bowen; Robert Wilbur Burnham; Jacob L. Fowble; John P. Moore; Rev. Matthew O'Keefe; John E. Owens; John C. Perkins; Anne M. Waltjen; Kisier W. Wenderoth; Richard Willis
Geographical Features - Basins; Bays; Bridges; Canals; Capes; Channels; Dams; Harbors; Islands; Lakes & Reservoirs; Mines; Mountain Ranges; Parks; Springs; Streams; Swamps; Valleys
December 2013: Obit: John Budd - transcribed by Tammy Clark
Apr 2012: Death Notice: Mrs. Mary Ramsey
July 2011: Death Notice: John Allen - - Sub. by Dawn Minard
Jan 2011: LEONARD obit
Dec 2010: Misc. Newspaper story; weather news item
Nov 2010: Birth Records; pre-1775
Marriages; GREEN-BOWEN marriage announcement;
Court news gleanings; obits for CROMWELL, LEE, SHEREDINE,WORTHINGTON

Surrounding Counties
York County,Pennsylvania (north)
Anne Arundel County (south)
Carroll County (west)
Harford County (east)
Howard County (southwest)
Baltimore City (independent city, surrounded by Baltimore County except to the south)

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