Welcome to Howard County, Maryland
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The center of population of Maryland is located on the county line between Howard County and Anne Arundel County, in the unincorporated town of Jessup.

Howard District was formed in 1838 by the splitting of Anne Arundel. It had the same status as a county except for not being represented in the Maryland General Assembly. In 1851, it became an official county.

The county was named for John Eager Howard, an officer in the American Revolutionary War and later the fifth Governor of Maryland

The county seat is Ellicott City

Its largest community is Columbia
Howard County has no incorporated municipalities.



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






Census Data


Death notices and obituaries

County History


Military Data

Website Updates:
March 2014: Military: 1883 Pensioners - transcribed by A. Newell
Oct 2012
: Bio - MURRAY, Robert - Transcribed by Richard Ramos
Jan 2011: Bio of Gen. Robert Murray, Arthur Gorman, ex-slave Tom Randall, Henry Davis, Richard Warfield; Marriage announcement for WILL-HARDINGE
Feb 2010: Newspaper EVENT story
Aug 2009: Elliott City Postcards

Surrounding Counties
Anne Arundel County (southeast)
Baltimore County (northeast)
Carroll County (north)
Frederick County (northwest)
Montgomery County (west)
Prince George's County (south)

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